John G. Roberts
Mr. Roberts is the head of Hogan & Hartsonís Appellate Practice Group. He graduated from Harvard College, summa cum laude, in 1976, and received his law degree, magna cum laude, in 1979 from the Harvard Law School, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following graduation he clerked for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the following year for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist.
Following his clerkship experience, Mr. Roberts served as Special Assistant to
United States Attorney General William French Smith. In 1982 President Reagan appointed Mr. Roberts to the White House Staff as Associate Counsel to the President, a position in which he served until joining Hogan & Hartson in 1986. Mr. Robertsí responsibilities as Associate Counsel to the President included counseling on the Presidentís constitutional powers and responsibilities, as well as other legal issues affecting the executive branch.
At Hogan & Hartson, Mr. Roberts developed a civil litigation practice, with an
emphasis on appellate matters. He personally argued before the United States
Supreme Court and the lower federal courts, participating in a wide variety of
matters on behalf of corporate clients, trade associations, governments, and
Mr. Roberts left the firm in 1989 to accept appointment as Principal Deputy
Solicitor General of the United States, a position in which he served until returning
to the firm in 1993. In that capacity he personally argued before the Supreme
Court and the federal courts of appeals on behalf of the United States, and
participated in formulating the litigation position of the government and
determining when the government would appeal adverse decisions. Mr. Roberts had
general substantive responsibility within the Office of the Solicitor General for
cases arising from the Civil and Civil Rights Divisions of the Justice Department, as
well as from a variety of independent agencies.
Mr. Roberts has presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court in more than
thirty cases, covering the full range of the Courtís jurisdiction, including admiralty,
antitrust, arbitration, environmental law, First Amendment, health care law, Indian
law, bankruptcy, tax, regulation of financial institutions, administrative law, labor
law, federal jurisdiction and procedure, interstate commerce, civil rights, and
Mr. Roberts is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Academy
of Appellate Lawyers, and has also received the Edmund J. Randolph Award for
outstanding service to the Department of Justice. He is a member of the Bars of
the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, and various federal
Courts of Appeals.