A Litigation


We have extensive trial and appellate experience in all thirteen federal courts of appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States in civil and criminal cases involving high-stakes or high-profile issues. We also handle appeals in Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio.

We have litigated numerous cases challenging the constitutionality or validity of the decisions of the United States (and its many federal agencies) and challenging the Government’s interpretation of the Constitution, federal statutes, or regulations.

We also have extensive experience in commercial and business disputes, including cases involving the breach of acquisition agreements, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, professional malpractice (directors & officers, accountants, appraisers, and other professionals), negligence, fraud, misrepresentation, interference with contract rights, covenants not to compete, and more.

Our white-collar-crime practice includes cases involving “official acts” by public officials that may constitute “honest services” fraud and Hobbs Act extortion within the meaning of McDonald v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 2355 (2016).

We have a deep financial-services background in all regulatory matters before the federal banking agencies—Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB or FED), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), including (i) enforcement actions (cease-and-desist, removal or suspension of officers or directors, and civil money penalties (CMPs)), (ii) directors and officers employment-contract matters under the golden-parachute statute—12 U.S.C. § 1828(k)—applicable to banks in “troubled condition,” (iii) the heightened regulation of a  “systemically important financial institution” (SIFI) under the Dodd Frank Act, and (iv) receivership issues related to a failed or failing “insured depository institution” within the meaning of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act or a “financial company” within the meaning of the Dodd Frank Act.

The Firm has substantial expertise in consumer protection statutes enforced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), including, but not limited to, suits under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and other similar statutes.

Our government-related practice includes suits against the United States and its federal agencies under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the Tucker Act (contract and Fifth Amendment takings cases), the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and independent agency sue-and-be-sued clauses.