About Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel, & Frederick PLLC

Washington, DC-based Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick is a firm that thrives litigating complex cases in the trial and appellate world, including cases that bring its attorneys to the highest court in the land.

Litigation Powerhouse

In 1993, three partners at large law firms jumped ship to form their own small firm focused on trial and appellate litigation. Since then, the firm has grown to house 70 attorneys and has strong practices in commercial litigation, Supreme Court and appellate litigation, government investigations and white collar defense, intellectual property litigation, and telecommunications. Kellogg Hansen's attorneys are trial and appellate specialists.  Nearly every partner and associate served as a law clerk for a federal judge and more than a dozen clerked for Justices of the United States Supreme Court.

The firm is notable for securing huge wins for both plaintiffs and defendants. For example, it boasts both the largest and second largest antitrust judgments in U.S. history (Conwood v. U.S. Tobacco and In re Urethanes Antitrust Litigation). But, it also won huge antitrust victories for defendants and, in doing so, established a new pleading standard for federal cases (Bell Atlantic v. Twombly) and expanded the enforcement of arbitration clauses in commercial contracts (American Express v. Italian Colors).

Kellogg Hansen serves clients large and small, in practically every kind of trial court litigation (criminal and civil, contract and torts, antitrust and unfair competition, patent law, and government and corporate investigations).  Kellogg Hansen has also been active in both sides of patent litigation, such as defending accused offenders or representing patent holders of such technologies as semiconductors, optical disc drives, medical ultrasound equipment, and pharmaceutical innovations.

With several former federal prosecutors among its ranks, a significant portion of the firm's practice also involves representing corporate and individual clients in governmental investigations and parallel private civil litigation arising under state and federal fraud, securities, banking, antitrust, consumer protection, telecommunications, and health care statutes, as well as the Foreign Corrupt Practices and False Claims Acts.  Recently, the firm won a jury verdict of almost $350 million in a False Claims Act case involving overpayments by Medicare and Medicaid.

Although the firm represents a wide range of industries, its lawyers have a particular depth of experience in the telecommunications industry, representing companies like Verizon and AT&T in both court litigation and dealings with the Federal Communications Commission and state regulators. Among its victories were representing MASN in obtaining the right to broadcast Washington Nationals baseball games on Comcast, challenging FCC orders denying Verizon relief from restrictive regulation, and successfully challenging regulations stemming from the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Standing Before the Supremes

In addition to extensive experience in federal appeals courts (14 Kellogg Hansen lawyers have argued more than 45 appeals since January 2014), Kellogg Hansen's attorneys are not afraid to take their cases to the very top. Kellogg Hansen attorneys have argued 51 merits cases before the Supreme Court. Recent victories have included a pair of cases defeating limitations on the certification of class actions (Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo and Amgen v. Connecticut Retirement Funds),a case upholding the "implied false certification" theory of liability under the False Claims Act (Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar), a case defining the fiduciary duty of pension-plan trustees to monitor the prudence of plan investments (Tibble v. Edison International), and a case upholding a jury award for an injured railroad worker plaintiff by pointing to Federal Employers' Liability Act standards (CSX v. McBride).

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Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel, & Frederick PLLC

Sumner Square
1615 M Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) (202) 326-7900
Fax: (202)


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Michael K. Kellogg
  • Hiring Partner: Scott H. Angstreich
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 70

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $225,000
    2nd year: $225,000
    3rd year: $275,000
    4th year: $275,000
    5th year: $275,000
    6th year: $275,000
    7th year: $275,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    Because Kellogg Hansen hires associates who have at least one year of clerkship experience, the firm does not give offers of employment at the conclusion of the summer.

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Commercial Litigation • Supreme Court & Appellate Practice • Government Investigations & White Collar • Intellectual Property Litigation • Telecommunications 

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC