Michelle Weinbaum is a partner in the Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Michelle advises clients on cross-border transactions and national security compliance matters including reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), and Team Telecom, as well as broad international trade (ITAR/EAR/economic sanctions), foreign direct investment and government contracts matters. She has significant experience negotiating national security agreements with CFIUS and DCSA.

Michelle has represented a variety of clients including public companies, private equity, hedge funds, large and small defense contractors, SPAC's, venture capital, and sovereign wealth funds across a diverse array of industries including aerospace and defense; software and technology; energy and telecom; healthcare; insurance and financial services; manufacturing and logistics; consumer and luxury goods; and real estate and other sectors. In addition, Michelle has a strong background in mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate governance. Michelle maintains an active pro bono practice, with a focus on asylum applications.


Memberships & Affiliations

Vice President and Treasurer, Capital Area Muslim Bar Association, 2020–2022


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018District of Columbia
  • 2018New York


  • William & Mary Law Schoolmagna cum laude2017
    Order of the Coif
  • Kansas State UniversityM.S.2012
  • United States Military Academy, West PointB.S.2006