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Former Jones Day partner Noel Francisco confirmed as Solicitor General

September 2017


The U.S. Senate confirmed former Jones Day partner Noel Francisco as the new Solicitor General of the United States. Mr. Francisco was formerly a partner in the Washington, D.C. Office of Jones Day and served as Chair of the Firm's Government Regulation Practice.

The United States Solicitor General is the third-highest-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Justice. The Solicitor General represents the federal government before the Supreme Court of the United States.

"Jones Day has a long history of having its lawyers serve the Nation in important public service positions. We are very proud of Noel and his appointment to serve as Solicitor General,” said Stephen J. Brogan, Managing Partner of Jones Day. "Noel is a proven, effective advocate in the courtroom, as well as a person of great integrity. I am confident that he will serve with distinction as Solicitor General."

In 2001, Mr. Francisco was appointed as Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush in the Office of Counsel to the President. He later served in the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice before joining Jones Day in 2005.

While at Jones Day, Mr. Francisco appeared several times before the U.S. Supreme Court, including: McDonnell v. United States, which focused on the meaning of the term "official act," as it applies to public officials under federal bribery statutes; Zubik v. Burwell, involving the application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to regulations related to insurance coverage for contraception; and NLRB v. Noel Canning, which pertained to the recess appointment powers of the President of the United States. Mr. Francisco has also argued numerous cases in the lower federal and state courts on a range of constitutional, civil, and criminal matters. He remained with Jones Day until his appointment as Principal Deputy Solicitor General in January 2017.

Mr. Francisco earned his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Chicago, and his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated with high honors. After law school, he served as a law clerk for The Honorable Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then for The Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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