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  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1993, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, University of Pittsburgh Law Review
  • B.A., Bucknell University, 1988, summa cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • 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. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Other Professional Affiliations

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association

Walter Chandler American Inn of Court (Master of the Bench)

International Bar Association

International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL)

Jeffrey A. Liesemer

Member, Washington, D.C.
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Jeffrey A. Liesemer is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office.


Mr. Liesemer's practice focuses on complex civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis in bankruptcy and creditors' rights cases.


Mr. Liesemer has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels of both state and federal courts. Since joining Caplin & Drysdale in 2005, he has continued to focus on complex chapter 11 cases, with a large percentage of his time devoted to representing asbestos creditors' committees in mass-tort bankruptcies. He has been involved in a number of notable bankruptcy cases throughout the country, including W.R. Grace, U.S. Gypsum, Owens Corning, Pittsburgh Corning, Armstrong World Industries, G-I Holdings (formerly GAF Corporation), Criimi Mae, Heilig Meyers, Just for Feet, Chemtura Corporation, and US Airways.

Prior to joining Caplin & Drysdale, Mr. Liesemer's practice focused on complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations and insolvency workouts, in which he represented corporate and partnership debtors as well as large, institutional creditors and lenders. He has also been involved in representing creditors' committees, third-party asset purchasers, and shopping-center landlords in large bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations. Mr. Liesemer has defended a number of clients in so-called "claw-back" proceedings to recover alleged preferential transfers and fraudulent conveyances.

Prior to entering private law practice, Mr. Liesemer clerked for the Honorable Martin V. B. Bostetter, Jr., then Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Professional Activities

A former managing editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Mr. Liesemer has written and lectured on topics relating to civil litigation and bankruptcy law. He is a former chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association of Northern Virginia, and served as commissioner of the Arlington County Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission.

Awards & Rankings

  • Benchmark Litigation, Future Stars, 2011-Present; Recommended, Washington, D.C., 2010-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010-Present
  • Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C., 2014-Present
  • Northern Virginia Magazine, Top Lawyer, 2016
  • Above the Law, Top Law Firm Bankruptcy Practice, 2016
  • The Washingtonian, Top Lawyer 2015
  • The Washington Post, Top Attorneys in D.C., 2014

Recent News

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Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Insurance Basics for Business Lawyers, American Bar Association, April 10, 2014
  • Panelist, Significant Issues for Fraudulent Transfer Actions, The Knowledge Group, March 25, 2014
  • Panelist, Insurance Basics for Bankruptcy Lawyers, American Bar Association, November 1, 2013

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Recent Publications

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