BRIAN STUART KOUKOUTCHOS has practiced and taught constitutional law for 25 years and has extensive appellate experience, particularly in the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Koukoutchos was awarded a B.A. with High Honors in History from Haverford College in 1980. In 1983, Mr. Koukoutchos received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Upon graduation he clerked for the Honorable Howard B. Turrentine, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Mr. Koukoutchos has wide-ranging experience in appellate litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal Courts of Appeals, and State supreme courts. From 1984 until 2001, Mr. Koukoutchos conducted an appellate practice with Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe and Stanford Law Dean Kathleen Sullivan. Mr. Koukoutchos has served as counsel or co-counsel in leading Supreme Court cases dealing with class actions (Amchem v. Windsor; Ortiz v. Fibreboard), the False Claims Act (Cook County v. Chandler, representing amicus Taxpayers Against Fraud), federalism (Pennzoil v. Texaco), the First Amendment (McConnell v. FEC; Sable Communications v. FCC), federal preemption of state law (Unum Life Ins. Co. v. Ward; Cipollone v. Liggett; Northeast Bancorp v. Federal Reserve Board), and federal Indian law (South Dakota v. Bourland).
Mr. Koukoutchos’s specialties include the First and Second Amendments, Commerce Clause litigation, the separation of powers, Fifth Amendment takings law, and federalism. Mr. Koukoutchos served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in its litigation against the tobacco companies from 1995-1998, and as Assistant Independent Counsel in the Iran-Contra investigation in 1988 and 1993. From 1996 to 2004, he was Visiting Professor of Constitutional Law at Haverford College. He is the co-author of a constitutional law casebook and the author of several articles.