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C. Frederick Beckner III

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
C. Frederick Beckner, III

C. Frederick Beckner, III, a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, represents companies in regulated industries in a range of complex litigation and appellate matters before federal agencies, federal district courts, courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Beckner also has experience handling competition-related administrative and merger proceedings before federal agencies including the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of Justice.

While at the Department of Justice, Mr. Beckner was responsible for overseeing the Torts Branch, handling complex torts actions against the United States and senior federal officials in a range of areas, including national security and constitutional tort cases, and cases arising out of the environmental, immigration, law enforcement aviation and admiralty contexts. He also oversaw the DOJ’s Office of Consumer Litigation, responsible for both civil and criminal enforcement in federal court of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, and other similar statutes. As a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Beckner argued a number of cases involving national security issues, sovereign immunity, constitutional law, admiralty law and mass torts.

Mr. Beckner is recognized by Benchmark Appellate (2013) as a D.C. Circuit Litigation Star. He holds a B.S. from the Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. from the University of Michigan, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center, were he was notes editor on the Georgetown Law Journal. He served as a law clerk to then Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


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Publications and Multimedia
Amtrak and the Non-Delegation Doctrine in the Supreme Court - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
December 10, 2014