Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. is the current Solicitor General of the United States. Verrilli previously served as Deputy Counsel to President Obama and as an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to his government service, he was a partner for many years in Jenner & Block, and co-chaired the firm’s Supreme Court practice.
Verrilli maintained an active pro bono practice throughout his career in private practice, and received several awards for his efforts. He also taught First Amendment law as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School from 1992 through 2008.
Verrilli received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review. He clerked for the Honorable J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court.
On January 26, 2011, President Obama nominated Verrilli to succeed Elena Kagan as Solicitor General after she was sworn into the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Verrilli was sworn in as Solicitor General of the United States on June 9, 2011.