Lochlan Shelfer

Lochlan Shelfer

Associate Attorney, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Lochlan F. Shelfer is a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He is a member of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law and Administrative Law practice groups.

Mr. Shelfer has litigated a wide range of appellate and trial matters in federal and state court.  Mr. Shelfer’s appellate practice includes representing corporate clients in high-stakes commercial disputes, litigating cutting-edge legal issues before the Supreme Court of the United States, bringing merits and collection actions against foreign sovereigns, and representing pro bono clients before the courts of appeals.  He has argued an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, addressing matters of federal jurisdiction.  In addition, Mr. Shelfer regularly represents clients in litigation under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Mr. Shelfer received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as an Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal and was awarded the Judge William E. Miller Prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights for his work "How the Constitution Shall Not Be Construed," BYU Law Review (2017), and the Joseph Parker Prize for best paper on legal history for his work "Special Juries in the Supreme Court," Yale Law Journal (October, 2013).  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Shelfer graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in Classics and from Johns Hopkins University with a Ph.D. in Classics, specializing in the history of law.  From 2013–2014, Mr. Shelfer served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carlos T. Bea of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Shelfer is a member of the bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia.


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