The Team

Sparacino & Andreson PLLC has partnered with Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Fredrick, PLLC in bringing this case on behalf of American veterans, civilians and their families. Sparacino & Andreson 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.

NICHOLAS HUNTER litigates com­plex commercial cases at the trial and appellate levels. Prior to join­ing Kellogg Hansen, Nic clerked for a federal appellate judge in Washington, D.C. Nic graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2013. Pre­viously, Nic advised the U.S. government on the design, development, and acquisition of advanced technologies and satel­lite systems for the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense.  He is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C. and Virginia.

STEFAN HASSELBLAD served in the United States Army Infantry be­tween 2007 and 2012. Assigned to 2nd BCT, 1st AD in Germany, he deployed to Iraq in 2008, where he served as a platoon leader in an area of operations south of Baghdad. In 2010, he deployed as part of the 170th Infantry Brigade to Afghanistan, where he helped train the Afghan Army. During his time in the Army, Stefan earned a Bronze Star for Service, a Ranger Tab, and an EIB. He left the Army in 2012 to attend Harvard Law School, graduating in the top ten percent of his class in 2015. Stefan then clerked on a federal appellate court for the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, who is now a Su­preme Court Justice. Stefan is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C. and Montana.

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 & ANDRESON PLLC is based in Washington, D.C. and focuses on white-collar investigations and litigation.  Sparacino & Andreson takes 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. Sparacino & Andreson lawyers have experience conducting sensitive investigations for companies and individuals, defended clients at trial and in criminal and civil enforcement proceedings, and counseled companies and individuals on international business operations in high-risk regions.  Sparacino & Andreson’s in-house team also includes former U.S. government intelligence professionals, an Arabic linguist and Iraq War veteran, and federal legislative and executive branch officials, as well as research, communications, and financial professionals. Sparacino & Andreson’s 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 & Andreson 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.

DEREK ANDRESON is a former fed­eral prosecutor who represents companies and executives in criminal and civil inquiries by federal law enforce­ment, including the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has led both multi-defendant and pros­ecution trial teams in white-collar matters and tried jury cases to ver­dict in federal court on both sides. Prior to S&A, Derek served as the Co-Chair of a large global law firm’s FCPA and Anti-Corruption group. Prior to law school, Derek served as a U.S. Navy SEAL for six years assigned to the U.S. Special Operations Command. He is a graduate of William & Mary Law School 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 S&A, 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.