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Biography

Kyle Singhal is a partner of the law firm Hopwood & Singhal, PLLC. Kyle's legal practice consists primarily of federal appellate litigation (civil and criminal), criminal sentencing mitigation, and criminal justice matters. Kyle's federal sentencing mitigation work includes, for example, working with clients to navigate the Presentence Investigation Report process, drafting objections to the Presentence Investigation Report, and preparing sentencing submissions. Kyle's criminal appellate matters include challenges to federal wire-fraud convictions, § 924(c) enhancements, and Sentencing Guidelines calculations. Kyle's civil appellate matters include challenges to administrative-agency actions and multi-million-dollar receivership disputes.

 

Kyle earned his law degree, with highest honors, from the George Washington University Law School. While in law school, Kyle competed in and won the National Moot Court Competition, placing first among competitors from 175 law schools. Kyle also competed in and won the Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court, arguing in front of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. After law school, Kyle worked for the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project in Washington, DC, advocating on behalf of wrongly convicted state and federal prisoners. Kyle then served as a law clerk, first for Judge Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and then for Judge John K. Bush on the same court.

 

Apart from his legal practice, Kyle is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School, where he teaches the Appellate Practice course as well as a one-credit bar exam pre-review.  Kyle also taught a Constitutional Law seminar at the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law from 2019 through 2023. And Kyle provides private tutoring for aspiring lawyers who have previously failed the bar exam and are attempting the exam a second or third time. Kyle lives with his wife Emilee and son Theodore. Kyle splits his time between coastal Maine and Washington, D.C.

Credentials

+ Education

J.D., George Washington University, with highest honors

B.S.S., Ohio University, magna cum laude

+ Admissions

District of Columbia

Vermont

 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of

Columbia (D.D.C.)

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan (W.D. Mich.)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (E.D. Mich.)

Contact

1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Suite 200

Washington, DC 20006

(202) 769-4080

kyle@hopwoodsinghal.com

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Representative Cases

Below is a list of some of Mr. Singhal's

recent matters, with relevant opinions or filings. Please note that past successes are no guarantee of any future outcomes. 

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Kyle Singhal

Partner

  • United States v. Hazelwood (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit): successfully represented Appellant, a company president, in obtaining reversal of convictions and 150-month sentence in $56 million federal wire fraud case [opinion]; and successfully obtained bail pending appeal to permit Appellant to remain at home rather than spending any time in prison [order]. On remand, the government moved to dismiss all charges, and our client was fully exonerated.

  • NetChoice v. Paxton (U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit): represented acclaimed Columbia Law School Professor Philip Hamburger as amicus curiae in support of the Texas Attorney General's appeal against a trade association representing Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. After a victory in the Fifth Circuit, we filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court opposing an emergency application to stay the Fifth Circuit's ruling. [Supreme Court brief; 5th Circuit brief]. In its final decision (another victory), the Fifth Circuit cited our brief favorably on page 16 of its opinion.

  • United States v. Omar (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit): currently representing the Defendant, a physician, in $108m wire-fraud and healthcare-fraud case [brief; case is pending]

  • United States v. Clausen (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania): successfully represented the Defendant, an incarcerated individual, in obtaining compassionate release, reducing a 213-year sentence to 20 years 4 months (time served), where the Defendant had been convicted of possessing a firearm in connection with multiple robberies [opinion]

  • United States v. Maxwell (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit): successfully obtained reversal for the Appellant, an incarcerated individual, whom the district court deemed ineligible for relief under First Step Act [opinion]

  • United States v. Pannell (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit): won a certificate of appealability on behalf of defendant serving 18-year sentence for armed postal robbery consecutively with 7-year sentence for brandishing a firearm under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c); argued that the § 924(c) count was invalid because the robbery is not a "crime of violence" when Pinkerton liability forms the basis for conviction. [motion for certificate of appealability; reply; order]

  • Carnes v. United States (U.S. Supreme Court): represented Drug Policy Alliance as amicus curiae in support of the Petitioner's constitutional challenge to the Eighth Circuit's interpretation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3), which prohibits individuals from otherwise-lawful firearm possession after even one instance of unlawful drug use, including medical marijuana use. [Supreme Court brief]

  • United States v. Tagliaferri (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York): successfully obtained reconsideration for the Defendant, an incarcerated individual who was denied compassionate release [motion]

  • United States v. Borland (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit): represented client in $26m wire-fraud matter; position on appeal was that the district court erred in failing to offset the $26m fraud loss amount by the fair market value of collateral pledged to the investor-victims [brief]

  • United States v. Bryant (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit): litigated appeal of the denial of compassionate release on behalf of a former police officer serving a 49-year sentence [brief
     

  • United States v. Lundergan (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky): successfully obtained bail pending appeal to permit Defendant to remain at home until appeal was decided [order]; assisted local counsel in securing well-below-Guidelines sentence for campaign-finance charges. In Lundergan v. FBI (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia), defeated the FBI in gaining access to investigative files that the FBI had been unwilling to disclose under FOIA. 
     

  • Guertin v. United States (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona): currently representing plaintiff, a former Foreign Service Officer, in Bivens suit against an investigator who filed false affidavits in order to search his email unconstitutionally and have him indicted on federal fraud charges that were ultimately dismissed; also pursuing a Federal Tort Claims Act suit against the United States.
     

