The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

King & Spalding LLP

Work +1 202 737 0500
Fax +1 202 626 3737

Jeffrey Bucholtz

Work +1 202 737 0500
King & Spalding LLP


Jeff Bucholtz is a partner in the National Appellate Practice on King & Spalding’s Litigation and Antitrust Team.


Mr. Bucholtz joined the firm in 2009 after serving more than six years in leadership positions in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, including six months as Acting Assistant Attorney General. While at the Department of Justice, Mr. Bucholtz argued approximately 20 cases in the federal and state appellate courts as well as some of the government’s most sensitive cases in federal district court. Mr. Bucholtz began his service at the Department in 2002 as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General responsible for the Torts Branch. In January 2004, he also assumed the supervision of the Office of Consumer Litigation, which is responsible for much of the FDA’s litigation. In April 2006, he was promoted to Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, with broad supervisory responsibility for all operations of the Civil Division. Mr. Bucholtz then served for six months as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division in 2007 and 2008. With over 800 attorneys, the Civil Division is the largest litigating division in the Department. Prior to his tenure at the Department of Justice, Mr. Bucholtz was an associate with King & Spalding’s Litigation and Antitrust Practice Group. His responsibilities included drafting briefs for matters in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts, including antitrust cases, FDA-related criminal and administrative law cases, product liability cases, and appeals challenging punitive damage awards.


B.A., Psychology, summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard University.

United States: Dispute resolution


Within: Appellate

Working closely with the firm’s specialized regulatory practices, the cutting-edge work of King & Spalding LLP’s appellate department ranges from life sciences and healthcare to intellectual property, energy and environmental law. In ESI Energy v FERC, a case challenging a decision of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before the DC Circuit, practice co-chair Ashley Parrish argued for intervenor for the respondent West Deptford Energy. Parish led the team on successfully petitioning the US Supreme Court in Wolfe v Virginia, which concerned the right to use alleged vindictive prosecution as ground for challenging the constitutional authority of a state to prosecute. Bobby Burchfield led on representing the petitioner in CNH Industrial N.V. v Reese, where the US Supreme Court affirmed that collective bargaining agreements must be interpreted according to ordinary principles of contract law. In a case concerning the interpretation of the False Claims Act, co-chair Jeffrey Bucholtz convinced the Second Circuit to reverse the federal district court’s ruling in favor of client Allergan. Bucholtz also argued the case for R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in an Engle progeny case at the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Florida. In April 2018, Merritt McAlister left to pursue an academic career.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to