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Bobby R. Burchfield is a senior partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm King & Spalding. He is a courtroom lawyer who tries cases to judges and juries and argues appeals throughout the country, and has argued two important First Amendment cases in the Supreme Court of the United States.  Bobby serves as lead counsel in C-suite level disputes involving antitrust, class action, other complex commercial issues, often in matters involving nine and ten figures. He also represents officeholders, candidates, and political parties in cases involving constitutional and other issues. Bobby has never lost a jury trial.

Chambers USA rates Bobby in its highest category (Band One) for General Commercial Litigation in Washington, D.C. and nationally for expertise in Political Law. Based on client interviews, the 2020 edition of Chambers USA describes him as “brilliant” and “stellar” for his “legal skills, his strong business acumen, and his responsiveness to clients,” and writes that “he is particularly noted for his expertise in jury trials.” Benchmark Litigation deems him a “National Litigation Star,”  as well as one of its five nominees for its national 2016 “General Commercial Litigator of the Year.”  BTI has selected him three times as a “Client Service All-Star.” Best Lawyers in America has listed him for over 20 years.

Bobby serves as the Independent Ethics Advisor to the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, which holds the President’s business assets. In this highly scrutinized role, certain categories of transactions may be consummated only upon his written confirmation that they comply with written ethics standards. By appointment of President George W. Bush, he served as a member of the Antitrust Modernization Commission, which issued its report and recommendations in April 2007. During 1992, he served as General Counsel to President George H.W. Bush’s reelection campaign. 

A 1979 graduate (with high honors) from George Washington Law School, at which he served as Editor-in- Chief of the Law Review, Bobby clerked for the Hon. Ruggero J. Aldisert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Among his numerous awards are the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from George Washington University, the Jacob Burns Award for Service to the George Washington Law School, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Wake Forest University, from which he graduated in 1976 with Honors in Economics and Political Theory, and the Lawyer of the Year Good Scout Award and Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He has served three four-year terms on the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest University, most recently in the role of Vice Chair. In May 2015, Bobby delivered the DiZerenga Lecture and Commencement Address to the graduating class of the George Washington Law School.

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Credentials

J.D., George Washington University Law School, high honors, Order of the Coif, Editor in Chief of Law Review

B.A., Wake Forest University, cum laude with departmental distinction

District of Columbia

Judicial Clerk, Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Federalist Society, Republican National Lawyers Association

Delivered the diZerenga Lecture and Commencement Address at The George Washington Law School.


2015

Named "Client Service All-Star" by BTI three times.


2015, 2016, 2018

One of five nominees by Benchmark Litigation for "General Commercial Litigator of the Year."


2016

Named “National Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation.


2020

Ranked highly by Chambers in general commercial litigation for Wash. DC (Band 1) and national political law (Band 3)


2020

Named three times as one of the top 500 lawyers in America by LawDragon.

Received Jacob Burns Award for exemplary service to George Washington Law School.


2019

Listed by Best Lawyers in America for 20 consecutive years, recently for Antitrust, Commercial, and First Amendment Law


Best Lawyers

Received "Distinguished Eagle Scout Award" from Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council.


2016

Received the "Lawyer of the Year Good Scout Award" from the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.


2015

Named "Republican Lawyer of the Year" by Executive Committee of the Republican National Lawyers Association.


2015

Received "Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award," the highest alumni recognition from the George Washington University.


2012

Received "Distinguished Alumni Award," from Wake Forest University.


2006

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Recognition

Delivered the diZerenga Lecture and Commencement Address at The George Washington Law School.


2015

Named "Client Service All-Star" by BTI three times.


2015, 2016, 2018

One of five nominees by Benchmark Litigation for "General Commercial Litigator of the Year."


2016

Named “National Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation.


2020

Ranked highly by Chambers in general commercial litigation for Wash. DC (Band 1) and national political law (Band 3)


2020

Named three times as one of the top 500 lawyers in America by LawDragon.

Received Jacob Burns Award for exemplary service to George Washington Law School.


2019

Listed by Best Lawyers in America for 20 consecutive years, recently for Antitrust, Commercial, and First Amendment Law


Best Lawyers

Received "Distinguished Eagle Scout Award" from Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council.


