Vinson & Elkins partner John Elwood has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL). Membership in AAAL is reserved for experienced appellate advocates who have demonstrated the highest skill level and integrity.

The AAAL was founded in 1990 to recognize outstanding appellate lawyers and promote the highest standards of professionalism and advocacy in appellate courts. Nominations to the organization can only be made by current Fellows. Nominees are vetted by the legal and judicial communities through a confidential process and must be elected to the fellowship by the board of directors.

An experienced appellate litigator, Elwood has argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court over the course of his 23-year career. He has been honored numerous times for his appellate work, including being named a Law360 2015 Appellate MVP and identified among the most successful Supreme Court attorneys by researchers at the University of Southern California.

Before joining V&E, Elwood served in senior-level positions in the U.S. Department of Justice. Beginning as an Assistant to the Solicitor General, and continuing with the firm, he has briefed more than 20 merits cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and has briefed approximately 135 cases at the certiorari stage. As the senior Deputy in the Office of Legal Counsel, he advised the White House and federal agencies on a range of constitutional, statutory and regulatory issues.