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Michael Abate - Louisville, KY

710 West Main Street4th Floor Louisville, KY 40202

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Updated: 01/24/2022

Louisville Appellate & Constitutional Law Lawyer


Mike is an experienced litigator who has practiced at all levels of the federal court system. Mike began his career in the U.S. Department of Justice handling the United States’ most sensitive constitutional, statutory, and administrative law cases. After nearly eight years at DOJ, he joined a large regional law firm in Louisville where he became partner and chair of the firm’s appellate practice group...

About Michael Abate

Practice Areas

  • Appellate & Constitutional Law
  • Complex Commercial & Business Litigation
  • Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Securities & Wealth Management Litigation & Arbitration
  • First Amendment & Media Law
  • Managed Care Litigation


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • Stanford Law School, Stanford, California, 2005
    Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2000
    Honors: magna cum laude

Past Positions

  • Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Law Clerk

Pro Bono Activities

  • Centerstone of Kentucky (formerly Seven Counties Services), Board Chair, 2017 - 2020
  • Centerstone of Kentucky (formerly Seven Counties Services), Board Vice Chair, 2015 - 2017
  • ACLU of Kentucky, Committee on Litigation
  • Highland Presbyterian Church, Member of Session


Other Sources of Feedback About Michael Abate

Included on the 2023 Kentucky list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Kentucky Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Kentucky Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Kentucky Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Michael Abate on Super Lawyers


  • Louisville Legal Aid Society Access to Justice Champion
  • Louisville Business First Forty Under Forty, - 2016
  • Director of National Intelligence Award, - 2012
  • US Department of Justice, Special Commendation (Immigration Preemption Litigation), - 2012
  • Attorney General’s Award for Furthering the Interest of National Security, - 2010

Representative Clients

  • Served as national counsel for Medicare Advantage Organizations in numerous cases successfully asserting Medicare Secondary Payer rights in litigation against no-fault and liability insurers, tortfeasors, and other parties responsible for reimbursing conditional Medicare payments.
  • Represented media organizations, journalists, and private individuals sued for defamation and other reputational torts.
  • Represented Medicare managed care organizations in connection with a variety of payer-provider disputes and regulatory matters.
  • Represented health care payers and providers in connection with government investigations and allegations arising under the False Claims Act.
  • Represented media clients in disputes arising under the Kentucky Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act, including obtaining an unprecedented fee and penalty award from a state agency following a multi-day bench trial.
  • Presented dozens of appellate arguments, including arguing before 11 different U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Kentucky Supreme Court, and the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

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Office Information


710 West Main Street4th Floor Louisville, KY 40202

Offers Free Initial Consultation


Accepts Credit Cards


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