Former Hogan & Hartson Partner Nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 20, 2005 — Last night, President George W. Bush nominated Hogan & Hartson's former partner Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. to serve as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.
"John Roberts is a wonderful person who was a terrific partner and colleague to all of us at Hogan & Hartson. He was one of the most respected and well-liked lawyers in the firm," said J. Warren Gorrell, Jr., chairman of Hogan & Hartson. "His intellect and legal abilities are unsurpassed. He was widely respected as one of the best and most distinguished lawyers in the country, and at the same time he has always been humble, down-to-earth, and a team player who is quick to recognize the contributions of others. He is fair-minded and of unquestioned integrity. We are enormously fond and proud of Judge Roberts and are certain he would serve with distinction on the Court."
Judge Roberts joined Hogan & Hartson's Washington, D.C. office in 1986 as an associate and became a partner in 1988. He built a strong civil litigation practice focused on appellate matters. He left the firm in 1989 to accept an appointment as principal deputy solicitor general of the United States, where he remained until 1993, at which time he returned to Hogan & Hartson to lead the firm's appellate practice group. Judge Roberts has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia since June 2003.
Judge Roberts received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979 and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1976. Judge Roberts was a law clerk for The Honorable Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1979 to 1980, and for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist of the United States Supreme Court from 1980 to 1981. He served as special assistant, U.S. Attorney General, from 1981 to 1982 and as associate counsel to President Reagan from 1982 to 1986.