Iraq Team

Sparacino PLLC has partnered with Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Fredrick, PLLC in bringing the Iraq case on behalf of American veterans, civilians and their families. Sparacino PLLC serves as investigative counsel, and Kellogg Hansen serves as trial counsel in this matter.

KELLOGG HANSEN TODD FIGEL & FREDERICK PLLC is based in Washington, D.C. Kellogg Hansen focuses on litigating complex and high-stakes matters for clients throughout the country.  Kellogg Hansen regularly takes cases to verdict at trial and argues before the United States Supreme Court.  Kellogg Hansen represents both plaintiffs and defendants, giving the firm a balanced view from both sides of litigation. Kellogg Hansen’s clients include Fortune 100 companies, investment and financial services firms, entrepreneurial start-ups, states and instrumentalities of the U.S. and foreign governments, and individuals.

Kellogg Hansen’s roster of attorneys includes former federal prosecutors and other attorneys who have held senior positions throughout the federal government. Almost all the firm’s partners and associates have served as law clerks for federal judges on the United States Courts of Appeals.

DAVID FREDERICK is a former senior attorney at the Department of Justice who represents clients across a broad spectrum of high-stakes litigation  and serves as lead counsel in this matter. David has argued more than 100 appeals, including more than 40 in the Supreme Court, in every U.S. Court of Appeals, and in five state supreme courts.  He has won or settled cases in the Supreme Court twelve years in a row.  David was retained by the National Credit Union Administration to sue big Wall Street banks for their role in causing the 2008 financial crisis, and he led the legal team that netted more than $5.1 billion in recovery from those banks.  He was also retained by retired NFL players to hold the league accountable for concealing its role in exposing players to traumatic brain injury.  David has argued several cases against pharmaceutical companies in the Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals – including cases against Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer.  David is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C and Pennsylvania.

JOSH BRANSON focuses his practice on high-stakes commercial and appellate litigation. Josh has briefed or argued cases in numer­ous federal courts, including the Supreme Court and several U.S. Courts of Appeals. Josh has particular experience with complex class actions involving large numbers of plaintiffs, including several involving allegations of sophisticated financial fraud. In addition, Josh was a member of the legal team that successfully sued the NFL for concealing its role in exposing players to traumatic brain injury. Prior to joining Kel­logg Hansen, Josh clerked for a federal appellate judge in Baltimore. Josh graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, and is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C and Massachusetts.

ANDREW GOLDSMITH is a former federal prosecutor who now rep­resents corporate and individual clients in state and federal court, as well as in investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securi­ties and Exchange Commission, and state regulatory agencies. Pre­viously, Andy was an As­sistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, where he investigated and prosecuted violent crimes and terrorism. While investigat­ing and prosecuting terrorists and their supporters, he worked with the United States Military and the Intelligence Community. In 2010, Andy was honored for his contributions to a team that pros­ecuted Sri Lankan terrorists. Andy graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and previously clerked for a federal ap­pellate judge in New York.  He is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C. and New York.

THOMAS SCHULTZ litigates complex commercial and securities cases at the trial and appellate levels.  He was part of the legal team at Kellogg Hansen that successfully recovered $5.1 billion from Wall Street banks for their role in causing the 2008 financial crisis.  Prior to joining Kellogg Hansen, Tom clerked for a federal appellate judge in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Tom received his law degree summa cum laude from Cornell Law School, where he graduated third in his class in 2013.  He is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C. and New York.

SPARACINO PLLC is based in Washington, D.C. and focuses on white-collar investigations. We take on matters relating to the Anti-Terrorism Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, whistleblowers, Dodd-Frank Act, and federal securities, fraud, and banking laws. Our lawyers have experience conducting sensitive investigations for companies and individuals, defending clients in criminal and civil enforcement proceedings, and counseling companies and individuals on international business operations in high-risk regions.

RYAN SPARACINO leads Sparacino PLLC and heads its Anti-Ter­rorism Act practice. He has expe­rience investigating bribery and terrorism throughout the Middle East. Ryan has repre­sented Iraq-related clients since 2004, including a key person in an internationally publicized U.S. law enforcement in­vestigation and federal criminal proceeding regarding Iraq. Ryan has previously practiced at large international law firms and led the D.C. office of a global private investigations firm. He comes from a family of proud mili­tary heritage. At a prior firm, Ryan helped establish a pro­gram to provide free legal counsel to American service members and their families. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, and is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C.

MARK SPARKMAN is a 30-year vet­eran of the Central Intelligence Agency. As an Operations Officer, Mark spent his career developing insight into some of the most politically and culturally complex countries and regions in the world. He served the Agency in roles throughout the globe – twice as Chief of Station, three times as Deputy Chief of Sta­tion, and as Chief of Operations for East Asia. Mark’s experi­ence stretches across numerous tours in Africa, Western Europe, Australia, and shorter stints in the Arabian Gulf. He was a member of the CIA’s Senior Intel­ligence Service, and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal and Intelligence Medal of Merit. Mark is also the survivor of an al-Qaeda-led bomb attack.  Mark is not an attorney, does not provide legal advice, and works under the supervision of a licensed Washington, D.C. attorney.