David C. Frederick

David C. Frederick

  • Adjunct Professor -- Supreme Court Clinic

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David C. Frederick has argued thirty-seven cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, including nine in the past three Terms. Recent arguments include: Watson v. Philip Morris, No. 05-1284 (argued April 25, 2007); Powerex Corp. v. Reliant Energy Services, No. 05-85 (argued April 16, 2007); Kircher v. Putnam Funds, No. 05-409 (argued April 24, 2006); Anza v. Ideal Steel, No. 04-433 (argued March 27, 2006); Merrill Lynch v. Dabit, No. 04-1371 (argued January 18, 2006); Lincoln Property Company v. Roche, No. 04-712 (argued October 11, 2005); Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Lines, No. 03-1388 (argued Feb. 28, 2005); Bates v. Dow AgroSciences LLC, No. 03-388 (argued Jan. 10, 2005);. Other noteworthy cases argued include: Idaho v. United States, 533 U.S. 262 (2001); United States v. Locke, 529 U.S. 89 (2000); Carter v. United States, 530 U.S. 255 (2000); and California v. Deep Sea Research, 523 U.S. 491 (1998). In 2001, he represented the United States in oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in United States v. Microsoft Corporation, 253 F.3d 34 (D.C. Cir. 2001) (en banc) (per curiam). He has argued cases in eleven of the thirteen U.S. Courts of Appeals. A recipient of the Coast Guard Medal for Distinguished Public Service (2000) for his advocacy in the Locke case, and of the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award (1998), Frederick was an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the United States Department of Justice from 1996 to 2001. He was graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (B.A., summa cum laude); the University of Oxford (D. Phil.), where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and the University of Texas (J.D. with honors). Frederick was a law clerk to the Honorable Byron R. White, Supreme Court of the United States, and to the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of 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). Frederick is a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C., in Washington, D.C.