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Attorney General of Virginia

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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


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~ Toby J. Heytens will serve as Virginia Solicitor General following service in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the University of Virginia School of Law ~

RICHMOND (January 9, 2018)-Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that Toby J. Heytens will serve as Solicitor General of Virginia. As Solicitor General, Heytens will lead the OAG's appellate practice and spearhead major litigation. Heytens has extensive litigation and appellate experience in both federal and state court, including multiple arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he has taught in various capacities since 2006. He currently serves as the David H. Ibbeken '71 Research Professor of Law and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at UVA Law.


Heytens succeeds Acting Solicitor General Trevor S. Cox who will be returning to private practice after four years of service in Attorney General Herring's administration.


"Our team in the Solicitor General's Office has set an incredibly high standard in successfully fighting for the rights of all Virginians. This team has successfully fought for marriage equality, to block President Trump's Muslim ban, and to stop an unlawful rollback of contraception coverage rules," said Attorney General Herring. "I'm thrilled that we are able to add someone of Toby's caliber and experience to our team. His work as a clerk to Justice Ginsburg, in the U.S. Solicitor General's Office, as an advocate in the Supreme Court, and as an educator on the law will make him an outstanding solicitor general. I also would like to thank Trevor Cox for his distinguished service to the Commonwealth, including his service as Acting Solicitor General. He has been an integral member of this team from the beginning and we wish him all the best as he returns to private practice."


Heytens previously worked for three years in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States. He has also served as a law clerk to The Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Supreme Court of the United States and to then-Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has also worked in private practice, serving as an associate and as counsel at O'Melveny & Myers LLP.


Heytens appointment will take effect on February 21, following a previously scheduled argument in the U.S. Supreme Court.


Acting Deputy Solicitor General Matthew R. McGuire has also been promoted to full Deputy Solicitor General. He has served in Attorney General Herring's administration since September 2015 as an assistant attorney general, assistant solicitor general, and acting deputy solicitor general. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University and George Mason University School of Law.



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