Adele El-Khouri is a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.
Ms. El-Khouri joined the firm after serving as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she advised the White House, the Attorney General, and federal agencies on major questions of constitutional, statutory, and administrative law. In 2018, she took a short leave of absence from the firm to serve as Special Counsel to Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ms. El-Khouri focuses her practice on complex litigation and appeals, and has worked on matters before all levels of the federal courts.
A selection of Ms. El-Khouri’s most recent representative experience includes:
- The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico in litigation challenging the selection of its members under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause.
- Airbnb, Inc. in litigation challenging government restrictions on hosting platforms under the Communications Decency Act, Stored Communications Act, First and Fourth Amendments and related state-law causes of action.
- The Board of Trustees of the California State University in litigation alleging claims of religious discrimination under the First and Fourteenth Amendments and federal and state civil rights statutes.
Ms. El-Khouri also maintains an active pro bono practice. A selection of her experience includes representing:
- In her capacity as amicus curiae appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Ms. El-Khouri briefed, argued and won a unanimous reversal in favor of a pro se appellant in a complex procedural appeal.
- LGBTQ and other individuals in filing a petition for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case challenging HB 1523, Mississippi’s “Religious Liberty Accommodations Act.”
- The American Council on Education and other higher-education associations as amici curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the President’s travel ban.
- A class of alleged gang members in obtaining a class-wide preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of most gang injunctions in Los Angeles. Recipient of the 2018 ACLU’s Equal Justice Award.
Ms. El-Khouri previously clerked for Judge Pamela A. Harris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Stephen A. Higginson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she served as the editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review, won the Bass Berry & Sims Intramural Moot Court Competition, and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Before attending law school, Ms. El-Khouri worked for a nonprofit affordable-housing developer in Chicago. She is a first-generation American and is fluent in Spanish and French.