James C. Ho is a partner in the Dallas office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. He has over a decade of government experience, most recently as the Solicitor General of Texas, the State’s chief appellate litigator.
Mr. Ho is widely recognized as a leading appellate lawyer. Benchmark called him “one of the most skilled appellate advocates in the country.” Chambers named him one of the best appellate lawyers in Texas, noting his “three victories at the U.S. Supreme Court.” Law360 named him one of the nation’s top appellate lawyers under 40, citing his “impressive string of victories before state and federal appeals courts.” The Legal 500 ranked him among top appellate lawyers nationwide, highlighting his success handling “complex appeals in the energy industry.” The National Law Journal named him one of the nation’s top 40 minority lawyers under 40, and placed him among the “upper echelons of Supreme Court practice.” Texas Lawyer named him one of 25 “Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law,” emphasizing his success challenging government regulations in federal and state courts. Texas Tribune called him one of the “big guns” of the Texas bar. He has also been named by The Best Lawyers in America, Texas Super Lawyers, and D Magazine as a leading appellate lawyer.
Mr. Ho has litigated successfully in courts across the country. Described by Chambers as “very compelling and persuasive at oral argument,” he has a 23-6 record at the podium. His amicus briefs have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. Mr. Ho also regularly counsels clients on constitutional issues involving federal, state, and local government. He has testified before Congress and the Texas Legislature.
Government and Public Service Experience
As the Solicitor General of Texas, Mr. Ho represented Texas in its most difficult appeals and constitutional disputes. He received three Supreme Court Best Brief Awards from the National Association of Attorneys General, and he is the only state solicitor general in the nation to be invited by the Court to express the views of a state.
Mr. Ho has also served in all three branches of the federal government. On Capitol Hill, he was named one of the best 35 Congressional aides under 35 by The Hill, for his service as chief counsel to Senator John Cornyn and to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on the Constitution and Immigration. At the Justice Department, he helped lead the Civil Rights Division, and then worked at the Office of Legal Counsel, where he advised White House and other senior officials on constitutional and other complex legal issues. He also served as a law clerk for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court.
His record of public service also includes appointments to numerous boards and commissions, including the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Northern District of Texas, the Continuity of Government Commission, and the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Before law school, he was a legislative aide to State Senator Quentin Kopp.
Other Background Information
Taiwanese by birth and Texan by marriage, Mr. Ho is an active member of the Asian American legal community. He is co-chair of the Judiciary Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a recipient of the Association’s Presidential Award.
In addition, Mr. Ho has taught U.S. Supreme Court Litigation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law, and served as co-editor of Pub. L. Misc., and as senior editor of the Green Bag.
Mr. Ho graduated from Stanford University with honors and a B.A. in Public Policy, and the University of Chicago Law School with high honors. He and his wife Allyson, a successful appellate litigator, have twin toddlers, Quentin and Georgia.
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