- The University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., cum laude, 2010)
- The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with high honors, 2014)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2014-2015)
Michael Kelso is a skilled trial lawyer with landmark wins for plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes commercial cases across the country. Michael has recovered more than half a billion dollars for plaintiffs and successfully defeated multi-billion-dollar claims for his defense-side clients.
Michael combines strategic vision with skillful execution—compelling writing, thoughtful legal and factual analysis, and gifted courtroom advocacy. This approach has led to success for his clients in federal and state courts and in arbitrations across a broad range of subject areas: antitrust, securities fraud, energy, finance, breach of contract disputes, executive compensation, partnership breakups, even alcohol regulation.
“Kelso is an “outstanding” lawyer “who doesn’t miss a thing” and is “simply smarter, faster, more aggressive (when appropriate) and more strategically astute than competitors.”
As quoted in Legal 500 2021 Analysis
Michael joined Susman Godfrey after clerking for Judge Carolyn D. King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He graduated with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Texas Law Review, was awarded Clerk of the Chancellors Honor Society for earning the third-highest GPA in his class, and won first place in the Thad T. Hutcheson Moot Court Competition.