Neal Katyal is the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of Law at Georgetown University and a Partner at Hogan Lovells.
Neal previously served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States. He has argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, with 37 of them in the last decade. His notable wins include striking down the Guantanamo military tribunals (in his very first Supreme Court argument), saving the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act, eliminating the thousands of patents on the human genome (including BRCA1/2), and striking down the initial version of the Muslim Ban set up by President Trump (the Supreme Court ultimately upheld Trump’s last travel ban in a 5-4 decision that Neal argued).
Neal most recently prevailed in the census citizenship litigation against President Trump in the Supreme Court. In the 2016-17 term alone, Neal argued 7 cases at the Supreme Court, far more than any other advocate in the nation – nearly 10% of the docket.
At the age of 49, he has already argued more Supreme Court cases in U.S. history than has 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 U.S. Department of Justice), The Litigator of the Year by American Lawyer (2017 and 2018, chosen as the sole Grand Prize Winner of all the lawyers in the United States), Appellate MVP by Law360 numerous times (most recently in 2017), winner of Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Award in two different categories (both private and public law) (2017), one of GQ’s Men of the Year (2017), 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Last Decade Nationwide by National Law Journal (2010), and 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers Over the Last 30 Years by Legal Times (2008). He has appeared on virtually every major American news program, as well as on Stephen Colbert and House of Cards on Netflix (where he played himself).