Neal Katyal Breaks Thurgood Marshall’s Supreme Court Record

Washington, D.C., 28 November 2017 – Hogan Lovells proudly announced today that Appellate practice co-head Neal Katyal has broken a record set by the late Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall for the most Supreme Court arguments by a minority lawyer in United States history. Marshall, a pioneering African American civil rights lawyer, argued 34 cases prior to being nominated to the Supreme Court by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Today, Katyal argued his 35th case on behalf of Cyan Inc. Cyan v. Beaver, which will determine if securities fraud suits can be filed in state court under the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act, a technical question that could limit the ability of plaintiffs firms to choose jurisdictions for their cases.

During the previous term, Katyal argued seven cases in six arguments before the Supreme Court including representing Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Wells Fargo in victories that redefined interpretations of personal jurisdiction and the scope of the Fair Housing Act, respectively. (Notably, fellow Appellate practice co-head Cate Stetson successfully argued a different case the very same week as the Fair Housing Act case.) Other Supreme Court highlights include a landmark Whistleblower win for former federal air marshal Robert J. MacLean; a victory for American Indian tribes in major test of Tribal Court Jurisdiction; and a victory for US Airways, in US Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen, which provided clear guidance to employer sponsors that reimbursement provisions will be enforced by the courts as written.

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