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Jones Day
51 LOUISIANA AVENUE, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20001-2113
United States
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Work Department

Issues & Appeals.

Position

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 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 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.

Career

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).

Education

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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Appellate

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Jones Day‘s appellate team ‘delivers successful results due to its significant expertise, experience and thorough attention to detail‘. Praised by clients as being a ‘superb brief writer‘ and ‘always prepared for all potential lines of questioning‘, Shay Dvoretzky ‘handles oral arguments with grace and ease‘. At the US Supreme Court, Dvoretzky represented petitioner Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp in a pending case concerning the defense of ‘impossibility pre-emption’ used by drug manufacturers to preclude liability under state tort law in cases where patients are injured by FDA-approved drugs. Dvoretzky also represented co-respondent Jones Day in a law firm dissolution dispute, in which the California Supreme Court unanimously rejected claims brought by former global law partnership Heller Ehrman. Glen Nager secured a victory for General Electric (GE) in proceedings at the Sixth Circuit brought by GE’s former employees challenging certain amendments in the company’s health benefits program. In a consolidated appeal against the 2015 Declaratory Ruling of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at the DC Circuit, the team achieved a victory for a group of companies seeking to strike down the FCC’s expanded definition of ‘automatic telephone dialing system’ applicable in establishing violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The Ninth Circuit issued an antitrust judgment in favor of the US Chamber of Commerce, which was represented by a team led by Michael Carvin in appealing against a district court’s decision concerning the City of Seattle’s ordinance authorizing the unionization of for-hire drivers. In a highlight at the First Circuit, Yaakov Roth successfully defended Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico against antitrust claims alleging ‘sham litigation’ distorting competition, brought by petitioner Puerto Rico Telephone Company. The practice group is led by Beth Haifetz and includes, Rajeev Muttreja (New York), David Raimer and Charlotte Taylor, who were recently promoted to partner. Associate Jeffrey Johnson is also noted.