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Tutt Named to The National Law Journal’s 2022 ‘Litigation Trailblazers’ List

November 3, 2022

The National Law Journal named Arnold & Porter senior associate Andrew Tutt as one of its 2022 “Litigation Trailblazers.” The list recognizes attorneys who have made “significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancements in their sector.”

Tutt spoke to The National Law Journal about his recent successful pro bono case representing former Army reservist Le Roy Torres in the US Supreme Court. Torres alleges he was wrongfully terminated by his employer because he requested a workplace accommodation because of lung damage he sustained from his exposure to hazardous waste being disposed of in the now infamous “burn pits” in Iraq. Arnold & Porter become involved with the case after the court of appeals sided with Texas in the initial case.

On June 29, the US Supreme Court ruled that state employers don’t have sovereign immunity against suits brought under a military anti-discrimination law. This win represented the first time a court of appeals had been persuaded that Congress had the constitutional authority to abrogate state sovereign immunity in over 20 years. The win also provided further protection for thousands of servicemembers, allowing them to sue their state employers under USERRA.

Tutt focuses his practice on Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation. He has won cases in federal courts across a broad cross-section of subjects, with experience in administrative law, intellectual property law, and civil rights law. He has argued in the United States Supreme Court, led appeals in the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and DC Circuits and led the strategy, briefing, and argument in complex cases in federal district courts nationwide.