Thomas Sprankling

Senior Associate

Sprankling, Thomas

Thomas Sprankling's practice focuses on appellate litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property matters and appeals arising out of the western United States.

Mr. Sprankling has been involved in briefing and oral argument for appellate matters involving a wide range of legal issues, including intellectual property, antitrust, federal criminal and civil procedure, elections, constitutional law, administrative law, Article III justiciability and the False Claims Act. He has assisted in filing numerous US Supreme Court merits, cert-stage and amicus briefs, as well as briefs in the New York Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court and the US Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Ninth, DC and Federal Circuits. He has also presented oral argument in the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Sprankling is a California native, who was born in San Francisco, was raised near Sacramento and attended college near Los Angeles. Mr. Sprankling attended Columbia Law School, where he was awarded the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize for his academic performance—an award given to the top one percent of the class of 2012. Mr. Sprankling joined WilmerHale as a summer associate in 2011 and returned to the firm following clerkships with Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski and US Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.


  • Note, "Does Five Equal Three? Reading the Takings Clause in Light of the Third Amendment's Protection of Houses," 112 Colum. L. Rev. 112 (2012)
  • Comment, "Houston, We Have a Problem:  Does the Second Amendment Create a Property Right to a Specific Firearm?," 112 Colum. L. Rev.Sidebar 158 (2012) (with John L. Schwab)

Publications & News


March 21, 2016

MIP Names WilmerHale Patent Contentious Firm of the Year and Natalie Hanlon Leh Colorado's Outstanding IP Litigator of the Year

In addition, the firm was recognized for its role in two “Milestone Cases of the Year:” Akamai Technologies v. Limelight Network (Fed. Circuit, August 2015), in which the firm argued on behalf of Akamai, and Authors Guild v. Google (Court of the Appeals for the Second Circuit, October 2015) in which the firm represented Google.

June 29, 2015

WilmerHale Achieves Significant Supreme Court Victory in Key Election Law Case

On June 29, 2015, WilmerHale achieved a complete victory on behalf of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission in a key election law case before the United States Supreme Court.

July 14, 2014

Cyberespionage and Civil Suits

An article by James Dowd and Gregory Lantier published by Law360 on July 14, 2014.


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JD, Columbia Law School, 2012, James Kent Scholar, Charles Bathgate Beck Prize, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize, Executive Articles Editor, Columbia Law Review

BA, History and Politics, with distinction, Pomona College, 2008

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia


The Hon. Alex Kozinski, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2012 - 2013

The Hon. Anthony Kennedy, US Supreme Court, 2016 - 2017

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