Sheldon Gilbert

Sheldon Gilbert

Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies, National Constitution Center

Topics: Administrative Law & Regulation • Article I Initiative • Federalism & Separation of Powers • Supreme Court • State Courts • Constitution • Fourteenth Amendment • Due Process • Environmental & Energy Law • Civil Rights

A longtime constitutional litigator, Sheldon Gilbert has represented clients in nearly a hundred cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. Sheldon has extensive experience in constitutional law and administrative law. He has been involved in some of the most significant Supreme Court cases of the last decade in these areas, such as NLRB v. Noel Canning and UARG, et al. v. EPA. He frequently speaks to audiences across the country on constitutional law and the history of the Supreme Court.

Previously, Sheldon served as the director of the Institute for Justice’s Center for Judicial Engagement (CJE), where he educated the public about the role of the courts and the Constitution. As a litigator with the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, he represented the U.S. Chamber in over 400 cases in federal and state courts addressing a wide range of legal issues, from free speech to property rights. He has also taught as a professorial lecturer at The George Washington University Law School.

A native of the Mountain West states of Idaho and Utah, Sheldon nonetheless considers himself a carioca at heart after living two years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he co-founded the national Religious Freedom Moot Court. Sheldon received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Utah, where he was an avid policy and parliamentary debater.

He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and four children. He regrets to inform you that it is more likely than not that at least one of his kids will grow up to be a supervillain. In Sheldon’s free time, he is an avid reader, artist, genealogical researcher, and pro bono litigator for military veterans, widows, and others.

Sheldon is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.