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Ludwig & Robinson has broad appellate experience, including appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and Federal Circuits, the United States Supreme Court, and numerous state appeals courts.  

Mr. Ludwig has extensive appellate experience in federal and state courts across the country. He unraveled the long-hidden meaning of the jurisdictional nexus at the heart of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act in cases before the D.C. Circuit and Supreme Court, in Odhiambo v. Republic of Kenya, 764 F.3d 31 (D.C. Cir. 2014), directing Solicitor Gen’l briefing, 136 S. Ct. 290 (2015), cert. denied, 136 S. Ct. 2504 (2016). He was trained in an appellate practice that established landmark precedent under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, Helicopteros Nacionales de Columbia, S.A. v. Hall, 466 U.S. 408 (1984), in which the Supreme Court resolved a longstanding issue of general jurisdiction over out-of-state corporations. He developed, among other things, the theory of governing law ultimately applied by the Supreme Court to the downing of KAL Flight 007 over the Sea of Japan, in Zicherman v. Korean Air Lines Co., 516 U.S. 217 (1995), and Dooley v. Korean Air Lines Co., 524 U.S. 116 (1998). Mr. Scanio has represented banks in landmark Winstar-related appeals before the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court, including Glendale Fed. Bank, FSB v. United States (Fed. Cir. 2001). Mr. Tompert likewise has broad experience in federal and state appellate courts across the country.

Applying insights gained in decades of trial and appellate litigation, the firm has an exceptional record in handling novel and complex cases. Seeking strategic and effective solutions to help its clients succeed, the firm consistently has unraveled difficult legal issues, including longstanding Gordian knots of common, statutory, and constitutional law, often with precedent-setting results.

We invite you to review other practice pages of our website for an overview of the scope and depth of our litigation practice.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Kenyan bank auditor turned whistleblower in appeals before D.C. Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court, which asked the U.S. Solicitor General’s views on L&R’s cert. petition that unravels the long-hidden meaning at the heart of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: Odhiambo v. Republic of Kenya,764 F.3d 31 (D.C. Cir. 2014),directing Solicitor Gen’l briefing, 136 S. Ct. 290 (2015), cert. denied, 136 S. Ct. 2504(2016).

  • Obtained unanimous decision in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals affirming summary judgment in favor of PNC Bank, dismissing $5m case arising from wire and account activity related to distressed real estate investment scheme: Ivanhoe Investment Partners, LP, et al, v. PNC Bank, N.A., et al. (Md. App. 2015)

  • Represented bank in Winstar-related breach of contract suit for lost profits upon disallowance of $30 million of regulatory capital, in appeal before the Federal Circuit and petition to the Supreme Court: Citizens Financial Services, FSB v. United States (Fed. Cir. 2006)

  • Represented AIG in action to recover for publicized oil spill, obtaining jury verdict upheld by the D.C. Court of Appeals: M. Pierre Equip. Co. v. Griffith Consumers Co., 831 A.2d 1036 (D.C. 2003)

  • Obtained landmark decision under the UCC on behalf of insurer in the Maryland Court of Appeals, recognizing drawer action against depositary: Hartford Fire Ins. Co. v. Maryland Nat’l Bank, 671 A.2d 22 (Md. 1996)

Selected Publications and Presentations