Yale Law School, J.D., 1971; Note and Comment Editor, Yale Law Journal
University of Oxford, M.A., 1968; Rhodes Scholarship
Wabash College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1966; Phi Beta Kappa
David Kendall has had a checkered legal career. After studying at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, graduating from Yale Law School, and clerking for Justice Byron R. White, he spent five years as associate counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., litigating a variety of civil rights cases and defending a large number of death penalty cases. He represented clients at trial, before state supreme courts, in the Supreme Court of the United States, and in state and federal post-conviction proceedings.
At Williams & Connolly LLP since 1978, and a partner since 1981, David has litigated a variety of civil and criminal cases at the trial and appellate level. He has had jury trials in the District of Columbia, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Alabama, and Minnesota. He has appeared in trial courts in 23 states and has argued appeals in six federal courts of appeal, seven state supreme courts, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
David has represented a wide variety of criminal defendants who have been charged with such "white collar" offenses as conspiracy, bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and obscenity at trial and on appeal. He has represented numerous clients before state and federal grand juries in agency investigations and in corporate internal investigations (many of these representations are, thankfully, unknown to the general public).
In civil litigation, he has represented accounting firms in a number of different matters. David has represented lawyers and law firms in professional liability matters. He began representing President and Mrs. Clinton in November 1993, in what was ostensibly a small savings and loan matter involving Whitewater Development Company, Inc. He went on to represent the Clintons in a variety of matters, including Independent Counsel, Senate, House of Representatives, FDIC, RTC, and bar counsel investigations, civil litigation, and the 1998-99 impeachment proceedings, and currently represents them in miscellaneous civil matters.
David has represented a number of individual and corporate media clients over the years, defending libel, privacy invasion, and copyright suits, fighting subpoenas to news gatherers, and prosecuting FOIA actions (arguing Department of State v. Washington Post Co., 456 U.S. 595 (1982) in the Supreme Court).
Over the years, David has advised the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, and several member companies of both organizations on a variety of First Amendment, copyright, and other legal issues at trial, in Congressional and administrative agency investigations, and with respect to proposed legislation.
Key Practice Areas:
- Business & Commercial
- Civil Litigation
- FCPA and Enforcement
- Intellectual Property
- Media and Entertainment
- Professional Liability
- Professional Malpractice
- Regulatory Investigations
- White Collar Crime
Last Updated 30th August 2017