Kosta Stojilkovic

Kosta is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz. Prior to joining the firm, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit. There, he tried a wide variety of white collar cases and received a Director’s award, an Assistant Attorney General’s award, and an FBI service award. Before his public service, he practiced at Sidley Austin, where he represented clients in trials and investigations. Kosta began his legal career by clerking for the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr. during his final term on the Court of Appeals and his first term as Chief Justice of the United States.

On average, Kosta has tried one complex case per year every year since 2007.

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    National Law Journal D.C. Rising Star 2017

Notable Matters

  • Trial counsel for Facebook, Oculus VR, and individual defendants in a federal jury trial in the Northern District of Texas (January 2017), where plaintiffs sought $6 billion in damages based on alleged use of their intellectual property. Developed trial strategy and conducted key witness examinations at trial. Won a full defense verdict for Facebook and a partial defense verdict for the remaining defendants, including the jury’s rejection of plaintiffs’ lead claim of trade secret misappropriation and all other claims where plaintiffs sought punitive damages.
  • Lead prosecutor in U.S. v. Kolon Industries, a novel prosecution of a foreign conglomerate for conspiring to steal trade secrets from DuPont. Over several years opposite a team of law firms, including a former U.S. Solicitor General, Kosta succeeded in forcing the foreign conglomerate to appear in court in the United States, and obtained a conviction and payment of $360 million in restitution and fines. As reported in The American Lawyer, the case was “a historic first.”
  • Other cases as lead prosecutor include convictions at trial in large scale identify theft, bank fraud, diplomatic immunity fraud, mortgage fraud, and entitlement fraud cases; bribery convictions of a high-ranking Pentagon official and a U.S. Army reservist in one of the largest corruption cases from the war in Afghanistan; and a series of convictions that shut down a market manipulation brokerage based in Costa Rica and a tax haven based in the Cayman Islands.
  • Successful defense of Cinergy (now known as Duke Energy) in three trials opposite the Department of Justice, Environmental Division. Conducted direct and cross examinations at trial as a law firm associate. The client prevailed on 44 out of 50 claims at the trial level, with additional claims won on appeal.

Clients & Industries

Kosta has substantial experience and a record of success in high-profile technology disputes. He played a lead role in two of the largest trade secret cases in recent history, obtaining a corporate criminal conviction and $360 million in penalties for a conspiracy to steal DuPont’s Kevlar® fiber technology in 2015, and successfully defending Facebook in a $6 billion trade secrets jury trial in 2017. He also has experience in other areas of complex litigation, including antitrust, environmental, securities, and sports law. He has represented companies and organizations such as Facebook, the NCAA, the NFL, and Duke Energy, as well as executives and other associated individuals.

Education

  • Undergraduate: St. Mary’s College of Maryland, B.A.; Valedictorian; Phi Beta Kappa; Honors Program.
  • Law: University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.; Articles Editor, Law Review; Dillard Scholar; Order of the Coif.

Clerkships

  • The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the United States (2005 – 2006).
  • The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2004 – 2005).