Derek Ho

Derek T. Ho is a partner at the litigation boutique Kellogg Hansen in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ho
specializes in appellate and complex commercial litigation, with particular expertise in class
actions and MDL proceedings, antitrust law, and the False Claims Act. He also serves on the
firm’s executive committee.
Mr. Ho’s noteworthy appellate representations include both supporting and opposing class
certification on behalf of consumers, small businesses, and multi-national corporations. He
represented clients in three of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most significant recent class action
decisions and prevailed in all three.  See Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, 136 S. Ct. 1036 (2016);
Amgen Inc. et al. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, 133 S. Ct. 1184
(2013); American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 133 S. Ct. 2304 (2013). The
Washington Post hailed the Tyson Foods victory as a "blow to [the] corporate push against
class-action suits," and the Wall Street Journal highlighted the American Express victory
as having “strengthened the hand of business.” Mr. Ho has served as lead counsel in
numerous cases in the U.S. courts of appeal, including representing thousands of plaintiffs in
several large MDLs.
Mr. Ho also has an active trial-level practice. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants
in class actions across the country. He currently serves as co-lead MDL counsel in an antitrust
MDL against the two leading providers of automobile dealer management systems. See In re
Dealer Management Systems MDL, MDL No. 2817 (N.D. Ill.). Mr. Ho’s False Claims Act work
has helped generate more than $1 billion in recoveries for relators, while his work for defendants
has resulted in dismissal of claims asserting multiple billions of dollars in damages.
Prior to joining Kellogg Hansen, Mr. Ho served as a law clerk to the Honorable David H. Souter
of the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as the Honorable Michael Boudin of the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Mr. Ho graduated Harvard Law School magna cum laude.
He received a master’s degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard
College, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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