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DALLAS - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has announced that James C. Ho has rejoined the firm as a partner in the Dallas office, after serving for the past three years as the solicitor general of Texas. Ho will continue to focus his practice on complex appellate, constitutional and business litigation.
As the state's chief litigator in the U.S. Supreme Court, Ho earned the highest win rate of any Texas solicitor general and became the first state solicitor general in the nation to be invited by the court to express the views of a state. Ho also argued and won numerous cases before the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Texas Supreme Court and other state and federal courts. He also represented coalitions of state attorneys general in various federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and testified before Congress and the Texas Legislature.
As the chief appellate lawyer for the state of Texas since April 2008, Ho led an office of 20 lawyers responsible for litigating and counseling officials on the state's most significant issues.
Ho has presented more than 20 oral arguments in courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has authored more than 20 U.S. Supreme Court briefs as counsel of record and earned a 2-0 record as lead counsel in cases decided by opinion. He has also served as lead appellate or trial counsel in more than 30 matters in other federal and state courts, with a career win-loss record to date of 21-1-1. He has testified before both Congress and the Texas Legislature and represented clients before government agencies and in other adversarial contexts.
As the chief U.S. Supreme Court litigator for the State of Texas, Ho prevailed in a number of cases, including a rare summary reversal in Thaler v. Haynes. Last month, he argued Sossamon v. Texas, a significant case concerning state sovereignty and congressional power. He has also successfully defended Texas tort reform laws, business regulations, education policies and open government requirements against challenge in the Texas Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and other appellate and trial courts.
Ho has previously served in all three branches of the federal government. He served on the Senate Judiciary Committee as chief counsel to Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. He worked at the Justice Department in both the Civil Rights Division and the Office of Legal Counsel. He also clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Jerry E. Smith.
His record of public service also includes numerous boards and commissions. He is actively involved in judicial appointments as a member of the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee established by Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn and the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Northern District of Texas. He has also served on the Continuity of Government Commission and the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Ho previously practiced law in the firm's Washington, D.C., and Dallas offices. He received his law degree in 1999 with high honors from the University of Chicago, where he served on The University of Chicago Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
An active member of the Asian-American legal community, he is co-chair of the Judiciary Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a recipient of the Association's Presidential Award.
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