Noel Francisco served as the 47th Solicitor General of the United States, from 2017 to 2020. As Solicitor General, Noel argued some of the most important cases the Supreme Court has heard in recent years, including Trump v. Hawaii, where he successfully defended the president's orders restricting travel from countries deemed to present security risks; Janus v. AFSCME, which upheld the First Amendment rights of public employees who decline to join a union; and Seila Law v. CFPB, which upheld the president's authority to remove the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
During his previous tenure at the Firm, he also argued McDonnell v. United States, where he obtained a unanimous reversal of the federal bribery conviction of the governor of Virginia; NLRB v. Noel Canning, in which the Court, by a 9-0 vote, limited the president's constitutional recess appointment power; and Zubik v. Burwell, where he represented Catholic organizations challenging federal insurance coverage regulations that violated their religious beliefs.
The following represents experience prior to joining Jones Day.
Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000) (per curiam)
U.S. Supreme Court briefing in vote recount case arising out of the 2000 presidential election.
- December 15, 2015
Executive Roundtable Series - A Year-End Regulatory Roundup and Forecast
- December 10, 2014
Executive Roundtable Series: A Roundtable Series for Legal and Business Solutions
- December 12, 2013
Executive Roundtable Series - A Year-End Legislative Roundup and Forecast
- October 24, 2013
2013 Space & Satellite Regulatory Colloquium
- April 9, 2013
2013 Government Contractor Labor & Employment Discussion Group
- February 7, 2013
The Noel Canning Decision - The D.C. Circuit's Holding That the President's Recess Appointments to the NLRB were Constitutionally Defective: Legal, Policy and Practical Considerations Webinar
- December 12, 2012
Executive Roundtable Series
A Year-End Legislative Roundup and Forecast
- October 24, 2012
Outbound Seminar "Managing Legal Risks in Global Expansion of Chinese Companies"
- December 7, 2011
Executive Roundtable Series - Taking on the Government: Litigation Against the Executive and Legislative Branches
- September 27, 2011
A Review of the Supreme Court's 2010 Term and Preview of What's Coming Next
- December 15, 2010
Executive Roundtable Series: A Year-End Legislative Roundup and Forecast
- July 15, 2010
2010 Speaker Series: Perspectives on Federal Regulation
- October 17, 2008
High Courts Review: An Analysis of Recent Major Business Decisions and What to Expect Next
- October 17, 2006
Aerospace, Defense & Intelligence Companies: Maximizing the Value Through Mergers & Acquisitions
- The University of Chicago (J.D. with high honors 1996; B.A. in Economics with honors 1991)
- District of Columbia, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits, and U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- 47th Solicitor General of the United States (2017-2020); Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice (2003-2005) and Associate Counsel to the President of the United States (2001-2003)
- Appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the District of Columbia's Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure
- Law Clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court (1997 Term) and Law Clerk to Judge J. Michael Luttig, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (1996 Term)