Throughout his career in private practice and as a senior U.S. Department of Justice official, John Gore delivers results for clients in high-profile litigation, investigations, oversight, and crisis matters. John's broad litigation experience includes numerous arguments in federal appellate courts and federal and state trial courts across the country. He also represents clients facing government investigations, Congressional oversight, and legal, political, and public relations crises.
Prior to rejoining Jones Day in 2019, John served in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. As the head of one of DOJ's most significant litigating components, John led the Department's civil and criminal civil rights enforcement nationwide under such statutes as Title VII, Title IX, the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
During his tenure at DOJ, John launched several successful law enforcement initiatives, including a record-setting initiative to combat housing discrimination and initiatives to end employment discrimination, to protect religious liberty, and to uphold First Amendment freedoms. Moreover, under John's leadership, the Civil Rights Division prosecuted several high-profile hate crimes and contributed to DOJ's record-setting numbers of human trafficking prosecutions. John also testified twice before Congress on DOJ's civil rights enforcement efforts.
John has particular experience litigating complex questions of constitutional and statutory interpretation. He has briefed and argued novel questions under the VRA and the ADA and briefed numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court.
- The University of Texas at Austin (J.D. with high honors 2005; Order of the Coif; Associate Editor, Texas Law Review); University of Colorado (B.A. summa cum laude 2002; Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society)
- District of Columbia, United States Supreme Court, and numerous U.S. Courts of Appeals and U.S. District Courts
- Served with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division in the following positions: Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General (2018-2019); Acting Assistant Attorney General (2017-2018); and Deputy Assistant Attorney General (2017)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (2005-2006)