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William S. Consovoy
Practice Areas
Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, George Mason University School of Law; Moot Court Board, Associate Justice and Disciplinary Chair
  • B.A., Monmouth University
Law Journals
  • Editor-in-Chief, George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal
Clerkships
Law Clerk for the Honorable Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court of the United States (2008-2009)
Law Clerk for the Honorable Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2003-2004)
Law Clerk, 17th Judicial Circuit of Virginia (2001-2002)
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia Bar
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, Fourth and Fifth Circuits
  • Supreme Court of Virginia

William S. Consovoy

PARTNER

202.719.7434  |  wconsovoy@wileyrein.com


Mr. Consovoy assists clients with the resolution of complex legal issues before the Supreme Court, federal appellate and trial courts, state courts, and federal agencies. He has represented clients on a range of issues, including the First Amendment, the Commerce Clause, the Communications Act, the Voting Rights Act, and the Federal Arbitration Act. Mr. Consovoy also is the co-director of the George Mason University School of Law Supreme Court Clinic. He is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Chief Judge Edith Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Successfully represented petitioner Abigail Fisher in Fisher v. University of Texas, a constitutional challenge to the university's race-based admission policies that was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2012.
  • Successfully represented Shelby County, Alabama in its challenge to the constitutionality of the renewal of the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act that was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013.
  • Counsel for the Florida Department of State in its federal lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeking access to the SAVE program.
  • Special counsel for the State of Colorado in Wood v. Milyard, a prisoner litigation case that was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2012.
  • Counsel for Verizon in the lead industry challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) order formally adopting “net neutrality” rules in response to the decision in Comcast v. FCC.
  • Counsel for Coors Brewing in appeal challenging Puerto Rico’s beer tax as unconstitutional under the dormant Commerce Clause.
  • Counsel for Verizon in various litigation involving enforcement of the Federal Arbitration Act.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law (2005-Present).
  • Co-Director, George Mason University School of Law Supreme Court Clinic (2011-Present).

AFFILIATIONS

  • The Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court.

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Named by The Legal 500 US a "recommended lawyer" in Telecom and Broadcast Regulatory Law (2010-2013).
  • Recognized by Law360 as a "Rising Star" in Appellate Law (2013).
  • Named one of DC's "Super Lawyers" for Communications (2013) and Appellate (2014) by Super Lawyers magazine.

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