Throughout his career in private practice and as a senior U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) official, John Gore delivers results for clients in high-profile litigation, investigations, and crisis matters. John's broad range of litigation experience includes numerous arguments in federal appellate courts and federal and state trial courts across the country. He also has successfully advised high-ranking corporate and government officials facing legal, political, and public relations crises.
Prior to rejoining Jones Day in 2019, John served in the U.S. Department of Justice as the Acting Assistant Attorney General and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. As the acting head of one of DOJ's most significant litigating components, John led the Department's civil and criminal civil rights investigations and enforcement actions nationwide. During his tenure, John launched several successful law enforcement initiatives, including a record-setting initiative to combat housing discrimination and initiatives to eliminate 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 advised the Attorney General and other high-ranking officials on civil rights issues, and he 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 legal questions under the Voting Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, presented arguments before three-judge district courts in voting rights cases, 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)