Jay R. Carson

Senior Litigator

Jay R. Carson is the senior litigator at The Buckeye Institute. In this role he oversees all of Buckeye’s efforts to protect people’s rights and good public policy through the courts. 

Carson brings 20 years of private-sector litigation and public policy experience to The Buckeye Institute, and has served as a legislative aide to the Ohio General Assembly, a law clerk to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as a Common Pleas Court Magistrate. 

In addition to his work for The Buckeye Institute, Carson continues to practice at Wegman Hessler in Cleveland, where he focuses on business litigation, regulatory compliance counseling, and dispute resolution. Carson draws on his experiences in the public and private sectors to advocate for economic liberty and against burdensome government regulations on behalf of The Buckeye Institute and the people that it represents. 

Carson is active in his community, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Northern District of Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Foundation, and is a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference. Carson has also served on the Lakewood Civil Service Commission, the Lakewood Charter Review Commission, and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board. He currently serves on the boards of the North Coast Health Foundation and the Three Arches Foundation, which focus on providing health care to the uninsured, as well as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 

Jay earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law and his B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College.