K. Winn Allen - Partner

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K. Winn Allen

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Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202-879-5078
Fax: +1 202-654-9648
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Professional Profile

Winn Allen litigates complex commercial cases at both the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts across the country. He has represented Fortune 500 clients in a wide variety of litigation matters involving contracts, class actions, employment law, mass torts, mergers and acquisitions, products liability, and unfair trade practices. Winn also maintains an active appellate practice, representing clients confronting complex jurisdictional, procedural, statutory, and constitutional matters.

Before joining Kirkland, Winn served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Representative Matters

Litigation Matters

INEOS v. BASF — Counsel for BASF in a lawsuit brought by INEOS seeking to enjoin the sale of BASF’s polyolefin catalysts business to W.R. Grace.

FTC v. Wyndham — Counsel for Wyndham Worldwide Corporation in lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission. In this first-of-its-kind case, the FTC alleged that Wyndham’s data-security practices constituted “unfair” and “deceptive” trade practices under Section 5 of the FTC Act.

United Auto Workers v. Honeywell — Counsel for Honeywell International Inc. in class action concerning retiree health care benefits. Case involves disputes over federal labor laws and allegations of breach of implied warranty of authority.

LightSquared v. Deere & Company, et al. — Counsel for LightSquared in suit alleging tort and contract claims against several GPS manufacturers. The case involved allegations of wrongful conduct surrounding the development and launch of a nationwide wireless broadband network.

Beer v. United States — Counsel for six federal judges who brought suit against the United States alleging that Congress’s withholding of future salary adjustments mandated by law violated the Compensation Clause of Article III. Achieved 10-2 victory before the en banc Federal Circuit.

Florida v. Georgia — Counsel for the State of Georgia in an equitable apportionment action before the Supreme Court. The case involves a dispute over the allocation of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basins.

Amar Shakti Enterprises v. Wyndham — Counsel for Wyndham Worldwide Corporation in nationwide class action brought by hotel franchisees concerning alleged breach of contract and unfair trade practices.

China Fire & Security Group Litigation — Counsel for Bain Capital in shareholder suit alleging violations of the Securities and Exchange Act in connection with the acquisition of China Fire.

Klayman v. Facebook — Counsel for Facebook in tort action stemming from offensive material posted by third-party users of Facebook’s social-networking service.

Lakin v. Facebook — Counsel for Facebook in action brought by Israeli citizens alleging injury from offensive material posted by third-party users of Facebook’s social-networking service.

Innkeepers USA Trust v. Cerberus Series Four Holdings — Counsel for Innkeepers in litigation arising out of Cerberus Capital's termination of a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization sponsor agreement with Innkeepers based on an alleged material adverse change.

Teleguz v. Pearson — Counsel for death row inmate in case where the Court held a three-day evidentiary hearing on the question of actual innocence.

Appellate Matters

M&G Polymers v. Tackett — Submitted briefs and oral argument as counsel for amicus the ERISA Industry Committee in Sixth Circuit remand from Supreme Court decision.

GlaxoSmithKline v. Humana — Counsel for GSK in seeking certiorari from the Supreme Court in case concerning the Medicare Secondary Payer Act.

Law Debenture Trust Company of New York v. Charter Communications, Inc. — Counsel for Charter Communications in opposing certiorari to the Supreme Court in case concerning the equitable mootness doctrine.

United States v. Bell — Appellate counsel for federal inmate challenging his conviction and sentence in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Obtained reversal of sentence that resulted in 7-year reduction in prison term.

United States v. Pasha — Appellate counsel for client challenging conspiracy conviction in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Obtained complete reversal of conviction. The indictment was dismissed on remand.

Other Representative Matters

Advised multinational technology company regarding intellectual property and antitrust issues.

Advised pharmaceutical company regarding statutory and constitutional issues.

Other Distinctions

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Commercial Litigation, 2015

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