Thomas Hungar (2009)
Thomas Hungar (2009) (Aaron Hayes/Daily Report)

Thomas Hungar, co-chairman of the appellate and constitutional law practice group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, is moving from Connecticut Avenue to Capitol Hill as the new general counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Hungar, a former clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy, starts in his new position on July 5. He declined to comment Monday on his job change, which House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on June 24. Hungar succeeds Kerry Kircher.

The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice and representation to members, committees, officers and employees arising from the performance of their duties and responsibilities. The office also represents the House itself in litigation, both as an amicus and as a party in cases where the House has an institutional interest.

A veteran U.S. Supreme Court advocate, Hungar has made 26 high court arguments in a wide range of legal areas, including patent, antitrust, securities and environment.

A Yale Law School graduate, he is a former deputy solicitor general of the United States, a position in which he oversaw business-related appellate litigation for the government, including cases in banking, bankruptcy, tax, government contracts, communications, copyright, labor, trademark, and international trade matters.

After five years as deputy solicitor general, Hungar returned to Gibson Dunn in 2008. He previously worked in the firm from 1994 to 2003. He has argued in such high court cases as Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Ltd. Partnership; Stoneridge Investment Partners, LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc, and Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy Corp.