Paul D. Clement

Paul D. Clement is a partner at Bancroft PLLC. Mr. Clement served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States from June 2005 until June 2008. Before his confirmation as Solicitor General, he served as Acting Solicitor General for nearly a year and as Principal Deputy Solicitor General for over three years. He has argued over 75 cases before the United States Supreme Court, including McConnell v. FEC, Tennessee v. Lane, Rumsfeld v. Padilla, Credit Suisse v. Billing, United States v. Booker, MGM v. Grokster, ABC v. Aereo, and Hobby Lobby v. Burwell. He has argued before the Supreme Court 21 times in just the last three Terms, an unprecedented number for a lawyer in private practice. Indeed, Mr. Clement has argued more Supreme Court cases since 2000 than any lawyer in or out of government. Mr. Clement has also argued many important cases in the lower courts, including Walker v. Cheney, United States v. Moussaoui, and NFL v. Brady.

Mr. Clement’s practice focuses on appellate matters, constitutional litigation, and strategic counseling. He represents a broad array of clients in the Supreme Court and in federal and state appellate courts. In the past year, for example, he successfully argued Supreme Court cases involving significant issues of copyright law, religious liberty and preemption, and successfully argued a preemption appeal to the Third Circuit, a significant Due Process appeal to the D.C. Circuit, a major insurance coverage dispute in the Second Circuit, and secured the reversal in the Fourth Circuit of a $970 million adverse jury verdict in a trade secrets case. He has initiated major administrative law challenges and constitutional litigation against the federal government, such as the airlines’ challenge to fee increases and the First Amendment challenge in Allergan v. United States. He also counsels clients on a variety of strategic legal questions whether arising from pending legislation, government inquiries or ongoing litigation. Mr. Clement has undertaken substantial pro bono engagements in the Supreme Court, such as twice successfully representing the defendant in Bond v. United States and successfully representing the guardian ad litem in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl and the defendant in Sekhar v. United States. He was recognized as the 2012 Lawyer of the Year by The Bar Association of the District of Columbia and was selected by the National Law Journal in 2013 as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.

Mr. Clement is a native of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the Cedarburg public schools. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a master’s degree in economics from Cambridge University. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was the Supreme Court editor of the Harvard Law Review.

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Job Types Partner
Areas of Practice 1) Appellate Matters, 2) Constitutional Litigation and 3) Strategic Counseling
Law School Harvard Law School ( J.D.)
Education Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S.,1996)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia State Bar Associations,Virginia State Bar Associations,Wisconsin State Bar Associations
Most recent firm Bancroft PLLC
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