Kurt G. Kastorf


Kastorf, Kurt G.

Kurt Kastorf is a counsel in the Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court and Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice Groups. He joined the firm in 2012.


Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kastorf was an appellate attorney for the United States Department of Justice, where he worked on more than 120 appeals, including cases before every circuit of the United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Kastorf served as lead counsel on several dozen matters, winning every appeal that went to judgment. He developed particular expertise in challenges to federal agency action, complex enforcement actions, environmental and natural resources law, and Indian law.

Before joining the DOJ, Mr. Kastorf was an attorney at an international law firm, representing corporate clients in complex commercial litigation and internal investigations.

While in law school, Mr. Kastorf worked as an extern for both Julie E. Carnes of the Northern District of Georgia and Justice Carol W. Hunstein of the Supreme Court of Georgia. After law school, Kurt clerked for the Hon. Ed. E. Carnes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Mr. Kastorf's recent pro bono work includes representing clients before the United States Supreme Court in cases involving the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected as a "Rising Star" in the 2013-2016 editions of Washington DC Super Lawyers

Publications & News


August 5, 2016

Department of Commerce Now Accepting Privacy Shield Self-Certifications: A Primer for Compliance and Self-Certification

The Privacy Shield framework is a voluntary program that provides companies with a mechanism for complying with EU data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the EU to the US. The framework is open to businesses subject to the enforcement jurisdiction of the US Federal Trade Commission or the US Department of Transportation.

June 10, 2014

European Court of Justice Provides Guidance Regarding Potential Liability of Cartel Members in EU Member States for Sales by Non-Cartel Participants

Last week, the EU’s highest court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), held that Member State laws may not categorically prohibit consumers from recovering from cartel members damages attributable to purchases from non-cartel participants that—acting independently—were able to charge inflated prices as a result of market-wide price effects from cartel behavior.

April 25, 2014

WilmerHale Attorneys Recognized in Annual Washington DC Super Lawyers Listing

The annual edition of the Washington DC Super Lawyers magazine, published by The Washington Post Magazine, released its 2014 listing which includes 37 WilmerHale attorneys.

April 7, 2014

Department of Justice Obtains First Litigated Extradition for Antitrust Violations

On April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced the first successful extradition of a foreign national to the United States to stand trial for alleged US criminal antitrust law violations.

March 28, 2014

Motorola Mobility v. AU Optronics: Seventh Circuit Curtails Liability for Foreign Component Sales in International Cartel Cases

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an important opinion in Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp., No. 14-8003, 2014 WL 1243797 (7th Cir. Mar. 27, 2014), part of the LCD flat panel antitrust litigation that has been ongoing since December 2006.

May 3, 2013

Partners Waxman, Gorelick Among WilmerHale Attorneys to Receive Prestigious DC Rankings in Super Lawyers

The annual edition of the Washington DC Super Lawyers magazine, published by The Washington Post Magazine, listed 34 WilmerHale attorneys in this year’s rankings.

June 25, 2012

A More Divisive, Political US Supreme Court? Think Again.

An article by Kurt G. Kastorf, published in The Christian Science Monitor on June 25, 2012.

Professional Activities

Mr. Kastorf has taught brief writing and appellate advocacy at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

Mr. Kastorf is a member of the Emory Law Alumni Board and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Emory Law Journal.


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JD, with High Honors, Emory University School of Law, 2006, Henry L. Bowden Scholar, Paul Bryan Prize, Henry Quillian Prize, Executive Articles Editor, Emory Law Journal, Adjunct Editor, NYU Journal of Law & Liberty

BA, Political Science and Philosophy, Emory University, 2002

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia



The Hon. Edward E. Carnes, US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2006 - 2007

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