G. Michael Parsons


Private Practice

Michael Parsons is a lawyer in Washington, DC, whose practice focuses on political, appellate, and antitrust litigation.

Michael graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and clerked for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Honorable Robert E. Payne of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  He represents clients at all stages of litigation and has experience across a range of issues, including federal jurisdiction, class certification, state and federal antitrust law, election law, civil rights law, legislative privilege and immunity, federalism, preemption, contempt, and the First Amendment.

Michael also maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients in voting rights and political law litigation and advising public-interest organizations in electoral and governance reform efforts.  He has served as the principal author of briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

He is the author of Clearing the Political Thicket: Why Political Gerrymandering for Partisan Advantage is Unconstitutional, 24 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 1107 (2016), and The Future of Federalism: A Uniform Theory of Rights and Powers for the Necessary and Proper Clause, 11 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 177 (2013).  Michael also writes about election law and constitutional law at Modern Democracy (, a blog that follows, discusses, and proposes changes to the U.S. political system through litigation, legislation, and amendments to the Constitution.  His work has been cited in two federal court opinions.

Follow Michael on Twitter for updates on voting rights, money in politics, and election reform @GMikeParsons.

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The Value of Gerrymandering

10/7/17  //  Commentary

What is the value to democracy from political gerrymandering for partisan advantage? The intuitive answer is the right one: None.

G. Michael Parsons

Private Practice

Raines Check: Legislator Standing and the Separation of Powers

7/10/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Separation of powers principles strongly support standing in the Foreign Emoluments Clause suit filed by Members of Congress.

G. Michael Parsons

Private Practice