Tueth Keeney is pleased to announce that James R. (“Jim”) Layton, former Solicitor General of Missouri, has joined the Firm as Of Counsel. While in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Jim argued three cases in the United States Supreme Court, 92 in the Missouri Supreme Court, and 100 in other state and federal appellate courts on behalf of the State. He worked extensively on matters involving constitutional, administrative and election law; state education law; and state taxation.
Jim was Missouri’s Solicitor General—the State’s principal attorney before appellate courts—for Attorney General Chris Koster’s tenure. Jim served under Attorney General Jay Nixon for more than 14 years, including 10 years as State Solicitor and three as Chief Deputy Attorney General. He has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Missouri since 1996.
Prior to coming to Missouri, Jim was an Assistant United States Attorney, worked at Vinson & Elkins in Washington, D.C., and served as a clerk to Judge Daniel Friedman for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.