Integrity. Compassion. Experience.
Andria was born in Massachusetts as a first generation Portuguese-American. While in elementary school, her family moved to Maryland, where she ultimately attended and graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a degree in Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice. Andria then moved to Columbus, Ohio to attend Capital University Law School. While in Columbus, she met and married Columbus-native Nathan, together they have two daughters.
Andria has been a dedicated public servant for much of her adult life, working for resident life while in college and then beginning her work with the Columbus City Attorney’s Office after her first year in law school. After graduating law school and passing the Ohio bar, Andria was hired as an Assistant City Prosecutor. As a prosecutor, Andria felt it was important to ensure justice and be fair, reviewing each case on their own merits and determining what justice would be for that case. Andria also specialized in domestic violence and stalking cases. After a decade in the Prosecutor’s Office, Andria moved to the litigation department for the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, handling incidents where the City of Columbus has been sued. Since moving to the litigation department, Andria has become barred in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. During her time with the City of Columbus, Andria's experience spans both criminal and civil cases in the local and federal courts, where she has tried dozens of jury trials and argued numerous hearings.
In addition to her work for the City of Columbus, Andria is a volunteer and leader in the community. She is currently the Co-President of the Columbus Bar Association Alliance, where she has been a board member since 2016. As a board member, she assists in fundraising efforts to support local organizations like Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County, Choices Domestic Violence Shelter, Community Mediation Services, Ohio Wesleyan Junior League, and Amethyst. Andria is also a member of the Franklin County Democratic Party and the Franklin County Democratic Lawyers Club. In the past two general elections, Andria has worked as an Election Precinct Official.
Andria has seen first-hand the importance of how a judge communicates with the individuals that come before them, whether they are an attorney, a defendant, a victim, or a witness. As a judge, she will be compassionate to all who come in front of her, taking the time to consider everyone involved, and listening with an open and impartial mind.