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August 23, 2011 6:18 PM

Former Solicitor General Katyal Heads to Hogan Lovells

Posted by Dana Olsen

Neal Katyal, the former acting U.S. solicitor general, is joining Hogan Lovells as a member of the firm’s appellate group in Washington, D.C., sibling publication The National Law Journal reports.

Katyal, 41, served as the acting solicitor general from May 2010, when Elena Kagan left the job to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice, until June, when Donald Verrilli was sworn in as Kagan's permanent successor.

The move, the NLJ reports, has Katyal joining a law firm for the first time since he was a summer associate at Hogan & Hartson in 1995. (The firm merged with London-based Lovells to form Hogan Lovells in 2009.)

As a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Katyal served as lead counsel for Guantánamo Bay detainees in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which resulted in the 2006 Supreme Court ruling that the Bush administration's military tribunals violated prisoners' human rights. Katyal's other credentials include serving as a national security adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice under President Bill Clinton and as Al Gore's cocounsel in the case over the disputed Florida election results in 2000 that went to the Supreme Court.   

The NLJ notes that in joining the firm, Katyal is reinforcing the long-standing link between Hogan and the federal government. Before Supreme Court chief justice John Roberts was appointed to his current position, for instance, he chaired Hogan & Hartson's appellate group. E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr., who is of counsel at the firm, served in White House positions under President John Kennedy. 

In other government-related legal news, Gary Barnett, the New York–based head of the derivatives and structured finance department at Linklaters, is leaving the firm to run the swaps unit of the new federal agency charged with overseeing the $600 trillion derivatives market, the agency announced Monday.

Barnett's official title will be director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight. He will begin work in September, a commission spokesman said.

Barnett, who specializes in the global swaps market, joined Linklaters in 2004. Prior to that, he served as cohead of Shearman & Sterling's securitization and derivatives practice.

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