AUSTIN, Texas — David Frederick, a 1989 alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, has been named a “Leading Lawyer” by Legal Times magazine. Frederick is one of only twelve of the Washington, D.C., area’s top appellate litigators that were chosen.
After graduating from UT Law with honors in 1989, Frederick clerked for Judge Joseph Sneed on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White. He was an assistant to the solicitor general at the U.S. Department of Justice for five years. While working at the solicitor general’s office, he argued 12 cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. Frederick’s most important Supreme Court case was 2000’s United States v. Locke, in which the Court unanimously reversed the Ninth Circuit and held that Washington state’s oil-spill regulations were pre-empted by the comprehensive federal regulatory scheme governing oil tankers.
Frederick is the author of three books: Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy (West, 2003), The Art of Oral Advocacy (West, 2003), and Rugged Justice: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the American West, 1891-1941 (University of California Press, 1994). He is now a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd & Evans in Washington, D.C., specializing in Supreme Court and appellate litigation, general litigation, and internal investigations.
This report was compiled with information from Legal Times magazine’s July 19, 2004 compilation: "Leading Lawyers: Legal Times Identifies Twelve of the D.C. Area’s Top Appellate Litigators."