Ian Heath Gershengorn

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Ian Gershengorn
Solicitor General of the United States
In office
June 25, 2016 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDon Verrilli
Succeeded byNoel Francisco (Acting)
Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States
In office
September 2013 – June 25, 2016
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded bySri Srinivasan
Succeeded byNoel Francisco
Personal details
Ian Heath Gershengorn

(1967-02-21) February 21, 1967 (age 52)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Gail Felice Levine (m. 1996)
EducationRoxbury Latin School
Alma materHarvard University (BA, JD)

Ian Heath Gershengorn (born February 21, 1967) is an American lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in New York, New York and raised outside of Boston,[2] Gershengorn attended the Roxbury Latin School. He earned a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1988 and a law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1993.[3]

From 1993 until 1994, Gershengorn clerked for United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge Amalya Kearse. From 1994 until 1995, Gershengorn worked as a law clerk for United States Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens.[3]

Professional career[edit]

From 1995 until 1997, Gershengorn worked for the United States Department of Justice as a special assistant and counsel to then-United States Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick.[3]

In 1997, Gershengorn joined the law firm of Jenner & Block, rising to the level of Partner in the firm's litigation department, working in the firm's Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and in its Communications Practice.[4] While at the firm, Gershengorn was very active in representing Indian tribes in Supreme Court and appellate litigation.[5]

On April 13, 2009, it was announced that Gershengorn would be rejoining the United States Department of Justice as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Division with oversight of the Federal Programs Branch.[5] The Federal Programs Branch is handling Guantánamo Bay detainee cases and state secret matters.[5]

In his deputy assistant attorney general position, Gershengorn was known for his work in defending legal challenges to President Obama's signature legislative achievement, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[2]

On August 9, 2013, Gershengorn was named as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice's Office of the United States Solicitor General.[1]

On June 2, 2016, it was announced that Donald B. Verrilli Jr. was stepping down as Solicitor General and that Gershengorn would become Acting Solicitor General effective June 25, 2016,[6] which he remained until resigning at the end of Obama's term on January 20, 2017 because the Republican Senate majority did not deal with a replacement anymore.


On September 1, 1996, he married Gail Felice Levine in Dallas, Texas. Gershengorn's wife has worked as a lawyer for the United States Department of Justice, as have two of his sisters.[2] His father is a cardiologist and his mother, Wendie Gershengorn, was a state court judge in Massachusetts.[2][7]


  1. ^ a b Goldstein, Tom (August 9, 2013). "The new Principal Deputy Solicitor General". SCOTUSblog. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
  2. ^ a b c d Sack, Kevin (December 9, 2010). "Long Road for Lawyer Defending the Health Care Law". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b c "Gershengorn Profile". Martindale. 2010-08-10. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
  4. ^ "Gershengorn Biography". Jenner & Block. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
  5. ^ a b c "Jenner & Block's Gershengorn Takes DOJ Post". The BLT. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
  6. ^ "Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Statement on Planned Departure of Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. | OPA | Department of Justice". www.justice.gov. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  7. ^ [1] Archived February 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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Preceded by
Don Verrilli
Solicitor General of the United States

Succeeded by
Noel Francisco