Meet the Candidate: Geoffrey M. Klineberg

March 28, 2019

The D.C. Bar’s 2019 General Election runs from April 30 to May 24. Voting will be held exclusively online. Eligible voters also will receive election ballots for their D.C. Bar Communities.

Results of the election will be announced on the Bar’s website and during the 2019 Celebration of Leadership, which includes the Bar’s Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting, on June 11 at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

Below, get to know Geoffrey M. Klineberg, one of two candidates running for D.C. Bar president-elect for the 2019–2020 term. The president-elect serves for one year before becoming president, and then continues in office a third year as immediate past president.


2019 President Elect CandidateGeoffrey M. Klineberg is a partner at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C. and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. His practice focuses on the areas of administrative law and appellate litigation, representing companies in many matters before the Federal Communications Commission, as well in federal district and appellate courts.

A graduate of Yale Law School, the University of Oxford, and Princeton University, Klineberg previously served as special assistant to the deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice. From 2012 to 2013, while on leave of absence from his firm, Klineberg served as counselor on international law at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser. In that role, he provided advice on a wide variety of litigation issues and worked with the Department of Justice and other governmental agencies to formulate the litigation position of the United States.

In 2015 he was appointed to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law, charged with providing advice to Bar members regarding their practice responsibilities and with investigating alleged violations of Rule 49 of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Rules. He currently serves as vice chair of U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s Committee on Grievances.

In addition to his litigation practice, Klineberg has been active in several organizations, including the D.C. Bar, the American Constitution Society, the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Klineberg’s long history of service with the D.C. Bar goes back to 2001, when he first served as a member of the Bar’s Legal Ethics Committee. In 2005 he went on to chair that committee, whose mandate is to offer guidance to members of the Bar as well as the public on the interpretation and application of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct.

He currently heads the D.C. Bar Global Legal Practice Committee, which is charged with providing recommendations on alternative means in the provision of legal services in the United States and abroad.

Klineberg says running for president-elect of the D.C. Bar is an opportunity for public service. He is committed to advancing the three core missions of the Bar: enhancing access to justice, improving the legal system, and empowering lawyers to better serve their clients.

“Over the past 18 years or so, I have had the honor of working on numerous Bar committees as well as committees of our local courts. I believe that I have the right combination of experience, perspective, and enthusiasm to be both a leader and steward of the Bar’s commitment to serve [its] principal constituencies: the public, the courts, and its member lawyers,” Klineberg says.

If elected, Klineberg says he aims to build on the work of Bar leaders Esther H. Lim and Susan M. Hoffman, outgoing president and incoming president, respectively, in enhancing the Bar’s commitment to pro bono service. Klineberg also would like to focus on “how we might expand a pro bono appellate program to help people of limited means get representation in the Court of Appeals, to provide the court with the benefit of thoughtful briefing and argument of the issues, and to give opportunities to our lawyers — particularly those at the beginning of their careers — to brief and argue cases to the judges of [the District’s] highest court.”

Klineberg is a member of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Task Force, which works to facilitate ways to increase participation of pro bono lawyers in the D.C. Court of Appeals and D.C. Superior Court.