James C. Ho is a partner in the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he leads the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group in Texas. He has over a decade of government experience, most recently as Solicitor General of Texas and as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator John Cornyn.
Mr. Ho is routinely ranked among leading appellate litigators.Benchmark called him “one of the most skilled appellate advocates in the country.” Chambers named him one of the best appellate lawyers in Texas, noting “his precedent-setting work on behalf of energy clients, commercial corporates and private individuals.” Law360 named him one of the nation’s top rising appellate lawyers, citing his “impressive string of victories before state and federal appeals courts.” The National Law Journal named him among the “upper echelons of Supreme Court practice” and one of the top minority lawyers in the nation. Texas Lawyer named him one of 25 “Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law,” noting his success challenging government regulations. Texas Tribunecalled him one of the “big guns” of the Texas bar. He has also been named as a leading appellate lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America®, The Legal 500, Texas Super Lawyers, and D Magazine.
Mr. Ho has argued and won dozens of cases at every level of the federal and Texas judiciary. As lead appellate counsel, he has won multiple cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, and federal and Texas courts of appeals. As amicus counsel, his briefs have been cited favorably by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, and multiple federal courts of appeals. In trial court, he has successfully litigated preliminary injunction, dismissal, class action, and summary judgment motions, and overturned multi-million dollar jury verdicts in post-trial proceedings. He also counsels clients on legal issues arising out of pending legislation, government investigations, and regulatory proceedings. He has testified on business and constitutional issues before Congress and the Texas Legislature.
Government and Public Service Experience
As Solicitor General of Texas, the state’s chief appellate and Supreme Court litigator, Mr. Ho represented Texas in its most difficult appeals and constitutional disputes. He received three Supreme Court Best Brief Awards from the National Association of Attorneys General. He is the only state solicitor general nationwide to be invited to express the views of a state before the Supreme Court.
Mr. Ho has also served with distinction in all three branches of the federal government. As chief counsel to Senator John Cornyn and the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on the Constitution and Immigration, he was named one of the best 35 Congressional aides under 35 by The Hill. During the first year of the Bush Administration, he helped lead the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. At the Office of Legal Counsel, he advised White House and other Administration officials on constitutional and other complex legal issues, and earned the Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also served as a law clerk for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court.
His record of public service also includes appointments to numerous boards and commissions, including the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Northern District of Texas, the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Board of Trustees, the Continuity of Government Commission, and the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Before law school, he was a legislative aide to California State Senator Quentin Kopp.
Other Background Information
Taiwanese by birth and Texan by marriage, Mr. Ho is an active member of the Asian American community. He is co-chair of the Judiciary Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a recipient of the Association’s Presidential Award.
In addition, Mr. Ho has taught U.S. Supreme Court Litigation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law, and served as co-editor of Pub. L. Misc., and as senior editor of the Green Bag.
Mr. Ho graduated from Stanford University with honors and a B.A. in Public Policy, and the University of Chicago Law School with high honors. He and his wife Allyson, a fellow appellate litigator, have twin toddlers, Quentin and Georgia.