Zachary D. Tripp is a partner at Bancroft PLLC. Mr. Tripp’s practice focuses on appellate litigation and strategic counseling. Prior to joining Bancroft, Mr. Tripp served as Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense. He has also served as an Attorney Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State, and as an associate in the national appellate practice of King & Spalding. Mr. Tripp clerked for Judge Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court.
At the Department of Defense, Mr. Tripp advised the General Counsel on high-stakes legal issues facing the Department, including Supreme Court and appellate litigation matters such as Fisher v. University of Texas, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, and Hedges v. Obama. Mr. Tripp also provided advice on the Department’s counterterrorism operations and information operations.
Mr. Tripp has briefed cases in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits, and in the South Carolina Supreme Court. Mr. Tripp has argued before the Eleventh Circuit and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague. Supreme Court matters include a challenge to prison overcrowding in Brown v. Plata; representation supporting disabled veterans in Henderson v. Shinseki; certiorari-stage representation in WildTangent v. Ultramercial, Prison Legal News v. EOUSA, Ernst & Young v. Clark, and Faculty Senate v. Florida. Circuit court matters include a postal rate dispute in Postal Service v. Postal Regulatory Commission, a complex tort defense in Exxon Mobil Corp. v. City of New York, and a securities class action defense in In re Cutera Securities Litigation. District court matters include tax litigation in Hager v. Federal National Mortgage Association and a First Amendment challenge to FDA regulations in Allergan v. United States.
Mr. Tripp earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude with distinction in the history major, from Yale University. After working for several years in California as a software engineer, Mr. Tripp received his law degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent scholar and served as an Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Following his clerkship for Justice Ginsburg, Mr. Tripp served as a Temple Bar Scholar.