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Kannon K. Shanmugam

Kannon K. Shanmugam

Williams & Connolly LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Kannon Shanmugam is a partner at Williams & Connolly focusing on Supreme Court and appellate litigation.  He has been recognized by numerous publications as one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court and appellate advocates.  He has argued 17 cases before the Supreme Court, including three cases in the 2014-2015 term.  Last year, he broke Edward Bennett Williams' record for the most Supreme Court arguments by a lawyer in the firm's history.

Mr. Shanmugam joined Williams & Connolly in 2008 after serving as an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the Department of Justice.  He was the first lawyer to join the firm directly as a partner for 22 years.  Born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, he received his A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College; his M. Litt. from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was executive editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and for Judge J. Michael Luttig on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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