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.
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
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.