Neal K. Katyal '91

Neal Katyal '91Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of Law 
Georgetown University
Partner
Hogan Lovells

Washington, D.C.

Elected 2021 (Charter Trustee)
A.B. Dartmouth College
J.D. Yale University

Neal Katyal ’91 is the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of Law at Georgetown University and a Partner at Hogan Lovells. He previously served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States. He has argued 44 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. His cases include successfully striking down the Guantanamo military tribunals, successfully defending the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act, and successfully defending the Peace Cross in Maryland. At the age of 51, he has already argued more Supreme Court cases in U.S. history than has any minority attorney, recently breaking the record held by Thurgood Marshall. His numerous distinctions include: the Edmund Randolph Award (the highest civilian award given by U.S. Department of Justice), The Litigator of the Year by American Lawyer (2017 and 2018, chosen as the sole Grand Prize Winner of all the lawyers in the United States), one of the 50 Most Influential People in Washington DC by National Journal (2020); one of the 500 top lawyers in the US by LawDragon (awarded every separate year from 2006-2021); winner of Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Award in two different categories (both private and public law) (2017), and one of GQ’s Men of the Year (2017).  

After attending Dartmouth College, Mr. Katyal attended Yale Law School and clerked for Hon. Guido Calabresi on the Court of Appeals and Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court. His work has appeared in nearly every leading scholarly law review as well as numerous op-ed pages.