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Brinton Lucas is an appellate litigator with substantial experience in high-profile challenges to government regulation. A former senior official at the Department of Justice, he has argued more than a dozen cases at every level of the federal judiciary, including the Supreme Court, the en banc Ninth Circuit, and the Seventh, D.C., and Federal Circuits.

Brinton returned to Jones Day in 2021 after serving in several significant positions in the Justice Department. As an Assistant to the Solicitor General, he represented the United States before the Supreme Court and helped craft the government's appellate strategy in cases throughout the nation. Brinton also served as Deputy Associate Attorney General, where he supervised high-stakes litigation handled by the Civil and Civil Rights Divisions. Before that, he served as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, helping oversee the defense of Executive Branch actions in district and appellate courts across the country.

Brinton has argued numerous high-profile appeals and dispositive motions, including successful appearances before the D.C. Circuit and en banc Ninth Circuit. He also argued before the Supreme Court in BP p.l.c. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, an important case concerning climate change litigation. In addition to his oral advocacy, Brinton has drafted more than 40 briefs in the Supreme Court as well as dozens more in the federal courts of appeals covering a wide range of constitutional, statutory, and administrative law issues.

Earlier in his career, Brinton clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the Fourth Circuit.


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