David Evan Kendall is an American attorney who advised President Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal and represented Clinton during the impeachment trial.
Kendall was born in 1944 and grew up in Sheridan, Indiana. While a student at Wabash College, Kendall worked during the Freedom Summer of 1964 with the COFO on voter registration, and was the roommate of murdered civil rights worker Andrew Goodman during the last week of his life. Kendall was arrested a few times and convicted once in Mississippi during the summer of 1964. He obtained his B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1966.
Kendall served a stint in the U.S. Army, where he was a 2nd Lieutenant. Then, as a Rhodes Scholar, Kendall earned an M.A. at Oxford University in 1968, where he and Bill Clinton met. He earned a J.D. from Yale Law in 1971.
Following a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Byron White, Kendall spent five years as an associate counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, focusing on criminal defense practice, handling high-profile death penalty cases including Coker v. Georgia and the death penalty appeals of John Arthur Spenkelink and Gary Gilmore.
He joined Williams & Connolly LLP, a Washington,