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J. Michael Luttig
Former Fourth Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals
Update: Luttig has joined other conservative lawyers and former officials to file an amicus brief supporting the Anderson challengers in the Trump v. Anderson case.
J. Michael Luttig served on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for 15 years, from 1991 to 2006. He is currently counselor and special advisor to the Coca-Cola Company and its board of directors. Prior to joining the Coca-Cola Company in 2021, Luttig was counselor and senior advisor to the Boeing Company’s CEO and board of directors. He was executive director, vice president, and general counsel of Boeing from 2006 to 2020. Before being appointed to the federal bench by President George H. W. Bush in 1991, Luttig served as assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel and counselor to the attorney general of the United States at the Department of Justice from 1990 to 1991. He was deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice from 1989 to 1990. Luttig was assistant counsel to the president at the White House from 1981 to 1982 under President Ronald Reagan. From 1982 to 1983, he was a law clerk to then-Judge Antonin Scalia of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1983 to 1985, he served as a law clerk and then as special assistant to Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger. Luttig is a member of the board of trustees of Franklin-Templeton Mutual Funds, a trustee of the National Constitution Center, a board member of the nonprofit Society for the Rule of Law, and cochair of the American Bar Association Task Force on American Democracy. Luttig earned a BA from Washington and Lee University and a law degree from the University of Virigina. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children, Morgan and John.