Carter G. Phillips is the immediate former chair of Sidley Austin LLP’s Executive Committee and is now the Chair Emeritus as he returns to the full-time practice of law as one of the most experienced Supreme Court and appellate lawyers in the country. Carter was the managing partner of its Washington, D.C. office from 1995 to 2012. He served as law clerk to both Judge Robert A. Sprecher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Carter was an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice for three years and argued nine cases before the Supreme Court during that time. He has also argued 75 cases before that Court while in private practice, for a total of 84 arguments in that Court. Carter has argued over 125 cases in U.S. courts of appeals, including at least one in every Circuit.
Carter is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the current Chair of the Federal Circuit Advisory Council, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. He serves as Treasurer and on the Board of Trustees of the Supreme Court Historical Society. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Chamber Litigation Center, the public policy law firm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and joined the Board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum in 2016.
Carter graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University and received his J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif from Northwestern University School of Law.