Hon. James C. Ho
James C. Ho is a partner in the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. An experienced appellate, business, and constitutional litigator, Mr. Ho has argued and won cases in diverse areas of law in courts across the country. He also has over a decade of government experience, most recently as Solicitor General of Texas.
A "close student of the [U.S. Supreme] Court" (National Law Journal, 2010), Mr. Ho has represented numerous private and government entities in the nation's highest Court. As the chief U.S. Supreme Court litigator for the State of Texas, he earned the highest win rate of any Texas solicitor general, and won two Best Brief Awards from the National Association of Attorneys General.
Mr. Ho has also argued and won numerous cases in other state and federal courts, earning a 22-2 record to date as lead appellate or trial counsel. In addition, he routinely counsels clients on constitutional issues and legal strategy in other adversarial contexts, including proposed legislation, government investigations, and arbitrations. A noted constitutional expert, Mr. Ho has testified before both Congress and the Texas Legislature, and his work has been quoted by the Texas Supreme Court and at every level of the federal judiciary.
As Solicitor General of Texas, Mr. Ho litigated and counseled state officials on the most difficult legal issues facing Texas. Appointed by Attorney General Greg Abbott, he is the first Asian American to serve as the State's chief appellate lawyer, and the first state solicitor general in the nation to be invited by the U.S. Supreme Court to express the views of a state.
Mr. Ho has also served in all three branches of the federal government. He served on the Senate Judiciary Committee staff as chief counsel to Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the Subcommittee on the Constitution, and the Subcommittee on Immigration. At the Justice Department, he was the second highest political appointee at the Civil Rights Division, and advised White House and other senior officials on constitutional and other complex legal issues at the Office of Legal Counsel. He clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before law school, he was a legislative aide to State Senator Quentin Kopp.
His record of public service also includes appointments to numerous boards and commissions. Mr. Ho is actively involved in judicial appointments as a member of the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee established by U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, and the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Northern District of Texas. He has also served on the Continuity of Government Commission and the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
In addition, Mr. Ho has taught U.S. Supreme Court Litigation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law, and served as Senior Editor of the Green Bag. He is also a frequent commentator on legal issues and an active member of numerous national and statewide organizations.
Media accounts have described Mr. Ho as "one of the nation's most promising lawyers" (National Law Journal, 2008), one of the state's "big guns" (Texas Tribune, 2010) and "top appellate lawyer[s]" (Austin American-Statesman, 2010), and a "rising star [in] appellate and constitutional law" (Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers, 2008). He has also been named one of 25 "Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law" (Texas Lawyer, 2009), one of the nation's "Best Lawyers under 40" (National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2006), and one of the best 35 Congressional aides under 35 (The Hill, 2005), and has received numerous awards for his pro bono and public service.
Mr. Ho is an active member of the Asian American community. He is co-chair of the Judiciary Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a recipient of the Association's Presidential Award, the Justice David Wellington Chew Award, and awards from the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership for his community leadership.
Taiwanese by birth and Texan by marriage, Mr. Ho graduated from Stanford University with honors and a B.A. in Public Policy, and the University of Chicago Law School with high honors.