Autor v. Pritzker (D.C. Circuit)
We represented plaintiffs in this case in their challenge of the Executive Branch’s policy of forbidding registered lobbyists from serving on International Trade Advisory Committees. Plaintiffs argued that by conditioning ITAC service on the relinquishment of one’s right to lobby in ways that trigger lobbying registration requirements, the Executive Branch violated the First Amendment right to petition the government and the Fifth Amendment right to equal protection of the laws. The district court dismissed the case, but the D.C. Circuit reversed on appeal and found plaintiffs had pled a viable First Amendment unconstitutional conditions claim. On remand, the United States stipulated to the dismissal of the case.