Kate Comerford Todd

Kate Comerford Todd

Partner, Ellis George Cipollone

Kate Todd is the Managing Partner of Ellis George Cipollone’s new Washington office.  She recently served as deputy counsel to President Trump, advising the President on judicial selection.  Kate has a broad range of government, private sector, and non-profit experience, with particular expertise in administrative law and constitutional litigation.

Kate previously served as a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, on the D.C. Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Procedures, and as a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center and of the D.C. Circuit Historical Society. 

Kate is former senior vice president and chief counsel for the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, the litigation arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  In this role, she spearheaded and expanded the Chamber’s aggressive litigation docket and developed and managed multi-forum strategies throughout the state and federal courts and through extensive practice at the Supreme Court of the United States.

Earlier in her career, Kate served as associate counsel to President George W. Bush and was a partner in the appellate, litigation, and communications practices of the firm Wiley, Rein & Fielding, in Washington, D.C.  She taught the law of federal courts at The George Washington University Law School for many years and constitutional law at Cornell University’s Washington program.

Kate served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was executive editor of the Harvard Law Review.  She received her undergraduate degree in government, history, and international relations from Cornell University.

Todd lives in Virginia with her husband, Gordon, and their five children.

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