October 11, 2023

Former Supreme Court Justice's Son Makes First Appearance in Top Court as Attorney

The son of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made his first appearance in the nation's highest court as an attorney on Tuesday.

Eugene Scalia appeared in his first case this week representing UBS Securities in a corporate whistleblower lawsuit.

"Tuesday’s case arose after a jury sided with Trevor Murray, a former UBS research strategist who said he was fired after complaining that the trade desk was pressuring him to skew his reports about the company’s commercial mortgage-backed securities," the Hill reported.

"Murray brought his lawsuit under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which Congress passed in the wake of the Enron scandal to protect investors and crack down on corporate wrongdoing," it added.

"Eugene Scalia’s brother Christopher, a legal fellow at the right-of-center American Enterprise Institute, said he wishes their father were here to see it," according to Bloomberg Law.

“Of course, Gene wouldn’t be arguing if my dad were still on the court,” he said. “But it’s very exciting and I know my dad would be proud to see it, as we all are," his brother stated.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is the current employer of Scalia, but he is not the only family connection with the Supreme Court.

The firm previously employed Philip Alito, son of Justice Samuel Alito, during the time his father served on the court.

Eugene Scalia also previously worked in the Trump administration, including when his father served as a justice. A legal agreement had to be developed at the time to strictly separate any financial connections that could arise.

The son of the famed justice now sees his first action as an attorney where his father once served, offering an interesting look into the family connections of some of the nation's top legal leaders.

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