DLA Piper (Baltimore)
B.A., Yale College, 1998
M.A. highest honors, Kings College London, 1999
J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2005
A native and resident of Baltimore, Mr. Vignarajah attended Woodlawn High School, Yale University, and Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Law Review. He clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer on the United States Supreme Court. Following his clerkships and after working at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., Mr. Vignarajah served as a federal prosecutor in Maryland and as chief of the Major Investigations Unit at the State's Attorney's Office for Baltimore City, before being named Deputy Attorney General for the State of Maryland.
A seasoned trial attorney with extensive federal, state, and local government experience, Mr. Vignarajah prosecuted a number of complex, high-profile criminal cases and led several civil rights initiatives before joining DLA Piper in Baltimore, where his practice focuses on complex trial and appellate litigation, white collar and internal investigations, and global regulatory compliance.
Recognized widely for his commitment to public service, Mr. Vignarajah also serves on the boards of the Citizenship Law Related Education Program (which runs Baltimore City's teen court diversion program and the statewide high school mock trial program) and the Baltimore Curriculum Project (which operates several neighborhood charter schools in East Baltimore). In addition, he helps coach the debate team at Frederick Douglass High School.
Mr. Vignarajah also teaches courses on constitutional law, crime policy, and law and education at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Baltimore School of Law, and the University of Maryland School of Law, where he has three times received the student award for outstanding adjunct professor of the year.