The U.S. Chamber Litigation Center is a nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that fights for business at every level of the U.S. judicial system, on virtually every issue affecting business, including class actions and arbitration, labor and employment litigation, environmental regulation, securities litigation and corporate governance, financial-services regulation, free speech, federal preemption of state and local laws, False Claims Act, and over-criminalization.  We bring lawsuits to challenge harmful federal, state, and local regulations; file “amicus curiae” briefs to represent the views of the business community in important litigation throughout the country; help advocates prepare for court arguments; and work with the media to help the public understand key decisions and legal principles.

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. 
  • 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 help advocates prepare for oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts.
  • Working with the media to help the public understand the effect of business cases on the economy.

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

  • In a special report on the U.S. Supreme Court, Reuters discusses how the Chamber has "created the equivalent of a boutique law firm"  with lawyers whose " talent now rivals some of Washington's most elite practices." Reuters, "The Echo Chamber: Influence at the Supreme Court," December 8, 2014.                                                                                          
  • In a detailed profile of the Chamber, the California Lawyer describes the Litigation Center as a "legal strike force," an "elite litigation unit," and as a "major player" at the Supreme Court with an "extraordinary success" record. California Lawyer, "Inside the Chamber," July 2014.
  • 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 Chamber's Litigation Center. The New York Times Magazine, "Supreme Court, Inc.," March 16, 2008.

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U.S. Chamber Litigation Center

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