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Solicitor General

The Office of Solicitor General represents the Commonwealth in the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and federal circuit courts in non-capital cases that call into question the constitutionality of a state statute or that bear on sensitive policies of the Commonwealth. The Office also assists other Divisions of the Office of Attorney General with constitutional and appellate issues.

Toby J. Heytens, Solicitor General

Bio

Toby Heytens became Virginia's sixth Solicitor General in February 2017. He previously spent eight years as a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, coached the three-time national champion undergraduate trial advocacy team, and received an All-University Teaching Award in 2016. Heytens previously spent three years at the Office of the Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice, where he advised the Solicitor General and the Attorney General and argued six cases before the United States Supreme Court. A former law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chief Judge Edward R. Becker, Heytens is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Virginia School of Law. 
 

 

 

 

 

Deputy Solicitor General & Executive Division Counsel

Photo of Matthew R. McGuire - Acting Deputy Solicitor General

Bio

Matthew R. McGuire serves as Acting Deputy Solicitor General & Executive Division Counsel.  He previously served as Assistant Solicitor General.  Before joining the Office of Attorney General, Matt worked in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Jones Day, where he represented public and private companies in litigation involving primarily administrative and constitutional law issues.  Prior to that he served as a law clerk to the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law (now the Antonin Scalia Law School).  He was born and raised in Virginia and has spent most of his life in the greater Richmond area.