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Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Appoints Sri Srinivasan as Principal Deputy Solicitor General

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

WASHINGTON – Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli today announced the appointment Sri Srinivasan as Principal Deputy Solicitor General. The principal deputy handles some of the United States’ most important cases before the Supreme Court and serves as a key advisor to the Solicitor General.


“I am very pleased Sri will be returning to the Solicitor General’s office in this important role. He is one of the country’s leading advocates before the Supreme Court, and will bring to his new position both a deep knowledge of the Supreme Court and of the office and its responsibilities and traditions,” said Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. “He will be an invaluable asset to the Department of Justice and to the work we do to protect and defend the interests of the American people.”‪


Since 2007, Srinivasan has been a partner in O’Melveny and Myers LLP in Washington, D.C., and chairs the firm’s appellate and Supreme Court practice. At O’Melveny and Myers, Srinivasan argued multiple cases before the U.S. Supreme Court spanning multiple topics including criminal law and procedure, immigration law, banking law, education law, administrative law and federal contracting law. In addition, Srinivasan also possesses a wealth of experience on the federal and state court levels addressing patent and intellectual property law, antitrust law, federal preemption and tax law.


From 2002 to 2007, Srinivasan served as assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. From 1998 to 2002, he worked at O’Melveny and Myers. Prior to that, Srinivasan served as a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk for the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor and for the Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


Srinivasan is a lecturer at Harvard Law School, where he co-teaches a course on Supreme Court and appellate advocacy. He is a published author and has received many awards and recognitions including being named The National Law Journal’s 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America in 2008.


Srinivasan earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School, his M.B.A. from Stanford Business School and his A.B. from Stanford University.

Updated September 15, 2014

Press Release Number: 11-1096