Hogan Lovells announced that its partner Neal Katyal was awarded the 2017 Litigator of the Year award by The American Lawyer.
The American Lawyer cited the Indian American attorney’s seven Supreme Court cases in the last term, far more than any other lawyer in the country, in validating the selection.
Since then, the attorney has added to that number and just last month broke Thurgood Marshall’s 50-year-old record for most arguments before the Supreme Court by a minority lawyer in United States history, Hogal Lovells said in a news release.
Among his other achievements, The American Lawyer cited Katyal’s Supreme Court victories for Bristol Meyers Squibb limiting forum-shopping in mass torts cases, and for Wells Fargo reversing a decision allowing cities to sue under the Fair Housing Act.
Additionally, The American Lawyer pointed to his ongoing representation of the state of Hawaii as it challenges the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
The Litigator of the Year award is given once every two years and covers achievements during the same timeframe.
Katyal was selected from a shortlist of honorees, all of whom were recognized for their work in the “most complex, high-profile, precedent-setting matters facing some of the largest institutions, most well-known individuals and hottest industries,” according to the news release.
Katyal, who also recently received the American Courage Award by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, is the former acting solicitor general of the United States, a post he held during the administration of former President Barack Obama.
Katyal, 47, is a Chicago-born son of Indian immigrants. President Bill Clinton commissioned him to write a report on the need for more legal pro bono work.
He also served as former Vice-President Al Gore's co-counsel in Bush v. Gore of 2000, and represented the deans of most major private law schools in Grutter v. Bollinger, the University of Michigan affirmative-action case that the Supreme Court decided in 2003.
He specializes in constitutional law, national security, criminal defense and intellectual property, as well as runs the appellate practice once run by Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts.
Katyal earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Yale University.