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A previous version of this story incorrectly stated when Katyal participated in the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case. Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal will be joining Hogan Lovells, a Washington-based partner confirmed Monday. He will work in the firm’s appellate group. “He’s one of the outstanding appellate lawyers in the country,” said Robert Bennett, a partner in the firm’s investigations, white collar and fraud practice group. “He’s a great guy and he’s a wonderful addition to the firm.” In June, Katyal announced he would be resigning as acting solicitor general, effective at the end of the Supreme Court term. Katyal took over for Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, after she was nominated for the high court. Katyal joins the likes of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and E. Barrett Prettyman Jr. in migrating between Hogan’s appellate practice and top government posts. Roberts once chaired the appellate group with Hogan’s U.S.-based predecessor firm, Hogan & Hartson. And like Katyal, Roberts was also a Georgetown Law professor. Before becoming solicitor general, Katyal won Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, a case that challenged the military tribunals set up to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The court ruled 5-3 that the method for trying the detainees violated the separation of powers as well as military and international law. Katyal did not respond to requests for comment. The firm also officially declined comment. Contact Matthew Huisman at [email protected].

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