Trials & Litigation

Reuters Scorecard Tallies Supreme Court Wins This Term For Nation's Top Appellate Lawyers


An elite group of lawyers regularly appears before the nation’s top court.

Although some of the usual suspects weren’t as much in evidence as others this term, a tally of U.S. Supreme Court wins and losses compiled by Reuters details who made the biggest splash and how.

Paul Clement, 46, of Bancroft argued the most cases during 2011-2012, with a 4-3 win-loss record. However, he was on the losing side of the landmark Affordable Care Act appeal.

Meanwhile, Carter Phillips, 59, of Sidley Austin was 4-0-1, the only undefeated lawyer who argued two cases or more. (The 1 is for Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California, which was sent back to the lower courts.)

Patricia Millett, 49, of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld notched another win, with a 1-3 record. She has argued 31 cases before the nation’s top court, more than any other woman attorney now in private practice.

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