Washington, DC-based Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Evans, Figel &
Frederick is a firm that thrives in the trial and appellate world,
including cases that bring its attorneys to the highest court in
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 practice,
intellectual property litigation, and telecommunications practice.
Kellogg Hansen's attorneys are trial and appellate specialists.
The firm 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). 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 has also been active in both sides of the
patent-litigation game, such as defending accused offenders or
representing patent holders of such technologies as semiconductors,
optical disc drives, medical ultrasound equipment, and
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.
Although the firm represents a wide range of industries, they
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. Among its victories were negotiating Comcast's ability
to broadcast Washington Nationals baseball games, 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
(seven Kellogg Hansen lawyers have argued a total of 27 appeals
since January 2014), Kellogg Hansen's attorneys are not afraid to
take their cases to the very top. Kellogg 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 rejecting a drug
manufacturer's claim that FDA approval preempted lawsuits against a
company for failure to issue warnings about a product (Wyeth v.
Levine), and a case upholding a jury award for an injured
railroad worker plaintiff by pointing to Federal Employers'
Liability Act standards (CSX v. McBride).