Senior Counsel


Brendan Ballard represents an array of clients in state, federal and appellate court litigation throughout the United States. Brendan focuses her practice on complex business litigation, involving financial services, contracts, insurance, tax, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other commercial disputes. Brendan also advises clients in the pre-litigation phase of disputes in an effort to either avoid or prepare for potential litigation.

Brendan has a thorough knowledge of class action procedure and has achieved positive outcomes for numerous clients in complex class action suits. Brendan has defended more than a dozen companies in unclaimed property litigation and has represented numerous clients in audits conducted by contingent fee auditors.

Prior to joining the firm, Brendan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Susan G. Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. While at the firm, Brendan has represented clients before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in cases involving Fifth Amendment takings and breach of contract claims against the United States.

Brendan has appeared before trial courts throughout the country, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fourth, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuits.

Brendan earned a B.A. in Public Policy Studies, cum laude, from Duke University and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she was associate editor of the Washington University Law Review.

Selected Experience

Awards and Rankings

Named one of Washington, D.C.’s “30 Under 30” by Legal Bisnow (2008)

Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” (2013-2014)

Professional Activities

Member, American Bar Association
Member, Women’s Bar Association of the D.C. Bar
Member, Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
Member, Maryland Bar Association

  • J.D., Washington University School of Law, Associate Editor, Washington University Law Review
  • B.A., cum laude, Duke University
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Honorable Susan G. Braden, U.S. Court of Federal Claims

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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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