George Conway, III tapped as head of DOJ civil division
WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 — George Conway, III is the frontrunner for the job of Solicitor General in the Department of Justice’s civil division. If confirmed by the Senate, George Conway would leader the office responsible for handling legal disputes surrounding President Trump’s travel ban and political agenda.
Conway is currently a partner at the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz, a corporate law firm that he joined in September, 1988. He has been a partner in the Litigation Department since January, 1994, representing several high-profile clients including the National Football League, Philip Morris and Paula Jones.
Conway also appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue Morrison v. National Australia Bank. He was also part of the legal team that represented Paula Jones in her lawsuit against President Bill Clinton. Jones eventually reached a settlement with Clinton, who agreed to pay $860,000 if she would drop the lawsuit.
Conway graduated from Harvard University, receiving an A.B. magna cum laude in Biochemical Sciences. He received his JD from Yale Law School in 1987. He served as a clerk for U.S. Circuit Judge Ralph Winter Jr., nominated to the court by President Ronald Reagan.
The White House remained silent and has yet to confirm the pick. Conway is married to top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, who guided Trump’s campaign to victory. Republican pundits credit her with helping the candidate to win the White House.
While Conway has been a Trump loyalist, she has often landed herself into the center of controversy. She was previously considered for the job of solicitor general but passed on the opportunity.
George and Kellyanne Conway are both lawyers. They have four children. George Conway is of Phillipino descent.