John, a partner in the firm’s Appellate practice
group, has argued nine cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and
argued before most federal courts of appeals. He has briefed and argued
cases in “a broad cross-section of areas” (Chambers USA, 2013), and has particular
experience in the areas of environmental law, the False Claims Act,
administrative law, government contracting, and federal criminal law.
John’s work has earned him recognition as one
of Washington’s top Supreme Court lawyers (Washingtonian,
2013), as one of “a small group of lawyers” with an “outsized influence at the
U.S. Supreme Court” (Reuters, 2014), as one of “the
most successful petitioning attorneys” before the Supreme Court between 2012 and 2015 (Villanova Law Review, forthcoming 2016), and as one of the country’s most innovative lawyers (Financial Times,
2014). Chambers USA reports
that “[t]he much-admired John Elwood is praised for his advocacy skills”
(2013), and describes John as “phenomenal” (2014), a “brilliant writer” (2015), and “a
much-loved and widely respected lawyer who is quick on his feet” (2010).
Before joining the firm, John served in senior-level
positions in the U.S. Department of Justice. Beginning as an Assistant to the
Solicitor General, and continuing with the firm, he has briefed more than 20 merits cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and has briefed
approximately 135 cases at the certiorari stage. As the senior Deputy in the
Office of Legal Counsel, he advised the White House and federal agencies on a
range of constitutional, statutory, and regulatory issues.