Thomas Sprankling, Attorney at Law
Thomas Sprankling works on various novel legal matters involving appellate cases at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Palo Alto, California. He has assisted in filing several US Supreme Court merits- and cert-stage briefs as well as briefs for New York, California and other federal courts of appeals.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Sprankling hails from California and studied at Pomona College where he served as editor-in-chief for their political magazine. Later, he earned a law degree at Columbia University and received both the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize and Charles Bathgate Beck Prize – two distinguished honors that recognize excellence among legal practitioners. He has assisted in filing numerous US Supreme Court merits and cert-stage briefs, as well as those filed in California and New York courts of appeal and US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. At Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Palo Alto he assists clients address appellate situations; previously he clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals as well as Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
Thomas Sprankling has extensive experience handling complex legal matters that span various practice areas and jurisdictions. He has provided written and oral arguments in agency, trial court and appellate cases relating to intellectual property law, federal criminal law, constitutional law elections and civil rights issues. Additionally, he assisted numerous US Supreme Court merits briefs for filing. He is currently a member of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and holds a BA with honors from Pomona College and JD from Columbia University School of Law, where he earned both James Kent Scholar status and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize and Charles Bathgate Beck Prize awards. Additionally, he worked as a clerk to Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals as well as Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas Sprankling received the 2023 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award for his success in winning an important appellate victory on behalf of domestic violence survivors. With extensive experience in federal and state court appellate work – merits briefs and oral argument in federal and state court appeals cases related to intellectual property, election law, federal criminal and civil procedure law, constitutional law and Article III justiciability among other issues – and membership with Supreme Court of California, New York City Bar Association and American Association of Law Schools; Thomas is also past president of Pacific Association of Law Firms
Thomas Sprankling lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife Laura and daughter Samantha. He works as an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP where he assists clients with appellate proceedings. Thomas graduated from Columbia Law School. He worked as a law clerk to Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy from the Supreme Court of the United States. He has filed numerous briefs before the United States Supreme Court for both merits and cert-stage proceedings as well as briefs filed in New York, California, and other federal courts of appeals. For his significant appellate victory for domestic violence survivors he received the 2023 CLAY (California Lawyer Attorney of the Year) Awards recipient honor. Furthermore, he is a fellow of American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
Thomas Sprankling is an attorney working at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Palo Alto, California. His practice centers around appellate matters related to novel legal issues or those that arise within western U.S. communities. His experience extends from briefing and arguing in federal courts of appeals, such as the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, to providing assistance with numerous US Supreme Court merits-stage, cert-stage, and amicus briefs. Thomas W. Collins also served as law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Ninth Circuit U.S. Court Judge Alex Kozinski. A graduate of both Pomona College and Columbia Law School – where he won the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize -, Born in San Francisco but holding dual citizenship with both countries,