Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Christopher Paolella

, The National Law Journal


The run-up to Christopher Paolella's appearance before the Supreme Court on Tuesday was anything but typical. For one thing, until last October, Paolella had no idea he would be arguing at the high court at all. That was when Paolella arrived at the lower Manhattan office of his firm, Reich & Paolella, to find a voicemail message from Justice Samuel Alito Jr. asking him if he wanted to argue pro bono in the case of Millbrook v. U.S.

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