Andrea Umlas received her B.A. from Goucher College. She received her
M.A. degree in Hispanic literature from SUNY at Buffalo. Andrea
graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College Law school with a J.D.
degree. She was elected to the Order of the Coif.
After graduating from law school Andrea worked at the Brooklyn District
Attorney’s office. She retired in 2005 as an Executive Assistant District
Attorney. During her 23 years at the District Attorney’s office she worked in
the General Felony Unit, as Deputy Bureau Chief of the Narcotics Bureau,
and as the Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau. For the final ten years
of her job in the D.A.’s office she was the head of the arrest-to arraignment
unit. This unit operated 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Her
responsibilities included supervising a legal, clerical and paralegal staff of
approximately 100 . She was charged with making day to day decisions the
merits of cases and whether or not charges should be brought.
Andrea retired to Phoenix in 2005 with her husband. She is the mother of
two sons. She served as a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum until 2018.