Michael A. Carvin

Partner, Jones Day

Mike Carvin specializes in 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 decisions 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 now-President George W. Bush in the 2000 election Florida recount controversy. He has also represented state governments, financial institutions, telecommunications, and energy companies in "takings," First Amendment, civil rights, and statutory challenges to federal government actions.

Professional Experience

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

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

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Publications and Multimedia
The Internal Revenue Service - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 14, 2014
Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2013? - Event Audio/Video
Co-sponsored by the Practice Groups and the Faculty Division
October 04, 2013
Shelby County v. Holder - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 2-27-13 featuring Michael Carvin
February 27, 2013
Ideas for Structural Change - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2010
Voting Rights--and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights Practice Group and the American Enterprise Institute
June 11, 2009
SCOTUScast 6-7-07 featuring Michael Carvin
Ledbetter v. Goodyear
June 07, 2007