2016

Received the "Lawyer of the Year Good Scout Award" from the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.


2015

Named "Republican Lawyer of the Year" by Executive Committee of the Republican National Lawyers Association.


2015

Received "Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award," the highest alumni recognition from the George Washington University.


2012

Received "Distinguished Alumni Award," from Wake Forest University.


2006

Matters

CNH Industrial America LLC v. Reese, 138 S.Ct. 761 (2018) (unanimously and summarily reversing Sixth Circuit's decision, and holding that health benefits payable to a class of retirees expired with the collective bargaining agreement and were not lifetime vested)

McConnell v. FEC, 540 U.S. 93 (2003) (constitutional challenge to Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2003, known as “McCain-Feingold” Act).

McCutcheon v. FEC, 134 S. Ct. 1434 (2014) (striking down on First Amendment grounds aggregate contribution limits in Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2003).

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CNH Industrial America LLC v. Reese, 138 S.Ct. 761 (2018) (unanimously and summarily reversing Sixth Circuit's decision, and holding that health benefits payable to a class of retirees expired with the collective bargaining agreement and were not lifetime vested)

McConnell v. FEC, 540 U.S. 93 (2003) (constitutional challenge to Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2003, known as “McCain-Feingold” Act).

McCutcheon v. FEC, 134 S. Ct. 1434 (2014) (striking down on First Amendment grounds aggregate contribution limits in Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2003).

DaVita Inc. v. United State, No. 1:11-cv-00297-MCW (Ct.Fed.Cl.)(achieved $538 million settlement payment to DaVita Inc. in its claim against the United States for underpayments for dialysis services). 

John A. Bennett, M.D., et al. v. ITOCHU Int’l Inc., et al. (E.D. Pa. June 7, 2013) (after obtaining summary judgment over plaintiffs’ “failed deal” claims seeking $100 million, and on clients’ claims for $14 million, obtained complete defense verdict on remaining breach of contract claims and counterclaim recovery of $725,000 after two week jury trial in Philadelphia), aff'd, 572 Fed. Appx. 80 (3d Cir. 2014).

Warren General Hospital v. Amgen, Inc., 643 F.3d 77 (3rd Cir. 2011) (antitrust class action seeking billions of dollars in damages from client Amgen; 12(b)(6) dismissal affirmed by the Third Circuit).

Ortho Biotech Ltd. v. Amgen Inc. (D. N.J.) (antitrust action for injunction and over $6 billion in damages against client Amgen; successfully defended Amgen against request for preliminary injunction in one week trial; later settled for less than 5% of damages claim).

Democratic National Comm. v. Republican National Comm., 2019 WL 11755 (3d Cir.) (affirming order vacating 36-year old consent decree).

Cole v. Meritor, Inc., 855 F.3d 695 (6th Cir. 2017) (reversing judgment for class of retirees and remanding for entry of judgment in favor of client Meritor), cert. denied, 138 S.Ct. 477 (2017).

Gallo v. Moen Incorporated, 813 F.3d 265 (6th Cir. 2016) (reversing and directing entry of judgment for client in class action by retirees seeking lifetime, fully paid health care benefits valued at tens of millions of dollars), cert. denied, 137 S.Ct. 375 (2016).

Matters

CNH Industrial America LLC v. Reese, 138 S.Ct. 761 (2018) (unanimously and summarily reversing Sixth Circuit's decision, and holding that health benefits payable to a class of retirees expired with the collective bargaining agreement and were not lifetime vested)

McConnell v. FEC, 540 U.S. 93 (2003) (constitutional challenge to Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2003, known as “McCain-Feingold” Act).

McCutcheon v. FEC, 134 S. Ct. 1434 (2014) (striking down on First Amendment grounds aggregate contribution limits in Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2003).

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Matters

CNH Industrial America LLC v. Reese, 138 S.Ct. 761 (2018) (unanimously and summarily reversing Sixth Circuit's decision, and holding that health benefits payable to a class of retirees expired with the collective bargaining agreement and were not lifetime vested)

McConnell v. FEC, 540 U.S. 93 (2003) (constitutional challenge to Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2003, known as “McCain-Feingold” Act).

McCutcheon v. FEC, 134 S. Ct. 1434 (2014) (striking down on First Amendment grounds aggregate contribution limits in Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2003).

