Tillman Breckenridge

Partner

Direct: 202.800.6030
Email: tbreckenridge@stris.com

Tillman Breckenridge is an experienced appellate lawyer whose practice includes a diverse array of appellate litigation matters at all levels. He has represented companies, organizations, individuals, and foreign, state, and local governments before the United States Supreme Court, every federal court of appeals, and several state courts, such as the Supreme Court of Virginia, the California Courts of Appeal, and the Illinois Courts of Appeal.

Mr. Breckenridge also has been an adjunct professor of law at William and Mary Law School, where he founded the Appellate & Supreme Court Clinic. His appellate successes have spanned the country, from the Supreme Court of the United States to each of the federal courts of appeals to several state supreme courts. His work has also led to numerous honors. He has been named to Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers in America, an honorary member of the Order of the Barristers, a Washington, D.C. SuperLawyer, and a member of Virginia’s Legal Elite. He also became the youngest fellow ever—and first under 40—in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

In addition to his appellate practice, Mr. Breckenridge speaks on appellate and related topics in front of various audiences. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he argued, and won, his first appeal as a third-year student in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a case that presented an issue of first impression.

Mr. Breckenridge has represented clients in a diverse array of appellate litigation matters at all levels. The matters below are representative of his experience:

Appellate Litigation
McKiver v. Murphy-Brown, LLC (Fourth Circuit)
Lead counsel in successful appellate defense of nuisance cases resulting in over $500 million in jury verdicts for neighbors of hog farms.

In re Irving H. Picard, Trustee for the Liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (Supreme Court of the United States)
Prepared petition for a writ of certiorari regarding extraterritoriality of applying Bankruptcy code Section 550(a)(2) to a foreign transaction between foreign parties.

Brennan v. Dawson (Supreme Court of the United States)
Counsel of record for a petition for a writ of certiorari requesting that the Court overturn ruling that prevents plaintiffs from asserting claims for intentional or reckless false arrest.

Massie v. Mena (Supreme Court of the United States)
Lead counsel for Respondent for case at cert. stage after being lead counsel in successful appeal in the Ninth Circuit regarding qualified immunity in a case in which a police officer thrust a non-violent non-resisting arrestee’s face into a tree.

Walmart Real Estate Business Trust v. Quarterfield Partners (Fourth Circuit)
Lead counsel on appeal for Walmart in commercial real estate contract dispute.

United States v. Lebedev (Second Circuit)
Argued criminal appeal regarding bank fraud and wire fraud convictions.

Navelski v. International Paper Co. (Eleventh Circuit)
Lead counsel in appeal of claims regarding strict liability claims resulting from dam breach.

Allen v. Greatbanc Trust Co. (Seventh Circuit)
Lead counsel in appeal of dismissal of ERISA prohibited transaction claims.

PrimeSource Building Prods. v. Huttig Building Prods. (Seventh Circuit and N.D. Ill.)
Lead counsel in appeal of injunction against business practices in trade secrets case and advise regarding trial court strategy to defeat injunction.

United States ex rel. Citynet, LLC v. Gianato (Fourth Circuit)
Lead counsel in appeal regarding False Claims Act and jurisdiction over interlocutory appeal.

Wells Fargo Ins. Svcs. v. McQuate (U.S.D.C. D. Colo.)
Trial consultant for one-week trade secrets trial.

Powell v. Huntington National Bank (Fourth Circuit)
Argued appeal of case interpreting West Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

Sperrazza v. United States (Supreme Court of the United States)
Counsel of record for petition for a writ of certiorari in criminal forfeiture case.

Brundle v. Wilmington Trust, N.A. (Fourth Circuit)
Lead counsel in appeal regarding prohibited transactions under ERISA where trial yielded $30 million judgment.

Cryer v. Franklin Resources, Inc. (Ninth Circuit)
Lead counsel in opposing petition for permission to appeal class certification under Rule 23(f)

Carter v. Forhas Taurus, S.A. (Eleventh Circuit)
Lead counsel in appeal by objectors to settlement of class action regarding allegedly defective guns.

Prescott v. Seterus (Eleventh Circuit)
Lead counsel in appeal in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case alleging that mortgage company improperly charged legal fees to consumers.
Trial Consulting
Johnson v. HCR ManorCare, LLC (Circuit Court of Harrison County, WV)
Trial consultant for three-week medical malpractice trial on behalf of nursing home company.

PrimeSource Building Prods. v. Huttig Building Prods. (Seventh Circuit and N.D. Ill.)
Lead counsel in appeal of injunction against business practices in trade secrets case and advised regarding trial court strategy to defeat injunction.

Wells Fargo Ins. Svcs. v. McQuate (U.S.D.C. D. Colo.)
Trial consultant for one-week trade secrets trial.
Amicus Briefing
NCAA v. Alston (Supreme Court of the United States)
Counsel of record for African American Antitrust Lawyers arguing that NCAA’s purported pro-competitive justification conflicts with its mission of providing opportunities for education.

Riley v. California (Supreme Court of the United States)
Counsel of record for amicus brief on behalf of 33 Criminal law professors that was relied on by the Court in its opinion. The brief discussed the potential use of Faraday bags and aluminum foil to prevent remote wiping of cell phone data.

Manuel v. City of Joliet (Supreme Court of the United States)
Amicus brief for DRI-the voice of the Defense Bar on whether malicious prosecution is a cognizable claim under the Fourth Amendment in Section 1983 cases.

Wayfair v. South Dakota (Supreme Court of the United States)
Counsel of record for an amicus brief on behalf of the State and Local Legal Center, which includes the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, the National Association of Counties, and the National League of Cities.
Education

UVA, J.D. (2001)
UVA, B.A. (1998)

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