Michael Kalis is a litigation partner in Kirkland’s Dallas office. Michael works on a range of complex litigation matters across the United States, including contract, fiduciary duty, fraud, restrictive covenant, securities, and trade secret disputes. Michael also regularly counsels companies on litigation-related issues. Michael has been named to the Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas list by D Magazine, selected to the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list by Best Lawyers®, and recognized as a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers. Michael is also a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Guest Lecturer, University of Texas School of Law, Litigation Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions, Spring 2022 


Texas Citizen Participation Act, The Anti-SLAPP Statute, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Civil Trial Course (2016) (co-author)

Spoliation Post-Brookshire Brothers, Electronic Data Retention Policies, and Special Masters, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Civil Trial Course (2015) (co-author) 

Like Father Like Son, Bar-Exam Ritual Is a Necessity of the Profession, National Law Journal, May 11, 2015 (co-author)

Michael T.E. Kalis, Ill Suited to the Digital Age: Fourth Amendment Exceptions and Cell Site Location Information Surveillance, 13 U. PITT. J. TECH. L. POL'Y  1 (2013)


Best Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine, 2022–2023

Recognized as Litigator of the Week runners-up by The American Lawyer Litigation Daily for Harris County jury trial win on behalf of client AMLI/BPMT Towne Square Partnership, 2022 

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch by Best Lawyers® — Commercial Litigation, 2021, 2022, 2023

Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” by Texas Super Lawyers — Business Litigation, 2020, 2021, 2022

Memberships & Affiliations

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow 

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member

Dallas Bar Association, Member

Texas Bar Association, Member


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas


  • University of Pittsburgh School of LawJ.D.2014
    Lead Executive Editor, Journal of Technology, Law and Policy
  • Kenyon CollegeB.A., Political Science2011
    Captain of Baseball Team