M. Alex Carver


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Alex represents businesses and individuals in complex civil litigation. His practice spans a range of subject areas, including commercial disputes, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation. He specializes in appellate work and has successfully represented clients in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Alex previously worked in the Tennessee Solicitor General’s Office, where he practiced appellate litigation at all levels of the federal and state appellate courts. Among other wins, he persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to summarily reverse a Sixth Circuit decision and convinced the Sixth Circuit to grant a rare initial hearing en banc in which his clients prevailed. In addition to writing briefs and presenting oral arguments, Alex advised state officials on significant legal matters. 

Alex was a law clerk for Chief Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Judge R. David Proctor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He graduated Order of the Coif from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Editor in Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Carson-Newman University, where he majored in biochemistry, religion, and philosophy.

Education & Bar Admissions


  • J.D., Vanderbilt Law School, 2018
  • B.S. and B.A., summa cum laude, Carson-Newman University, 2015
  • Tutorial, British Baptist History, Oxford University, Regent’s Park College, 2014

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
Recognition & Publications

Publications and Honors

  • Editor in Chief, Vanderbilt Law Review
  • Order of the Coif, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Myron Penn Laughlin Note Award, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Lightfoot Franklin & White Best Oral Advocate Award, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Note, Rethinking Conspiracy Jurisdiction in Light of Stream of Commerce and Effects-Based Jurisdictional Principles, 71 VAND. L. REV. 1333 (2018). 
  • Symposium Introduction, The Least Understood Branch: The Demands and Challenges of the State Judiciary, 70 VAND. L. REV. 1701 (2017) (with Susanna Rychlak). 
Professional & Civic Activities

Professional Activities

  • CLE Presenter, SCOTUS Update (Nashville Bar Association Government Practice & Professionalism Institute, December 11, 2020) 
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • The Federalist Society, Nashville Lawyers Chapter
  • Christian Legal Society, Nashville Chapter

Civic Activities

  • Parks Church, PCA

Blog Posts

Think Like a Reporter

It’s official. I have now practiced law longer than I have worked as a journalist. It’s an odd personal milestone, and I still feel a bit stuck in that identity crisis of trying to figure out [...]


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