Laura Ferguson specializes in appellate litigation and resolving complex litigation matters through dispositive motions. She is skilled at finding the winning argument and crafting clear, readable, accurate, persuasive briefs that get results for her clients. In the past year, Ms. Ferguson has secured the dismissal of four separate litigation matters, either on motions to dismiss or motions for summary judgment. In the past five years, as lead appellate counsel, Ms. Ferguson has won seven appeals, including a unanimous decision from the Supreme Court. She also regularly submits amicus briefs at the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals on behalf of clients on a wide range of issues.
With 20 years of experience as a litigator, Ms. Ferguson has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including managing the fact and expert discovery process (including foreign discovery) and preparing the case for trial. In managing the discovery process, her approach is to stay focused on the issues that matter to her client, being strategic in when to bring issues to the court, and to avoid being drawn into costly, needless sparring with opposing counsel. Her representations often involve high stakes, multi-year litigation involving issues of first impression. Her engagements have spanned a variety of subject areas, including the creditability of foreign taxes, whether non-sovereign foreign governmental organizations can be sued under various human rights statutes, the extra-territorial reach of U.S. patent laws, the constitutionality of USDA administrative claims resolution process and the scope of ERISA preemption.
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Professional and Community Involvement
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, Ninth, Eleventh, District of Columbia and Federal Circuits
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- United States Tax Court
- J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, with honors, 1991
- B.A., College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa, 1985