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Thomas D. Yannucci

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Thomas Yannucci is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Chair Emeritus of Kirkland's Firmwide Management Committee. He has been a member of that Committee since 1995 and served the maximum of three terms as Chair, beginning in 2001, when the position was created. He also is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches media law and trial advocacy courses.

He has acted as trial and appellate counsel in both individual and class action suits involving claims in the following areas: defamation, intellectual property, securities, antitrust, government enforcement and regulatory matters (DOJ, FDA, EPA, FTC, SEC, ITC, FEC, CIA, NLRB), RICO, insurance coverage, ERISA, international trade and white collar crime. He has handled both jury and bench trials, and has appeared in state and federal courts as well as in arbitrations. He also has served as an arbitrator for complex commercial cases for the American Arbitration Association.

In addition to representing many Fortune 50 corporations with regard to their most important cases, he also has handled a number of other high profile matters, including representing the award-winning HBO program "The Sopranos," "super agent" Jeff Moorad and General Barry McCaffrey, a highly decorated war hero and "Drug Czar" under Bill Clinton.

Mr. Yannucci was profiled in the cover story of the September 1998 edition of The American Lawyer for his lead role in successfully handling Chiquita Brands' claims against the Gannett Company Inc. and The Cincinnati Enquirer. He was also featured in The Wall Street Journal article, "Story of a Story," in connection with the same case. Mr. Yannucci also has been selected by Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business in three separate areas:

Litigation/General Commercial, Media & Entertainment and First Amendment Litigation.

Mr. Yannucci has argued several cases on appeal, including cases in the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh and

D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Memberships & Affiliations

Mr. Yannucci has served as faculty for programs teaching advanced trial advocacy sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis in 1980, he served as a trial and an appellate attorney with the United States Department of Justice, where he received various awards for his performance.


The Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and the bars of several federal district and appellate courts.


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