Michael B. Kimberly is co-chair of the Firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group. He has presented more than two dozen appellate arguments, including six times before the US Supreme Court and three times before the en banc courts of appeals. He has briefed and argued cases covering a wide range of subject matters, with particular experience in the areas of the Commerce Clause, preemption, the Social Security and Medicare Acts, ERISA, the Bankruptcy Code, and the antitrust laws.
In addition to handling appeals, Michael works frequently with his colleagues in trial courts to shape litigation strategy and present the most compelling dispositive motions. He is routinely involved in cases challenging the constitutionality of state legislation and the legality of federal administrative actions.
Michael is a visiting lecturer in law at Yale Law School, where he co-directs the Yale Law School Supreme Court clinic.
Michael is widely recognized as an effective Supreme Court and appellate litigator. He was identified by The Legal 500 (2017-2019) 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 (2017) as a “veteran US 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.
Michael’s notable wins include unanimous victories in Smith v. Berryhill, 139 S. Ct. 1765 (2019), concerning the scope of judicial review of final agency action under Section 405(g); and Shapiro v. McManus, 136 S. Ct. 450 (2015), concerning the availability of review before three-judge district courts. Michael represented the petitioner in France v. United States, a white-collar criminal case in which his briefing persuaded the solicitor general to confess error. In the courts of appeals, Michael recently won an across-the-board victory in a reverse-FOIA case, American Farm Bureau Federation v. EPA, 836 F.3d 963 (8th Cir. 2016).
While in law school, Michael 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.
In the Supreme Court, secured a 9-0 victory in an administrative law case establishing that agency dismissals on procedural grounds are “final decisions” for purposes of judicial review (Smith v. Berryhill)*
In the Supreme Court, obtained a unanimous victory in a partisan gerrymandering case, ensuring that plaintiffs receive review before a three-judge district court (Shapiro v. McManus)*
In the Supreme Court, represented the petitioner in a white-collar criminal case and successfully persuaded the solicitor general to confess error (France v. United States)*
In the Eighth Circuit, obtained a categorical victory in an important Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case concerning the privacy rights of family farmers and ranchers (American Farm Bureau Federation, et al. v. EPA)*
In the Fourth Circuit, won a unanimous victory in a False Claims Act case relating to the 2009 financial crisis (United States ex rel. Szymoniak v. American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc.)*
In the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, obtained a victory for the defendant in a case seeking to compel arbitration (Ghadry v. Penson Financial Services, Inc.)*
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