Randal J. Meyer

Senior Vice President , Federal Public Affairs

Washington, DC

+1 202 857 2937


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 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.


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.


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

President, Minerva Company, 2016-present


District of Columbia

New York

Another IRS Free-Speech Scandal, The Wall Street Journal, November 22, 2018
When Over-Preservation Impedes City Growth, National Law Journal, August 12, 2016
Police Militarization Leads to Extreme Constitutional Violations, CATO at Liberty Blog, September 16, 2015
Slavery Is Still Legal in the United States, Newsweek, August 25, 2015
Time to Fix the Mental Health Horrors That Plague Rikers Island, New York Post, August 11, 2015
Island is the New Hell, The Daily Beast, August 6, 2015
Millennials Will Be Worse Off Thanks to New York’s $15 Minimum Wage Hike, Forbes, July 28, 2015
How Could Failing To Renew Your Dog License Possibly Warrant 90 Days In Jail?, Forbes, July 16, 2015
Supreme Court Dries Price Controls Like a Raisin in the Sun, The Federalist, June 23, 2015
Drug War: Getting Our Priorities Straight, Real Clear Policy, May 27, 2015
The Corruption of NYC Affordable Housing, Real Clear Policy, February 11, 2015
Licensing Requirement Reform: Something We Can All Agree On, Townhall, February 4, 2015
The Twin Perils of the al-Aulaqi Case: The Treason Clause and the Equal Protection Clause, 79 BROOK. L. REV. 229, 2013

Executive and Legislative Affairs

Regulatory Solutions