David B. Salmons

David B. Salmons

Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP

David B. Salmons is chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. His practice focuses on complex appellate, constitutional, and regulatory matters across a broad range of legal subject matters, including intellectual property, antitrust, environmental and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, David served for six years as an assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. He has argued 14 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous other cases before other federal district and appellate courts. He has litigated cases involving a wide range of commercial, administrative, civil rights and constitutional issues.

While at the Solicitor General’s Office, David received several awards for his work on important appellate matters, including the Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for Excellence in Handling Appeals in 2006, the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security in 2003, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in 2005.

Prior to joining the Solicitor General’s Office, David worked in private practice on a number of notable cases, including Bush v. Gore. He is a former law clerk to the Hon. W. Eugene Davis, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

  • The University of Chicago Law School, Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif, high honors (1996)
  • Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude (1993)


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