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Joshua D. Branson

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Josh Branson is a partner in the firm who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil litigation matters. He specializes in complex commercial and appellate litigation, with particular experience in securities, ERISA, telecommunications, and antitrust cases.  At the district court level, Mr. Branson has successfully litigated numerous motions to dismiss; has represented clients throughout all phases of the discovery process; and has extensive experience enforcing and responding to non-party subpoenas.  At the appellate level, Mr. Branson has delivered oral argument in multiple U.S. Courts of Appeals and has drafted a wide array of briefs – including merits, certiorari, and amicus briefs – in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals.  In addition, he has represented clients in regulatory proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission.

Prior to joining Kellogg Hansen, Mr. Branson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Baltimore. Mr. Branson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a research assistant to Professor Laurence Tribe.  Prior to law school, he researched nuclear nonproliferation issues at the Center for Strategic & International Studies and was a national champion policy debater at Northwestern University.

Mr. Branson is currently representing service members, civilians, and their families in an Anti-Terrorism Act case against Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, GE, AstraZeneca, and Roche.

Publications

Too Hot for Courts to Handle: Fuel Temperatures, Global Warming, and the Political Question Doctrine, with Laurence H. Tribe and Tristan L. Duncan, Washington Legal Foundation Working Paper No. 169 (Jan. 2010)

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010

  • Research Assistant to Professor Laurence Tribe, 2008-2010

Northwestern University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2006

  • National Intercollegiate Debate Champion, 2005; Top Oralist, 2006

Clerkship

Law Clerk, Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2010-2011


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