James Ho, who has served as Texas solicitor general since 2008, has announced that he is leaving his post. “I am leaving the agency this Thursday. It’s not yet been formalized where I’m going,” Ho says. Before becoming solicitor general, Ho was of counsel at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Dallas. Since taking the reins as the state’s top appellate lawyer, Ho says he has argued before the Texas Supreme Court six times, before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seven times, and once before the granddaddy of them all -- the U.S. Supreme Court. But Ho says his favorite memory as solicitor general came last March when Senior U.S. District Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas invited Ho to address a group of nearly 1,000 people who had just become naturalized U.S. citizens in a Houston basketball gym. Ho is a naturalized U.S. citizen himself -- something he takes great pride in. “I was born in Taiwan, and through the love of a good woman was able to move to Texas. And not only to move to Texas, but somehow to receive the opportunity to be an appellate lawyer in the state of Texas. . . . To be able to talk about that and then meet everyone . . . they said some really remarkable things about how they related to what I’d said.”
UPDATE: In a Dec. 13 press release, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher announced that James Ho has rejoined the firm as a partner in the Dallas office.
-- John Council