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.
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)
R.J. Reynolds defends massive RICO case brought by U.S. government against tobacco manufacturers
Congressman Boehner wins damages and attorney's fees in suit over disclosure of illegally recorded tape
Washington Mutual secures $150 million damages award against U.S. government for savings and loan litigation
Honors & Distinctions
Chambers (2005-2015) - a constitutional expert with... a deeply thoughtful style; fantastic written and oral advocacy
Legal 500 US (2008-2015) - leading lawyers, Supreme Court & appellate
Washington DC Super Lawyers (2007-2014) - appellate
Best Lawyers in America (2014-2015)