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Bryan M. Killian


As of November 24, 2014 practicing with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Bryan Killian is an appellate partner who briefs and argues complex and high-value issues in a range of cases, in a range of courts. He has worked on several high-profile environmental cases, including: appeals arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation; the successful constitutional challenge to California’s low carbon fuel standard; and the litigation in the D.C. Circuit challenging EPA’s regulation of stationary source greenhouse gas emissions. Bryan represented a party before the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board in a dispute under the Clean Water Act, and he continues to advise clients on the federal renewable fuel standard.

Bryan worked on a variety of appeals on other topics in the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and D.C. Circuits. In some of those cases, Bryan represented a major investment bank against fraud claims, a local school board against a claim that it violated the Establishment Clause, a corporate officer facing a federal securities class action, and large technology companies defending against claims under the American with Disabilities Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Before joining Bingham, Bryan served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court. Before that, he was a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, where he worked on federal civil and criminal appeals and on the federal government’s cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. On behalf of the government, he briefed, argued and won an appeal in the Fifth Circuit. In the year after graduating from Harvard Law School, Bryan served as a law clerk to Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Baltimore, Md.

As a law student, Bryan’s pro bono work on copyright was featured in the Harvard Law Bulletin, and as a lawyer, he has successfully resolved an authorship dispute in federal court between a Connecticut museum and a former volunteer. He speaks annually on cases decided by the Supreme Court, and he has developed and delivers a short presentation on the process for writing critical briefs. Bryan is a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Awards & Honors

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Washington, D.C. (2014)
  • Law Clerk, Justice Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Bristow Fellow, U.S. Office of the Solicitor General
  • Law Clerk, Judge Paul V. Niemeyer, U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
  • Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Editor and Supreme Court Chair, Harvard Law Review, Vols. 117-118
  • Duncan Clark Hyde Scholar (top student in Economics), University of Virginia

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