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Max Kalmann is a litigation associate specializing in complex trial and appellate litigation. He advises international organizations and foreign sovereigns on a broad range of US litigation risks and regularly defends them before federal courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court of the United States. His experience includes matters relating to the International Organizations Immunities Act, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, the US Anti-Terrorism Act, and US sanctions laws. Additionally, Max represents private businesses in trade matters and antitrust class-actions.
Max is committed to his active pro bono practice, which is focused on critical human rights issues such as prisoner's rights, international war crimes, and asylum law.
He leads the firm's first-ever strategic effort to challenge state prisons' use of long-term solitary confinement and has argued one such case before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has advised a UN Panel of Experts on accountability mechanisms to address human rights violations during the Sri Lankan Civil War and has successfully obtained asylum for an unaccompanied minor victim of domestic violence from El Salvador.
Prior to joining White & Case, Max served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Stephanie D. Thacker of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
During law school, Max worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for a United Nations team tasked with defending a senior leader of the Khmer Rouge regime who was accused of crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions. He also worked for the US Army JAG Corps, for the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals, and for the US Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser.
The Emergence of Due Process Following the Growth of International Antitrust Enforcement, Concurrences, Antitrust in Developing and Emerging Countries Conference Papers (2d ed. forthcoming 2016), J. Mark Gidley & Maxwell J. Hyman