TOP FILAM LAWYER George Conway III with lawyer-wife Kellyanne, an adviser and former campaign manager of President-elect Donald Trump, and their kids.
NEW YORK (PhilAmPress) – A Filipino-American corporate lawyer in New York who graduated from the Yale Law School and Harvard University is shortlisted to become the US solicitor general under President-elect Donald Trump.
US media reports identified the FilAm lawyer as George T. Conway III, whose wife, Kellyanne Conway, also a lawyer who was earlier appointed as Trump senior adviser. Kellyanne (maiden name: Kellyanne Fitzpatrick) served as Trump campaign manager, the first woman to handle such major presidential campaign.
Bloomberg News first reported that George Conway was being considered for the post, which requires Senate approval. Conway, who is of Filipino descent, would be the first Asian-American solicitor general.
If nominated and confirmed, Conway would defend the Trump administration’s positions before the nation’s high court and also decide what to do with top litigation priorities for the Obama administration in lower courts ― including pending disputes over the Affordable Care Act known also as the Obamacare, transgender rights and immigration.
According to a profile of his wife in The New Yorker, Conway played a lead role writing the legal brief urging the Supreme Court to rule, in a landmark 1997 decision, that the president can be sue3d in his personal capacity for actions he took before taking office, according to a Huffington Post report which added a 1999 article in The New York Times revealed that Conway’s ties to the case ― and ill feelings toward Clinton ― ran much deeper.
As legal twists would have it, one early test for Conway as solicitor general might be to push back against any and all challenges to Trump’s potential business conflicts while in office, according to the report. Legal and ethics experts have argued that the president-elect’s vas business holdings raise conflicts of interest that could run afoul of the Constitution, which in turn could lead to court challenges, the Huffington Post reported.
Conway III has been a partner in the Litigation Department of the top law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz since January 1994. He has high-profile clients and has argued before the US Supreme Court.
He joined the firm in September 1988. His litigation experience has included a variety of high-profile matters spanning many areas of law in federal and state courts throughout the country. He has extensive experience in securities litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, contract litigation, antitrust litigation, and other litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels.
The law firm’s website stated that in the area of securities litigation, Conway briefed and argued the case for respondents inMorrison v. National Australia Bank
, in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 does not apply extraterritorially to claims of so-called “foreign-cubed” plaintiffs — foreign investors who purchased securities of foreign issuers on foreign exchanges. He also recently argued and won a precedent-setting motion to dismiss so-called “foreign squared” claims against EADS brought by American plaintiffs who purchased that foreign company’s shares on foreign exchanges.
The website also stated that Mr. Conway also recently argued and won an important appeal under the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 on behalf of the Swiss installation artist Christoph Büchel in the artist’s highly publicized disputed with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. He also successfully represented the Chief Judge of the State of New York and the New York Unified Court System in historic constitutional litigation over the State of New York’s extended failure to adjust judicial salaries. Mr. Conway also played a substantial role in the successful defense of Kenneth Langone’s Invemed Associates in a disciplinary proceeding before the NASD (now FINRA) that resulted in what the New York Times called a “withering,” “high profile defeat for the regulators.
“Conway, who is of Filipino descent, would be the first Asian-American solicitor general,” according to CNN.
“The solicitor general is the Justice Department’s third-highest ranking official and argues cases on the federal government’s behalf at the US Supreme Court,” CNN said.
A CNN source said Conway has been interviewed by Trump’s attorney general-designate Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and is inclined to accept the position if Trump decides to appoint him.
He will also need Senate approval.
Conway graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1984 with the degree of A.B. in Biochemical Sciences and earned his law degree from the Yale Law School in 1987 where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal. In 1987 and 1988, he served as a law clerk to Circuit Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Bloomberg News said Conway played a role during the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, the husband of Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton.
“George Conway wrote a Supreme Court brief in the case involving Paula Jones’s sexual harassment suit against Clinton. That opened the path to Clinton’s impeachment on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. He was acquitted by the Senate,” according to the report.
Conway argued before the US Supreme Court in the 2010 case Morrison v National Australia Bank.
He also won a defamation lawsuit filed by the National Football League and Philip Morris against media giant ABC News, the reports added.