Kosta Stojilkovic

Kosta is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz. His practice focuses on trials and investigations. Prior to joining the firm, Kosta spent six and a half years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit, where he prosecuted a wide variety of cases, including securities and bank frauds, intellectual property crimes, bid rigging, money laundering, and bribery. He received a Director’s award for superior performance, an Assistant Attorney General’s award for distinguished service, and an FBI service award.

Before his public service, Kosta was a litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP, where he was a member of three trial teams opposite the federal government, played a key role in several investigations, and maintained an active pro bono practice. Kosta began his legal career by clerking for the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr. during the future Chief Justice’s final term on the Court of Appeals, his confirmation process for the Supreme Court, and his first term as Chief Justice.

Notable Matters

  • Lead prosecutor in U.S. v. Kolon Industries et al., a precedent-setting 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 Solicitor General of the United States, Kosta developed a theory of attaching jurisdiction that prevailed in the courts and paved the way for the conglomerate’s conviction and payment of $360 million in restitution and fines. As reported in The American Lawyer, the case was “a historic first”.
  • Lead prosecutor in a series of securities fraud and money laundering convictions centered on a brokerage in Costa Rica that catered to market manipulators in the United States and laundered more than $25 million in criminal proceeds.
  • Lead prosecutor in a series of procurement fraud convictions centered on bid rigging and illegal kickbacks in large scale government contracts with the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies.
  • Lead prosecutor in bribery convictions of a high ranking Pentagon official and a U.S. Army reservist, the latter being the largest bribery prosecution of its time arising from the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.
  • Successful defense of a power company in U.S. v. Cinergy in three trials opposite the U.S. 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.
  • Investigation and report on behalf of a Special Committee of the Board of Directors of FINRA on that organization’s handling of the Madoff and Stanford investment fraud schemes.
  • Pro bono representation of a tenant association and individual tenants in a suit over rent-controlled housing in Washington D.C., resulting in a favorable settlement for the clients.

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.

Clerkship

  • 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)