Kathleen Clubb Kauffman

Location: Washington, DC
Phone: 202-594-6825
Fax: 202-833-8831
Email: E-mail Me


In her thirty year legal career, Kathleen Kauffman has represented businesses large and small in suits raising the full range of commercial claims including breach of contract and fiduciary duty; fraud; violation of antitrust, securities, and intellectual property law; accountant liability; general estate and business torts. She has represented her clients on public policy issues before administrative agencies and Congress. Among other industries, her cases have involved telecommunications, soft drinks, banks, commodities trading, farm financial institutions, trade associations, railroads, software companies, heavy equipment manufacturers, accounting firms, banks, foundation trustees, bankruptcy trustees, the insurance industry, and pharmaceutical companies. Before bringing her skills to Ackerson Kauffman Fex, Ms. Kauffman practiced in three of the nation’s most highly respected large law firms in Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles. She has represented clients in courts throughout the country and is licensed in the District of Columbia, Illinois and California.

Based on her reputation as a litigator, in 1993, Ms. Kauffman was recruited to head one of the nation’s premier litigation consulting firms. In the seven years that Ms. Kauffman served as chief executive officer, the firm advised many of the nation’s top litigators on strategies, tactics and risks in complex cases to be tried before a jury, and she was a central participant in developing litigation strategy. Many of Ms. Kauffman’s cases were reported on the front pages of the national press. Ms. Kauffman brought her extensive experience advising the company’s clients, including many law firms from the AmLaw 100 and corporations in the Fortune 50 to The Ackerson Group’s litigation practice.

Recently, Ms. Kauffman has been one of the lead counsel on nationwide class actions in numerous state and federal courts involving fiber optic cable and land rights. She has represented plaintiffs in suits against the major telecommunications companies and utilitiesĀ on behalf of classes of landowners whose land was used for the installation of fiber optic cable. Her clients in those cases involve individuals, farmers, ranchers and businesses, including Fortune 100 companies who are among some of the nation’s largest landowners. She concluded and defended on appeal one of the largest and most creative class action settlements in recent years, involving claims against the telecommunications subsidiary of Norfolk Southern. The innovative business structure that has been created as part of that settlement gives the class members both cash and a new telecommunications company of their own including a percentage of the revenue from cable installed by the defendant on 1,500 miles of their property and ownership of telecommunications assets.

Ms. Kauffman was the law clerk to Judge John D. Butzner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1979-1980.


See list of significant cases and accomplishments.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Litigation
  • Commercial Claims
  • Breach of Contract
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Fraud
  • Violation of Antitrust
  • Securities
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Accountant Liability
  • Estate
  • General Business Torts

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1980
  • Illinois, 1985
  • California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
    • J.D. – 1979
    • Honors: Highest Ranking Member of the Class
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • University of Kansas
    • B.A. – 1976

Published Works

  • Jury Selection – Sample Voir Dire Questions: Proven and Effective Examples for the Trial Lawyer , Kathleen C. Kauffman ed., Aspen Publishers, Inc., 2000
  • Witness Preparation, Contributing Writer to V. Hale Starr, Aspen Publishers, Inc., 1998
  • Pool Probes Elicit Array of Data, (Co-Author with Charles Kauffman and Kathleen C. Kauffman), National Law Journal, Sept. 23, 1996
  • Securities Regulation-Tender Offers-Standing to Sue Under Section 14(e), 26 Kan. L. Rev 624, 1978


  • IMLA Right-of-Way Ownership Issues, Washington, D.C., 2004
  • IRWA Right-of-Way Ownership Issues, Utility Right-of-Way Disputes, Kansas City, MO , 2004
  • IMLA, Right-of-Way Rights and Revenues: Opportunities for the Crossroads of America, Minneapolis, MN, 2003
  • Class Actions, Claims of Trespass and the High Dollar Time Bomb of Utility Easements and Communication Facilities, ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2003
  • Juror Selection, Lex Mundi, Phoenix, AZ, 1999
  • Arthur Miller round table on Television in the Courtroom, Colorado Bench Bar Conference, 1998
  • Juror Selection, Iowa State Bar Association, Bridge the Gap Seminar, 1997
  • Juror Selection, Iowa State Annual Bar Association Conference, 1997
  • Opening Statement in Environmental Cases, Snell & Wilmer Fall Retreat, 1997
  • Law School Guest Instructor, Supplemental Jury Questionnaires, University of Oregon, 1997
  • Post Verdict Results and Juror Attitudes, Nebraska Bench Bar Conference, 1996
  • Workshops on voir dire for Magistrate Judges, First, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits in Washington, DC, 1996
  • Speaker, National Association of Women Judges, St. Louis, MO, 1995
  • Juror Issues in Wrongful Discharge Cases, Employment Law Section, The Iowa Bar Association, 1994
  • Eighth Circuit Gender Task Force, 1994

Past Employment Positions

  • Sommer Barnard Ackerson, Partner, 2002 – 2004
  • The Ackerson Group, Chartered, Partner/Member, 2000 – 2002
  • Starr Litigation Services, Inc., CEO, 1993 – 2000
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy – Los Angeles, Of Counsel, 1989 – 1993
  • Sidley & Austin – Chicago, Associate, 1984 – 1989
  • Arnold & Porter – District of Columbia, Associate, 1980 – 1984