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Ex-Acting U.S. Solicitor General Katyal Joins Hogan Lovells

September 06, 2011

(Updates with Hogan Lovells comment in second paragraph.)

Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Former Acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal joined the Washington office of Hogan Lovells to lead the law firm’s appellate practice alongside partner Cate Stetson.

“Neal’s career is most impressive by any standard,” Warren Gorrell, co-chief executive of Hogan Lovells, said today in a statement announcing the hire. “His success in many notable Supreme Court cases over the course of his career has given him insight into some of the most complex and important legal issues facing our country today.”

Katyal, who will be a partner at the firm, served as the U.S. Justice Department’s top courtroom attorney and until last month was the Obama administration’s lead litigator in federal appellate arguments in defense of the health-care overhaul. Katyal served in that role since Obama picked then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan to join the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

Before joining government, Katyal was a law professor for almost 15 years at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington and was director of the school’s Center on National Security and the Law, according to the statement. He has argued 15 U.S. Supreme Court cases including Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in which the court ruled military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay unconstitutional, according to the statement.

“The breadth and depth of his experience in a wide variety of appellate matters is unparalleled,” Stephen Immelt, co-chair of the firm’s litigation, arbitration and employment practice, said in the statement.

--Editors: Charles Carter, Andrew Dunn

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