ALI Council
Elected Member

Seth P. Waxman

Washington, DC
Harvard Univ
Yale Law School

Seth Waxman is a partner at WilmerHale and Co-Chair of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation group. His practice spans both federal and state trial and appellate courts. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court more than 70 times.

Mr. Waxman served as Solicitor General of the United States from 1997 through January 2001. After law school, he clerked for Judge Gerhard A. Gesell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

A member of the ALI since 2001, Mr. Waxman lectures and writes frequently on topics related to litigation, constitutional history and doctrine, the First Amendment, intellectual property, and the Supreme Court. He also serves on the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is a director and fellow of several professional, educational and cultural institutions, including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation, the Supreme Court Institute, and the Supreme Court Historical Society. Mr. Waxman served as president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers from 2010 to 2011.

EDUCATION: Harvard University, A.B.; Yale Law School, J.D.  

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Areas of Expertise
Criminal Law
Civil Practice & Procedure (Litigation)
Appellate Practice & Procedure (Litigation)
Complex Litigation
Constitutional Law