Portrait of

Government Experience

  • U.S. Congress—Military Legislative Assistant, Representative John Spratt, Jr. (2004-2007); Legislative Assistant, Representative John Spratt, Jr. (2001-2003)


  • Duke University, B.A. (2001)
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (2008) magna cum laude, Order of the Coif


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Michael W. Lieberman, Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2776
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Mike Lieberman is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Commercial Litigation, Health Care, and White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement groups. He litigates complex matters in federal, state, and arbitral forums, with a particular focus on commercial health care disputes, class actions, e-discovery, and fraud and False Claims Act cases. Mike's clients include managed care companies, health benefit plans, clinical laboratories, government contractors, and corporate and individual criminal defendants.

Representative engagements include:

  • Defending eight health insurance companies in multi-district litigation (MDL) class action proceedings asserting nationwide and state antitrust claims.  
  • Securing the dismissal of contract claims against the third party administrator of a health plan in two consumer class actions.
  • Representing a Fortune 50 health insurance company in arbitration and trial against major Maryland hospital systems regarding payment of claims.
  • Representing a District of Columbia health plan in a multi-million dollar contract dispute regarding Medicaid payment methodologies.
  • Serving as class counsel for tens of thousands of black farmers who alleged discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the administration of farm loan programs. Mike helped negotiate and implement a $1.25 billion settlement for the class—one of the largest civil rights judgments ever against the U.S. government.
  • Defending and securing dismissal of a securities fraud class action brought against Fortune 500 financial services company.
  • Representing a Class I railroad in multi-district litigation (MDL) antitrust class action alleging a conspiracy to fix fuel surcharge prices.
  • Defending antitrust charges in the Eastern District of Virginia against a seller of rocket engines.
  • Defending and preventing the indictment of the CEO of a major government contractor in a Department of Justice investigation into alleged false claims submitted to the Department of Defense.  
  • Directing the investigation of alleged false claims submitted by a health plan to a state auditor, and facilitating responses to related government inquiries.

Mike received his J.D. from Georgetown University in 2008 where he graduated magna cum laude and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. While at Georgetown, Mike served as a senior editor and board member for the Georgetown Law Journal. He also participated in the Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic, where he received the distinguished Alan J. Goldstein Memorial Award for his "use of intelligence, creativity, and resourcefulness in defending criminal clients." Mike received his B.A. from Duke University in 2001 with a double major in public policy and economics and a minor in history.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, from 2001-2007, Mike worked as military legislative assistant to Congressman John M. Spratt, Jr. (D-SC), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. In that capacity, Mike was a senior advisor to the Congressman on policy areas including national defense, homeland security, energy, environment, and economic development. For his work, Mike received the Palmetto Patriot Award in 2006 for service to the state of South Carolina and the South Carolina National Guard.

In addition to his time on Capitol Hill, in 2007, Mike served as a law clerk in the Federal Major Crimes Division of United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

Mike was recognized as a 2014 and 2015 "Rising Star" for Washington, D.C. in Civil Litigation Defense.

Mike is a member of the Virginia state bar and the D.C. bar. He is a board member of the D.C. Bar Association and a member of the committee revising the civil jury instructions for D.C. Superior Court. Mike also recently completed his second term as the chair of the Arlington County (VA) Democratic Committee.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Superior Court, Supreme Court of Virginia, Circuit and District Courts in Virginia

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Don’t Sign that Yet: Pitfalls to Avoid in Payor-Provider Contracting," Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's 2015 Blue National Summit, Phoenix, AZ (April 21, 2015). Presenters: Michael W. Lieberman, Todd D. Rosenberg, and Scott J. Moore.
  • "The Affordable Care Act‘s Aftermath: Litigation and Regulatory Issues," Harvard Health Law Society (April 1, 2015). Presenters: Michael W. Lieberman and Marisa Adelson.


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