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Michael A. Carvin (Mike)


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  • The George Washington University (J.D. 1982; Law Review); Tulane University (B.A. cum laude 1978)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Government Service

  • Served with the United States Justice Department in the following senior positions: Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel (1987-1988); Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division (1985-1987); and Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division (1982-1985)

In his 35 years at the Justice Department and in private practice, Mike Carvin is one of the leading appellate and trial lawyers challenging state and federal regulations on constitutional and statutory grounds, with 10 Supreme Court arguments and numerous high-profile victories. In addition to his numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court, he has argued in virtually every federal appeals court. His major cases include the recent constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act and the decisions invalidating Sarbanes-Oxley's accounting board, preventing the Justice Department from obtaining monetary relief against the tobacco industry under RICO, overturning the federal government's plan to statistically adjust the census, limiting the Justice Department's ability to create "majority-minority" districts, and upholding Proposition 209's ban on racial preferences in California.

Mike was one of the lead lawyers, and argued before the Florida Supreme Court, on behalf of George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election Florida recount controversy. He also has represented state governments, financial institutions, telecommunications, and energy companies in "takings," First Amendment, civil rights, and statutory challenges to federal government actions.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Chambers (2005-2016) — "a constitutional expert with ... a deeply thoughtful style"; "fantastic written and oral advocacy"

    The Legal 500 Hall of Fame

    Legal 500 US (2008-2017) — "leading lawyers," Supreme Court & appellate

    Washington DC Super Lawyers (2007-2018) — appellate

    Best Lawyers in America (2014-2018)
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