Neal Katyal in the inaugural 2024 Forbes America’s Top 200 Lawyers list


Global law firm Hogan Lovells partner and former Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, Neal Katyal, and two other Indian American lawyers have been named in Forbes’ America’s Top 200 Lawyers list for 2024. The list includes some of the top lawyers with stellar track records in their areas of focus, those who have broken barriers to emerge as leaders in their fields, and attorneys most respected by peers and clients.

“The U.S. legal services market is a massive and growing sector—a more than $300 billion industry. But you can’t have legal services without lawyers. And for individuals, startups, and big businesses seeking an attorney, it goes without saying that you need the best. The elite lawyers on this list were selected through a rigorous, multi-stage process of researching, evaluating and rating thousands of candidates, conducted by an editorial team with broad experience in law practice and the legal marketplace,” Forbes said. “The result is a collection of top lawyers involved in the most consequential cases, deals, or legal trends in recent years—whether litigation, tech, transactional, intellectual property, civil rights, M&A, or private equity—just to name a few. Some boast immediate name recognition; others are making their mark less publicly. But they all share reputations for integrity, records of excellence—and Forbes’ recognition as the best in the business.”

Katyal has argued 50 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and has extensive experience in litigation, constitutional law, patents, arbitration, and employment. He serves as the Special Prosecutor for the State of Minnesota in the murder of George Floyd. While Acting Solicitor General of the United States from 2010-2011, Katyal won a case upholding the constitutionality of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Katyal won another landmark voting rights-related case in 2023 when the Court rejected the “independent state legislature theory” in a North Carolina gerrymandering case.

The American Lawyer magazine honored Katyal as The Litigator of the Year in December 2017. Before joining Hogan Lovells, Katyal was the Acting Solicitor General of the United States, handling major Supreme Court cases such as defending the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and representing former Attorney General John Ashcroft. Katyal also was the Special Prosecutor for the State of Minnesota in the George Floyd murder case and won the prestigious Edmund Randolph Award from the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Congratulations to partner Neal Katyal, who Forbes Magazine just named one of America’s Top 200 Lawyers. Forbes highlights Katyal’s extensive experience in the U.S. Supreme Court, where he has argued 51 cases, including many critical commercial and corporate wins, and noted his role as Special Prosecutor for the State of Minnesota in the George Floyd murder case, and his wins in landmark voting rights cases,” Hogan Lovells said in a post on ‘X’.

Forbes’ America’s Top 200 Lawyers list for 2024 also includes two other Indian American lawyers – Monica Arora, and Ambika Kumar.

Arora is a top investment fund lawyer and co-head of the Private Funds Group at Proskauer Rose. She advises asset managers on buyouts, credit, growth equity, real assets, and infrastructure funds. A thought leader in the industry, she represents global asset managers across the full spectrum of investment fund matters, from large investment firms to start-ups.

Kumar, co-chair of Davis Wright Tremaine’s media practice, specializes in content liability and electronic privacy. She’s known for her expertise in free speech, and the Communications Decency Act, and advises clients like Facebook and Microsoft on defamation, copyright, and trademark matters.


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