Veteran Supreme Court advocate Sri Srinivasan will succeed former acting Solicitor General Walter Dellinger as chair of the appellate practice group at O’Melveny & Myers, announced the firm on Thursday.
Dellinger, who has headed the practice for more than a decade, will continue to practice with the firm while Srinivasan assumes the appellate group’s administrative duties.
Dellinger, who recently has taken an active and public role defending the constitutionality of the federal health care reform act, praised Srinivasan in a statement, saying, “Sri Srinivasan is one of the great advocates of his generation. It has been, and will continue to be, a great honor for me to work with such a gifted lawyer.”
Srinivasan, a Stanford Law graduate and former clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, has argued 17 cases in the Supreme Court and has argued and briefed numerous cases in the lower federal and state courts. In the 2009-10 Supreme Court term, he argued three cases: Hertz Corp. v. Friend, Skilling v. U.S., and Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder. And the high court recently granted review for next term to his petition in CompuCredit Corp. v. Greenwood, a case asking whether claims under the Credit Repair Organizations Act are subject to arbitration if there is a valid arbitration agreement.
“Throughout the past several years, O'Melveny's appellate practice has grown to include a stellar line up of attorneys with diverse appellate experience and Sri played a key role in helping attract the best and brightest,” said Brad Butwin, partner and firmwide chair of the litigation department. "We have been fortunate to have Walter’s leadership and we look forward to Sri leading this dynamic and successful group.”
Srinivasan, who lectures at Harvard Law and co-teaches a course on the Supreme Court and appellate advocacy, said in a statement, “I look forward to this new role in connection with the appellate practice, and to continuing to work alongside Walter and an amazingly talented group of appellate attorneys. We've been fortunate to have attained some terrific results for the firm's clients, and we look forward to continuing to do so.”