Michael Bern, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, focuses his practice on Supreme Court and appellate litigation matters. Mr. Bern has drafted dozens of briefs filed in state and federal appellate courts, including numerous merits and certiorari-stage briefs filed in the US Supreme Court. Mr. Bern has successfully argued dispositive and other motions in federal district court and has substantial experience assisting clients in drafting summary judgment and other dispositive motions filed during trial-stage litigation. Mr. Bern has experience with a variety of civil and criminal subjects, including administrative law, patent law, antitrust, federal Indian law, separation of powers, the First Amendment, contract interpretation, and habeas corpus.
During the 2011-2012 term, Mr. Bern served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the US Supreme Court. From 2008-2009, he served as a law clerk to Judge Michael McConnell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Mr. Bern is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Bern worked for four years as a management consultant, primarily advising life sciences clients on their research and development, marketing, and portfolio management strategies.