Bob Van Kirk serves as Co-Chair of Williams & Connolly’s Complex Commercial Litigation and its Securities Litigation and Enforcement practice groups. He has argued successfully at every level of the federal judicial system, including the United States Supreme Court, and has appeared in appellate and trial courts across the country representing both corporate and individual clients in complex commercial litigation, internal and government investigations, and congressional inquiries.
Bob has served as first chair in trials, appeals, arbitrations, and evidentiary hearings, developing a wide-range of substantive experience in securities, consumer and other class actions, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and RICO cases. He has served as lead counsel in matters litigated in the United States and around the world, including Europe, Asia, North America, South America, the Middle East and various off-shore jurisdictions.
Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in America, and named in Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation and Super Lawyers in the areas of General Commercial Litigation, Appellate, and Securities Litigation, Bob has been described in these publications as “a tenacious fighter who really knows his stuff” in the courtroom and as “a stellar trial lawyer” who brings a “creative and proactive approach” along with a “tireless work ethic” to his cases. In 2018, Chambers USA ranked him as one of the leading lawyers in Washington, D.C. in the category of General Commercial Litigation.
Bob has served on the firm’s Hiring, Partnership and Associate Evaluation Committees, among others.
- Lead counsel on behalf of a private equity firm and individual board members in multi-jurisdictional litigation initiated by the liquidating trustee of a bankrupt entity seeking in excess of $1 billion
- Lead counsel in a series of securities class actions against a leading private equity firm and individual board members of former fund company. Motion to dismiss granted, affirmed on appeal
- Lead trial counsel on behalf of the former CEO of major consulting firm in an action by the Liquidating Trustee seeking $2 billion in damages for alleged breaches of fiduciary duties and duties of loyalty. Case settled for pennies on the dollar
- Lead counsel in series of securities cases against private equity firm in Massachusetts, Delaware, and Kuwait involving alleged misrepresentations related to the failure of a fund that invested in mortgage-backed securities. Cases dismissed, affirmed on appeal
Last updated October 2018