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Adam Unikowsky's Supreme Court "Hat Trick" Featured in Law360

Jenner & Block Partner Adam G. Unikowsky is the subject of aLaw360 profile titled “High Court Hat Trick:  Jenner Atty Appears 3 Times in A Month,” which was published on April 20, 2017.

The article details Mr. Unikowsky’s three oral arguments before the US Supreme Court, presented between March 20 and April 18 this year.  It underscored the amount of preparation, including multiple moot courts, that went into each argument, made particularly difficult because it was all occurring contemporaneously.

The three appeals before the Court were Howell v. Howell, a dispute over an ex-wife’s share of a military veteran’s retirement benefits; Honeycutt v. United States, examining whether an individual convicted of conspiracy can be made to forfeit proceeds from the crime that he never received, under a joint liability theory; and Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission, addressing a circuit split on whether the five-year statute of limitations in a general federal provision governing penalties and forfeitures applies to SEC claims for disgorgement of illegally obtained profits. 

Mr. Unikowsky, a former law clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, told Law360 that anticipating “left field questions” was key in his marathon stretch of high court arguments.  “The justices are always extremely well prepared,” he said.  “You have be extremely prepared … Anything is fair game.”