J. Peter Byrne is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for the J.D. Program at the Georgetown University Law Center. He teaches Property, Land Use, Historic Preservation, and Constitutional Law. He also is Faculty Director of the Georgetown Climate Center. Professor Byrne is the author (with Sara Bronin) of Historic Preservation Law and has published numerous law journal articles on property, land use, and constitutional law.
Judge Campbell-Smith was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims on September 19, 2013. On October 21, 2013, President Obama designated her to serve as Chief Judge.
Judge Campbell-Smith formerly served as Special Master from December 8, 2005 to April 6, 2011. On April 7, 2011, she was appointed as Chief Special Master.
Judge Campbell-Smith practiced from 1993 to 1996, and again from 1997 to 1998, with the law firm of Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her areas of practice included environmental regulatory law, patent infringement litigation, and toxic tort litigation. Her pro bono work included representing children in adoption proceedings in the juvenile division of Civil District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana. Read more . . .
Jeanne E. Davidson is Director of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. In that capacity, she supervises approximately 160 attorneys and support staff who represent the United States before the Court of Federal Claims, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court of International Trade, and other domestic and international fora. She also counsels a wide range of Executive Branch agencies concerning litigation risk avoidance and participates in interagency consideration of regulatory, policy and legislative initiatives.
In addition to numerous awards from the Department of Justice and other agencies, she has received a Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive. She is currently a member of the Advisory Councils to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Court of Federal Claims, President Elect of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, and a board member of the Court of International Trade Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker concerning complex commercial, international, constitutional, and financial litigation, appellate advocacy, and dispute resolution, and served as the Editor of the Fifth Edition of the Court of Federal Claims Deskbook.
Previously, she served as an Associate General Counsel to the United States Trade Representative. Ms. Davidson received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D. from New York University, where she served as Editor-In-Chief of the Annual Survey of American Law and received the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Award.
Brad Fagg is a partner in the firm of Morgan Lewis in Washington, DC. He is a partner in the firm's Litigation Practice and Co-leader of the firm's Government Contracts and Energy Litigation Practices. Mr. Fagg has extensive civil trial and appellate experience, including all phases of pre-trial discovery, motions practice and briefing, hearings and trials, and briefing and arguing appeals.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Fagg spent a number of years as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he handled civil fraud matters, procurement disputes, takings claims and employment appeals. His trial work included construction and other commercial government contract disputes, multimillion dollar government contract claims, and civil fraud investigations. At the appellate level, Mr. Fagg briefed and argued a number of matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other courts of appeal.
In addition to other honors, Mr. Fagg served as the President of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association in 2008, and he is a member of the Court of Federal Claims Advisory Council. Read more . . .
Judge Firestone was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims on October 22, 1998. She graduated from Washington University with a B.A. in 1973, and she received her J.D. in 1977 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School.
Judge Firestone formerly was Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Justice Department from 1995 - 1998. She also served as a Judge on the Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Appeals Board from 1992-1995. Prior to that, Judge Firestone was the Associate Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1989-1992. Before serving at the Environmental Protection Agency, Judge Firestone was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Judge Firestone is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Elaine Goldenberg is an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice. Before joining the Office of the Solicitor General, she was a partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, DC, specializing in appellate and Supreme Court litigation. She has argued four cases in the Supreme Court. While in private practice, she frequently appeared before the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Irv Gornstein is the Executive Director of the Supreme Court Institute and a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He previously worked at O'Melveny & Myers in the firm's appellate practice, specializing in Supreme Court litigation. Before that, Professor Gornstein worked in the Solicitor General's Office. Professor Gornstein has argued 36 cases in the Supreme Court.
Voris E. ("Vo") Johnson, Jr., is an Assistant Director in the Constitutional and Specialized Torts Litigation Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division, Torts Branch. Mr. Johnson joined the Department of Justice in February 2007 as a Trial Attorney representing the government in cases filed under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Prior to that, Mr. Johnson was in private practice for nine years in Atlanta, Georgia, primarily litigating toxic tort cases. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Emory University School of Law.
Daryl Joseffer is the head of King & Spalding's national appellate practice. He has argued 12 cases and handled well over 100 matters in the Supreme Court. Mr. Joseffer's successful Supreme Court litigation record includes major patent, pharmaceutical, employment discrimination, and environmental cases. This past Term, he successfully argued an important employment discrimination case, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, concerning the treatment of mixed-motive claims under the federal anti-discrimination laws.
Mr. Joseffer has also handled a wide variety of appeals in every United States Court of Appeals. He devotes much of his time to patent appeals in the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court, prompting Legal 500 (2013) to call him a "patents guru." Among other patent cases, he successfully represented McKesson in McKesson v. Epic, where the Federal Circuit granted rehearing en banc and overruled its precedents concerning liability for multiple entities' combined actions. Mr. Joseffer joined King & Spalding in 2009 after serving as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General and, previously, an Assistant to the Solicitor General.
Before joining the Office of the Solicitor General, Mr. Joseffer was Deputy General Counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, and a law clerk to Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He graduated from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) and Stanford University.
Luke Levasseur's litigation practice focuses on government contract matters. He advises and represents clients regarding federal procurement practices and activities. For the past several years, Luke's practice has focused on litigating large contract disputes and bid protests before the US Court of Federal Claims and the Government Accountability Office. He has also represented clients and performed substantial work with respect to False Claims Act litigation. Luke also has experience handling a variety of other federal court litigation for clients, involving such matters as antitrust claims, a trademark dispute and alleged fraud.
Before re-joining Mayer Brown in 2006, Luke represented the federal government as an attorney with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1997-2006. There, he served as lead counsel for, or had a significant role during the trial and appeal of, several large cases that were part of the Winstar-related litigation.
