Neal Katyal is the former US Acting Solicitor General of the United States. He works as a professor at Georgetown University. He focuses on constitutional law, criminal law and intellectual property. Since September 2011, he has been of counsel at Hogan Lovells, a law firm based in London and Washington, DC, where he handles cases in the US Supreme Court.
Neel Kumar Katyal was born on Thursday, March 12, 1970 (age 52 years; as of 2023) in Chicago, Illinois, USA, his zodiac sign is Pisces. He completed his schooling from Loyola Academy, a Jesuit Catholic high school in Wilmette, Illinois. From September 1987 to June 1991, he attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Yale Law School in June 1995. According to Neal Katyal, when he was studying at Dartmouth College, he joined various groups namely Sigma Nu, Phi Beta Kappa, and Dartmouth Forensic Union.
Height (Approx): 5′ 10″
Hair Color: Salt and Pepper
Eye colour: black
Neel Katyal’s father belonged to a Sikh family from India.
parents and siblings
Neel Katyal’s parents are Indian immigrants living in America. His father was an engineer, who died in 2005. His mother’s name is Pratibha Katyal Malhotra. She works as a pediatrician in the US
Neal Katyal has a sister named Sonia Katyal, who serves as Chancellor’s Professor of Law and co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at UC Berkeley.
His brother-in-law (Joanna’s brother), Jeffrey Rosen, is president and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
wife and children
Neal Katyal married Joanna Rosen in 2001. He is a doctor. The couple have three children.
Katyal’s wife, Joanna Rosen, practices Judaism, and his brother-in-law, Jeffrey Rosen, is highly respected in the American legal field.
He was in a relationship with Joanna Rosen before they married in 2001.
Shortly after earning his Juris Doctor (JD) degree in 1995, Katyal began working as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After that, he served as a law clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer at the US Supreme Court. In 1999, Neal Katyal received an invitation from US President Bill Clinton to write a report about the importance of doing more pro bono legal work. He then made rules for special counsels during the same year. The Mueller investigation, which looked at Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election, followed those guidelines. Additionally, in 1999, Neal Katyal represented the deans of several prestigious private law schools in the case Grutter v. Bollinger. He also served as co-counsel to Vice President Al Gore in the Bush v. Gore case.
In 2006, Katyal strongly opposed the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. He argued against it in a court case called Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. In this case, he represented prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay. The court ruled that George W. The military commissions established by the Bush administration to try prisoners violated the rules of both the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) and the four Geneva Conventions.
From May 2010 to June 2011, Katyal served as Acting Solicitor General for the United States during the Obama administration. Previously, he worked as an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor General of the U.S. Department of Justice and held the position of Principal Deputy Solicitor General. During his tenure at the Justice Department, Katyal presented several cases before the Supreme Court. A notable case was Northwest Austin v. Holder in 2009, where he successfully defended the validity of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
That same year, President Barack Obama chose Elena Kagan to replace retiring Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. As a result, Katyal stepped into the role of acting Solicitor General, taking Kagan’s position. On May 24, 2011, while serving as Acting Solicitor General, Katyal gave a speech in the Great Hall of the Justice Department to mark Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In 2015, after leaving the Obama administration, Katyal returned to Georgetown University Legal Center. Additionally, he became a partner at the international law firm Hogan Lovells.
In 2020, Katyal founded Nestlé USA, Inc. Acted as a lawyer representing Nestlé and Cargill in a court case called vs. Doe. The case involved a group of children who were enslaved and forced to work in cocoa farms in Ivory Coast. They collectively filed a lawsuit against Nestlé and Cargill. In 2021, Katyal provided legal representation for a large financial company called Citigroup. The company was seeking to recover $900 million that was mistakenly transferred to creditors of another company, Revlon Inc.
