Courtside: Katyal's path to Hogan Lovells

Roberts said at the event that Katyal was “one of the finest lawyers who has argued before the Court.” On Tuesday Hogan Lovells, the firm where Roberts himself made his name as a top appellate advocate in the 1990s, announced it had hired Katyal, in a sense, as a successor to Roberts.

When Neal Katyal left the Justice Department as acting solicitor general in June, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. made remarks at a farewell reception that may have unknowingly forecast where Katyal would land next.

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