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WWL Ranking: Recommended

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The “brilliant” Kannon Shanmugam is widely recognised as an “accomplished Supreme Court practitioner” and a “fantastic appellate advocate” by sources who rate him among “the top five in the country”.

Biography

Chair of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group and managing partner of the Washington office, Kannon Shanmugam is widely recognized as one of the nation's top appellate litigators. He has argued 30 cases before the Supreme Court, including 12 cases in the last five years, and has successfully obtained review in five cases so far this year. Kannon was lead counsel in the successful constitutional challenge to the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, described by the Wall Street Journal as the “constitutional case of the year.” He has also argued dozens of appeals in courts across the country, including all 13 U.S. courts of appeals and numerous state courts.

Prior to private practice, Kannon served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

One longtime Supreme Court reporter recently said that Kannon “has perhaps the most eloquent and elegant manner … that I’ve ever seen in my 40 years covering the Court,” adding that Kannon “projects calm, confidence, and authority from the moment he takes to the lectern.” In ranking Kannon in Band 1 of appellate advocates nationwide, Chambers USA described him as “absolutely extraordinary” and praised him as “smooth, unflappable, effective, and elegant … an incredible lawyer in all respects.” Benchmark Litigation noted that Kannon is “one of the most respected and admired appellate practitioners” in the country, and Lawdragon praised him as “dazzlingly accomplished” and “inspiring and in demand.”

Kannon has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 10 appellate lawyers (Benchmark Litigation) and top 500 lawyers overall (Lawdragon magazine). He has been named The American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” three times, and a Law360 “Legal Lion of the Week” ten times for a series of victories at all three levels of the federal courts. Kannon has also been featured on numerous lists of top Supreme Court advocates, with Washingtonian magazine naming him one of its 20 people in Washington to watch.

Kannon is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He has served as the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee and is also a past president of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, the principal bench-bar organization for appellate judges and lawyers in the Washington area. Kannon is the only practicing American attorney who is an honorary bencher of the Inner Temple, one of the four English Inns of Court. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Procedures for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Kannon has taught Supreme Court advocacy as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. In the community, he has served as chair of the board of trustees of Thurgood Marshall Academy, a charter school in Southeast Washington that is one of the city’s highest-performing public high schools. He has devoted substantial time to pro bono representation in the areas of criminal law and religious liberty.

Product Liability Defence 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kannon Shanmugam is a highly esteemed litigator with extensive experience handling complex and high-value product liability cases.

Biography

Chair of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group and managing partner of the Washington office, Kannon Shanmugam is widely recognised as one of the nation's top appellate lawyers. He was named 2021 Appellate Litigator of the Year by Benchmark Litigation. Kannon has argued 32 cases before the Supreme Court, including four cases in the current 2020-2021 term. Beyond the Supreme Court, he has argued dozens of appeals in courts across the country, including arguments in all thirteen federal courts of appeals and in numerous state courts.

A recent study found that, over the last five years, Kannon had the highest rate of successful petitions for review of any Supreme Court practitioner. He was lead counsel in the successful constitutional challenge to the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, described by the Wall Street Journal as the “constitutional case of the year.”

Prior to private practice, Kannon served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Benchmark Litigation noted that Kannon is “one of the most respected and admired appellate practitioners” in the country. One longtime Supreme Court reporter recently said that Kannon “has perhaps the most eloquent and elegant manner … that I’ve ever seen in my 40 years covering the Court,” adding that he “projects calm, confidence, and authority from the moment he takes to the lectern.” Chambers USA described him as “absolutely phenomenal,” “a master of his craft” who “sees things that others don’t.”

Kannon has been recognised as one of the top 500 lawyers in the nation (Lawdragon magazine) and as one of the top 10 lawyers in Washington (Super Lawyers). He has been featured on numerous lists of top Supreme Court advocates, with Washingtonian magazine naming him one of its 20 people in Washington to watch. Kannon has been named The American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” three times, and a Law360 “Legal Lion of the Week” eleven times for a series of victories at all three levels of the federal courts.

Kannon is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He has served as the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee and is also a past president of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, the principal bench-bar organization for appellate judges and lawyers in the Washington area. Kannon is the only practicing American attorney who is an honorary bencher of the Inner Temple, one of the four English Inns of Court. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Procedures for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Kannon has taught Supreme Court advocacy as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. In the community, he has served as chair of the board of trustees of Thurgood Marshall Academy, a charter school in Southeast Washington that is one of the city’s highest-performing public high schools. He has devoted substantial time to pro bono representation in the areas of criminal law and religious liberty.

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