- 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 who successfully represents plaintiffs and defendants in state court, federal court, and arbitrations across the country. Michael’s practice spans a wide variety of subject matters. He has experience with class actions, antitrust cases, the energy industry, contract disputes, the financial industry, and the alcoholic beverage industry.
Currently, in In re LIBOR-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation, Michael serves as co-lead counsel along with Bill Carmody, Marc Seltzer, Barry Barnett, Karen Oshman, Arun Subramanian, Seth Ard, Matt Berry, Drew Hansen, and Geng Chen to the class of direct purchasers of LIBOR-based financial instruments. To date, the team has recovered over half a billion dollars for the direct-purchaser class in settlements with Barclays, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, and HSBC*, and recently won class certification* for the plaintiffs they represent on their antitrust claims. The team continues to pursue claims against the rest of the 16 LIBOR panel banks. This story has received substantial news coverage including The New York Times, NASDAQ, New York Law Journal, Reuters and Law360* (*subscription required).
In another notable matter, Michael serves alongside Neal Manne, Alex Kaplan, Chanler Langham, and Steven Shepard as counsel to Walmart, in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Comm’n. The case, tried in June 2017, challenges as unconstitutional Texas’s laws banning public companies from selling liquor for off-premises consumption. The District Court found that the laws violated Walmart’s rights under the Dormant Commerce Clause and the Equal Protection Clause. You can read Michael’s cross examination of the State’s expert witness at trial here and see Law360’s coverage of the decision here*.
Michael joined Susman Godfrey after clerking for Judge Carolyn D. King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and graduating with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law.