Education

Yale Law School, J.D., 1994

  • Notes Editor, 1993-1994; and Editor, 1992-1993, Yale Law Journal

Washington and Lee University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1990

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • University Scholar

Clerkship

Law Clerk, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, U.S. Supreme Court, 1995-1996

Law Clerk, Judge. J. Michael Luttig, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1994-1995

Government Service

Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General, 2005-2007

Counselor to the Attorney General, 2005

Deputy Counsel to the Vice President, 2003-2005

Associate Counsel to the President, 2001-2002


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Courtney Simmons Elwood

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Courtney Simmons Elwood is a litigation partner.  She joined the firm in 1996, after clerking for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the Supreme Court of the United States and for Judge J. Michael Luttig on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Ms. Elwood left the firm from 2001 to 2007, to serve as Associate Counsel to the President; Deputy Counsel to the Vice President; and Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General.   Since returning to the firm, Ms. Elwood’s practice has focused on the damage claims in complex commercial and patent-infringement cases.  She also counsels clients performing due diligence in evaluating existing and potential litigation and government investigations.  Ms. Elwood also is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Procedures.

Publications

Unmasking the Rhetoric of Purpose: The Supreme Court and Legislative Compromise, 44 Emory Law Journal 117 (1995)