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Carter Phillips

Carter Phillips

Carter G. Phillips is the chair of Sidley Austin LLP’s Executive Committee and was the managing partner of its Washington, D.C. office from 1995 to 2012. He served as a law clerk to both Judge Robert Sprecher on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on the United States Supreme Court. Carter also served as Assistant to the Solicitor General. Carter Phillips has argued 75 cases before the Supreme Court since joining Sidley, which is more than any other lawyer while in private practice. He also argued 9 cases before the Court on behalf of the federal government during his tenure in the Solicitor General’s office, for a total of 84 arguments before the Court. Carter also has argued more than 120 cases in United States courts of appeals, including at least one in every circuit in the country, and more than 30 in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Carter’s practice has been featured in articles in Forbes, the American Lawyer, Business Week, Legal Times, the National Law Journal, USA Today and Legal Business (a publication in England). He frequently speaks at conferences, law schools and before industry groups regarding his experience before the Supreme Court.

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Guest Appearances
September 27, 2021

How has practicing in the Supreme Court changed throughout the years?

This month’s Asked and Answered podcast is looking at how advocacy has changed in the country’s highest court. It’s part of a special series on how lawyers’ work has changed over the...

April 24, 2017

Are schools that fail to teach children to read violating their Constitutional rights?

In 2016, a group of lawyers filed a federal civil rights claim against the Detroit public school system. We interview Carter Phillips, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

March 15, 2017

The Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, and the Nuclear Option

Carter Phillips talks about the current state of the Supreme Court in 2017.