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Two Williams & Connolly Partners Named to the National Law Journal's "Minority 40 Under 40" List
October 2011

Williams & Connolly LLP partners Ana Reyes and Kannon Shanmugam have been named to the National Law Journal's "Minority 40 Under 40" list.  This feature honors young minority lawyers who have "wielded national influence in their practice areas and beyond during the past five years" and who "have used the law to effect big change."

Ms. Reyes was highlighted for augmenting the firm’s international litigation practice.  She is currently representing a subcontractor in a dispute over the construction of a power plant in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Additionally, she was credited for her role as the lead negotiator in a dispute over the liquidation of a Uruguayan financial institution before the International Chamber of Commerce.  She was also recognized for her representation of former Bolivian president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada in addition to her pro bono efforts on behalf of asylum applicants.

Mr. Shanmugam was singled out for enhancing the firm’s appellate practice with his experience having argued ten cases before the Supreme Court, more than any other lawyer in the firm's history except legendary founder Edward Bennett Williams.  He argued eight cases while serving as an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the Department of Justice prior to joining the firm.  Mr. Shanmugam will argue a pro bono matter for a Louisiana death row inmate in Smith v. Cain, a case involving prosecutorial misconduct.  This case, set to be argued on November 8th, will be Mr. Shanmugam’s third appearance before the Court in three years.

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