Cesar Lopez-Morales

Senior Associate

Washington, D.C.

A former law clerk to three federal judges and a lawyer at the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Cesar focuses on high-stakes appeals and critical motions as a member of Orrick's Supreme Court and Appellate practice. 

Cesar has litigated a range of matters at the trial and appellate level in both state and federal courts, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court. His work spans from complex commercial litigation to cutting-edge issues of constitutional and administrative law. He also maintains an active pro bono practice.   

Before joining Orrick, Cesar was an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch, where he was counsel of record for the United States and its agencies in dozens of cases. He authored and co-authored numerous briefs, and argued and won a half-dozen dispositive motions in federal district courts across the country. He maintained a generalist practice that involved important and novel issues of constitutional and administrative law, and handled a wide range of challenges to federal government actions, policies, and programs. His experience included litigating matters involving the Appointments Clause; the Spending Clause; the Territories Clause; the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments; the separation of powers; the Administrative Procedure Act; the Federal Vacancies Reform Act; the Freedom of Information Act, and the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act .

Cesar also served as a law clerk to Judge José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then-Presiding Judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. Before that, he clerked for Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and Judge Jay A. Garcia-Gregory of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.