Meet Donald B. Verrilli, Jr.
By Stephanie Woodrow | February 24, 2011 12:32 pm

Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. (Yale University, Columbia  University School  of Law) is nominated to be the Solicitor General. He would replace Elena Kagan, who became an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court last August. Neal Katyal has been acting Solicitor General since Kagan’s nomination to the court in May 2010.

Donald Verrilli (Main Justice

His vitals:

  • Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 1957.
  • Has worked in the White House Counsel’s office since February 2010 as a senior and deputy counsel to the president. Previously served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton from May 1994 to July 1994.
  • Served as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Justice Department from February 2009 to January  2010.
  • Worked at Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, D.C., from July 1988 to January  2009, first as an associate and later as a partner.
  • Was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center from 1992 to 2008.
  • Was an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law in the spring of 1995.
  • Worked as an associate at Ennis Friedman & Bersoff in Washington from September 1986 to June 1988.
  • Was a fellow at Columbia University School  of Law from September 1985 to August 1986.
  • Clerked for Associate Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. from July 1984 to  August 1985.
  • Clerked for U.S. District Judge J. Skelly Wright in Washington from June 1983 to July 1984.
  • Was a summer associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York in 1983.
  • Was a summer associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering  (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP) in Washington in 1982.
  • Clerked part time at Burns & Fox in New York during the 1981-1982 school year.
  • Worked at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in New York as a paralegal from September 1979 to August 1980 and as a summer associate in 1981.
  • Was editor-in-chief of Columbia Law Review from 1982 to 1983.
  • Has been counsel in 34 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, counsel to an amicus in 30 additional merits cases and counsel to a party or an amicus at the certiorari stage in 80 cases before the court. Has tried approximately 80 cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals.

On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Verrilli reported $4.6 million in assets, including $1 million in cash, $2.3 million in securities and $1.2 million in real estate. He also reported $292,000 in liabilities from mortgages on his residence in Washington, for a net worth of $4.4 million.


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