Jones Day is pleased to announce that Gregory G. Katsas will rejoin the Washington Office as a partner in its Issues & Appeals Practice on November 9. Mr. Katsas served as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from June 2008 to January 2009. Between 2001 and 2008, Mr. Katsas also served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General, and Acting Associate Attorney General.
"We are very pleased to have Greg back," said Mary Ellen Powers, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Washington Office. "He was already a great lawyer, but the experience of running DOJ's Civil Division obviously adds an extra dimension to his ability to help the Firm's clients in a wide variety of matters."
During his government service, Mr. Katsas personally handled or supervised most of the leading civil appeals taken or defended by the United States government for eight years. He has argued in every federal appellate court, including the Supreme Court, and his cases have included such important and diverse topics as the detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, the use of national security letters in major counterterrorism investigations, the applicability of the state secrets privilege in litigation about covert CIA activities, the closure of immigration hearings for suspected terrorists, and the constitutionality of federal statutes on subjects ranging from the Pledge of Allegiance to partial-birth abortion. As Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Katsas also oversaw all of the Civil Division’s enforcement activities under statutes such as the False Claims Act and the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. Attorney General Michael Mukasey described Mr. Katsas as "widely regarded as one of the Justice Department’s most outstanding civil and appellate attorneys." In 2009, Mr. Katsas received the Edmund Randolph award for outstanding service, the highest award bestowed by the Department of Justice.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Katsas was an Issues & Appeals partner at Jones Day. In private practice, he handled complex appellate and trial-court litigation in areas that included antitrust, constitutional law, employee benefits law, employment discrimination, insurance law, international law and arbitration, and products liability.
Mr. Katsas is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Edward Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and to Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court.
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