Justices Alito, Scalia have sons at same law firm

The firm recently hired Philip Alito, the son of Justice Samuel Alito, a spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday. He is part of the firm’s incoming fall associate class.

He joins Eugene Scalia, the son of Justice Antonin Scalia and former U.S. solicitor of the Labor Department, who has been a partner at Gibson Dunn since 2003. Scalia has left and returned to the firm several times over the years while holdings various judicial positions.

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Alito also returns after leaving the firm to clerk for Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 2011, he served as an associate for the summer class at Gibson Dunn.

The elder Alito spoke, as a then-nominee for the Supreme Court justice spot, of his son’s early fondness for the law.

“When I had my confirmation hearing for the Court of Appeals, Philip was 3 years old. And when I was called up to the chair he took it upon himself to run up and sit next to me in case any hard questions came up,” Alito said in 2006.

Gibson Dunn, which employs more than 1,000 lawyers in offices worldwide, is widely known for its litigation practice, the firm says on its website. It has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court including the landmark campaign finance case Citizens United v. FEC.

Scalia, who does not argue before the Supreme Court or share in the firm’s Supreme Court case revenues to avoid a conflict of interest, has often been the attorney fighting against federal regulations, representing SeaWorld in a case alleging the park violated Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules and successfully arguing against Dodd-Frank regulations issued by the Commodity and Futures Trading Commission.