(WASHINGTON) -- The White House has nominated Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. as the next Solicitor General of the Department of Justice. Verrilli, who currently serves as Deputy Counsel to the President, was a top contender for the job after Elena Kagan was nominated for the Supreme Court. The decision will surprise some court-watchers, however, as Neal Katyal, who has been serving as the Acting Solicitor General since Kagan’s nomination, was also a top contender for the job.
Verrilli’s nomination will require Senate confirmation.
Verrilli worked briefly for the Justice Department, and he spent 20 years as a litigator for the law firm of Jenner & Block. He has argued 12 cases in front of the Supreme Court. His most famous victory came when he represented media companies claiming that a music file-sharing service called Grokster could be sued for copyright infringement.
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