Kevin C. Newsom is co-chair of the firm's Appellate Litigation Group. Before joining Bradley Arant, Kevin served for three and a half years as the State of Alabama's Solicitor General. In that capacity, Kevin directed the State's appellate litigation in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals, and the Alabama Supreme Court. Kevin has personally argued four cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, has filed amicus curiae briefs in more than 20 others, and has authored numerous petitions for certiorari and briefs in opposition to certiorari. Kevin's briefs in Gonzales v. Raich and Hill v. McDonough won "Best Brief" awards from the National Association of Attorneys General in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Kevin has argued 19 cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Seventh, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits, as well as in the Alabama Supreme Court and the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.
In January 2007, The American Lawyer magazine named Kevin one of its "Fab Fifty" - the top 50 litigators in the entire country under the age of 45. Kevin, who at 34 was the third-youngest attorney in the listing, was one of only seven appellate lawyers so honored. Kevin served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court (2000-2001) and, before that, to Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1997-98). Kevin received a B.A. from Samford University (1994); he graduated summa cum laude, first in his class, and with a 4.00 GPA. Kevin received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (1997); he graduated magna cum laude and was an Articles Editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Before accepting the appointment as Alabama's Solicitor General, Kevin was a member of the appellate litigation practice group at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. While a lawyer at Covington, Kevin published an article titled "Setting Incorporationism Straight: A Reinterpretation of the Slaughter-House Cases" in the Yale Law Journal and taught a class at Georgetown Law Center.
Kevin is a member of the American Law Institute and has commented on legal issues for Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, USA Today, Forbes Magazine, and ABA Journal.
Riley v. Kennedy
April 01, 2008
February 01, 2005