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George W. Hicks, Jr., is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses primarily on Supreme Court and appellate matters and critical motions work. George has written successful merits briefs in seven cases before the Supreme Court, obtained successful summary dispositions in two other cases, and written successful petitions for certiorari as well. He has also authored successful briefs and dispositive motions before numerous federal and state courts of appeals and trial courts. His matters have addressed a wide range of subjects including administrative law, bankruptcy, CERCLA, commercial law, due process, election law, employment law, equal protection, ERISA, federal criminal law, the First Amendment, intellectual property, jurisdiction, preemption, presidential power, and securities law. George also provides strategic counseling and expertise to leading companies and organizations on a variety of legal issues. He has represented a diverse array of clients, including companies in the pharmaceutical, financial services, technology, insurance, air carrier, and energy and utility industries; states and municipalities; and individuals. He has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth (en banc), Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits, federal bankruptcy court, and the Maryland Court of Appeals.

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Within: Appellate

The ‘fantastic’ and ‘incredibly persuasive’ appellate lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis LLP ‘do a fantastic job in handling even the most esoteric and complex legal issues in an understandable manner’. Split 5-4 in the case of Jesner v Arab Bank Plc, the US Supreme Court decided in favor of the group’s client Arab Bank Plc, thereby finding that liability for alleged overseas wrongdoings under the Alien Tort Statute does not extend to foreign corporations sued before US courts. With an impressive track record of over 90 cases argued before the US Supreme Court, the ‘incrediblePaul Clement represented petitioner WesternGeco in a case reviewing the focus of the 'general damages' provision under the Patent Act, and convinced the court to reverse the Federal Circuit’s prior decision favoring the position of ION Geophysical. Partnering up with George Hicks at the US Supreme Court, Clement secured a victory for petitioner Encino Motorcars in proceedings concerning service advisers at car dealerships and their respective rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act. After achieving successful outcomes for the Chicago Cubs and owner Tom Ricketts during the trial stage and in the Seventh Circuit, Clement and Erin Murphy (who ‘demonstrates unbelievable effectiveness in presenting oral arguments’) jointly led the team in defeating a petition, filed by the owners of rooftop businesses adjacent to Wrigley Field, requesting US Supreme Court review. At the Ninth Circuit, the team is representing TransUnion LLC in appealing a $60m jury verdict concerning alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. At the Fourth Circuit, New York-based Jay Lefkowitz and Washington DC-based Jonathan Janow successfully argued for the Association for Accessible Medicines, which challenged Maryland generic drug pricing statute HB 631. In March 2018, Christopher Landau departed to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. In February 2018, Susan Engel left to join Latham & Watkins LLP. Viet Dinh took an executive position in house.

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