Kelsi Brown Corkran, a partner in the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice, focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. A former law clerk to Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court, Kelsi has presented oral argument in 27 cases before 11 different federal appellate courts, including the en banc Ninth Circuit, and drafted dozens of significant Supreme Court briefs.
joining Orrick, Kelsi served with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil
Appellate Staff and as Counsel at Bancroft PLLC. In addition to her extensive
appellate experience, Kelsi frequently provides strategic counseling and
analysis regarding significant legal issues arising in trial litigation.
At the Department of Justice, Kelsi served as lead counsel for the federal government in more than 30 appeals representing a diverse array of federal agencies, including the Copyright Royalty Board, the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Her constitutional and administrative law experience includes briefing and arguing federal appeals involving the First Amendment, the Appointments Clause, the Bill of Attainder Clause, separation of powers, due process, equal protection, and numerous issues of statutory interpretation and regulatory authority.
She also has significant expertise in bankruptcy litigation, serving as lead counsel for the U.S. Trustees in numerous federal appeals, and, in private practice, representing creditor interests and defending against fraudulent conveyance claims. Her financial services practice includes defending against claims under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989.
In addition to her litigation experience, Kelsi previously served in the Communications Office of the White House’s Executive Office of the President, where she assisted with judicial nominations, including the confirmation hearings of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and other policy priorities such as economic recovery and health care reform. Before law school, she was a social worker in Philadelphia’s foster care system.
Kelsi serves on the Board of Trustees for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and as Program Co-Chair for the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court.