Michael D. Lieberman

Partner Appeals


Mike Lieberman is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on Supreme Court and appellate litigation. Mike has achieved success for clients at every stage of Supreme Court review, including as lead drafter of merits briefs, certiorari-stage briefs, and amicus briefs. He also has helped clients prevail in multiple cases in federal courts of appeals and district courts across the country. His cases have spanned a wide range of subject matter, including antitrust, bankruptcy, class actions, constitutional law, criminal law, election law, immigration, international law, preemption, products liability, and sovereign immunity.

Mike also maintains an active pro bono practice, including successful appeals on behalf of indigent and incarcerated clients in cases involving the Convention Against Torture and prosecutorial overreach.

Mike previously served as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State. In that role, Mike provided advice on a range of domestic and international legal issues arising in the course of the Department's work.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016District of Columbia
  • 2014California


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2013

    Ames Moot Court Competition, Best Brief and Best Overall Team

    Boykin C. Wright Memorial Fund Prize

    Joseph H. Beale Prize

  • University of California, BerkeleyB.S., Business Administration; B.A., Sociologywith highest honors2007