Adjunct Professor of Law
Kannon Shanmugam is a partner at Williams & Connolly focusing on Supreme Court and appellate litigation.Professor Shanmugam has argued 13 cases before the Supreme Court—tying...Continue Reading
Kannon Shanmugam is a partner at Williams & Connolly focusing on Supreme Court and appellate litigation.Professor Shanmugam has argued 13 cases before the Supreme Court—tying him with the legendary Edward Bennett Williams for the most by a lawyer in the firm's history. Most recently, Professor Shanmugam presented oral argument on behalf of the defendant in Maryland v. King, the closely watched case on the constitutionality of DNA testing of arrestees.
Professor Shanmugam has handled significant matters before the Supreme Court in a number of areas, including securities, antitrust, and criminal litigation. Among those matters, he argued Merck & Co. v. Reynolds, which concerned the statute of limitations for private securities-fraud actions. While representing the United States, he successfully argued Tellabs v. Makor Rights, which involved the standard for pleading state of mind in securities-fraud actions, and Weyerhaeuser v. Ross-Simmons, which concerned the standard for claims of predatory bidding under the federal antitrust laws.
Professor 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.
Lawdragon magazine recently named Professor Shanmugam one of the 500 leading lawyers in America, and Washingtonian selected him as one of the top lawyers practicing before the Supreme Court. The Associated Press featured him in a story on "The Supreme Court of Tomorrow." In addition, The National Law Journal listed Professor Shanmugam as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 in Washington and one of the top 40 minority lawyers under 40 in the country. Washingtonian also listed him as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 in Washington and as one of 20 people in Washington to watch.