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Government Experience

  • United States House of Representatives—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

Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2776
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Mike Lieberman is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Litigation, Health Care, and White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement groups, and co-chair of the firm's E-Discovery Practice. He litigates complex matters in federal, state, and arbitral forums, with a particular focus on commercial health care disputes, class actions, discovery disputes, and fraud cases. Mike's clients include managed care companies, health benefit plans, clinical laboratories, government contractors, corporate and individual criminal defendants, and various other corporate commercial litigants.

Representative engagements include:

  • Defending eight health insurance companies in multi-district litigation (MDL) class actions asserting antitrust claims.  
  • Securing the dismissal of contract claims against the third party administrator of a health plan in two consumer class actions.
  • Representing a national 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.
  • Representing a health plan in Florida in litigation regarding reimbursement for out-of-network services.
  • Defending a California health plan in arbitration with health care providers over Medicare Advantage payment amounts.
  • Defending a national health care consulting company in arbitration and trial regarding services for a new health plan.
  • Defending a national health insurance company in class actions regarding alleged violations of mental health parity laws.
  • Defending and securing dismissal of a securities fraud class action brought against a Fortune 500 financial services company.
  • Defending the former CEO of a national transportation provider in a securities class action and related derivative actions.
  • Representing a Class I railroad in a 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.
  • 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.

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 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, 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 advised 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.

Mike also 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 by Law360 as a “Top Attorney Under 40” for health law in 2017. Mike was also recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2014-2018 "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 served as 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.


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, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 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

  • "Recent Legislative and Case Law Developments in the Rising Tide of Non-Par Payment Disputes and Surprise Billing," Healthcare Ounce of Prevention Seminar (HOOPS) 2021: Health Care in the Biden Era (February 22, 2021). Presenters: Christopher Flynn, Michael W. Lieberman, and Kelly Hightower Hibbert.
  • "How Technology is Changing Antitrust in 2019," D.C. Bar Antitrust Section Forum (May 21, 2019). Panelist: Michael W. Lieberman.
  • "Addressing Disputes among Contracted Providers and Payors," 10th Annual Advanced Forum on Manged Care: Disputes and Litigation (May 16, 2019). Panelist: Michael W. Lieberman.
  • "How to Avoid Problems with E-Discovery (and Save Money in the Process)," Property Casualty Insurer’s Association of America Legal Subcommittee, Washington, DC (February 21, 2018). Presenters: Laura Foggan and Michael W. Lieberman.
  • "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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Firm News & Announcements

Jun.16.2021 Civil Rights Groups Achieve Voting Rights Victory in Louisiana
Nov.05.2019 Global Investigations Review Names Crowell & Moring’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group to “GIR 100” Fifth Year in a Row
Oct.15.2018 Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
Oct.31.2017 Super Lawyers Recognizes 79 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
Aug.10.2017 Crowell & Moring Partners Juan A. Arteaga and Michael W. Lieberman Named Law360 2017 "Rising Stars"
Jan.09.2017 Crowell & Moring Elects Six New Partners and Promotes 19 Associates to Counsel
Nov.30.2016 Super Lawyers Recognizes 71 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
Oct.27.2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Apr.08.2014 Crowell & Moring Named Finalist in Global Competition Review's Fourth Annual "GCR Awards"
Jan.14.2014 Crowell & Moring Elects Five New Partners and Promotes Fourteen Associates to Counsel