Neal Katyal argued almost 10 percent of all cases before the Supreme Court this term
One lawyer argued more cases at the Supreme Court than any other attorney this term: Neal Katyal.
Katyal argued almost 10 percent of all 64 cases, or six of them, before the high court during this term, according to an analysis from lawyer Adam Feldman at Empirical SCOTUS.
“Neal Katyal was far and away the most active attorney at arguments this year,” Feldman wrote. “Katyal led all other attorneys in arguments even when including federal government participation.”
Two other lawyers, Jeffrey L. Fisher and Seth P. Waxman, each argued four cases.
Hogan Lovells, Katyal’s law firm, served as “the top participating firm representing a party on the merits this term,” per Feldman’s analysis, but only one other lawyer — Catherine Stetson — from the firm argued a single case.
Katyal, an Obama administration acting solicitor general, has been busy outside the Supreme Court as well. He introduced Neil Gorsuch at the newest justice’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Katyal’s next big fight comes in the form of travel ban litigation working its way through the federal appeals courts. Katyal is one of the leading attorneys for the state of Hawaii in its fight against President Trump’s travel ban. Arguments in Hawaii’s case are set to begin before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday. Hawaii’s suit over Trump’s travel ban looks to be headed toward the Supreme Court, which could put Katyal back in a familiar spot soon.