John Kirby (attorney)

John Kirby
Born
John Joseph Kirby Jr.

(1939-10-22)October 22, 1939
DiedOctober 2, 2019(2019-10-02) (aged 79)
OccupationAttorney
Spouse(s)
Susan Cullman (m. 2004)
Children3
RelativesEdgar M. Cullman (father-in-law)

John Joseph Kirby Jr. (October 22, 1939 – October 2, 2019) was an American attorney. He was most notable for his successful defense for Nintendo against Universal City Studios over the copyrightability of the character of Donkey Kong in 1984, from which Nintendo subsequently named the character Kirby to honor him.

Early life

Kirby was born in Falls Church, Virginia, on October 22, 1939, to John Joseph Kirby, a lawyer with the federal government for over 40 years, and Rose L. Mangan Kirby, a home maker.[1] He had two brothers, Peter Kirby and Michael Kirby, and two sisters Lisa Greissing and Cecelia Wrasse.[1]

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