Hon. Paul D. Clement

Partner, Bancroft PLLC
Paul Clement

Paul D. Clement is a partner at Bancroft PLLC. Mr. Clement served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States from June 2005 until June 2008. Before his confirmation as Solicitor General, he served as Acting Solicitor General for nearly a year and as Principal Deputy Solicitor General for over three years. He has argued over 80 cases before the United States Supreme Court, includingMcConnell v. FECTennessee v. LaneRumsfeld v. PadillaCredit Suisse v. BillingUnited States v. BookerMGM v. GroksterABC v. Aereo, and Hobby Lobby v. Burwell. He has argued before the Supreme Court 24 times in just the last four Terms. Indeed, Mr. Clement has argued more Supreme Court cases since 2000 than any lawyer in or out of government. Mr. Clement has also argued many important cases in the lower courts, including Walker v. CheneyUnited States v. Moussaoui, and NFL v. Brady.

Mr. Clement’s practice focuses on appellate matters, constitutional litigation, and strategic counseling. He represents a broad array of clients in the Supreme Court and in federal and state appellate courts. Last year, for example, he successfully argued Supreme Court cases involving significant issues of copyright law, religious liberty and labor law, and he successfully defended a $1.2 billion jury verdict for clients in the Tenth Circuit, while securing the reversal of an over $2 billion jury verdict for another client in the Seventh Circuit. In addition, he successfully argued a preemption appeal to the Third Circuit, a significant Due Process appeal to the D.C. Circuit, a bankruptcy appeal in the Second Circuit, and secured the reversal of an adverse jury verdict in the Eleventh Circuit. He has initiated major administrative law challenges and constitutional litigation against the federal government, such as the airlines’ challenge to fee increases and the First Amendment challenge inAllergan v. United States. He also counsels clients on a variety of strategic legal questions, whether arising from pending legislation, government inquiries or ongoing litigation. Mr. Clement has undertaken substantial pro bono engagements in the Supreme Court, such as twice successfully representing the defendant inBond v. United States and successfully representing the guardian ad litem in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl and the defendant in Sekhar v. United States. He was recognized as the 2012 Lawyer of the Year by The Bar Association of the District of Columbia and was selected by the National Law Journal in 2013 as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.

Mr. Clement is a native of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the Cedarburg public schools. He received his bachelor’s degreesumma cum laude from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a master’s degree in economics from Cambridge University. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was the Supreme Court editor of theHarvard Law Review.

Following graduation, Mr. Clement clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, Mr. Clement went on to serve as Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights.

Mr. Clement is a Distinguished Lecturer in Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught in various capacities since 1998, and a Distinguished Lecturer in Government at Georgetown University. He also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute.

  • M.Phil., with distinction
    University of Cambridge, UK
  • J.D., magna cum laude
    Harvard University
  • B.S.F.S., summa cum laude
    Georgetown University

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November 25, 2013
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Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2010? - Event Audio/Video
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September 29, 2010
U.S. Supreme Court Review featuring Paul D. Clement - Event Audio/Video
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November 21, 2008
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November 30, 2006
Paul Clement Address - Event Audio
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November 16, 2006