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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hogan Lovells has announced that Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general of the United States, has joined its Litigation, Arbitration and Employment practice as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office. Neal will be co-head of Hogan Lovells' Appellate practice alongside Washington, D.C., partner Cate Stetson.
As acting solicitor general, Katyal was responsible for representing the federal government in all appellate matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals throughout the nation. He served as counsel of record in hundreds of cases and orally argued 15 U.S. Supreme Court cases, as well as numerous cases in lower courts. Katyal has also served as a law professor for nearly 15 years at Georgetown University Law Center and was director of the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law until his appointment as principal deputy solicitor general. He has extensive experience in matters of patent, securities, tort, commercial, and constitutional law.
In addition to Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Katyal has argued numerous Supreme Court cases during his career. He successfully defended the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in the landmark case, Northwest Austin v. Holder, and secured a unanimous win in a Supreme Court case defending former Attorney General John Ashcroft against alleged abuses of civil liberties in the war on terror. In 2011, Katyal secured a unanimous Supreme Court win in American Electric Power Company v. Connecticut , a major decision that rejected attempts to litigate, through common-law "nuisance" lawsuits, issues related to greenhouse gas emissions. He also is the only head of the Solicitor General's Office to argue a patent appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Katyal presented arguments in a high-profile case posing the question whether certain aspects of the human genome were patentable.
In addition to his service at the Department of Justice and as a Georgetown Law professor, Katyal has also served as a visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School and Yale Law School. Early in his career, he clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. Katyal has published dozens of scholarly articles in law journals, as well as approximately 20 op-ed articles in publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. He has testified before various committees of the House and Senate and has won numerous awards for his legal acumen and community service.
Katyal is the recipient of the very highest award given to a civilian by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Edmund Randolph Award, which the Attorney General presented to him in 2011. Additionally, he was named as One of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Last Decade Nationwide by the National Law Journal (2010); One of the 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers Over the Last 30 Years by Legal Times (2008); Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers USA (2006); Runner-Up for Lawyer of the Year by the National Law Journal (2006); One of the Top 50 Litigators Nationwide 45 Years Old or Younger by American Lawyer (2007); and one of the top 500 lawyers in the country by LawDragon Magazine for each of the last five years.
Katyal received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995 and earned his A.B. in government and Asian studies, with highest honors, from Dartmouth College in 1991. After graduating from law school, he worked as a summer associate with one of Hogan Lovells' legacy law firms, Hogan & Hartson.
Hogan Lovells' nationally recognized Appellate practice, which secured coveted spots on the National Law Journal's annual Appellate Hot List in 2010 and 2011, was established by E. Barrett Prettyman Jr., and led for many years by former partner Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Other prominent former members of Hogan Lovells' Appellate practice include David G. Leitch, currently the general counsel of Ford Motor Company.
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