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Jonathan Urick, Former Clerk to Two U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Joins McGuireWoods

December 15, 2016

Jonathan D. Urick, who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, has joined McGuireWoods’ appellate practice in Richmond. He is one of seven former Supreme Court law clerks in the firm’s litigation practices.

During the Supreme Court’s 2015-2016 term, Urick clerked for Scalia until the justice’s death in February, then joined Thomas’ chambers. He previously clerked for Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and for U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar of the Eastern District of Kentucky.

“Jonathan has clerked at three levels of the federal judiciary and made the most of every opportunity to shine,” said John Adams, co-chair of the firm’s appellate practice and a former Supreme Court clerk himself. “His decision to enter private practice at McGuireWoods is a testament to the strength and reputation of our appeals practice, and we know there are great things ahead for him.”

“Supreme Court clerks represent the best and brightest and we’re thrilled to have a lawyer with Jonathan’s impressive background join McGuireWoods,” said George Martin, managing partner of the firm’s Richmond office. “He adds to our deep bench of talent and strengthens our ability to provide the highest level of skill and service to our clients.”

Urick, a 2013 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, served as articles development editor for the Virginia Law Review and was a member of the extramural moot court team. At graduation, he received the Robert E. Goldsten Award for Distinction in the Classroom.

“Clerking at the Supreme Court was a tremendous opportunity, and working closely with Justices Scalia and Thomas were experiences that will inspire me throughout my career,” Urick said. “I’m equally fortunate to work with accomplished lawyers at McGuireWoods who have set the highest standard for excellence.”

McGuireWoods’ appellate team handled more than 200 appeals in 2015, including cases in nearly every federal appeals court, the U.S. Supreme Court, and 13 state appellate courts. In addition to seven former Supreme Court clerks, the appellate team includes a former White House associate counsel, a former state solicitor general, and former national lead appellate counsel for a Fortune 100 company.


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