Fred is a seasoned litigator who serves clients nationally as a member of the firm's General Liability Litigation Practice Group, Commercial Recoveries Litigation Practice Group and Privacy and Data Security Practice Group. He possesses extensive courtroom, litigation and managerial experience.
Fred's practice focuses on the defense of corporate clients in complex, mass tort and class action litigation in both state and federal proceedings. He leads litigation teams and develops defense strategies for product liability and data privacy cases across the country. He also spearheads teams that seek to recover damages and negotiate settlement agreements in breach of contract matters. Fred has experience managing massive discovery efforts and handling class certification litigation in complex, multi-defendant product liability and advertising technology cases. He has successfully defended clients against bad faith insurance claims, indemnification demands, and fines assessed by the D.C. government. Fred also has experience guiding and advising tech startup companies on compliance and risk-related matters.
Before joining Shook, Fred served on active duty in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. As a judge advocate, Fred served as a federal prosecutor, deputy general counsel, and civil litigation attorney. As a prosecutor, Fred served as lead counsel in seventeen felony trials. As a deputy general counsel, he successfully led legal teams domestically and abroad in matters ranging from administrative hearings and ethics issues to internal investigations and criminal prosecutions. As a civil litigator for the Army, Fred defended the Army and its senior leaders in more than 50 lawsuits in federal district and appellate courts across the United States.
Fred is a decorated combat veteran with operational experience at the tactical and strategic levels. Before earning his J.D., he served as an infantry officer and deployed multiple times to Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment. While in the Army, Fred maintained a top secret security clearance and was recognized with decorations such as the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal.