FilAm George Conway III a ‘brilliant lawyer’ known for representing Big Business

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George and Kellyanne Conway with their twins. Photo from Kellyanne’s Twitter page.

George and Kellyanne Conway with their twins. Photo from Kellyanne’s Twitter page.

By Cristina DC Pastor

Filipino Americans were surprised to learn that President-Elect Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway is married to a FilAm, and that he could be the next U.S. solicitor general.

George Conway III, a partner in the Litigation Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz since 1994 is being reported as a strong contender for the position of solicitor general whose job is to represent the federal government before the Supreme Court.

Conway, according to CNN, is of Filipino descent. If appointed, he becomes the first Asian-American solicitor general. Conway, who is being described in multiple reports as a “wealthy New York lawyer,” married Kellyanne in 2001. They have four children, including twins.

“I didn’t know George was Filipino-American until just now, from the media reports,” said lawyer and journalist David Lat, founder of the legal website Above the Law.

Lat has known Conway for about 15 years.

“I think very highly of him,” he told The FilAm. “He’s a brilliant lawyer and a great writer and editor.”

Lat remembers working with Conway on a project and was very impressed with his professionalism. “It was a project at Wachtell where, after editing something I drafted, he took the time to explain each edit. Very few partners did that. It was very nice and thoughtful of him, and I remember it years later.”

A corporate and commercial law attorney interviewed by The FilAm said he does not know Conway, but from what he’s read, “He is an extremely well-educated and experienced big law firm lawyer that has fought many battles for conservatives.”

“He sounds like a Republican Party insider. Everything about him shows loyalty to his party and their interests. This doesn’t surprise me,” he said.

However, the lawyer made the observation that Conway does not seem to have any connection or engagement to his Filipino heritage or to Filipino American issues.

“To be fair, I don’t know the man, but I highly doubt his service as solicitor general will do anything to benefit Filipinos in America,” he said. “The man’s career consists of him defending big money and big business. He fought for big tobacco, so that already tells me his priorities are not with the people, much less the Filipino people in this country.”

Another lawyer interviewed for this report spoke of Conway’s “excellent credentials.” But this lawyer, who spoke anonymously, said “folks have mixed impressions” about Conway as an attorney. He would not elaborate.

According to the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz website, Conway joined the firm in September 1988 and became partner since January 1994. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he received an A.B. magna cum laude in Biochemical Sciences in 1984. He received his J.D. in 1987 from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

He is known for his extensive experience in securities litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, contract litigation, antitrust litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels. One of his high-profile cases is the 1995 landmark Philip Morris v American Broadcasting Cos, resulting in ABC publicly apologizing for reporting that Philip Morris is manipulating nicotine levels. Conway represented Philip Morris in this lawsuit.

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