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Muftiah McCartin
Muftiah M. McCartin
Of Counsel
Washington +1 202 662 5510 mmccartin@cov.com Download V-card

Muftiah McCartin is vice chair of the Public Policy and Government Affairs Practice Group. She specializes in providing advice and guidance to clients on legislative and regulatory strategies.

Ms. McCartin has been praised by congressional leaders for “her policy and technical expertise [that] have served both sides of the aisle over many years," for "personif[ying] competence, professionalism and courtesy," and for being “one of the most able people with whom I have worked during the 30 years I have been here." Her distinguished public service career in the U.S. House of Representatives includes senior positions with the Rules Committee, the Appropriations Committee, and the Parliamentarian's Office. She has breadth of congressional experience across the spectrum of committees and offices and in interfacing with regulatory agencies, and she has breadth of experience in private practice advising a broad range of industries that face legislative and regulatory challenges. This experience makes her particularly well-suited to represent clients effectively on a broad spectrum of issues, whether the client is well-established in Washington, seeking to establish a Washington presence for the first time, or relying entirely on Washington counsel.

  • Advised a major life sciences association on a range of procedural matters related to the application of reconciliation procedures to repeal the Affordable Care Act and congressional procedures related to Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
  • Provide comprehensive government affairs services to global bio-pharmaceutical companies, including advocacy on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 relating to combatting the opioid epidemic.
  • Represented clients on extension of visa programs.
  • Provides strategic and advocacy support to Microsoft on a range of issues, including environmental sustainability, appropriations, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and privacy.
  • Provides legislative strategy to two separate coalitions working on pension issues.
  • Provides strategic and advocacy support to a Fortune 200 technology company on intellectual property policy and legislation.
  • Advises one of the world's largest manufacturers of passenger rail platforms and civil aircraft on foreign direct investment, export promotion, trade policy, and U.S. government procurement.
  • Advisory counsel to multiple aerospace and defense companies facing policy and regulatory challenges in the aerospace, defense and national security sector.
  • Facilitated a coalition of wind energy companies and environmental groups on tax legislation.

Pro Bono

Ms. McCartin maintains an active pro bono practice.

  • Provided procedural, budgetary, and legislative advice to women's health organizations to maintain funding for key programs.
  • Provided procedural, legal, and advocacy support for women's health organizations under congressional investigation.
  • Provided procedural, legislative, and advocacy support for veterans organizations in support of veterans’ and service-members’ rights to challenge military personnel decisions on a class-wide basis in federal court and preserve class action authority at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
  • Provides legal counsel to Muslim American organizations regarding enhanced visa screening.
  • Represents a family in political asylum application.
  • Provides procedural and legislative advice to an organization seeking redress for victims of sexual assault in the military.

Previous Experience

  • Staff Director of the House Committee on Rules
    • Worked with the leadership of the House of Representatives in supervising all of the major legislation that came before the 111th Congress
  • Member of the professional staff of the House Committee on Appropriations
  • Office of the Parliamentarian—first woman appointed a parliamentarian (1991)
    • Advised all House members and committee staffs on parliamentary procedure
    • Advised the Speaker and other presiding officers on floor procedures
    • Reviewed proposed legislation and amendments for conformity with House rules
    • Served as an expert on the budget and appropriations processes
    • Managing editor of both House Rules and Manual and House Practice
  • Chambers USA, Government Relations (2017) 
  • Legal 500 US, Government Relations (2015-2017)
  • Ms. McCartin’s work on the Hill, where “She accomplished all her tasks with great determination, strength and grace" was profiled in the Congress Daily/National Journal article, “The Friday Buzz: A Veteran Departs” (May 14, 2010).
  • Ms. McCartin’s was profiled in the Legal Bisnow article “From Secretary to Sage” (June 28, 2010).