終審法院前首席法官。曾就讀於香港聖保羅男女中學及英國打比郡萊普頓學校（Repton School），後來考入英國劍橋大學（University of Cambridge），1973年成為香港執業大律師。1997年7月出任香港特別行政區終審法院首席法官，至2010年8月31日退休。李國能在13年首席法官的生涯中，曾作出多項重要裁決，包括居港權案及領匯上市案。其中1999年的居港權案，導致人大釋法，引起社會極大迴響。
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