In a remarkable feat, by the end of April arguments in the 2008-09 term, two veteran U.S. Supreme Court advocates each had argued six cases, and attorneys from just three firms and one law school clinic stood at the podium in nearly 35 percent of the term's 78 argued cases. The term was a testament to the growing size and influence of the private Supreme Court bar, and its two titans were Sidley Austin's Carter Phillips and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Theodore Olson.
Supreme Court Argument Cycle Dominated by Veterans
The National Law Journal
August 11, 2009