Areas of Practice
  • Spanish
  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1995, Editor, John Marshall Law Review, Order of John Marshall Honorary Scholarship Society
  • DePauw University, B.A., History, 1988
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Alice E. Loughran

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6202
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Alice E. Loughran is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, where she is a member of the Litigation and Regulatory & Industry Affairs Departments.

Prior to joining Steptoe, Ms. Loughran participated in the Attorney General's Honors Program and became a trial attorney in the civil division of the US Department of Justice.  She appeared in seven of the federal circuits and handled more than 30 appellate arguments.  She also appeared in numerous district courts across the country and acted as lead defense counsel in two class actions.

Since joining the firm, Ms. Loughran has been active in appellate and district court litigation.  She has worked on two petitions for a writ of certiorari, three merits briefs, six amicus briefs, and an emergency stay motion in the US Supreme Court.  In addition, she has worked on several briefs in the federal circuit courts (DC, First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits) and state supreme courts (Kansas, Texas, West Virginia, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska).  She has represented clients in federal and state courts on a wide variety of issues including federal preemption, intellectual property, punitive damages, and taxation of intellectual property developed overseas.

Representative Matters

  • Recognized in the 2009 Appellate Hot List of the National Law Journal for the briefs and argument in Johnston v. Multidata Systems Intern. Corp., 523 F.3d 602 (5th Cir. 2008) (reversing the district court in an interlocutory appeal and remanding with instructions to dismiss the case).
  • Prevailed in federal preemption challenge to the state regulatory agency’s authority to set retail rates based on its own determination that a utility has not complied with the federal tariff.  AEP Texas North Co. v. Texas Indus. Energy Consumers, 473 F.3d 581 (5th Cir. 2006), cert. denied, 552 U.S. 812 (2007).
  • Represented amici curiae in successful challenge to IRS transfer pricing rules for expenses related to employee stock-based compensation.  Xilinx, Inc. v. C.I.R., 598 F.3d 1191 (9th Cir. 2010). 


  • Legal 500 US, Transport: Rail and Road, 2017
  • Recognition of Excellence Award, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (2008)
  • Special Achievement Award, US Department of Justice (2000)
  • Attorney General’s Honor Program (1995-1997)

Select News & Events

Selected Publications

  • Minimizing Collateral Damage from the Collateral Source Rule: Why Eichel is Obsolete, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Special Litigation Conference XVI (Park City)
    January 2006
  • How To Avoid Punitive Damages, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association Risk Management Webinar
    November 2005
  • Punishment Without Crime: An Update on Punitive Damages
    2005, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (Vail)
  • Congress, Categories, and the Constitution – Whether Mandatory Detention of Criminal Aliens Violates Due Process, 18 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 681
    Symposium: Supreme Court Review
    Summer 2004
  • When Taxes Help: Excluding Railroad Retirement Taxes from Damages for Lost Wages, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
    2004, New Mexico
  • Defending Against Punitive Damages After State Farm v. Campbell, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
    2003, Monterey
  • When Worlds Collide: How Public Utilities Deal With Suppliers in Bankruptcy, Edison Electric Institute (Assisted with drafting presentation)
    2003, Boston