In October 2021, he began working part-time at Galaxy Digital as an advisory board member. In 2022, Neel Katyal founded Social Capital Ventures Inc. He joined the board of and became a partner at Chamath Palihapitiya Social and Capital Partnership. Katyal served as a special prosecutor for the state of Minnesota in the 2020 murder of George Floyd. In 2022, Katyal represented the respondents in the case Moore v. Harper before the Supreme Court. The case concerned election law, redistricting, and free state legislative doctrine. Additionally, that same year, Katyal defended Johnson & Johnson in a legal case where the company faced allegations of marketing baby powder containing cancer-causing talcum powder.
In 2015, Neal Katyal guest-starred in the third season of the American drama series House of Cards. He had a small role in the series where he played a defense lawyer during a debate in the Supreme Court.
In 2017, Katyal wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times supporting President Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. In 2019, he also expressed praise for President Trump’s appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Neal Katyal is the author of the New York Times bestselling book “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump”, which he co-wrote with Sam Koppelman in 2019. The book examines allegations that Trump sought foreign involvement in the election to benefit his re-election campaign. It debuted at number two on the New York Times Best Seller list that same year.
Awards, Honors, Achievements
- In 2004, Neel Katyal was awarded the Pro Bono Award.
- In 2006, he was runner-up for “Lawyer of the Year” by the National Law Journal.
- In 2007, Neal Katyal was listed as one of the Top 50 Litigators nationally by American Lawyer magazine.
- In 2011, he was awarded the Edmund Randolph Award by the US Department of Justice. This is the highest honor given to a citizen by the department.
- In 2015, Neal Katyal was listed as one of the 30 best living Supreme Court lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine.
- Later, he was recognized by the Legal Times as one of the “90 Greatest Lawyers of the Last 30 Years”.
According to a media report, Neel Katyal charges around $2465 per hour for a legal case.
- Neel Katyal supports Democratic Party in America
- Neil has extensive expertise in various areas of law including tribal law, criminal law, employment law, corporate law, patent law, technology law and others.
- While interacting with the media, Neel Katyal told that he likes to wear the Sikh bracelet which his father gave him as a gift. He mentioned,
I am a person who believes in rituals. I wear exactly the same thing every time I go to court: my father’s Sikh bracelet, socks my mother gave me, a tie my aunt gave me, and a suit I bought a while ago.
- When Neel Katyal was studying law, he was part of the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal. During that time he worked with Professors Bruce Ackerman and Akhil Amar. In 1995 and 1996, they worked together and wrote articles for magazines that focused on legal and political ideas.
- During his free time, Neel Katyal likes to listen to music. He frequently attends live concerts in the United States and shares his experiences on his Twitter account. He also stays connected with his followers on Instagram.
- In 2017, Katyal received the prestigious Grand Prize Litigator of the Year award for both 2016 and 2017 from American Lawyer Magazine.
- Apart from his legal career, Katyal is also a spokesperson. He gave a speech titled ‘How to win a debate (in the US Supreme Court, or anywhere)’ in a TEDx talk on 4 August 2021.
- In 2023, at the age of 52, Neal Katyal argued more cases before the US Supreme Court than any other minority lawyer in the history of the United States. That same year, he surpassed Thurgood Marshall’s record. As of June 2023, he has presented 48 cases before the US Supreme Court.
- Neel Katyal occasionally consumes alcoholic beverages.
- To help educate people and address their concerns, he hosts a daily series on Instagram and YouTube called “Courtside”, where he breaks down the post-election litigation. Neal frequently shares his insights with The New York Times and MSNBC. Additionally, he was once recognized as one of GQ’s Men of the Year.
- Once, during a media interaction, Neel Katyal talked about the US Supreme Court lawyers whom he greatly admires. they shared,
Michael Dribben, who is the Deputy Solicitor General in charge of criminal cases. Perhaps the only person who is like him is Paul Clement. There’s also a wonderful attorney, Peter Kessler, who practices at Sidley & Austin. Kate Stetson has unique rhetorical skills. Prateek Shah is also in this camp. In the new and upcoming generation, I think Elizabeth Preloger, Colleen Sinzdak and Morgan Goodspeed.”
- Neel Katyal frequently appears as a panelist on many live news shows.