Watters v. Wachovia Bank, N.A. (U.S. Supreme Court Decision)

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Watters v. Wachovia Bank, N.A.
United States Supreme Court
April 17, 2007

Discussion (MP3) of this case
(approximately one hour in length)

Overview of Watters v. Wachovia Bank, N.A. (PDF)
Prepared by Robert A. Long
Covington & Burling LLP
March 30, 2007

Transcript of Oral Argument (PDF)

Briefs on the Merits


The following panelists discussed Watters v. Wachovia Bank, N.A., at the 2007 North Carolina Banking Institute, March 29-30, 2007, in Charlotte, N.C.

Robert A. Long
Covington & Burling LLP

Robert Long is a partner who practices in the areas of appellate litigation, antitrust, and administrative law. He chairs the firm's appellate and Supreme Court litigation group. Mr. Long has argued 14 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and has played a substantial role in the briefing or oral argument of more than 100 cases in federal and state appellate courts including Watters v. Wachovia Bank, N.A. before the U.S. Supreme Court in November 2006, and National City Bank of Indiana v. Turnbaugh (4th Cir. 2006).

Prior to joining Covington & Burling LLP, Mr. Long was a law clerk to Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He also served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States.

Mr. Long received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, a B.A./M.A. from the University of Oxford, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr.The George Washington University Law School

Art Wilmarth is a Professor of Law at George Washington University. Since joining G.W.'s law faculty in 1986, he has taught courses in banking law, contract law, corporate law and American constitutional history. He has published more than twenty law review articles and book chapters in the fields of banking law and constitutional history, and he has co-authored a book on corporate law. He is a member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Banking Regulation (Palgrave Macmillan Publications, U.K.).

Professor Wilmarth practiced law for twelve years and was a partner in the law firms of Jones Day and Barley Snyder, LLP. He has filed briefs and presented oral arguments in banking cases in the United States Supreme Court and lower federal courts. He has also testified on issues concerning banking regulation before committees of the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, the California state legislature, and the District of Columbia Council.

Professor Wilmarth received his B.A. degree from Yale University and his J.D. degree from Harvard University.

Moderator: Eugene M. Katz
Wachovia Corporation

Mr. Katz is Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Wachovia Corporation. Mr. Katz has served as Vice-Chair of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section, and presently chairs the Subcommittee on In-House Counsel. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of North Carolina School of Law's Center for Banking and Finance. Mr. Katz formerly served as Director of the Litigation Division of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and as the Principal Deputy Chief Counsel of the Office of Thrift Supervision.

Prior to joining Wachovia, he was a member in the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, representing and counseling the firm's institutional and individual clients on a broad range of bank, thrift, and holding company regulatory, enforcement, and compliance matters.

Mr. Katz received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Tulane University.

Amici Briefs

Brief of the National Conference of State Legislatures, et al., joined by The Conference of State Bank Supervisors, supporting petitioner (PDF)

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