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Bash, John
Direct Tel: +1 713-667-6111
Tel: +1 737 667 6100 Fax: +1 737 667 6110
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 202 538 8000 Fax: +1 202 538 8100

John Bash is Co-Chair of Quinn Emanuel’s National Appellate Practice and Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Austin office. He joined the firm in 2020.  His practice focuses on appellate litigation and internal investigations. Before joining the firm, John served in the United States Department of Justice, first as an Assistant to the Solicitor General and then as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas. He also served as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President.

In the Solicitor General’s Office, John argued ten cases in the Supreme Court, briefed twenty cases on the merits, and filed over one hundred certiorari-stage briefs. He also advised the Solicitor General on whether to authorize federal agency appeals and petitions for rehearing, and he collaborated with other components of the Department of Justice and various federal agencies—including the Department of Transportation, the Department of Labor, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, and the National Security Agency—on important legal issues and national-security matters. His practice in the Solicitor General’s Office encompassed numerous areas of federal law, such as energy regulation, intellectual property, taxation, employee benefits, national security, and criminal law.

As United States Attorney, John oversaw all federal prosecutions in one of the largest and busiest judicial districts in the country—a vast area encompassing the cities of Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, and Waco, as well as the oil-rich Permian Basin region. During his tenure, his office secured many significant convictions. Those included the convictions of a state senator for multiple acts of fraud and bribery; a federal subcontractor that had engaged in a bribery scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars; and the perpetrators of the largest identity-theft scheme ever targeting U.S. servicemembers and veterans. John also obtained a ninety-count indictment against the domestic terrorist who murdered 23 people during a shooting rampage in El Paso in 2019. In addition to managing the office’s criminal docket, he represented the United States in civil matters, such as suits brought against healthcare providers, government contractors, and other entities under the False Claims Act. While serving as U.S. Attorney, John was appointed to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and to the subcommittees for national security and white-collar crime.

  • B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc. – Successfully argued important trademark case in the Supreme Court.
  • FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association – Wrote winning Supreme Court briefs in major decision on the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to regulate demand response.
  • Utah v. Strieff – Successfully argued significant Supreme Court case about the scope of the Fourth Amendment’s exclusionary rule.
  • Google v. Oracle – Wrote brief persuading Supreme Court to deny review in significant copyright dispute.
  • American Trucking Associations v. City of Los Angeles – Successfully argued in the Supreme Court that city regulations of the trucking industry were preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994.
  • Dietz v. Bouldin – Successfully argued Supreme Court case concerning the scope of a federal judge’s authority to recall a civil jury.
  • Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer – Wrote Supreme Court brief persuading the Supreme Court to overrule the “presumption of prudence” rule for fiduciaries of employee stock ownership plans.
  • United States v. Woods – Wrote winning briefs in Supreme Court tax decision about the applicability of the Internal Revenue Code’s valuation-misstatement penalty to sham partnerships.
  • Harvard Law School
    (J.D., magna cum laude, 2006)
    • Harvard Law Review:
      • Articles Editor
    • Joseph H. Beale Prize for Conflict of Laws
  • Harvard University
    (A.B., summa cum laude, History and Literature, 2003)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for Undergraduate Thesis
    • John Clive Prize for Best Thesis in Subfield of History and Literature
  • The State Bar of Texas
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • United States District Court:
    • Northern District of Texas
    • Eastern District of Texas
    • Southern District of Texas
    • Western District of Texas
    • District of Columbia 
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Third Circuit
    • Fourth Circuit
    • Fifth Circuit
    • Sixth Circuit
    • Seventh Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
    • Tenth Circuit
    • D.C. Circuit
    • Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Department of Justice:
    • Member, Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and Subcommittees for National Security, White Collar, and Border & Immigration, 2017-2020
    • Assistant to the Solicitor General, 2012-2017
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP:
    • Associate, 2008-2012
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Antonin Scalia:
    • Supreme Court of the United States, 2007-2008
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2006-2007
  • Recognized by Lawdragon 500, Leading Energy Lawyers - Energy Disputes & Appeals, 2024
  • Recognized by Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America – Appellate, 2024
  • Ranked by Legal 500 USA, Dispute Resolution: Appellate – Courts of Appeal, Supreme Courts (States and Federal) “Next Generation Partner”, “Recommended Lawyers”, 2023
  • Ranked in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch for Appellate Practice, 2023, 2024
  • Recognized as a "Next Generation Partner" in Appellate: Court of Appeals by Legal 500, 2022
  • Recognized as a "Next Generation Partner" in Appellate: Supreme Courts by Legal 500, 2022
  • Recognized as a "Key Lawyer" in Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas by Legal 500, 2022; "John is one of, if not THE best, appellate attorney / writer I have ever worked with. He has an amazing way of quickly grasping complex issues and conveying them in a very simple and understandable way.”
  • John has appeared on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, and the BBC.
  • “We Clerked for Justices Scalia and Stevens. America Is Getting Heller Wrong,” New York Times (May 31, 2022) (with Kate Shaw)
  • “Combatting exploitation of children is everyone’s business,” San Antonio Express-News (Apr. 5, 2019)
  • “Protect constitutional rights during the pandemic,” Odessa American (May 9, 2020)
  • Member, Lloyd Lochridge American Inn of Court
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, 2010-2017