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J.D., New York University School of Law

B.A., Wellesley College; Durant Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Massachusetts Bar

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, Ninth, Tenth, and District of Columbia Circuits

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Carol counsels clients and litigates on compliance with federal, state, and local political laws including election laws, the Ethics in Government Act, House and Senate Ethics, state ethics laws, the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and its state counterparts, and the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Named in Chambers USA as one of the nation’s leading practitioners in her field, Carol is praised by clients as “responsive and on point” (2016). Chambers USA calls her “highly experienced” (2015) and “well-respected” (2011), and recognizes her “knowledge of the area” (2015).

Representative Experience

  • Litigates before the Supreme Court of the United States, numerous federal circuit and district courts, and state courts with respect to issues of election law, constitutional law and administrative law.
  • Advises corporations, trade associations, political groups, candidates, PACs, media corporations, and individuals on federal and state campaign finance, government ethics, and lobbying law.
  • Represents clients before the Federal Election Commission (FEC), as well as numerous state election law, ethics, and lobbying commissions.
  • Counsels corporations with respect to pay-to-play statutes, regulations, and ordinances and with respect to procurement lobbying laws.
  • Represented a state federal campaign committee in a landmark Supreme Court of the United States case holding that Congress may not limit independent expenditures by political parties (Colorado Republican Federal Campaign Committee, 518 U.S. 640 1996).
  • Commentator on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

Professional Experience

  • Staff Attorney, Federal Election Commission, Appellate Litigation Team, Office of General Counsel (1984-1987)


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Standing Committee on Election Law (1998-2001), Advisory Commission (2001-Present)
    • Co-Chair and Vice Chair, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Committee on Election Law (1997-2000), Committee on International and Comparative Administrative Law (1994-1997)
  • Secretary (2005-2006) and Steering Committee Member (2003-2006), Council on Government Ethics Laws (COGEL)


  • Named one of "Washington's Best Lawyers" (2011, 2013) and one of "Washington's Top Lawyers" (2007, 2009, 2015) by Washingtonian magazine
  • Listed by Chambers USA as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Political Law (2011, 2015, 2016)
  • Named by Lawdragon as one of "3000 Leading Lawyers in America" (2010-2011)
  • Named one of DC's "Super Lawyers" for Political Law (2013) and Legislative & Governmental Affairs (2014-2016) by Super Lawyers magazine

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