Michael Francus is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on Supreme Court and appellate litigation, and he has written briefs in the Supreme Court and a variety of appellate courts. His matters have spanned a range of legal areas, including copyright, bankruptcy, mass tort, and healthcare regulation. Michael frequently litigates constitutional issues as well, including in the areas of free speech, free exercise, establishment, due process, takings, and criminal procedure. Michael also maintains an active pro bono practice in the area of civil forfeiture. Most recently, he successfully challenged North Dakota’s forfeiture laws and won the return of a client’s truck.


Thought Leadership


Digital Realty, Legislative History, and Textualism After Scalia, 46 Pepperdine L. Rev. 551 (2019).

In Defense of Corruption: CNN Debates, the Press Clause, and Campaign Finance Regulation, 68 Stan. L. Rev. Online 92 (2016).


Moot Court Semifinalist

Moot Court Oral Advocacy Award


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2019District of Columbia
  • 2018New York


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


  • Stanford Law SchoolJ.D.2017
    Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review
  • University of ChicagoPolitical Science & Philosophy2013
    Phi Beta Kappa