The lawyers arguing Wednesday at the Supreme Court over President Barack Obama's health care law:
DONALD B. VERRILLI JR.
Verrilli is solicitor general of the United States, the government's official representative in front of the Supreme Court. He was confirmed to his position last June as the replacement for Justice Elena Kagan after serving as associate deputy attorney general and an associate White House counsel in the Obama administration. A graduate of Columbia Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review, he was a law clerk for Justice William J. Brennan Jr. and a partner at Jenner & Block, where he co-chaired the firm's Supreme Court practice. He has argued more than a dozen times before the Supreme Court and worked as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School from 1992 through 2008. In 1994, as special counsel to President Bill Clinton, he assisted in the confirmation process for Justice Stephen Breyer.
Official biography: http://www.justice.gov/osg/meet-osg.html
Clement is a former solicitor general, having served in that position for President George W. Bush. When confirmed, he was the youngest solicitor general in 115 years at age 38. Clement graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School one year behind Obama and clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia. He has argued more than 55 cases at the Supreme Court and served as the chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary's subcommittee on the constitution, federalism and property rights. A partner at Bancroft PLLC, he is a Georgetown University law professor and a former partner at King & Spalding. He resigned from there after the firm decided not to continue its representation of the U.S. House of Representatives in its attempt to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. Clement was one of the lawyers who made the successful argument in front of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta that would strike down the law's core requirement that individuals carry health insurance or pay a penalty
Official biography: http://www.bancroftpllc.com/professionals/paul-d-clement/
EDWIN S. KNEEDLER
Kneedler, the deputy solicitor general, is one of the most experienced Supreme Court advocates in history, having argued more than 100 cases in front of the court; in 2008 he became the first lawyer in the 21st century to pass that milestone. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a longtime Justice Department lawyer. He worked in the department's Office of Legal Counsel from 1975-79, including when it was run by now-Justice Antonin Scalia, and has worked for the solicitor general's office ever since, including a stint as acting solicitor general in 2009.
H. BARTOW FARR III
Farr is also an experienced Supreme Court advocate, having argued in front of justices 30 times. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University in 1973 and clerked for Justice William H. Rehnquist in 1973-74. He served as an assistant to the solicitor general from 1976-78 before going into private practice and is now a partner in law firm Farr & Taranto. The Supreme Court brought him into this case, asking him to argue in front of the court that even if the individual insurance requirement is struck down, the rest of the health care overhaul law can still survive.