Overview

Harker Rhodes is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on Supreme Court and appellate litigation, as well as regulatory matters and strategic counseling. Harker has worked on numerous petitions for certiorari before the Supreme Court, including a successful petition in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt. Harker has also authored successful briefs before numerous federal and state appellate courts, and has experience arguing in federal court at both the appellate and the trial level. His matters have addressed a wide range of subjects, including constitutional litigation, administrative law, antitrust, bankruptcy, CERCLA, corporate veil-piercing, criminal procedure, federal preemption, labor law, personal jurisdiction, sovereign immunity, and white-collar crime. Harker has also represented corporate clients in commercial disputes, including out-of-court mediation of a multi-million-dollar contract dispute, and provided strategic counseling for clients affected by litigation risks.

Before joining Kirkland, Harker served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States, Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Rya W. Zobel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He is also a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court.

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Recognition

American Inns of Court Temple Bar Scholar, October 2016.

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Courts

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Education

  • Stanford Law SchoolJ.D.2012

    Managing Editor, Stanford Law Review

  • Harvard CollegeA.B., Linguistics; Government Minorsumma cum laude2009

    Phi Beta Kappa