Professor, Georgetown University & Partner, Hogan Lovells
Neal Katyal is the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of Law at Georgetown University and a partner at Hogan Lovells. He previously served as acting solicitor general of the United States. He has argued 37 cases before the US Supreme Court, mostly recently on behalf of the State of Hawaii against President Trump’s travel ban. In the 2016–17 term alone, Katyal argued seven cases in six separate arguments at the Supreme Court—nearly 10 percent of the docket—far more than any other advocate in the nation. At the age of 48, he has already argued more Supreme Court cases in US history than any minority attorney, recently breaking the record held by Thurgood Marshall. His numerous distinctions include the Edmund Randolph Award (the highest civilian award given by the US Department of Justice), the Litigator of the Year Award by American Lawyer, being named Appellate MVP by Law360, and winning the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Award in 2017 in two different categories (both private and public law). He was also listed as one of GQ’s Men of the Year for 2017, one of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Last Decade by the National Law Journal and one of the 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers Over the Last 30 Years by Legal Times. He has appeared on virtually every major American news program, was a guest on numerous occasions on The Colbert Report, and even showed up on House of Cards, playing himself.