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Donald B. Ayer

Jones Day
Washington, DC, USA

Don Ayer is the Firm's most experienced Supreme Court lawyer, with 18 arguments before the Court. He has argued more than 60 other appeals. His experience covers subject areas ranging from criminal appeals to business torts to a wide range of constitutional and technical statutory and regulatory issues. He also has been lead counsel in 20 federal court jury trials.

He is president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and has served as president of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court in Washington, D.C. Don currently teaches a course in Supreme Court Advocacy at Georgetown University Law Center and Duke University Law School. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America (appellate practice), Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Chambers USA (national appellate), Washingtonian magazine's "Top Supreme Court Lawyers in Washington," and Super Lawyers "Top 100 Lawyers" in the D.C. area.

Don previously served as the Deputy Attorney General and Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States and as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California. He is a member of the ALI, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and serves on the advisory boards of the NYU Institute of Judicial Administration, the Georgetown Law School Supreme Court Institute, the State and Local Legal Center, and the Publications Committee of the Supreme Court Historical Society.


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