Sparacino PLLC has partnered with Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Fredrick, PLLC in bringing this 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.
BENJAMIN MARGO represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial cases at the trial and appellate levels. Previously, he clerked for a federal appellate judge in Portland, Maine. Ben graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he worked as a research assistant in the area of national security law. He also holds an M.A. with Honors in U.S. National Security Policy from Georgetown University. Before law school, Ben served as a military analyst for the United States government and was awarded a civilian Iraq Service Coin. 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. Our in-house team of attorneys and professionals, who work under the supervision of attorneys, includes an Arabic linguist and Iraq War veteran, a former U.S. government intelligence professional, people with past experience in the legislative and executive branches, as well as research, communications, and financial professionals. Our combination of professionals provides the firm’s clients with an interdisciplinary skill set to address investigative and white collar needs in the U.S. and abroad.
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.
SARAH ALLEN has built a career focused on enforcement of our criminal and national security laws and policies. Sarah served as counsel to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, where she advised members of Congress on high-profile issues including terrorism, white-collar crime, human trafficking and child exploitation, firearms, and reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act. Sarah’s prior work includes her years practicing white collar litigation at a large law firm. She has represented clients in both civil and criminal matters before federal and state investigators. Sarah graduated in the top 10% of her class from the University of Iowa College of Law and is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C.
STACY TAYLOR focuses her practice on Anti-Terrorism Act and national security-facing matters. Prior to joining Sparacino PLLC, Stacy retired from the U.S. Army and was a member of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. During her tenure, Stacy oversaw administrative investigations for the Army. She also deployed to the Horn of Africa to assist in Rule of Law efforts. Stacy served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), as well as the JFK Special Warfare Center and School. She received her JD from the University of Idaho School of Law and obtained her LLM from the Judge Advocates General Legal Center and School. Stacy is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C.
ATIF OMER is an investigator of terrorist groups in the Middle East. He served in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Liaison and Arabic Linguist in support of Special Operations counterterrorism missions worldwide. Atif was assigned to interrogation teams responsible for High Value Targets held at Camp Bucca in Iraq, including current and former members of ISIS leadership. He was also part of the Joint Intelligence Group at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he worked with CIA and U.S. Special Operations teams to conduct interrogations of select detainees. While deployed in Iraq with the Navy, Atif survived a roadside bomb attack by Jaysh al-Mahdi. Atif is not an attorney, does not provide legal advice, and works under the supervision of a licensed Washington, D.C. attorney.
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.