Hal Brewster litigates political law, election matters, and constitutional issues. He has been a part of teams that have tried more than a dozen cases to judgment or verdict in state and federal courthouses across the country, including successfully defending against several attempts to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. He represents individual voters, candidates, political party committees, political action committees, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Hal frequently litigates claims under the First and Fourteenth Amendments and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, often on issues relating to ballot access, emergency election-day litigation, and preliminary and permanent injunctions of laws restricting access to the franchise.
For several years, Hal represented four top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the various investigations and inquiries stemming from the secretary’s use of a private email account during her tenure at the U.S. State Department.
Hal also maintains an active pro bono practice. In partnership with the D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP), Hal has successfully represented survivors of domestic abuse in their petitions for protections from their abusers. Hal serves on DCVLP’s Junior Board.
Prior to his law career, Hal spent four years as an active duty U.S. Army officer. As a scout and sniper platoon leader, Hal led 40 specialized soldiers in more than 150 combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star medal for service.
Following his time in the army, Hal published five articles in The New York Times blog, “At War,” about his experiences in Iraq.
- Wilkinson Walsh LLP, Washington, D.C., Associate, 2016 - 2020
- Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Washington, D.C., Associate, 2015 - 2016
- House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Minority Staff, Washington, D.C., Legal and Legislative Intern, 2013
- Human Rights Campaign, Washington, D.C., McCleary Law Fellow, 2013
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., Judicial Intern for the Honorable Beryl A. Howell, 2012
- Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section, Washington, D.C., Legal Intern, 2012
- Ted Strickland for Governor, Columbus, OH, Southeast Ohio Political Director, 2010
- U.S. Army, Mahmudiyah, Iraq and Fort Riley, KS, Scout and Sniper Platoon Leader, Assistant Battalion Intelligence Officer, Tank Platoon Leader, 2006 - 2010