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Stephen Carney

Deputy Solicitor General
Office of the Solicitor General
Office: 614-466-8980

Stephen joined the Attorney General’s Office in 1997, and has specialized in appeals since 1999, helping build what became the Office of the Solicitor General.  He frequently briefs and argues cases in the Ohio Supreme Court, where he has argued over 35 cases and has briefed many more.  He also briefs and argues in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and has written many briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has argued some of the State’s biggest cases in the last 20 years, on topics such as the constitutionality of charter schools, partial-birth abortion, nude dancing, concealed carry of handguns, free speech, wrongful imprisonment, and an advocacy group’s standing to challenge JobsOhio.

Like all Appeals lawyers, Stephen is devoted to the craft of writing.  He is a five-time winner of “Best Brief” awards from the National Association of Attorneys General, recognizing briefs he authored or co-authored in cases in the Supreme Court of the United States.  Stephen teaches classes to lawyers inside and outside the office on legal writing, appellate advocacy, and other topics.

Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Stephen spent three years in general litigation at Jones Day in Columbus.

  • State of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuits
  • The University of Cincinnati College of Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1994
  • Xavier University, B.A., cum laude, 1991