|Kannon K. Shanmugam|
|Born||Kannon Kumar Shanmugam|
November 15, 1972
Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.
|Education||Harvard University (AB, JD)|
Keble College, Oxford (MLitt)
Kannon Kumar Shanmugam (born November 15, 1972) is a partner at the law firm of Williams & Connolly, focusing on Supreme Court and appellate litigation. He has argued 25 cases before the Supreme Court, breaking the record set by Edward Bennett Williams for the most Supreme Court arguments by a lawyer in the firm's history.
Shanmugam joined Williams & Connolly in 2008 and is the only lawyer to have joined the firm as a lateral partner in the last 32 years. He previously served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. Before joining the Office of the Solicitor General, he was an associate at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. He served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge J. Michael Luttig on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Education and career
Shanmugam grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, and was co-valedictorian of his class at Lawrence High School. He went to Harvard at age 16, where he majored in classics and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude. After being selected as a Marshall Scholar, Shanmugam obtained a master's degree in classics from the University of Oxford. He then returned to Harvard Law School and earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, in 1998. While at Harvard, he served as executive editor of the Harvard Law Review and argued the case for the winning side in the Ames Moot Court Competition.
After graduating from law school, Shanmugam served as a law clerk to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States.
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