Leslie M. Kelleher

Leslie M. Kelleher: Attorney with Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
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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.

Government Experience

Law Clerk, Honourable Mr. Justice Le Dain, Supreme Court of Canada, 1985-1986


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.

Recent Publications

• Wellness International: Litigants May Consent to Adjudication by Bankruptcy Courts, International Law Office, June 19, 2015
• Supreme Court on Powers of Bankruptcy Courts After Stern, International Law Office, September 26, 2014
• Jurisdictional Limits on Recognition of Foreign Non-Debtor Releases, International Law Office, May 2, 2014
• Hedge Fund Managers Beware: Unless Claims are Assigned, Managers Do Not Have Standing to Sue for Their Funds, Bloomberg Law, February 15, 2012

Recent Speaking Engagements

•Speaker, Liabilities of Funds and Fund Managers for Fraud and Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Annual Hedge Fund General Counsel Summit, September 13, 2011
•Speaker, Duties of the Hedge Fund General Counsel in the World of Financial Reform, 4th Annual Hedge Fund General Counsel Summit, October 4, 2010
•Speaker, Enough is Enough: The Time for Investor Protection Against Fraud is Now!, 3rd Annual Hedge Fund General Counsel Summit - Incisive Media, October 1, 2009

Recent News

•Caplin & Drysdale Honors the Women of the Firm, Caplin & Drysdale, March 8, 2019

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Complex Litigation
  • Bankruptcy

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(202) 862-7819  Phone
Law School Attended:
McGill University, Faculty of Law, LL.B., Third Year Visiting Student, 1985; University of Manitoba, Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, LL.B., 1985; Columbia Law School, LL.M., 1988
Year of First Admission:
District of Columbia Court of Appeals; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; District of Columbia; New York

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