Kate Comerford Todd, Vice President & Chief Counsel for Appellate Litigation
Kate Comerford Todd is vice president chief counsel for appellate litigation for the National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC), the litigation arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Todd has a broad range of government and private sector experience, with particular expertise in federal appellate practice and constitutional law.
Before joining the Chamber, Todd served in the White House as associate counsel to the president, advising the president and his staff on a wide range of legal and constitutional issues. She also liaised with other officials in the executive branch and consulted with members of Congress and their staff.
Prior to her service in the White House, Todd was a partner in the appellate, litigation, and communications practices of the firm Wiley, Rein & Fielding, in Washington, D.C. She represented corporations in federal and state litigation and regulatory matters and helped them develop and execute national, multiforum legal strategies. Todd teaches the law of federal courts at The George Washington University Law School, and she taught constitutional law at Cornell University’s Washington program.
During the 2000 Term of the Supreme Court of the United States, Todd served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and clerked for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Todd graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree in government, history, and international relations from Cornell University, graduating cum laude in history and with distinction in all subjects.