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Weil, Gotshal & Manges Signs Tripp to Co-Lead Appellate Practice

Dec. 2, 2019, 6:30 PM

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has hired former assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General Zachary Tripp to be co-head of the firm’s appellate practice in Washington.

Tripp argued 11 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court while with the Solicitor General’s office, winning nine of them. He joined the Office of the Solicitor General, a unit of the Justice Department which represents the federal government at the Supreme Court, in 2014.

“Zack brings significant experience before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts from his time working in government as well as private practice,” said Weil executive partner Barry Wolf in a firm statement.

The cases Tripp argued included matters involving bankruptcy law, antitrust, securities, and foreign state immunity, Jonathan Polkes, co-chair of Weil’s global litigation department, said in the statement.

(Source: Weil, Gotshal & Manges)

Tripp worked with the Washington-based litigation boutique Bancroft before joining the solicitor general’s office. That firm became part of Kirkland & Ellis in 2016.

Prior to that, Tripp, a former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, served in several top federal legal posts in Washington, including as special counsel to the general counsel of the Defense Department, and as attorney adviser with the State Department.

“When I decided to move on from the Solicitor General’s Office, I wanted to join a firm with a premier litigation platform and with a highly talented appellate group, where I could help enhance its Supreme Court capabilities,” Tripp said. “So Weil is really a perfect fit.”

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