  • United States v. Dunham (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit): represented the Defendant, convicted in $50 million fraud matter, in challenge of the validity of a Rule 11 proffer waiver [brief]
     

  • Green Island Heaven & Hell, Inc. v. D.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board (District of Columbia Court of Appeals): represented an immigrant owner of a bar and restaurant in due process challenge to administrative agency's imposition of fine [brief]

  • Doe v. Employer (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan): represented designer in and settled employment-discrimination lawsuit against large, international corporation (party names withheld for confidentiality).

  • United States v. Mackey (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit): filed amicus brief on behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of an internet user who was prosecuted and sentenced to seven months in prison for tweeting memes related to the 2016 presidential election; the prison sentence was suspended pending appeal, which remains ongoing as of 2024 [brief]

  • In re Sanctuary Belize Litigation (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit): represented investors seeking the return of $1.95 million in funds wrongfully seized by the Federal Trade Commission. [brief

  • Fournier v. DeVito (D.C. Superior Court): in civil litigation, successfully quashed subpoena served by plaintiff on non-party client. [order] 

  • United States v. Clausen (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania): successfully represented the Defendant, an incarcerated individual, in obtaining compassionate release, reducing a 213-year sentence to 20 years 4 months (time served), where the Defendant had been convicted of possessing a firearm in connection with multiple robberies [opinion]
     

  • United States v. Hazelwood (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit): successfully represented Appellant, a company president, in obtaining reversal of convictions and 150-month sentence in $56 million federal wire fraud case [opinion]; and successfully obtained bail pending appeal to permit Appellant to remain at home rather than spending any time in prison [order]. On remand, the government moved to dismiss all charges, and our client was fully exonerated.

  • Butler v. Pennington (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit): successfully represented the Appellee, a former public defender who was terminated after raising concerns about prosecutorial misconduct, in First Amendment and retaliation case [opinion]
     

  • United States v. Maxwell (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit): successfully obtained reversal for the Appellant, an incarcerated individual, whom the district court deemed ineligible for relief under First Step Act [opinion]

  • Carnes v. United States (U.S. Supreme Court): represented Drug Policy Alliance as amicus curiae in support of the Petitioner's constitutional challenge to the Eighth Circuit's interpretation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3), which prohibits individuals from otherwise-lawful firearm possession after even one instance of unlawful drug use, including medical marijuana use. [Supreme Court brief]

  • United States v. Pannell (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit): won a certificate of appealability on behalf of defendant serving 18-year sentence for armed postal robbery consecutively with 7-year sentence for brandishing a firearm under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c); argued that the § 924(c) count was invalid because the robbery is not a "crime of violence" when Pinkerton liability forms the basis for conviction. [motion for certificate of appealability; reply; order]

  • United States v. Tagliaferri (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York): successfully obtained reconsideration for the Defendant, an incarcerated individual who was denied compassionate release [motion]
     

  • United States v. Borland (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit): represented client in $26m wire-fraud matter; position on appeal was that the district court erred in failing to offset the $26m fraud loss amount by the fair market value of collateral pledged to the investor-victims [brief]

  • United States v. Mitsakos (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York): successfully represented the Defendant in obtaining modification of terms of supervised release [order]

  • United States v. Bryant (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit): litigated appeal of the denial of compassionate release on behalf of a former police officer serving a 49-year sentence [brief
     

  • United States v. Lundergan (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky): successfully obtained bail pending appeal to permit Defendant to remain at home until appeal was decided [order]; assisted local counsel in securing well-below-Guidelines sentence for campaign-finance charges. In Lundergan v. FBI (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia), defeated the FBI in gaining access to investigative files that the FBI had been unwilling to disclose under FOIA. 
     

  • United States v. Omar (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit): currently representing the Defendant, a physician, in wire-fraud and healthcare-fraud case [brief; case is pending]

  • Guertin v. United States (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona): currently representing plaintiff, a former Foreign Service Officer, in Bivens suit against an investigator who filed false affidavits in order to search his email unconstitutionally and have him indicted on federal fraud charges that were ultimately dismissed; also pursuing a Federal Tort Claims Act suit against the United States.
     

  • United States v. Dunham (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit): represented the Defendant, convicted in $50 million fraud matter, in challenge of the validity of a Rule 11 proffer waiver [brief]
     

  • Green Island Heaven & Hell, Inc. v. D.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board (District of Columbia Court of Appeals): represented an immigrant owner of a bar and restaurant in due process challenge to administrative agency's imposition of fine [brief]

  • Doe v. Employer (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan): represented designer in and settled employment-discrimination lawsuit against large, international corporation (party names withheld for confidentiality).

  • In re Sanctuary Belize Litigation (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit): represented investors seeking the return of $1.95 million in funds wrongfully seized by the Federal Trade Commission. [brief

  • Fournier v. DeVito (D.C. Superior Court): in civil litigation, successfully quashed subpoena served by plaintiff on non-party client. [order] 

  • NetChoice v. Paxton (U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit): represented acclaimed Columbia Law School Professor Philip Hamburger as amicus curiae in support of the Texas Attorney General's appeal against a trade association representing Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. After a victory in the Fifth Circuit, we filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court opposing an emergency application to stay the Fifth Circuit's ruling. [Supreme Court brief; 5th Circuit brief]. In its final decision (another victory), the Fifth Circuit cited our brief favorably on page 16 of its opinion.

  • United States v. Mackey (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit): filed amicus brief on behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of an internet user who was prosecuted and sentenced to seven months in prison for tweeting memes related to the 2016 presidential election; the prison sentence was suspended pending appeal, which remains ongoing as of 2024 [brief]

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