Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. reflected on his tenure as 46th U.S. Solicitor General on the Daily Journal’s Weekly Appellate Report podcast. During the discussion, posted on Jan. 27, 2017, Mr. Verrilli touched on some of the most important cases he argued during his term.
During Mr. Verrilli’s five years as Solicitor General under the Obama Administration, he argued several landmark cases including issues involving the Affordable Care Act, voting rights and the legality of same-sex marriage. Some of the other cases Mr. Verrilli discussed with podcast host Brian Cardile included Obergefell v. Hodges, King v. Burwell, NFIB v. Sebelius and Shelby County v. Holder. He detailed what it was like to work on issues of that magnitude.
“You do try to approach it like any other case. But it’s not lost on anybody when there is a case of that consequence,” Mr. Verrilli said. “I realized in those cases that this was a moment that demanded something more.”
A founding member of Munger Tolles’ Washington D.C. office, 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. During his five years as Solicitor General, Mr. Verrilli argued dozens of cases before the Supreme Court, was responsible for representing the U.S. government in all appellate matters before the High Court and in the courts of appeals, and was a legal advisor to President Obama and the Attorney General.