Randal J. Meyer Counsel

Randal John Meyer is senior vice president at McGuireWoods Consulting and counsel at McGuireWoods LLP. He advises clients on a comprehensive approach to legal, policy, and political concerns. In addition to litigation and traditional legal options, his creative practice provides clients with novel regulatory and legislative avenues to meet their goals.

Randal joined McGuireWoods in 2018 after working in a top national law firm's appellate and major motions practice group where he also assisted on cases involving political law. Before entering private practice, Randal served as legislative counsel to Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in the 114th and 115th Congresses. While on the Hill, he prepared vote recommendations, formulated initiatives, crafted legislation, and devised political and parliamentary strategy with respect to judiciary, telecommunications, Internet and technology, and economic development issues. Previously, he was a legal associate in the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies, a research fellow at Brooklyn Law School, and was the chief legal researcher for Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News.

Randal has authored or co-authored over 60 opinion pieces and over a dozen briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. His work has appeared in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, National Law Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes, New York Post, National Review Online, The Hill, and the Brooklyn Law Review, and has been featured in publications such as the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. He has given talks at several prominent institutions on legal issues, policy, and theory, including the Cato Institute, the University of Virginia, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

McGuireWoods Consulting

McGuireWoods Consulting LLC ("MWC") is a wholly owned subsidiary of the McGuireWoods LLP law firm. From time to time, various McGuireWoods lawyers provide non-legal services to MWC clients, but MWC cannot provide legal services or advice. Therefore, any work MWC performs for a client does not give rise to an attorney-client relationship or privilege. Should you require legal services from McGuireWoods, as well as consulting services from MWC, you must engage the law firm separately.


Advised, counseled, and represented various political clients on matters ranging from redistricting litigation to parliamentary procedure.

Authored amicus brief regarding Backpage.com LLC v. Dart that was cited by Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit.

Authored amicus brief regarding United States v. Texas that was quoted in “Our New Brief on the President’s Duty of Good Faith Performance,” by Randy Barnett on the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blog.

Represented large corporate clients with respect to labor relations issues.

  • Brooklyn Law School, JD, Editorial Board, Articles Editor (2013-2014), Brooklyn Law Review, Moot Court Honor Society, 2014
  • Binghamton University, State University of New York, BA, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Philosophy, Politics & Law (PPL), and Philosophy, Honors, Dean's List, 2011

Board of Directors, Theta Delta Chi, Educational Foundation, 2011-present

President, Minerva Company, 2016-present

  • Moderator, "Grounding "Uber of the Sky"," Of Rockets and Robotics: The Regulation of Emerging Aerial Technology, CATO Institute, Washington, DC, September 25, 2018
  • Panelist, "Combating Censorship: Does Free Speech and Expression Have a Future on Campus?," 10th Annual International Students for Liberty Conference, Washington, DC, February 18, 2017
  • Lecturer, "Criminal Justice Reform and the Free Market: Gangs, Jobs, and Private Prisons," 10th Annual International Students for Liberty Conference, The University of Campbell, March 16, 2016
  • Lecturer, "Free Speech: American and European Perspectives," 5th Annual European Students for Liberty Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, March 12, 2016
  • Panelist, "Fisher v. University of Texas: A Discussion on the 14th Amendment and the Constitutional, Political, and Social Implications of Affirmative Action," 28th Sadie T.M. Alexander Conference, The University of Pennsylvania Law School, February 27, 2016
  • Lecturer, The Modern Progressive Movement, The University of Virginia, February 3, 2016
  • Lecturer, "Understanding Progressives and Talking to Them About Liberty," Students for Liberty Regional Conference, The University of Pittsburgh, November 7, 2015
  • Lecturer, Progressivism and Entrenchment, The Charles Koch Institute, September 24, 2015
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Theta Delt of the Year, Theta Delta Chi International Fraternity, 2017.

Best Note/Scholarly Journal Writing Award, Brooklyn Law School, 2014.

Alexander & Emily Mehr Memorial Prize for Outstanding Student Advocacy in Moot Court Competitions, Brooklyn Law School, 2014.

Regional Champion (Brooklyn), American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition, 2014.

National Quarter-Finalist (Chicago National Finals), American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition, 2014.

  • Co-author, Another IRS Free-Speech Scandal, The Wall Street Journal, November 21, 2018
  • Co-author, When Over-Preservation Impedes City Growth, National Law Journal, August 12, 2016
  • Co-author, "Police Militarization Leads to Extreme Constitutional Violations," CATO at Liberty Blog, September 16, 2015
  • Author, "Slavery Is Still Legal in the United States," Newsweek, August 25, 2015
  • Author, "Time to Fix the Mental Health Horrors That Plague Rikers Island," New York Post, August 11, 2015
  • Co-author, "Island is the New Hell," The Daily Beast, August 6, 2015
  • Author, "Millennials Will Be Worse Off Thanks to New York’s $15 Minimum Wage Hike," Forbes, July 28, 2015
  • Author, "How Could Failing To Renew Your Dog License Possibly Warrant 90 Days In Jail?," Forbes, July 16, 2015
  • Co-author, "Supreme Court Dries Price Controls Like a Raisin in the Sun," The Federalist, June 23, 2015
  • Author, "Drug War: Getting Our Priorities Straight," Real Clear Policy, May 27, 2015
  • Author, "The Corruption of NYC Affordable Housing," Real Clear Policy, February 11, 2015
  • Author, "Licensing Requirement Reform: Something We Can All Agree On," Townhall, February 4, 2015
  • Note, The Twin Perils of the al-Aulaqi Case: The Treason Clause and the Equal Protection Clause, 79 BROOK. L. REV. 229, 2013
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