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Who is Greg Katsas?

Greg Katsas is President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Age: 53 (approximate)

Current Position: Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President (Washington, D.C.)


  • B.A., Princeton University (1986), cum laude

  • J.D., Harvard Law School (1989), cum laude; Executive Editor, Harvard Law Review

Judicial Clerkships: Judge Edward Becker, U.S. Court Appeals for the Third Circuit (1989-1990); Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court of the United States (1990-1991)


  • 1992-2001; 2009-2016: Associate and Partner, Jones Day LLP (Washington, D.C.)

  • 2001-2006: Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, D.C.)

  • 2006-2008: Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, D.C.)

  • 2007-2008: Acting Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, D.C.)

  • 2008-2009: Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, D.C.)

  • January 2016-present: Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President (Washington, D.C.)

Notable Matters:

  • Mr. Katsas currently serves as Deputy Counsel to President Trump, a role in which he provides legal advice to senior staff at the White House and manages legal issues involving executive branch agencies.

  • Mr. Katsas has more than 20 years of experience as an appellate litigator. In his roles in private practice and at the DOJ, he has argued more than 40 appeals and in every federal appellate court, including the U.S. Supreme Court. As the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division at the Department of Justice, Mr. Katsas argued, briefed, or supervised many of the most significant appeals handled by the government in the federal courts.

  • By appointment from the Chief Justice of the United States, Mr. Katsas served on the Advisory Committee for Appellate Rules from 2013-2017. He is listed as an expert for The Federalist Society, for whom he frequently speaks about appellate litigation matters.

Awards: Mr. Katsas is the recipient of the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award (2006), the Department of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service (2009), and the Edmund Randolph Award for Exceptional Public Service (The DOJ’s most distinguished award) (2009). Mr. Katsas is also a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Carrie Severino — Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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