Stephen B. Kinnaird is a partner in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and co-chair of the Appellate practice. He is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He has represented clients in numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals and district courts, and state appellate courts.
A highly experienced appellate lawyer, Mr. Kinnaird has handled matters involving energy, transportation, intellectual property, antitrust, environmental, telecommunications, administrative, criminal, and constitutional law. Specifically, Mr. Kinnaird has handled cases involving the Communications Act, the Interstate Commerce Act, the Federal Power Act, the Federal Railroad Safety Act, the Federal Employer’s Liability Act, the Social Security Act, the Sherman and Robinson-Patman Acts, the Lanham Act, the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, CERCLA, the Patent and Trademark Acts, ERISA, the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, and the Civil Rights Act; the Commerce, Due Process, and Takings Clauses; and the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, and Eleventh Amendments.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Kinnaird served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court, and to Judge John M. Walker, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. Kinnaird argued Padilla v. Kentucky in the United States Supreme Court in 2009. The Court ruled in favor of firm client Jose Padilla in holding that the Sixth Amendment imposed duties upon defense counsel to advise criminal defendants of the deportation consequences of criminal convictions. Mr. Kinnaird was featured on the cover of the July/August 2010 issue of The American Lawyer in a story highlighting the historic decision.
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April 08, 2015
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May 27, 2014
Paul Hastings Leads Kolon Industries to Appellate Victory in Trade Secrets Case
April 04, 2014
Paul Hastings Secures Supreme Court Victory in Important Sentencing Case
June 11, 2013
Paul Hastings Extensive Practice Strength Highlighted in The Legal 500 United States 2013
June 05, 2013
Paul Hastings Employment Practice Honored with Chambers ''Award for Excellence'' and Firms Leading Practices and Lawyers Ranked in Chambers USA 2013
May 27, 2013
Paul Hastings Secures Supreme Court Victory in Chafin v. Chafin
February 22, 2013
Paul Hastings Excels in Chambers USA 2012 Guide
June 07, 2012
Paul Hastings Secures Victory on Behalf of Invensys plc
May 25, 2012
Paul Hastings Represents Pro Bono Client Carlos Martinez Gutierrez in Supreme Court Deportation Case
January 17, 2012
Paul Hastings Excels in Chambers USA 2011 Guide
June 10, 2011
Paul Hastings Soars in 2011 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 01, 2011
Paul Hastings Excels in 2010 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 07, 2010
Paul Hastings Secures Supreme Court Victory in Padilla v. Kentucky
April 01, 2010
Top Appellate Specialist to Join Paul Hastings in Washington, D.C.
September 29, 2008
A Divided Supreme Court Upholds Inter Partes Review’s Constitutionality but Constrains the Patent Office’s Authority
April 25, 2018
The Seventh Circuit Curtails Early Appellate Review of Service of Criminal Process on Foreign Corporate Defendants
August 05, 2015
Supreme Court Opinion on Preclusive Effect of TTAB’s Registration Decisions Has Important Implications for Trademark Owners
April 15, 2015
Are You Being Served?: Appellate Courts Consider Whether the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Authorize Service on Foreign Defendants Through Domestic Subsidiaries, But Larger Question Looms
April 14, 2015
Peeling the Onion: Appellate Lawyers' Take on Disparate Cases
March 03, 2015
Minimum Contacts Inquiry Cannot Be Minimal: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Broad Reading of the Effects Test for Personal Jurisdiction
March 04, 2014
Recent Supreme Court Decision Limits the General Jurisdiction of U.S. Courts Over Foreign and Out-Of-State Corporations
January 21, 2014
An Appellate Lawyer's Role in a Trial
May 28, 2013
Multi-Tier Litigation Strategies
May 28, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court Narrows the Jurisdictional Reach of U.S. Courts in Products-Liability Litigation
July 11, 2011
High court sets new standard for legal advice in criminal cases
April 08, 2010
Patent Owner Protected by Safe Harbor Provision
January 27, 2010
Supreme Court Holds CBA Requiring ADEA Arbitration is Enforceable
April 06, 2009
High Court to Revisit Federal Preemption
February 02, 2009
All Over the High Court: Major Corporate Law Firms Dominate the Court's New Cases.
October 06, 2008
Significant Business Cases Slated for Decision in the Supreme Court Term
October 02, 2008
The American Immigration Lawyers Association
Paul Hastings was awarded the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law by The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for the Firm's representation of Jose Padilla in Padilla v. Kentucky. The Firm's 12 member pro bono team received the award on June 16, 2011 during AILA's Annual Conference.
June 16, 2011
Steve Kinnaird was recognized by Lawyers USA as one of nine Lawyers of the Year in 2010 for his representation of Jose Padilla in the Padilla v. Kentucky Supreme Court win.
January 11, 2011
The National Association of Attorneys
The National Association of Attorneys General will be honoring Steve Kinnaird, partner in the Litigation Department, for his assistance in helping state attorneys general prepare for Supreme Court cases in 2010. Mr. Kinnaird will receive the award at a reception to be held December 1 at the United States Supreme Court.
November 19, 2010
The Department of Public Advocacy
The Department of Public Advocacy has awarded Paul Hastings partner, Steve Kinnaird, with the Public Advocate's Award for his selfless, pro bono advocacy and oral argument in his Padilla v. Kentucky Supreme Court win.
June 15, 2010