Douglas Hallward-Driemeier is a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP, where he leads the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice. He has presented more than 50 appellate arguments, including before the U.S. Supreme Court and every federal circuit court of appeals. Mr. Hallward-Driemeier serves as an Adviser on the Restatement of the Law Fourth, the Foreign Relations Law of the United States: Sovereign Immunity project.
He has briefed and argued both civil and criminal matters covering a wide range of subjects and has particular experience in the areas of intellectual property, bankruptcy, the False Claims Act, securities litigation, and antitrust. Mr. Hallward-Driemeier has also extensive experience litigating issues of concern to companies and foreign governments with international activities, including the Alien Tort Statute, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and forum non conveniens.
Mr. Hallward-Driemeier rejoined the firm in 2010 after spending more than a decade handling civil appeals and Supreme Court litigation for the U.S. Department of Justice. Between 2004 and 2009, he was an Assistant to the Solicitor General, where he briefed and argued cases on behalf of the United States before the Supreme Court. He has argued sixteen cases before the Supreme Court and filed more than 150 briefs in that Court. In 2015, he argued before the Supreme Court in the highly publicized landmark marriage equality case (Obergefell v. Hodges) and in a key bankruptcy case regarding whether an order denying confirmation of a bankruptcy plan is appealable (Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank).