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Joshua D. Branson

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Josh Branson is a partner in the firm who specializes in complex civil litigation, with particular experience in securities, telecommunications, antitrust, and interstate-water cases.  Mr. Branson has represented clients through virtually every phase of litigation: he has tried multiple cases in federal court (including as lead counsel); examined and cross-examined fact and expert witnesses; taken and defended party and non-party depositions; and briefed and argued an array of district-court motions, including motions to dismiss.  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 graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Baltimore.  Before law school, he researched nuclear nonproliferation issues at the Center for Strategic & International Studies and was a national champion policy debater at Northwestern University.

Among other matters, Mr. Branson currently represents American service members, civilians, and their families in an Anti-Terrorism Act case against Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, GE, AstraZeneca, and Roche, an Anti-Terrorism case against eight corporations with business interests in Afghanistan, and a Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act case against the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


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)


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


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

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