Cleveland, OH—January 14, 2011—Baker Hostetler announced that David B. Rivkin Jr. and Thomas D. Warren have been named co-chairs of its national Appellate practice team. With more than 50 attorneys, Baker Hostetler’s Appellate practice team has extensive experience in appellate litigation across a wide range of areas, and in counseling clients on appellate and complex civil litigation issues.
“Today’s clients require increasingly sophisticated strategic thinking and critical judgment in their appellate representation,” said national Executive Partner Steven Kestner. “David Rivkin and Tom Warren bring that approach to their work, and together they lead a team that places Baker Hostetler among the nation’s top appellate law firms.”
“David has extensive constitutional, administrative and international litigation experience along with superior knowledge and understanding of appellate practice and procedures, making him ideally suited to co-lead the team with Tom, the Appellate practice team’s current chair,” noted W. Ray Whitman, chair of Baker Hostetler’s Litigation practice.
Rivkin, who joined Baker Hostetler in 2000, has represented corporations in alien tort statute and civil RICO litigation, as well as in constitutional challenges to federal agency actions. He has also represented states and other government entities in complex legal and constitutional challenges and has considerable experience in environmental and energy matters, national security-related issues and international litigation.
From 1987 to 1993, Rivkin served in various capacities in the federal government at the White House, and the Departments of Justice and Energy, including as Associate Executive Director and General Counsel of the President’s Council on Competitiveness at the White House and as an Associate White House Counsel. He also served as Associate General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy from 1990-1991 and in the office of then Vice President George H.W. Bush as Legal Advisor to the Counsel to the President and as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy Development, United States Department of Justice.
Warren, who has led the firm’s Appellate practice team since joining the firm in 2003, handles appeals and serves in an advisory capacity to the firm’s clients and lawyers on appellate and complex civil litigation issues. He was named one of The Best Lawyers in America in Appellate Law in 2009 and 2010. In recent years, he has played a central role in the firm’s representation of the trustee in the Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC liquidation. A graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, where he was Senior Note Editor of the Stanford Law Review, Warren served in various positions in the Department of Justice prior to joining the firm, including as Chief of the General Crimes Section and Senior Litigation Counsel for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California.
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