Andrew Banyai is a graduate of Michigan State University and a member of The Florida Bar and the State Bar of Michigan. While an undergraduate, Banyai worked in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham. He later studied comparative democracy at the University of London and the University of Edinburgh. During law school, Banyai was employed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and oversaw their branch office in Lansing, Michigan. He was an oralist for Michigan State University Law’s Willem C. Vis Moot Commercial Arbitration team and competed in the world championship competition in Vienna, Austria.
While studying for the bar exam, Banyai was a law clerk for the AV-rated personal injury firm Sinas, Dramis, Brake, Boughton & McIntyre, P.C. Banyai moved to Lee County in 2007 and began as an associate with the criminal defense firm of Aiken, O’Halloran & Associates. Banyai was elevated to partner in 2012 in the newly styled Aiken, O’Halloran & Banyai. In 2016, Banyai was elected president of the Lee County chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and was reelected to a second consecutive term in 2017. In 2018, Andrew was named Executive Director of the Lee County Legal Aid Society, Inc. In 2019, Andrew received the Paulette Burton Award and was named Lee County’s Citizen of the Year. He was also recognized by Daily Business Review as one of its 2019 Florida Trailblazers.