Ms. Himes’ practice focuses primarily on civil litigation in federal trial and appellate courts. She has nearly twenty years of experience successfully litigating cases involving a wide variety of matters, with a particular emphasis on government contracts and complex tort cases. She brings to RJO enhanced capabilities to represent government contractors in federal court litigation.
Ms. Himes has a unique expertise in representing government contractors in tort cases stemming from their combat and contingency work overseas. She has significant experience in asserting such federal doctrines and defenses as federal officer removal, the Defense Base Act, the political question doctrine, combatant activities preemption, derivative sovereign immunity, and the government contractor defense. Ms. Himes also has represented clients in a number of class action and mass tort litigation matters, including the multi-district “fen-phen” diet drug litigation, and she has defended a telecommunications company against several product liability lawsuits.
Ms. Himes has extensive experience in seeking information and witness testimony from federal agencies, using the Touhy doctrine, and in litigating issues over access to public records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). She also has experience in handling claims against federal agencies brought under the Administrative Procedure Act.
Ms. Himes is involved in tort mitigation counseling for companies selling products and services to the government and commercial entities. She is familiar with contingency contracting compliance matters and disputes. Ms. Himes assists clients in navigating the difficult employment-related issues surrounding the Defense Base Act and the War Hazards Compensation Act, and has particular expertise in arbitration proceedings.
At the appellate level, she has handled matters before many federal Courts of Appeals in cases involving a broad range of subject matters, including government contractor defense, product liability, defamation, and immigration matters.
Ms. Himes also has represented clients in pro bono family law disputes, special education matters, and immigration cases.
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
Journal of Law & Politics
B.A., College of William & Mary
Magna Cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa
District of Columbia