Thomas Dupree Jr., the former No. 2 official in the Justice Department’s Civil Division, has rejoined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a partner, the firm said today. Dupree, 38, will focus on complex trial and appellate litigation.
Dupree handled immigration and removal matters as a deputy hired in 2007 by Sidley Austin's Peter Keisler, the division’s head at the time. He left the Justice Department as principal deputy to Gregory Katsas, Keisler’s successor.
As the division’s No. 2, Dupree oversaw a variety of contract and tort matters; employment disputes; labor and immigration matters; and constitutional challenges to federal statutes, regulations and executive branch actions, among others matters. He has argued in all 13 federal circuits and before five en banc courts.
"Litigation, especially appellate advocacy, has always been a strategic focus of the firm. The courtroom experience Tom has gained while in government will further strengthen our firm's capabilities," said Ken Doran, the firm's managing partner, in a statement.
Dupree was named partner about a year before joining the Justice Department. He says returning to Gibson Dunn “was a very easy choice for me. I did not talk to other firms.”
Dupree returns is a member of the firm's litigation department and its Appellate and Constitutional Law practice group.
Dupree is the second Bush administration official to return to Gibson Dunn in recent months. Thomas Hungar, former deputy solicitor general, rejoined the firm in October and now serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group.