Ayesha N. Khan is a seasoned trial and appellate litigator. She has served as counsel in thirty-five U.S. Supreme Court cases, more than one hundred federal appellate proceedings, scores of federal district court cases, and dozens of state trial and appellate matters.
Prior to coming to Potomac Law, she was a Deputy Chief with the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, where she represented the United States in appellate litigation before the federal courts of appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Before that, she was the Legal Director of a national advocacy organization, overseeing a team of attorneys in a nationwide trial and appellate litigation practice.
Ms. Khan represents both business clients and individuals before trial and appellate courts in a range of commercial and non-commercial disputes. Many of her federal-court cases have raised complex substantive and procedural questions involving the First Amendment, class-action practice, civil rights, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Her state-law practice has spanned constitutional, statutory, common-law, and tort-law questions, involving malicious prosecution, products liability, contracts, defamation, family law, and a wide array of other issues. In addition, she has litigated criminal cases involving, among other things, human trafficking, civil rights conspiracies, habeas corpus protections, and the federal sentencing guidelines.
Ms. Khan’s wide-ranging litigation background enables her to represent a broad spectrum of clients in cases of all kinds. She prides herself on approaching each engagement with a fresh and creative eye, providing clients with a frank assessment of the merits of disputes, and scaling each representation to fit a client’s needs.
Ms. Khan is often called upon by media outlets to provide commentary on legal issues relevant to her litigation practice and many of her cases have garnered extensive media coverage. She has appeared on numerous national and local news programs, including ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Mathews, Fox TV’s O’Reilly Factor, and CNN’s Prime News and The World Today. She has also been interviewed on dozens of national and local radio programs, including NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In addition, she has been quoted in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Int’l Herald Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Chicago Tribune, and dozens of regional newspapers.
United States District Court for the Northern District of California, The Honorable Charles A. Legge, 1989-1990
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
District of Columbia Court of Special Appeals
Maryland Supreme Court
Maryland Court of Special Appeals