Leslie M. Kelleher
Caplin & Drysdale
Leslie M. Kelleher Senior Counsel

P: (202) 862-7819

F: (202) 429-3301

Washington, D.C. Office


Leslie M. Kelleher is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office. She joined the firm's litigation group in 2005. 


Ms. Kelleher’s main areas of practice are complex civil and bankruptcy litigation, with a focus on federal court appeals and creditors’ rights in bankruptcy.  A former professor of federal courts and corporate law, Ms. Kelleher has extensive experience at both trial and all appellate levels in federal and state courts.  She has represented clients in federal appeals on a broad range of matters, including bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, securities laws, financial products, mergers and acquisitions, campaign finance, maritime law, and trusts. 

As counsel for creditors and creditors’ committees, she has been involved in a number of major Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and appeals, including Celotex, Congoleum, Energy Futures Holding, G-I Holdings (formerly GAF Corporation), Garlock Sealing Technologies, Global Industrial Technologies, Federal Mogul,  Flintkote, Pittsburgh Corning, Texaco, and W.R. Grace.


Before joining the firm, Ms. Kelleher was a professor of law at the University of Richmond Law School, where she taught civil procedure and federal courts, as well as corporations, and mergers and acquisitions. She has published several articles in those areas.

After graduating from law school in Canada, Ms. Kelleher clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice Le Dain of the Supreme Court of Canada. She then obtained an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, and practiced for several years at a New York law firm, with an emphasis on securities litigation.

Ms. Kelleher has a working knowledge of French.

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  • LL.M., Columbia Law School, 1988
  • LL.B., University of Manitoba, Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, 1985
  • LL.B., McGill University, Faculty of Law, 1985, Third Year Visiting Student

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  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
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