THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NOMINATES WILLIAM C. BRYSON TO SERVE ON THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT
The President today nominated William C. Bryson to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
"I am pleased to nominate William Bryson, who has devoted his career to serving the public," the President said today. "He will bring a wealth of experience from the Justice Department to the federal bench, and the American people will continue to enjoy the great benefits of his legal talent and personal dedication."
William C. Bryson, 48, currently serves as Acting Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice. After graduating from Harvard College and the University of Texas School of Law, he served as a law clerk to Judge Henry Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Bryson then entered private practice with the Washington, D.C. firm of Miller, Cassidy, Larocca & Lewin. In 1978, he joined the Justice Department as an Assistant to the Solicitor General. In 1979, he became Chief of the Appellate Section of the Department's Criminal Division. Three years later, he was made Special Counsel to the Division's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, and in 1986, he became Deputy Solicitor General. For several months in both 1989 and in 1993, Mr. Bryson served as Acting Solicitor General. In March 1994, he was named Acting Associate Attorney General.
The co-author of several treatises and the recipient of many Department of Justice awards, he is widely recognized as one of the nation's premier appellate lawyers and one of the government's most dedicated public servants. He has argued more than 100 cases in federal courts -- of which 31 were in the Supreme Court -- and has been instrumental in the briefing and arguments of hundreds more.
A native of Texas, Bryson lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Julia Penny Clark, a partner at the Washington, D.C. firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser, and their two daughters, Alice and Ellen.
If confirmed, Bryson will join the eleven-member Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit which hears appeals in cases involving intellectual property, international trade, tax, and government employee claims.