Jeffrey A. Liesemer

Jeffrey A. Liesemer: Attorney with Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
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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.

Awards & Rankings

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

Recent Publications

• Current Issues in Chapter 15 Discovery, International Law Office, August 24, 2018
• Following The Money: Trends in Cross-Border Asset Recovery, IR Global, March 6, 2018
• Avoiding the Voidable: Assessing Global Insolvency Practices and Processes, IR Global, August 21, 2017
• Chapter 15 at 11: Threshold Requirements for Recognition, International Law Office, March 24, 2017
• Chapter 15 at 11: Chapter 15 Provides Provisional Relief in Hanjin Shipping, International Law Office, January 6, 2017
• Chapter 15 at 11: Bankruptcy Code's Cross-Border Insolvency Law Approaches 11th Anniversary, International Law Office, September 30, 2016
• Supreme Court Nixes Puerto Rico Insolvency Law, but Congress Legislates New Path, with Sally J. Sullivan, International Law Office, July 22, 2016
• Supreme Court: Decisions Denying Plan Confirmation Not Appealable as of Right, with Kevin M. Davis, International Law Office, August 7, 2015
• Fairfield Sentry and the Limits of Comity in Chapter 15 Cases, International Insolvency Law Review, July 1, 2015
• Fairfield Sentry and the Limits of Comity in Chapter 15 Cases, International Law Office, March 20, 2015
• Appeal Court Expands Stockbroker Defence to Non-Securities Transactions, International Law Office, December 19, 2014
• Safe Harbour Neither Bars Nor Pre-empts State Law Fraudulent Transfer Claims, International Law Office, February 21, 2014
• Pre-Bankruptcy LBOs as Fraudulent Transfers, with Trevor W. Swett III, The Review of Banking & Financial Services, August 1, 2013

Recent Speaking Engagements

•Panelist, Insurance Basics for Business Lawyers, American Bar Association, April 10, 2014
•Panelist, Significant Issues for Fraudulent Transfer Actions, The Knowledge Group, March 25, 2014
•Panelist, Insurance Basics for Bankruptcy Lawyers, American Bar Association, November 1, 2013

Recent News

•Caplin & Drysdale Improves Ranking in 2019 Best Lawyers in America, August 15, 2018
•VIDEO: Jeffrey Liesemer Featured in IR Global Interview on U.S. Insolvency Practices and Procedures, IR Global, July 18, 2018
•18 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers in D.C., April 23, 2018
•Caplin & Drysdale Litigators Recommended in 2018 Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Litigation, November 28, 2017
•Caplin & Drysdale Earns Top Ranking in 2018 Best Lawyers in America, August 15, 2017
•Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers Listed Among D.C.'s Most Prominent Practitioners, Super Lawyers, April 27, 2017
•Northern Virginia Magazine Names Beth Kaufman and Jeffrey Liesemer Top Lawyers for 2016, Northern Virginia Magazine, November 22, 2016
•Clients and Peers Recommend 4 Caplin & Drysdale Litigators in 2016 Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Litigation, October 3, 2016
•Best Lawyers in America Lists 18 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys, U.S. News & World Report, August 15, 2016
•Jeffrey Liesemer Comments on Federal Court Clashes, The Deal Pipeline, May 13, 2016
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers from Several Practice Areas, Super Lawyers, April 26, 2016
•Washingtonian Names Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Among Washington's Top Lawyers, November 19, 2015
•Benchmark Litigation Lists Caplin & Drysdale's Complex Litigation Group for Sixth Consecutive, Benchmark Litigation, October 2, 2015
•Super Lawyers Lists Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers, Caplin & Drysdale, April 23, 2015
•Caplin & Drysdale's Complex Litigation Group Earns Listing in 2015 Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Litigation, November 10, 2014
•Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers Earn Best Lawyers Ranking, August 21, 2014
•The Washington Post Lists Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Among the Top Attorneys in D.C., The Washington Post, April 30, 2014
•Caplin & Drysdale's Complex Litigation Group Listed as Highly Recommended by Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Litigation, October 28, 2013
•19 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Achieve Best Lawyers in America Ranking, U.S. News & World Report, October 21, 2013
•Caplin & Drysdale's Complex Litigation Group Recognized in Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Litigation, December 3, 2012
•Benchmark Litigation Recommends Caplin & Drysdale, Names Three Attorneys as Litigation Stars, Benchmark Litigation, November 15, 2011
•The Best Lawyers in America Ranks 19 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field, U.S. News & World Report, September 1, 2011
•19 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report, August 4, 2010

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Complex Litigation
  • Bankruptcy

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(202) 862-5007  Phone
University Attended:
Bucknell University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1988
Law School Attended:
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993 Order of the Coif
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; District of Columbia Court of Appeals; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Virginia; District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

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

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.


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