Super Solicitors General

Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer for The New Yorker, and author of the books "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court" and "The Oath: The Obama White House vs. the Supreme Court" (out in September), has written a fascinating piece, called "Money Unlimited," on the Citizens United decision.

Its section on the history of Solicitors General got us thinking about the former Solicitors General on our lists. How many are there? And how many practice outside of Washington, D.C.?

The results?

  • Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. (June 2011-present): from when he was in private practice.
  • Gregory G. Garre (June 2008-January 2009): appellate lawyer at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C.
  • Paul D. Clement (June 2004-June 2008): appellate lawyer at Bancroft PLLC in Washington, D.C.
  • Theodore B. Olson (June 2001-July 2004): appellate lawyer at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. A recent Q&A with Olson can be read here.
  • Seth P. Waxman (November 1997-January 2001): appellate/business litigation/intellectual property lawyer at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington, D.C.
  • Walter E. Dellinger III (August 1996-October 1997): appellate lawyer for O'Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C.