2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Lack of diversity.”
“Lack of social culture.”
About Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick P.L.L.C.
Washington, DC-based Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick is a firm that thrives on litigating complex cases in the trial and appellate world, including cases that bring its attorneys to the highest court in the land.
A Trial & Appellate Litigation Firm is Born
A relatively young firm, Kellogg Hansen was formed in 1993 when three BigLaw partners jumped ship to form their own small firm focused on trial and appellate litigation. Since then, the firm has grown to house more than 90 attorneys, all 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.
Kellogg Hansen has strong practices in commercial litigation, Supreme Court and appellate litigation, government investigations and white collar defense, intellectual property litigation, antitrust litigation, and telecommunications. 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). Without a corporate practice, the firm avoids many conflicts and is able to take on a variety of cases against all kinds of adversaries—including banks, accounting firms, insurance companies, and other law firms.
Although the firm advises on 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. With several former federal prosecutors among its ranks, a significant portion of the firm’s practice also involves representing and prosecuting 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.
In addition to extensive experience in federal and state appellate courts, Kellogg Hansen’s attorneys are not afraid to take their cases to the very top. Kellogg Hansen attorneys have argued more than 70 cases before the Supreme Court, and a former firm partner—Neil Gorsuch—is now a Justice.
News & Awards
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Kellogg Hansen’s clients in one of the most significant victories for private antitrust plaintiffs in the Court’s recent history, Apple Inc. v. Pepper, et al. This was one of many recent antitrust victories for the firm. Kellogg Hansen attorneys also represented AT&T in the Department of Justice’s challenge to the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, United States v. AT&T Inc., and Kellogg Hansen attorneys successfully served as appellate counsel to American Express in the Supreme Court’s most significant Rule of Reason antitrust case in two decades, Ohio v. American Express Co.
Kellogg Hansen partner Geoffrey Klineberg was elected president-elect of the DC Bar for the 2019-2020 term. He will serve in that post for one year before becoming DC Bar President in 2020; he will continue in office a third year as immediate past president.
Kellogg Hansen associates took on high-level roles in noteworthy matters. One associate recently secured a significant pro bono settlement on behalf of her client—an active duty veteran and a current civilian employee of the Army. Another associate recently presented oral argument in the Fourth Circuit supporting a lawsuit brought by the families of the victims of the Charleston church shooting.
Kellogg Hansen attorneys represented the relator in a landmark $625 million civil settlement between AmerisourceBergen and federal and state prosecutors over false claims submitted for unapproved and adulterated drugs, double-billing from exploiting overfill, and kickbacks to physicians. Kellogg Hansen’s client was also critical in the government’s criminal investigation of the company, which led to its conviction for violations of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and criminal fines totaling $260 million. The combined $885 million settlement is one of the largest pharmaceutical settlements in history.
- Kellogg Hansen successfully represented the former Bell companies in four successive challenges to FCC regulations implementing the centerpiece of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The firm has continued to represent AT&T and Verizon in challenging or defending critical FCC decisions.
- Kellogg Hansen attorneys have argued more than 70 Supreme Court cases and have reshaped substantive and procedural law over the last two decades.
- Kellogg Hansen attorneys secured more than $5.1 billion in cases against Wall Street banks regarding the issuance of defective residential mortgage-backed securities.
- The firm’s attorneys successfully obtained dismissal of FCA claims in Virginia and California alleging billions of dollars in damages.
- Firm recognized by Chambers USA for Appellate Law; Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite; and Litigation (2019)
- Firm recognized by The Legal 500 for Appellate, Leading Trial Lawyers, Telecoms and Broadcast (2019)
- Partners Silvija Strikis and Jim Webster named Winning Litigators by the National Law Journal (2017)
- Partner Daniel Dorris named Rising Star by Law360 (2018)
- Partner Aaron Panner honored with the Outstanding Pro Bono Lawyer Award by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (2019)
1615 M Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) (202) 326-7900
Managing Partner: Michael K. Kellogg
Hiring Partner: Scott H. Angstreich
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
50 - 100
1st year: $225,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $285,000
4th year: $310,000
5th year: $335,000
6th year: $345,000
7th year: $345,000
Summer associate: $3,500/week
Summer Associate Offers:
Because of clerkships, the firm does not make immediate offers to summer associates.
No. of Summer Associates:
7 total (5 2Ls; 2 Post 3Ls) (2018)
Supreme Court & Appellate Practice
Government Investigations & White Collar
Intellectual Property Litigation
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.