After a year clerking for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Philip Alito, son of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr., will begin as an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher this fall.
Thomas Dupree Jr., hiring partner at Gibson Dunn's Washington D.C. office, confirmed the news last night. “Phil Alito is a smart, talented and hard-working young lawyer with impressive credentials," Dupree said in a statement. "We are delighted that he has chosen to begin his career with Gibson Dunn and look forward to welcoming him this fall.”
The hire will bring the young Alito into a firm that has one of the most active Supreme Court practices anywhere. The firm website states that Gibson Dunn lawyers have argued more than 100 cases at the high court, and boasts a 30 per cent success rate in getting the justices to grant review of its petitions in the last five years -- compared to a one per cent grant rate for all incoming cert petitions.
Alito will also find a kindred spirit in another son of a justice at the firm: Eugene Scalia, son of Justice Antonin Scalia, and a longtime Gibson Dunn D.C. partner.