The work in Miller & Chevalier's core substantive practice areas of tax, white collar, employee benefits, and international often involves complex disputes that must be resolved in federal court, and we have developed a deep bench of elite litigators capable of handling the most significant of matters.  Given our federal regulatory practice areas and Washington, DC home, we are particularly adept at litigating against the federal government, representing government entities and officials, handling cross-border disputes, and representing clients in connection with novel or unsettled legal issues, including complex federal jurisdictional, preemption, and deference doctrine questions. Our cases take us to federal district and appellate courts throughout the country, as well as our local federal courts in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, including the expedited ("rocket") docket in the Eastern District of Virginia. In addition to our extensive litigation experience in the firm's core specialties, we frequently litigate cases involving government contracts or programs, such as False Claims Act (FCA) cases, Administrative Procedure Act matters, and Inspector General inquiries.  We also represent corporations and their executives in a range of high-end commercial and governance disputes, including those related to fiduciary duty, contract disputes, director and officer liability, employment and severance claims, and information protection.   

With a team of over 30 litigators, we handle matters from pre-complaint investigation, through discovery, summary judgment, trial, and the appeals process. We have the bench strength to successfully litigate against any firm or the federal government but are small enough to ensure that client service remains at the forefront of every engagement. Our command of the facts, law, and written advocacy, and our knowledge of the courts often results in case resolution through favorable settlement or successful dispositive motions, avoiding the risk and expense of a trial. For those cases that go to trial, we bring extensive trial experience. Most of our litigators are seasoned trial lawyers who previously served as Assistant U.S. Attorneys, other senior U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) litigators, and Public Defender Service (PDS) lawyers. We also have considerable experience in resolving cases through mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

  • We are counsel to three Unification Church entities in their action against the directors of a non-profit corporation established to support the Unification Church. The suit alleges that the current directors breached their fiduciary duty to the non-profit when they amended its articles of incorporation to change the non-profit's purposes and then diverted hundreds of millions of dollars in assets to a new purpose. The suit also involves breach of contract claims by the non-profit's principal donor. The case already has included two appeals, both resolved in our clients' favor.     
  • In August 2018, we secured a dismissal of a shareholder derivative suit against a major insurance company and our client, a former officer of the company. 
  • In September 2018, we obtained a $36.4 million judgment in a suit brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act terrorism exception on behalf of a dual Iranian-U.S. citizen who was wrongfully detained and tortured in Iran.  
  • Since 2013, the firm has been representing three non-profit corporations in Pennsylvania that are the subject of a parens patriae lawsuit brought by the Pennsylvania Attorney General seeking to challenge various transactions and corporate governance practices of the three corporations, including transactions between the corporations and certain of their directors or officers, who are also defendants in the lawsuit.
  • We recently represented an airline in an industry-wide FCA investigation involving concerns about compliance with contracts with the U.S. Postal Service.
  • We represent Innovative BioDefense, Inc., a California-based hand sanitizer company, and its President and CEO in a lawsuit filed by the DOJ in federal court in California. The complaint alleges violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act resulting from the alleged distribution of unapproved new drugs and misbranded drugs.
  • Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Assistant United States Attorney, District of Columbia
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Illinois
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia
  • Trial Chief, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Senior Investigative Counsel, Special Committee on Investigations, U.S. Senate
  • Chief, Special Litigation Division, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Appellate Deputy Public Defender, Nevada State Public Defender's Office
  • Tax Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Deputy Associate Solicitor, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Trial Attorney and Director of Training, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Supervising Attorney, Trial Division, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Senior Trial Attorney, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
  • ERISA Counsel, Regional Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
  • ERISA Trial Attorney, Regional Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Staff Attorney, Appellate and Trial Divisions, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms": Commercial Litigation (District of Columbia), 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2018
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms": Litigation - Tax (National), 2011 - 2018
  • Chambers USA: ERISA Litigation (Nationwide), 2015 - 2019
  • Chambers USA: Tax: Controversy (Nationwide), 2007 - 2019
  • Legal 500: Labor & Employment: ERISA Litigation (U.S.), 2012 - 2018
  • Legal 500: Tax: Contentious (U.S.), 2007 - 2018