DaVita Inc. v. United State, No. 1:11-cv-00297-MCW (Ct.Fed.Cl.)(achieved $538 million settlement payment to DaVita Inc. in its claim against the United States for underpayments for dialysis services). 

John A. Bennett, M.D., et al. v. ITOCHU Int’l Inc., et al. (E.D. Pa. June 7, 2013) (after obtaining summary judgment over plaintiffs’ “failed deal” claims seeking $100 million, and on clients’ claims for $14 million, obtained complete defense verdict on remaining breach of contract claims and counterclaim recovery of $725,000 after two week jury trial in Philadelphia), aff'd, 572 Fed. Appx. 80 (3d Cir. 2014).

Warren General Hospital v. Amgen, Inc., 643 F.3d 77 (3rd Cir. 2011) (antitrust class action seeking billions of dollars in damages from client Amgen; 12(b)(6) dismissal affirmed by the Third Circuit).

Ortho Biotech Ltd. v. Amgen Inc. (D. N.J.) (antitrust action for injunction and over $6 billion in damages against client Amgen; successfully defended Amgen against request for preliminary injunction in one week trial; later settled for less than 5% of damages claim).

Democratic National Comm. v. Republican National Comm., 2019 WL 11755 (3d Cir.) (affirming order vacating 36-year old consent decree).

Cole v. Meritor, Inc., 855 F.3d 695 (6th Cir. 2017) (reversing judgment for class of retirees and remanding for entry of judgment in favor of client Meritor), cert. denied, 138 S.Ct. 477 (2017).

Gallo v. Moen Incorporated, 813 F.3d 265 (6th Cir. 2016) (reversing and directing entry of judgment for client in class action by retirees seeking lifetime, fully paid health care benefits valued at tens of millions of dollars), cert. denied, 137 S.Ct. 375 (2016).

Credentials

J.D., George Washington University Law School, high honors, Order of the Coif, Editor in Chief of Law Review

B.A., Wake Forest University, cum laude with departmental distinction

District of Columbia

Judicial Clerk, Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Federalist Society, Republican National Lawyers Association

Delivered the diZerenga Lecture and Commencement Address at The George Washington Law School.


2015

Named "Client Service All-Star" by BTI three times.


2015, 2016, 2018

One of five nominees by Benchmark Litigation for "General Commercial Litigator of the Year."


2016

Named “National Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation.


2020

Ranked highly by Chambers in general commercial litigation for Wash. DC (Band 1) and national political law (Band 3)


2020

Named three times as one of the top 500 lawyers in America by LawDragon.

Received Jacob Burns Award for exemplary service to George Washington Law School.


2019

Listed by Best Lawyers in America for 20 consecutive years, recently for Antitrust, Commercial, and First Amendment Law


Best Lawyers

Received "Distinguished Eagle Scout Award" from Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council.


2016

Received the "Lawyer of the Year Good Scout Award" from the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.


2015

Named "Republican Lawyer of the Year" by Executive Committee of the Republican National Lawyers Association.


2015

Received "Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award," the highest alumni recognition from the George Washington University.


2012

Received "Distinguished Alumni Award," from Wake Forest University.


2006

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Recognition

Delivered the diZerenga Lecture and Commencement Address at The George Washington Law School.


2015

Named "Client Service All-Star" by BTI three times.


2015, 2016, 2018

One of five nominees by Benchmark Litigation for "General Commercial Litigator of the Year."


2016

Named “National Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation.


2020

Ranked highly by Chambers in general commercial litigation for Wash. DC (Band 1) and national political law (Band 3)


2020

Named three times as one of the top 500 lawyers in America by LawDragon.

Received Jacob Burns Award for exemplary service to George Washington Law School.


2019

Listed by Best Lawyers in America for 20 consecutive years, recently for Antitrust, Commercial, and First Amendment Law


Best Lawyers

Received "Distinguished Eagle Scout Award" from Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council.


2016

Received the "Lawyer of the Year Good Scout Award" from the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.


2015

Named "Republican Lawyer of the Year" by Executive Committee of the Republican National Lawyers Association.


2015

Received "Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award," the highest alumni recognition from the George Washington University.


2012

Received "Distinguished Alumni Award," from Wake Forest University.


2006