Verrilli Sworn In as Solicitor General

Fall 2011

Donald B. Verrilli Jr. ’83 recently was sworn in as U.S. solicitor general, a position tasked with representing the government before the U.S. Supreme Court. Widely recognized as one of the top litigators in the nation, Verrilli handled numerous high-profile cases at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C., where he was a longtime partner prior to joining the Obama administration. His most notable cases included Viacom’s $1 billion intellectual-property lawsuit against Google and death-penalty cases before the Supreme Court. Verrilli joined the White House in 2009 to serve as associate deputy attorney general, focusing on domestic and national security policy, and was appointed deputy White House counsel the following year. Before his appointment, Verrilli had worked on more than 100 Supreme Court cases and argued 12.