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Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Roy Englert Jr.

The National Law Journal

Few lawyers — including the nine lawyers who wear robes to work — know the Supreme Court's docket as well as Roy Englert Jr.

Englert has argued 18 cases before the justices, first during a stint at the solicitor general's office and then at Mayer Brown before breaking off with others from that venerable firm in 2001 to create Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber in D.C. More than once, he has been called into a case for argument at the eleventh hour, pulling it off with a low-key style that exudes confidence, a no-nonsense, non-ideological approach to the case. He'll argue his 19th in November.

Away from the lectern, in his clipped, efficient voice, Englert can rattle off cases and justices' votes with nuance and detail. He knows what the justices have written about an issue and therefore how to coax them into voting the same way — or changing their minds, as the case may be. He was an early expert in the appellate parlor game of prognosticating which justices might write which opinions based on how many other cases they've been assigned in the same time period, among other factors.

But Englert is not all about work. A lifelong aficionado of judo, he referees judo tournaments around the world.

On Sept. 22, Englert participated in the National Chamber Litigation Center's 23rd annual Supreme Court briefing for the media – it was Englert's fourth time at it – along with Latham & Watkins of counsel Maureen Mahoney. Afterward, Englert sat down at The National Law Journal's offices with Tony Mauro to answer questions about the upcoming term – and about judo.

Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro introduces the broad range of features in The National Law Journal's new electronic newsletter, Supreme Court Insider.

The newsletter will be the only place you'll find several new offerings, including data on high court practitioners, in-depth interviews with our pick for "Appellate Lawyer of the Week" and reviews of briefs filed at the Supreme Court.

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