Jeffrey A. Liesemer is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office.


Mr. Liesemer's practice focuses on complex civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis in bankruptcy, international insolvency and creditors' rights cases.


Mr. Liesemer has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels of both state and federal courts. Since joining Caplin & Drysdale in 2005, he has continued to focus on complex chapter 11 cases, with a large percentage of his time devoted to representing asbestos creditors' committees in mass-tort bankruptcies. He has been involved in a number of notable bankruptcy cases throughout the country, including W.R. Grace, U.S. Gypsum, Owens Corning, Pittsburgh Corning, Armstrong World Industries, G-I Holdings (formerly GAF Corporation), Criimi Mae, Heilig Meyers, Just for Feet, Chemtura Corporation, and US Airways.

Prior to joining Caplin & Drysdale, Mr. Liesemer’s practice focused on complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations and insolvency workouts, in which he represented corporate and partnership debtors as well as large, institutional creditors and lenders. He has also been involved in representing creditors' committees, third-party asset purchasers, and shopping-center landlords in large bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations. Mr. Liesemer has defended a number of clients in so-called "claw-back" proceedings to recover alleged preferential transfers and fraudulent conveyances.

Prior to entering private law practice, Mr. Liesemer clerked for the Honorable Martin V. B. Bostetter, Jr., then Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Admissions & Education

Bar & Court Admissions
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia

J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1993, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, University of Pittsburgh Law Review

B.A., Bucknell University, 1988, summa cum laude

Recognitions & Noteworthy

Honors & Recognitions
  • Chambers USA, 2022
  • Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2011-Present; Recommended, Washington, D.C., 2010-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010-Present
  • Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C., 2014-Present
  • Northern Virginia Magazine, Top Lawyer, 2016
  • The Washingtonian, Top Lawyer, 2015
  • The Washington Post, Top Attorneys in D.C., 2014

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Professional Activities

He is an active member of IR Global, a professional services network whose members provide legal, accountancy and financial advice to companies and individuals worldwide. Mr. Liesemer is also a member of IR Global’s Insolvency Steering Committee where he offers guidance on U.S. insolvency matters.

A former managing editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Mr. Liesemer has written and lectured on topics relating to civil litigation and bankruptcy law. He is a former chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association of Northern Virginia and served as commissioner of the Arlington County Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission.

Other Professional Affiliations

Advisory Board Member, "Bankruptcy Views from the Bench" Program

Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

Member, American Bar Association

Master of the Bench, Walter Chandler American Inn of Court

Member, International Bar Association

Member, International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL)

Member, IR Global, Insolvency Steering Committee

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