Michael H. McGinley


Michael H. McGinley


Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2463 | +1 215 994 2222

Washington, D.C. | 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, United States of America 20006-1110
+1 202 261 3378 | +1 202 261 3333


Michael H. McGinley focuses his practice on litigation, specifically appellate and complex commercial matters. Mr. McGinley has experience representing clients at every level of the federal judiciary, as well as in numerous federal agencies and state courts. He has litigated a wide range of issues, including federal jurisdiction, foreign sovereign immunity, Chevron deference, federalism, preemption, arbitration, labor law, tort law, securities and corporate law, contract rights, voting rights, free speech, religious freedom and many other constitutional issues.  Mr. McGinley also regularly advises individual, corporate and government clients on strategic and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. McGinley served as Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to the President in the White House Counsel's Office, where his primary responsibilities included the review of major legislative and regulatory actions and the confirmation of judicial nominees, including Justice Gorsuch.  During his time in the White House, Mr. McGinley worked closely with the Department of Justice, the Office of Management and Budget, a number of federal agencies, and various congressional committees.  He also previously served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of the Supreme Court of the United States and to then-Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2006, cum laude, Willis D. Nutting Award
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2009, cum laude, Harvard Law Review - Supreme Court Chair
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch
  • Supreme Court of the United States, Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Speaking Engagements
  • Supreme Court Roundup — Eastern District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Pennsylvania (July 24, 2019) 
  • A Discussion of How Recent Supreme Court Decisions and the Trump Administration's Judicial Selections Will Affect the Business Community — Omaha, NE (August 16, 2018) 
  • The Kavanaugh Hearing: A Battle of Two Constitutions — Washington, D.C. (July 25, 2018)

    Our distinguished panel of legal scholars and Supreme Court experts discuss the best strategies as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares for its hearing.