Although SCOTUSblog publishes a fantastic collection of statistics in their frequently updated statpacks, I haven’t seen many stats about the individual attorneys who argue before the Court. The Court released its April Hearing List and we now know who will argue cases for every case in OT08.
Here are the total number of cases argued for the most notable advocates:
Edwin S. Kneedler – 5
-Kneedler has argued more cases than anyone else currently practicing. His tally is now at an astonishing 105, which is second amongst all living people. Lawrence Wallace, who retired from the SG’s office in 2003, has argued 157.
Malcolm L. Stewart – 5
-Not sure what his tally is, but I know that he argued a case in 1995 for the US as amicus curiae. Not sure about his specific tally, but it is definitely >40.
Michael R. Dreeben – 4
-Dreeben is another lifer in the SG’s office. I have records of his arguments for the SG as far back as 1989. His tally is almost certainly >80.
Gregory G. Garre – 4
Lisa S. Blatt – 3
Deanne E. Maynard – 3
-Relatively new addition to the SG’s core of SCOTUS advocates, argued first case in 2005
Curtis E. Gannon – 2
Douglas Hallward-Driemeier – 2
Neal K. Katyal – 2
-Argued and won Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Professor at GULC
Eric D. Miller – 2
Matthew D. Roberts – 2
Pratik A. Shah – 2
Theodore B. Olson – 6
-Argued Bush v. Gore for Bush, also served as Bush’s first SG. Argued two cases during March sitting. Tally is currently >50. Co-Chair of appellate practice group at Gibson Dunn.
Carter G. Phillips – 6
-Filed influential military amicus brief in Grutter. Current tally is 65. Partner at Sidley Austin.
David C. Frederick – 3
-To be quite honest, I had never heard his name until now. Read his bio here. Apparently he worked in the SG’s office for a while.
Thomas C. Goldstein – 3
-Rising star of SCOTUS bar, runs SCOTUSblog, sat second chair to Boies and Tribe in Bush v. Gore
Seth P. Waxman – 3
-SG for the last 2 years of the Clinton Administration, head of Wilmer Hale appellate practice
Gregory S. Coleman – 2
-Former Texas SG, will argue two of the term’s biggest cases on consecutive Wednesdays. I had lunch with him a few weeks ago and we talked about the two cases.
Christopher J. Meade – 2
-Partner at Wilmer Hale under Waxman and Stevens clerk ’97. I’d consider him a rising star on the bar
Maureen E. Mahoney – 2
Andrew L. Frey – 1
-Frey has argued 64 cases, which is, according to his bio, more than anyone else currently serving in private practice
Kathleen M. Sullivan – 1
-Former dean of Stanford Law School, current professor at SLS. Famously failed bar exam on first try and once described by Lawrence Tribe as “the most extraordinary student I had ever had.” She was reportedly on the shortlist for Kagan’s SG position and is often considered a leading contender for a SCOTUS seat. Partner at Quinn Emmanuel.