Michael H. Brady


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  • The University of Texas School of Law, JD, with Honors, Symposium Editor, The Review of Litigation, Associate Editor, Texas Review of Law & Politics, 2009
  • Liberty University, BS, Political Science, summa cum laude, 2006
  • Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Founders Club Member, The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies

Member, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Mike focuses his practice on the representation of businesses and political subdivisions in environmental, complex commercial, and product and consumer litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Mike served as assistant solicitor general in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia from 2011-2014. In that role he assisted Virginia’s solicitor general in defending the Commonwealth of Virginia and its officers against constitutional challenges in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and other lower federal and state courts. This representation involved litigating issues ranging from administrative, election and environmental law, dormant Commerce Clause/Privileges & Immunities Clause challenges, First Amendment claims, and claims arising in the habeas and correctional context.

While a law student at The University of Texas School of Law, Mike was awarded the Dean’s Achievement Award in Advanced Constitutional Structure, served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Victor J. Wolski, United States Court of Federal Claims, and was president of the Texas Federalist Society. Following law school, he clerked for Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser of the Supreme Court of Virginia from 2009-2011. As an undergraduate, Mike was awarded The Helms School of Government’s Academic Achievement Award.

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Co-authored petitions for writ of certiorari, briefs in opposition and amicus briefs before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Co-authored merits and amicus briefs in appeals before the Fourth Circuit regarding the First, Second, and Fourteenth Amendments and a merits and an amicus brief in reviews of agency action before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Co-authored merits briefs in appeals before the Supreme Court of Virginia and co-authored amicus brief on the interstate disputes over child custody invited by a panel of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Assisted in successful defense of Virginia FOIA citizenship restriction in the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Assisted in obtaining reversal of $16 million jury verdict and final judgment for nuclear manufacturing company on breach of license and misappropriation of trade secret claims via appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Assisted in representing Virginia transportation agency in obtaining appeal, expedited review, and reversal from Supreme Court of Virginia of judgment holding unconstitutional tolling provision in Virginia’s Public-Private Transportation Act.

Assisted in obtaining affirmance on appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia a trial court’s denial of video cameras in the courtroom at a high-profile criminal sentencing.

Assisted in defense of state health agency in challenge to the constitutionality of certificate of public need law in federal district court and the Fourth Circuit.

Defended the constitutionality of statute conditioning driving privileges upon discharge of obligations due the state, which was upheld in state trial and appellate courts.

Co-author, Are the Rights Guaranteed by the Third Amendment Sufficiently Deep Rooted and Fundamental to the be Incorporated into the Fourteenth?, 82 TENN. L. REV. 575 (Spring 2016)
Contributor, "What If States Opt Out Of EPA’s Existing Source Rule?," Law360, November 24, 2014
Contributor, "A Constitutional Challenge to EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”," Law360, October 28, 2014
Co-author, "Toward True Client Communication in Mass Torts," The Journal of Civil Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Vol. XXVI, No. 3, Fall 2014
Co-author, How the Constitutions of the Thirty-Seven States in Effect When the Fourteenth Amendment Was Adopted Demonstrate that the Governmental Endorsement Test in Establishment Clause Jurisprudence Is Contrary to American History and Tradition, 17 TEX. REV. L. & POL. 125 (2012-2013)
Co-author, "Florida Supreme Court Erred in Drug Dog Ruling," JURIST-Hotline, 2012
Author, Note: Exclusive Separability? Arbitrability and the Contract Formation Defense, 28 REV. LITIG. 913 (2008-2009)