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R. Craig Kitchen

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

R. Craig Kitchen
English, Spanish
Practice Group

A senior associate in our nationally acclaimed Appellate Practice Group, Craig Kitchen focuses on litigation in the Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and all levels of the states' appellate tribunals. He also concentrates on motions practice and issue development in trial courts nationwide. Craig has drafted certiorari- and merits-stage briefs for amici and parties in the Supreme Court and has briefed cases in the federal courts of appeals.

Before joining Hogan Lovells, Craig clerked for the Honorable Patricia A. Millett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for the Honorable Paul J. Watford of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Having clerked for two circuit judges in their first terms — both of whom came to the bench from successful careers as top-flight appellate practitioners — Craig has unique insights into how appellate advocacy shapes judicial decision-making, and a deep understanding of the structure and day-to-day practice of the federal courts of appeals. He brings that experience to bear on every appeal on which he works.

While in law school, Craig briefed his first Supreme Court case as a member of the Harvard Supreme Court Litigation Clinic and served as an Article Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology.


Representative experience

Successfully briefed case of first impression in the D.C. Circuit on a provision of the Freedom of Information Act.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2012
  • B.A., cum laude, George Mason University, 2006

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
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