Oral Argument Winners 2015/2016

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This week marks the end of the 2015 Supreme Court Term.  There are a ton of data to sort through to better understand the repercussions of the cases and the actors involved.  One way to analyze the data is simply by looking at the attorneys that were most successful at oral argument this Term.  There were several attorneys with multiple arguments this Term including those from the United States Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).  There were only a few attorneys, however, that were successful as oral advocates in multiple cases across the Term [Note: for this calculation I did not include attorneys arguing on behalf of amicus curiae. Also I did not count 4-4 split votes as a win for either side.]. The graph below lists these attorneys.OralArgWins

The most successful attorney when looked at in this manner was former Solicitor General Paul Clement (from Bancroft PLLC) who won in four of the six cases where he argued before the Court (as Michael Lieberman points out, this could arguably be construed as five wins if we count the vacate and remand decision in Zubik as a win).  All others with multiple wins have two apiece.  This include Allon Kedem and Ilana Eisenstein from the OSG.  It also includes attorneys Paul Smith (from Jenner & Block), Peter Stris (from Stris & Maher), and also former Solicitor General Seth Waxman (from WilmerHale).

Along with these attorneys the majority of those that were successful at oral argument won in a single case.  Below I include the entire list of attorneys that won in at least one case they argued this Term and their respective number of wins. Stay tuned as I will soon have more detailed data and analysis from the 2015 Term.

AttorneyWins
PAUL D. CLEMENT4
SETH P. WAXMAN2
ALLON KEDEM2
PETER K. STRIS2
PAUL M. SMITH2
ILANA H. EISENSTEIN2
ANN O’CONNELL1
ELAINE J. GOLENDBERG1
DEREK L. SCHMIDT1
TYLER R. GREEN1
STEPHEN B. BRIGHT1
TIMOTHY CROOKS1
JUAN C. BASOMBRIO1
JULIA DOYLE BERNHARDT1
MARK C. FLEMING1
ROMAN MARTINEZ1
ROY T. ENGLERT, JR.1
ERIC E. MURPHY1
E. JOSHUA ROSENKRANZ1
THEODORE B. OLSON1
JONATHAN F. MITCHELL1
CHRISTOPHER LANDAU1
NICOLE A. SAHARSKY1
NEAL K. KATYAL1
SCOTT A. KELLER1
MATTHEW T. FINDLEY1
MATTHEW D. McGILL1
CARTER PHILLIPS1
CURTIS E. GANNON1
MARK FROST1
DANIEL T. HANSMEIER1
M. REED HOPPER1
JOHN M. DUGGAN1
MARK BRNOVICH1
STEPHANIE TOTI1
JEFFREY B. WALL1
HOWARD SREBNICK1
KATHRYN KEENA1
ANDREW J. PINCUS1
STEPHEN R. McALLISTER1
ANTHONY A. YANG1
CHRISTIAN VERGONIS1
STUART B. LEV1
THOMAS G. SAUNDERS1
ADAM G. UNIKOWSKY1
NOEL J. FRANCISCO1
DAVID C. FREDERICK1
RUTH BOTSTEIN1
SHAY DVORETZKY1
BRIAN WOLFMAN1
AMIR H. ALI1
MICHAEL B. KIMBERLY1
GREGORY G. KATSAS1
GREGORY G. GARRE1
DONALD B. VERRILLI1
ELIZABETH B. PRELOGAR1
DALE SCHOWENGERDT1
THOMAS R. McCARTHY1
MARK D. PLAISANCE1

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