In a February 27, 2017 interview with the BBC’s HARDtalk, Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. spoke about the challenges to the traditional roles of the judicial and executive branches in the Trump Administration. Mr. Verrilli, former Solicitor General of the United States under President Obama, discussed the role of the Solicitor General in maintaining the checks and balances of the U.S. government, as well as the growing trend of politicizing the U.S. Supreme Court, among other topics.
Mr. Verrilli said he was optimistic that some of the signature pieces of legislation instituted under the Obama Administration would withstand challenges by the new administration. He also discussed his belief in the checks and balances built into the U.S. government while also sharing his concern over the “unprecedented assault” from the executive branch on members of the judiciary.
In addition, Mr. Verrilli discussed the importance of being faithful to the rule of law as Solicitor General and having the courage to challenge the White House when its position on a legal issue did not align with the rule of law. He also commented on how the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court might change over the next few years.
Mr. Verrilli is one of the nation’s leading appellate and Supreme Court advocates. His practice focuses on representing and counseling clients on multi-dimensional problems, where litigation, regulation and public policy intersect to shape ever-evolving markets and industries.