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Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, focuses on appellate and complex litigation. In December 2017, American Lawyer magazine named him The Litigator of the Year; he was chosen from all the lawyers in the United States. At the age of 50, he has also already argued more Supreme Court cases in U.S. history than has any minority attorney, recently breaking the record held by Thurgood Marshall.

Neal has extensive experience in matters of patent, constitutional, technology, securities, criminal, employment, and tribal law. He has orally argued 41 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, with 39 of them in the last decade. In the 2016-17 term alone, Neal argued seven cases in six separate arguments at the Supreme Court, far more than any other advocate in the nation – nearly 10 percent of the docket. His 2017 win in Bristol Myers Squibb v. Superior Court was a landmark victory for personal jurisdiction law.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Neal served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States, where he argued several major Supreme Court cases involving a variety of issues, such as his successful defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his victorious defense of former Attorney General John Ashcroft for alleged abuses in the war on terror, his unanimous victory against eight states who sued the nation’s leading power plants for contributing to global warming, and a variety of other matters.




Honorary Degree, Doctor of Law, Rutgers University, 2019; Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, The City University of New York, 2018; Honorary Degree, Doctor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2012; J.D., Yale Law School, 1995; A.B., Dartmouth College, with highest honors, 1991

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United States > Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

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Neal KatyalHogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP is known for its regular engagements on high-profile appellate mandates in the US Supreme Court, as well as in federal and state courts of appeal. Former Principal Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal shares leadership of the department with the highly regarded Cate Stetson, who recently hit a milestone of 100 arguments at appellate stage. Katyal is a minority appellate star, whose US Supreme Court legacy will include breaking Thurgood Marshall’s record for a number of arguments presented by a minority litigator. The past year saw Katyal take the lead on acting on behalf of the respondents in the closely watched case of Fulton v City of Philadelphia, which raises significant issues relating to religious rights and certification of same-sex couples as foster parents. Jessica Ellsworth’s wide-ranging practice includes multiple representations of clients in the higher education sector. Counsel Mitchell Reich is a rising star in the team.