Altom ("Al" and "Tom" combined - the names of his grandfathers) represents individuals injured by medical products across the United States. Altom leads his firm's vaccine injury practice before the United States Court of Federal Claims. Over the past decade, his firm has been very active before the Court representing hundreds of petitioners in seeking compensation for vaccine injuries. In addition to his Court of Federal Claims work, he currently litigates metal on metal hip replacement cases nationally on behalf of injured patients. Altom is a member of the bars of the states of Florida, New York, Washington, and the District of Columbia. He presently serves on the Board of Governors of the United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. Altom resides in Sarasota, Florida with his wife and two children.
Deanne E. Maynard, chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group, is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, and a former Assistant to the Solicitor General at the United States Department of Justice.
Ms. Maynard has argued 13 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and she has filed over 100 briefs in that Court. Notably, she has worked on some of the most important business cases over the last several Terms. Last Term she argued and prevailed for the respondent in RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank, an important bankruptcy case involving the rights of secured creditors. The previous Term, she argued and prevailed in Ransom v. FIA Card Services, a case involving the interpretation of the federal bankruptcy statute.
Ms. Maynard also has substantial knowledge and understanding of cutting-edge antitrust and intellectual property issues. Her Supreme Court arguments include the patent case MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc. and the antitrust case Pacific Bell Telephone Company v. linkLine Communications, Inc. She also was a principal author of the briefs for the United States in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly and Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc., and briefs at the certiorari stage in Bilski v. Doll and American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League.
Ms. Maynard served in the Solicitor General's office from 2004-2009. Before joining the Solicitor General's office, Ms. Maynard was a partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. Her practice at Jenner involved a wide variety of complex litigation matters at all levels of the federal judiciary, ranging from a multi-billion dollar government contracts case to media and First Amendment litigation.
After graduating from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1991, Ms. Maynard clerked twice on the Supreme Court of the United States. During the October 1994 Term, she clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer in his first year on the Court, and during the 1993 Term, she clerked for retired Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell and affiliated with Justice John Paul Stevens. Read more . . .
David Pincus is Chief of the Court of Federal Claims Section of the Tax Division, and also is a member of the Court of Federal Claims Advisory Council. Mr. Pincus, who is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds an LL.M. degree in taxation from Georgetown University, started his career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County. He then joined the Tax Division as an Appellate Section line attorney, and was promoted to Reviewer and Assistant Chief. In 1995, in recognition of his accomplishments as an appellate litigator, Mr. Pincus received the department's John Marshall Award for the Handling of Appeals. He became Chief of the Court of Federal Claims Section in November 2011.
George "Rob" Stewart is an Assistant Chief in the Court of Federal Claims Section of the Department of Justice's Tax Division. He joined the Department of Justice through the Honors Program in 1987 and has litigated tax cases in the Court of Federal Claims for 26 years. Currently, he also is serving as the president of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.
Denise Vowell is an honors graduate of Illinois State University and the University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1981). She enlisted in the Army in 1973 while an undergraduate and received a direct commission in 1974, serving as a military police officer at Fort Knox and with the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood. After completing law school, she served as an officer in The Judge Advocate General's Corps in such diverse assignments as a legal assistance attorney, claims attorney, prosecutor, defense counsel, and appellate attorney. She managed the Army's tort claims and litigation programs and served as the chief legal officer for the 1st Infantry Division in Germany and Bosnia. First appointed to the judiciary in 1994, she served as a trial judge and Chief Circuit Judge for two years before returning to other legal duties. She was appointed an Associate Judge on the Army Court of Criminal Appeals in 1999, and served as an appellate judge for two years before becoming the Army's Chief Trial Judge in 2001, a position she held until her retirement in January, 2006.
On December 8, 2005, she was appointed a Special Master in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program by the judges of the Court of Federal Claims, and assumed those duties on February 1, 2006. In January, 2007, she was assigned as one of three special masters in the Omnibus Autism Program, handling one third of the court's more than 5,000 cases alleging vaccine causation of autism spectrum disorders. On September 19, 2013, she was designated as the Chief Special Master.Read more . . .
Judge Wheeler was appointed to the United States Court of Federal Claims on October 24, 2005.
He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1973, and his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1970. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and of the American Bar Association's Public Contracts and Litigation Sections.
From 1973 to 2005, Judge Wheeler was in private practice in Washington, DC. He was an associate and partner in the law firm of Pettit & Martin until 1995, and then moved as a partner to the law firm of Piper & Marbury. Through mergers with other firms, Piper & Marbury became known as Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe, and later as DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. During his years in private practice, Judge Wheeler specialized in Government Contract claims, litigation, and counseling, representing a wide variety of large and small business clients. He appeared before many agency boards of contract appeals, the United States Court of Federal Claims and its predecessors, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a number of United States District Courts, and the Government Accountability Office (formerly the General Accounting Office).
Lew Wiener, a corporate defense attorney with over 25 years of trial and advocacy experience, represents banks, credit card companies, consumer finance companies and insurance companies in financial services litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Head of Sutherland's Financial Services Litigation Team and a member of the firm's executive committee, Lew's vast commercial litigation and trial experience includes serving as class action defense and arbitration counsel (AAA, JAMS and international arbitration). He also represents clients in eminent domain/inverse condemnation and land-use litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Prior to joining Sutherland, Lew served as a trial lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) where he was twice recognized by the Attorney General for special achievement in the handling of litigation matters on behalf of the United States. While at the DOJ, Lew represented the United States in numerous lawsuits involving Fifth Amendment takings, construction law, the Miller Act, CERCLA (Superfund) environmental prosecutions and other civil matters. He was also lead government counsel in one of the largest class actions ever filed against the United States.
Lew is the Treasurer and Past President of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs in Washington, DC.
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