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 recognized as a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers for 2020 and 2021 and selected to the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list by Best Lawyers® for 2021 and 2022.


Thought Leadership


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)


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)


Best Lawyers in Dallas Under 40 by D Magazine — 2022 

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

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

Memberships & Affiliations

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