On January 27, 2019, The National Law Journal featured Williams & Connolly alumna and Supreme Court advocate Lisa Blatt's decision to rejoin the firm as partner and chair of the Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice. The National Law Journal has named Lisa a “visionary” and one of “the 100 most influential lawyers in America.” She has argued thirty-seven cases before the United States Supreme Court -- more than any other woman in United States history. In private practice, Lisa has argued and prevailed in matters before the Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals on behalf of dozens of individuals and corporations.
Lisa previously worked at Williams & Connolly in the 1990s, after clerking for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was then a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. As The National Law Journal reported, Lisa had her mind set on joining Williams & Connolly “after hearing legendary litigator Brendan Sullivan Jr., now a senior partner, tell a joint House-Senate committee during the televised Oliver North hearings, ‘Well sir, I'm not a potted plant. I'm here as the lawyer. That's my job.’”
Lisa departed the firm in 1993 and pursued a long and distinguished career in government service, including serving from 1993-1996 in the General Counsel’s Office of the Department of Energy and from 1996-2009 in the Office of the Solicitor General, where she worked under five different Solicitors General from both parties. Lisa has been in private practice for the past ten years at Arnold & Porter LLP, where she continued her active Supreme Court and appellate practice.
In a statement to The National Law Journal, Williams & Connolly chairman Joe Petrosinelli said, “We are thrilled to have Lisa come home. She has remained a close friend to many of us throughout her time away from the firm, and we take great pride in her amazing accomplishments. We look forward to having her represent our clients in appeals courts everywhere, including the United States Supreme Court. Welcome home, Lisa.”
Click here to read The National Law Journal article.