Bloomberg Law
Nov. 23, 2020, 3:22 PMUpdated: Nov. 23, 2020, 8:09 PM

Skadden Launches SCOTUS Practice with Dvoretzky from Jones Day (1)

Jordan S. Rubin
Jordan S. Rubin

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is starting a Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Group led by veteran litigator Shay Dvoretzky, who joins the firm from Jones Day.

The move announced Monday marks the latest instance of a Big Law firm poaching a prominent name to start a Supreme Court practice, following Paul, Weiss doing so last year led by Kannon Shanmugam.

The former Antonin Scalia clerk Dvoretzky said in an interview Monday that it’s “a really exciting opportunity to launch something new at a preeminent firm.”

He joins Skadden’s Washington office as a partner after nearly two decades with Jones Day. He said he’s “going to be working both with lawyers at Skadden who have a real track record with appeals and just haven’t been doing it as part of a dedicated practice group, and we are also looking to grow and hire.”

Dvoretzky “is recognized as among an elite group of Supreme Court advocates and as one of the top litigators for high-stakes cases in appellate courts across the country,” David M. Zornow, global head of Skadden’s litigation and controversy practices said in a statement Monday accompanying the firm’s announcement. “He is the perfect individual to launch and lead Skadden’s Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Group.”

Dvoretzky has already argued 12 high court cases in his career, all while at Jones Day, where he had practiced since his Scalia clerkship. He convinced the justices to grant review in another one Nov. 20, involving the Fourth Amendment, that he’s taking with him from Jones Day and will argue later this term.

(Updates with comments from Dvoretzky.)

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