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 11 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.
Partner Mike Carvin discusses his argument in the union dues challenge in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, et al.
United States v. Caronia: A Clear Victory for Free Speech, Bloomberg BNA's Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report
- February 5, 2017
A Libel Suit Threatens Catastrophe for the Climate of Public Debate, Wall Street Journal
- December 12, 2013
Executive Roundtable Series - A Year-End Legislative Roundup and Forecast
- December 12, 2012
Executive Roundtable Series
A Year-End Legislative Roundup and Forecast
- June 5, 2012
Health Care Reform: What If They Throw the Whole Thing Out?
- March 28, 2012
Healthcare 2012: Issues & Answers For A Complex Industry
- March 28, 2012
Health Care 2012: Issues and Answers for a Complex Industry
- December 15, 2011
2011 Speaker Series
Constitutional Limitations to Economic Regulation and Litigation
- December 7, 2011
Executive Roundtable Series - Taking on the Government: Litigation Against the Executive and Legislative Branches
"A constitutional expert with ... a deeply thoughtful style."Chambers
- The George Washington University (J.D. 1982; Law Review); Tulane University (B.A. cum laude 1978)
- District of Columbia
- 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)
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)