David V. Kirby

Legal Honors

AV Preeminent - David Kirby

Legal Focus

David V. Kirby, formerly United States Attorney for the District of Vermont and a Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of the United States, has over thirty years of civil and criminal litigation experience. In addition to serving as United States Attorney, First Assistant and Chief of the Criminal Division in Vermont, he served as Chief of Appeals and Chief of General Crimes in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He has supervised literally hundreds of prosecutions and appeals, and has particular expertise in appellate litigation and white collar matters.


Education and Experience

Mr. Kirby is a 1975 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Mr. Kirby clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court of the United States, and for the Honorable Robert Sprecher, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In 1977, Mr. Kirby joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. As a federal prosecutor, he handled a diverse range of cases including arms smuggling, narcotics, trafficking, organized crime and white collar prosecutions. He served that office as Chief of General Crimes and Chief of Appeals, responsible for the supervision of dozens of attorneys in cases ranging from serious narcotics and RICO prosecutions, to immigration violations. Thereafter, Mr. Kirby served as the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, the First Assistant to that office, and the Criminal Chief. Among his notable prosecutions is the largest international hashish and marijuana conspiracy to be tried in that district.


Bar Admissions

Mr. Kirby is admitted to practice in Illinois (1975), New York (1982) and Vermont (1988), the district courts for the District of Vermont, the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.