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Eugene Scalia, Antonin Scalia's Son, Described As 'An Absolute Bulldog' On Dodd-Frank

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks during the American Bar Association (ABA) 59th annual 'Antitrust Law Spring' meeting in Washington, DC, on March 31, 2011. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty File

Perhaps the genes run in the family.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a household name in Washington, but his son Eugene Scalia is not too far behind, thanks to his work in fighting Dodd-Frank. In Gary Rivlin's piece for The Nation, which went live online on Tuesday, the younger Scalia is described as everything from "an absolute bulldog," to Wall Street's "secret weapon."

In direct comparison to his father, the praise moves up a notch. From The Nation:

A partner at the powerhouse DC law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and the top lawyer in the Labor Department under George W. Bush, Scalia is a thin-faced version of his old man: he has the same dark eyes and heavy brows, the same perpetual five o’clock shadow. Is he as smart as his dad? I ask a congressional staffer whose boss was a key architect of Dodd-Frank. “Probably smarter,” the staffer responds.

Eugene's battle against Dodd-Frank began in early 2010, when big banks pegged him as the face to fight regulations in the face of profit concerns. He has developed a successful reputation on that front, to a point where Bloomberg Businessweek went so far as titling its January 2012 piece "Suing the Government? Call Scalia!"

For the full piece from The Nation on "How Wall Street Defanged Dodd-Frank," click here.

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