For more than 30 years, Michael L. Kirby has been involved in civil litigation, trying more than 50 jury trials throughout his career and obtaining total recoveries valued in excess of $275 million as lead counsel. His expertise is extensive and covers a variety of practice areas that involve business, partnerships, real estate and investor disputes. He has received multiple Outstanding Trial Lawyer awards from Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD).
A founding partner at KIRBY & KIRBY LLP (and formerly a founding partner of Post Kirby Noonan & Sweat), Kirby is recognized as one of the most well-respected trial lawyers in San Diego County.
Kirby is listed in Best Lawyers - the leading rating of U.S. lawyers - for Bet The Company Litigation (San Diego Lawyer of the Year 2015) and Commercial Litigation for multiple years.
Since 1994, Kirby has been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - a national organization of civil trial attorneys - and has served on its national board of directors. He is a master in the American Inns of Court - William B. Enright Chapter. Kirby was also named one of the top attorneys in California - five years in a row - by California Super Lawyers magazine, an honor given to only five percent of attorneys in the state.
He was a founder of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego, served four years as a Southern District of California Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit and is the president of the San Diego chapter of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms.
In his spare time, Kirby enjoys golfing and traveling with his wife, fly fishing and playing with his grandchildren.
University of Iowa, J.D., 1970
University of Iowa, B.A., 1967
Professional Memberships and Activities
American Board of Trial Advocates
State Bar of California, Litigation Section
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Securities Litigation Committee
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
California Trial Lawyers Association
San Diego Trial Lawyers Association
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Litigation Practice Area