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Michael B. Kimberly

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Mayer Brown’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice recognized among the “elite of the elite”

– Reuters Special Report

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Michael Kimberly briefs and argues complex appeals and trial-court motions with primary focus on the antitrust laws, environmental law, and constitutional law. He has argued appeals in courts throughout the country, including twice in the United States Supreme Court, three times before the en banc courts of appeals, and numerous other times in the Second, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, and various state courts.

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.

Michael has been a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School since 2015, where he co-directs the Yale Law School Supreme Court Clinic. The Clinic regularly represents civil rights, immigrant, and criminal defense litigants before the Supreme Court.

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.

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