Overview

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.

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Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

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

Publications

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)

Recognition

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 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, 2022

Memberships & Affiliations

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow 

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member

Dallas Bar Association, Member

Texas Bar Association, Member

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas

Courts

  • 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

Education

  • 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