Steven R. Ross

Steven R. Ross

Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Steven Ross has extensive public- and private-sector experience in representing corporations, institutions, boards and individuals in all manner of investigations, including congressional, criminal and regulatory proceedings and related civil litigation. He concentrates on congressional investigations, internal investigations, governmental ethics, federal election law, white collar criminal defense and constitutional issues.

From 1983 to 1993, Steven served as the General Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives, advising and representing its members, leadership, committees and employees from both political parties. He has also counseled the leadership and relevant committees on numerous congressional investigations.

In private practice, Steven guides clients through complex congressional inquiries and related litigation. He represents clients in investigations conducted by various federal executive branch departments, commissions and agencies, including the U.S. departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Defense and the Interior, as well as the Federal Election Commission and the Food and Drug Administration.

Steven has significant litigation experience, ranging from trials before U.S. district courts to arguments before the Supreme Court and numerous federal courts of appeals. He was actively involved in defending the constitutionality of multiple federal statutes, including the Independent Counsel Act, the Competition in Contracting Act and the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction Act.

Over the course of his career, Steven has litigated seminal cases regarding the scope of Congress’ oversight and investigations power, both on behalf of Congress and as counsel to private parties implicated by such inquiries. He has taught constitutional law as an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School and served as a guest lecturer on the topic of congressional investigations at a number of law schools, including NYU, Fordham and the Georgetown University Law Center.


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1987 National Student Symposium

On April 3-5, 1987, the Federalist Society's Chicago Student Chapter hosted the sixth annual National...