Jeffrey Wall is the acting Solicitor General of the United States. He was the former Co-Head of the Appellate Litigation Practice at Sullivan & Cromwell. He has argued 10 cases before the Supreme Court and filed more than 150 merits or certiorari-stage briefs in that Court. He also has briefed and argued numerous cases before federal and state courts of appeals and administrative agencies. In addition to his appellate experience, Mr. Wall has represented clients in a range of complex civil and criminal matters at the trial level, including as lead counsel in a successful federal criminal trial.
Mr. Wall has handled significant matters before the Supreme Court in a number of areas, including securities, taxation, labor and employment, bankruptcy, preemption and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the False Claims Act, the First Amendment, and criminal law and procedure. In the last two Terms, he argued a pair of cases closely followed by the securities industry, Gabelli v. SEC and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC v. Simmonds, both of which involved time limits on monetary claims against financial advisers and institutions. He has argued several other cases of importance to various industries in recent years, among them Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., on the anti-retaliation provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act; United States ex rel. Eisenstein v. City of New York, on the time limit for certain appeals under the False Claims Act; and Schwab v. Reilly, on the proper treatment of exemptions in bankruptcy. He has briefed numerous cases involving major constitutional questions, including Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project (material support of terrorism), Salazar v. Buono (Establishment Clause remedies), and Sorrell v. IMSHealth Inc. (restrictions on the sale of pharmaceutical information).
Prior to joining the Firm in 2013, Mr. Wall served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice for five years. He received a number of recognitions for his advocacy before the Supreme Court during that time, including awards from the Attorney General for outstanding contributions by a new employee and from the Internal Revenue Service for outstanding support to the Office of Chief Counsel.
Mr. Wall was a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He worked in the appellate practice of an international law firm, and taught courses in law school on administrative law and federal jurisdiction. He is a member of the District of Columbia Circuit Advisory Committee on Procedures, Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, and Supreme Court Historical Society.
- 2003, The University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
- 1998, Georgetown University, B.A.
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