Kannon Shanmugam

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Kannon Shanmugam
Personal details
Born (1972-11-15) November 15, 1972 (age 44)
Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Harvard University (BA, JD)
Keble College, Oxford (MLitt)
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Kannon Shanmugam, an image from the nationallawjournal.com web site.

Kannon 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 19 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.[1]

Shanmugam joined Williams & Connolly in 2008 and is the only lawyer to have joined the firm as a lateral partner in the last 30 years.[2] 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 on the United States Supreme Court and Judge J. Michael Luttig on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Shanmugam has been mentioned as a potential Supreme Court nominee[3] and a potential nominee for Solicitor General[4] in the Trump Administration.


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 summa cum laude. After being selected as a Marshall Scholar, he obtained a master’s degree in classics from the University of Oxford. He then returned to Harvard Law School and graduated 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.[5]

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