Updated 3:16 p.m.
Goodwin Procter has bolstered its litigation department in Washington with the addition of a former Department of Justice attorney.
William Jay, formerly assistant to the solicitor general, joins Goodwin as a partner. His practice will focus on appellate representation before federal and state courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jay has argued 11 cases before the Supreme Court and served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia from 2004 to 2005. He subsequently served as special counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the nomination of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.
At the DOJ, Jay wrote the brief for the government in the Texas redistricting case that was argued before the high court in January. He also worked on the Federal Elections Commission's briefs in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case.
In an interview, Jay said that the upcoming Supreme Court term is likely to include several important cases.
"The court has already added some interesting cases to its calendar," Jay said. "I know there are a lot of important and complex issues including antitrust, some other environmental issues and important corporate tax [cases]. It looks to be another term that business in particular should watch closely."