About

The National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC) is a nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that advocates on behalf of the Chamber and its members for the fair treatment of business in the courts and before regulatory agencies.

Our 4 Part Litigation Program

The Litigation Center's litigation program consists of:

  • Filing lawsuits challenging federal regulations and other government actions that are unlawful and harm business interests and job growth. The U.S. Chamber is the plaintiff or petitioner in these suits. The Litigation Center is able to initiate regulatory challenges that individual businesses would be reluctant to file.
  • Filing Amicus curiae briefs.  The Litigation Center engages in strategic amicus curiae (or "friend of the court") litigation in courts across the country and in every level of the judicial system. The Litigation Center's amicus strategy includes filing briefs that present unique and compelling legal arguments, and that educate courts on the practical implications of legal decisions to the broader business community.
  • Hosting moot courts to assist Supreme Court advocates to prepare for oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Working with the media to help the public understand the effect of business cases on the American economy.

What Others Are Saying About the U.S. Chamber's Litigation Center

  • Reuters profiles the U.S. Chamber's "growing litigation arm," highlighting the Chamber's work beyond the U.S. Supreme Court in state and federal courts that "affect business over wide swaths of the nation." Reuters, "Chamber of Commerce turns to small courts for big wins," September 23, 2013. 
  • Citing the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center's "continued dominance" before the U.S. Supreme Court, SCOTUSblog ranks the Chamber the Number 1 "All-Star" when it comes to shaping the U.S. Supreme Court's docket through filing certiorari stage amicus briefs. SCOTUSblog.com,  "Cert.-stage amicus All-Stars: Where are they now?," April 4, 2013.
  • The National Law Journal discusses the National Chamber Litigation Center's record before the Supreme Court in the 2011 Term. National Law Journal, "A strong Supreme Court term for business," August 1, 2012.
  • "I know from personal experience that the chamber’s support carries significant weight with the justices. Except for the solicitor general representing the United States, no single entity has more influence on what cases the Supreme Court decides and how it decides them than the National Chamber Litigation Center.” Carter G. Phillips, quoted in The New York Times, "Justices Offer Receptive Ear to Business," December 18, 2010.
  • The U.S. Chamber is the "king of the amici" because of the Litigation Center's success at the initial "certiorari-stage" of Supreme Court litigation. Slate.com, "The Early Brief Gets the Worm," December 5, 2008.
  • New York Times traces the 30-year history of the National Chamber Litigation Center. The New York Times Magazine, "Supreme Court, Inc.," March 16, 2008.

Learn more about: 

The board of directors of the Litigation Center

The staff of the Litigation Center

National Chamber Litigation Center, Inc.

1615 H St., NW
Washington, DC 20062
(202) 463-5337 (phone)
(202) 463-5346 (fax)
nclc@uschamber.com