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American Academy of Appellate Lawyers inducts Jones Day's Meir Feder and Gregory Katsas

October 2016


The global law firm Jones Day has announced that the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL) has inducted Issues & Appeals partners Meir Feder and Gregory Katsas to its membership. Founded in 1990, the AAAL recognizes outstanding appellate lawyers and promotes the improvement of appellate advocacy. Membership is limited to 500 lawyers in the United States. 

Based in Jones Day's New York Office, Mr. Feder has briefed and argued appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, eight federal circuits, and multiple state courts. His notable cases include the landmark personal jurisdiction decision Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations v. Brown and American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League. 

Mr. Feder, a former law clerk to Justice David H. Souter, is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the boards of the Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration and the Office of the Appellate Defender, and as vice chair of the National Legal Committee of American Jewish Committee. Prior to joining Jones Day, he was a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he served as deputy chief appellate attorney. 

Mr. Katsas, based in Jones Day's Washington Office, has argued more than 75 appeals, including cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and every federal appellate court. His notable arguments include RJR Nabisco Inc. v. European Community, in which the Supreme Court restricted the extraterritorial scope of the federal racketeering laws, and NFIB v. Sebelius, the landmark constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act. 

Mr. Katsas served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas. He returned to Jones Day after eight years at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served in many senior positions, including as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division and Acting Associate Attorney General. Mr. Katsas was awarded the Edmund Randolph award for outstanding service, the highest award bestowed by the Department of Justice. 

The AAAL advocates the advancement of the administration of justice and promotes the highest standards of professionalism and advocacy in appellate courts. Academy membership is reserved for experienced appellate advocates who have demonstrated the highest skill level and integrity. 

"This is one of the highest honors or distinctions that can be awarded an appellate lawyer," said Beth Heifetz, leader of Jones Day's Issues & Appeals Practice. "Throughout their careers, both Meir and Greg have consistently shown their dedication to the highest of professional standards and proven themselves again and again to be very effective advocates. They are richly deserving of this honor and I join the Firm in congratulating them." 

Jones Day is a global law firm with 44 offices in major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Its unique governance system fosters an unparalleled level of integration and contributes to its perennial ranking as among the best in the world in client service. Jones Day provides significant legal representation for almost half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500, and FT Global 500.

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