Michael A. Carvin

Michael A. Carvin
Firm: Jones Day
Address: 51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-2113
Phone: (202) 879-7643
Fax: (202) 626-1700
E-mail: Contact Us
Web site: http://www.jonesday.com

Position Areas of Practice Bar Admissions
Education Published Works Representative Cases
Lawyer Profile:

Mike Carvin focuses on constitutional, appellate, civil rights, and civil litigation against the federal government. He has argued numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court and in virtually every federal appeals court. These 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 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.

Current Employment Position(s):

Areas of Practice:
Issues & Appeals
Government Regulation
Appellate Advocacy in the U.S. Supreme Court
Appellate Litigation in Other Federal & State Courts
Trial Litigation in Federal & State Courts
Statutory & Regulatory Litigation
Administrative & Agency Litigation
U.S. Court of Federal Claims Litigation
Bar Admissions:
District of Columbia
The George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia, 1982

Tulane University, 1978
Honors: cum laude

Published Works:
These Men Could Kill SarbOx, BusinessWeek (Read the article), 2009

Possible Challenges to Retroactive Restrictions on Executive Compensation, 2009

ALERT: "Economy In Government Contracting" Executive Order, 2009

Massive, Unchecked Power by Design: The Unconstitutional Exercise of Executive Authority by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, NYU Journal of Law and Business, 2008

A Legislative Task: Why Four Types of Redistricting Challenges Are Not, or Should Not Be, Recognized by Courts, Election Law Journal, 2005

Supreme Court Preview: Disparate Impact Claims Under the ADEA, Engage, Vol. 5, issue 2, 2004

Representative Cases:
AOL obtains favorable jury verdict on breach-of-contract and tortious-interference claims related to CompuServe acquisition
Arizonans for Fair and Legal Redistricting defend Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission plans
Bush prevails in U.S. Supreme Court vote recount appeal
California Republican Party obtains summary judgment in federal challenge to constitutionality of state redistricting plans
City of Jackson Mississippi appeals disparate impact claims in age discrimination case to U.S. Supreme Court
Colorado General Assembly petitions U.S. Supreme Court to review Colorado decision invalidating redistricting plan
Colorado voters challenge constitutionality of Colorado's voting district map in U.S. Supreme Court
Columbia Gas Transmission appeals constitutionality of Ohio public utility personal property tax
Congressman wins favorable summary judgment and damages in suit over the disclosure of an illegally recorded tape (2009)
Cuyahoga Falls obtains Supreme Court ruling that building permit delay for public referendum was not discriminatory
Dell obtains dismissal of case challenging constitutionality of financial incentives provided by North Carolina
Diebold takes measures to ensure ethics rules on political activity comply with laws in all jurisdictions where it operates (2009)
EDS successfully defends nationwide class actions involving incorrectly administered and/or scored Series 7 broker examinations
Florida Senator McKay secures dismissal of litigation over congressional redistricting plan under Voting Rights Act
Goodrich ensures that internal solicitation for contributions to PAC comply with federal election law (2009)
Goodyear prevails in important Supreme Court Title VII decision involving statute of limitations period (2009)
International Mass Retail Association and American Chemistry Council file amicus curiae brief
Intervenors successfully oppose federal court injunction against use of North Carolina court's redistricting plan
Kaiser Aluminum challenges NLRB conclusion that it unlawfully locked out employees after strike
Maricopa County Attorney challenges the establishment of separate DUI courts for Native American and Spanish speakers (2009)
Michigan Republican Party successfully intervenes to defend congressional redistricting plan
New York public school forced to change discriminatory admission policy (2009)
NY state legislative redistricting plan is defended against voter claims of 14th Amendment and Voting Rights Act violations (2009)
PSEG wins dismissal of suit seeking return to customers "stranded costs" recovered as part of electric industry deregulation (2009)
R.J. Fitzgerald & Co. seeks review by U.S. Supreme Court of commodities fraud standards applied by 11th Circuit
R.J. Reynolds defends massive RICO case brought by U.S. government against tobacco manufacturers
Republican National Committee challenges constitutionality of McCain-Feingold campaign finance law (2009)
South Carolina state senate pursues federal court action to establish redistricting plans for use after 2000 census
U.S. Chamber of Commerce and private employers prevail in U.S. Supreme Court ruling that California law was preempted by NLRA (2009)
University of Notre Dame successfully appeals case involving taxpayer standing and alleged Establishment Clause violations
University of Notre Dame successfully challenges AmeriCorps funding
Verizon Wireless defends against consolidated putative class actions brought under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (2008)
Voters and political party officials successfully defend congressional redistricting plan against Voting Rights Act challenge
Washington Mutual secures $134 million damages award against U.S. government for savings and loan litigation
Past Employment Positions:
Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Special Assistant, 1982 - 1985

Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Deputy Assistant, 1985 - 1987

Office of Legal Counsel, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, 1987 - 1988

West Practice Categories:
Government Agencies & Programs, Litigation & Appeals, Social Security -- Disability, Social Security -- Retirement & Survivors Benefits, State, Local & Municipal Law

When viewing a listing, consider the state advertising restrictions to which lawyers and law firms must adhere, as well as our West Legal Directory disclaimers.