Donald B. Ayer


Of Counsel, Jones Day, Adjunct Professor of Law

A.B., Stanford; M.A., J.D., Harvard

Donald B. Ayer is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Jones Day and is the firm's most experienced Supreme Court lawyer, with 19...

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Donald B. Ayer is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Jones Day and is the firm's most experienced Supreme Court lawyer, with 19 arguments before the Court. He has argued more than 60 other appeals. His experience covers subject areas ranging from criminal appeals to business torts to a wide range of constitutional and technical statutory and regulatory issues. He also has been lead counsel in 20 federal court jury trials.

Professor Ayer previously served as the Deputy Attorney General and Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States and as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California. He has served as President of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court in Washington, D.C.  Professor Ayer currently teaches a course in Supreme Court Advocacy at Georgetown University Law Center and Duke University Law School.

Professor Ayer is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (appellate practice), Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Chambers USA (National Appellate), and Washingtonian Magazine's Best Lawyers in Washington (Supreme Court). He is a member of the ALI, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and is chair of the Publications Committee of the Supreme Court Historical Society.