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Frederick Liu

Washington, D.C.

Frederick Liu

Fred Liu has argued in the Supreme Court of the United States and filed dozens of merits and certiorari-stage briefs in that court. He has also briefed and argued complex legal issues in numerous other courts across the country.

Before joining Hogan Lovells, Fred served as a law clerk to the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., the Chief Justice of the United States. He also clerked for the Honorable Steven M. Colloton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Honorable Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

A D.C. resident since 2010, Fred is deeply involved in the community. He serves on the board of directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund, a nonprofit organization that brings together Asian Pacific American attorneys and law students. He is also D.C. membership chair of the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Fred was named a SuperLawyers Rising Star in appellate litigation in 2014 and 2015. His scholarly work appears in various publications, including the Yale Law Journal and the Administrative Law Review.

Representative experience

Briefed and argued a capital case in the Supreme Court of the United States about the constitutionality of joint sentencing proceedings.

Briefed, argued, and won a Second Circuit appeal about the interpretation of a key New York statute governing motor-vehicle franchise agreements.

Briefed, argued, and won a Sixth Circuit appeal about the constitutionality of a federal prosecution under the Double Jeopardy Clause.

Briefed and argued a motion to dismiss various statutory and common-law claims brought against an automobile distributor in federal district court.

Perfected the record for appeal in a high-stakes, three-month trial in state court on behalf of a major managed-care organization.

Briefed and argued an appeal in New York’s highest court about whether out-of-state plaintiffs have a due-process right to opt out of a class-action settlement.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2008
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Princeton University, 2005

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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