Michael Kimberly briefs and argues complex appeals and trial-court motions with primary focus on the antitrust laws, administrative law, and constitutional law. He has argued appeals in courts throughout the country, including five times in the United States Supreme Court and more than a dozen other times in the Second, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, and various state courts. Michael has briefed more than 200 appellate matters overall, including 22 Supreme Court merits cases. He has been a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School since 2015, where he co-directs the Yale Law School Supreme Court Clinic.
Michael is widely recognized as a rising star in the area of Supreme Court and appellate litigation. He was recently identified by The Legal 500 (2017) as a “next generation” Supreme Court practitioner and by Law360 (2016) as a top appellate advocate under 40, with “a yearslong track record of effective advocacy before the nation’s highest court.” Michael has been described in the National Law Journal as a “veteran U.S. Supreme Court and appellate lawyer” and in the Washington Post (2015) as a “seasoned Supreme Court practitioner.” According to Reuters (2014), he is among “the top handful of lawyers in America” who “dominate” the docket of the US Supreme Court. For his work on the “waters of the United States” litigation in the Sixth Circuit and Supreme Court, Michael was recently recognized as an Energy & Environmental Trailblazer by The National Law Journal (2017).
Michael’s recent Supreme Court successes include a unanimous victory in the partisan gerrymandering case, Shapiro v. McManus, 136 S. Ct. 450 (2015). For his groundbreaking win before a special three-judge district court on remand in that same case, Common Cause awarded Michael its 2017 National Defender of Democracy Award, and The American Lawyer named him a “Litigator of the Week.” Michael also represented the petitioner in France v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 583 (2015), a white collar criminal case in which Michael’s briefing persuaded the Solicitor General to confess error. And in the courts of appeals, Michael recently obtained a categorical victory for his clients in American Farm Bureau Federation, et al. v. EPA, 836 F.3d 963 (8th Cir. 2016), an important FOIA case concerning the privacy rights of family farmers and ranchers.
A summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Michael received his JD from Yale Law School, where he served as Editor of The Yale Law Journal and Executive Editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review. Following law school, Michael clerked for Judge Michael Daly Hawkins on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Yale Law School, JD, Editor, Yale Law Journal
Executive Editor, Yale Law & Policy Review
University of Pennsylvania, MA
Princeton University, AB, summa cum laude
- District of Columbia
- US Supreme Court
- US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- US District Court for the District of Columbia
- US District Court for the District of Maryland
- Georgetown Supreme Court Institute
- Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court