Michael Pernick is Redistricting Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). Michael uses litigation, advocacy, and public education strategies to advance racial justice, with a particular focus on congressional, state, and local apportionment and redistricting.
Prior to joining LDF, Michael was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he maintained an active voting rights practice. Michael led or co-led numerous voting rights litigation teams, including a case contesting the at-large election structure of a major New York municipality under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and a case concerning the apportionment of state legislative district maps. Michael prepared and filed amicus briefs concerning partisan gerrymandering with the United States Supreme Court and with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Michael routinely represented various non-profits seeking legal counsel on the constitutionality and legality of various voting-related policies and laws.
Michael is a contributing author to the forthcoming Sixth Edition of Goldfeder’s Modern Election Law. Michael has testified before state legislatures and frequently speaks to civic organizations and the press on voting rights issues. Michael has led numerous election protection programs across the country, including LDF’s work in Florida for the November 2020 general election and in Georgia for the January 2021 U.S. Senate runoff elections.
Since 2018, Michael has served on the Board of Ethics for Nassau County, New York. Michael also serves on the Board of Directors of the Adult Congenital Heart Association.
Michael is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where he served on the Executive Board of the NYU Review of Law and Social Change, and Wesleyan University. Prior to law school, Michael managed political and advocacy campaigns. Michael is a member of the New York State Bar.