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About Williams & Connolly LLP

In an era of global megafirms, Williams & Connolly LLP is a unique institution. Although the firm handles cases all over the world, the firm’s approximately 275 partners and associates are all based in a single office in Washington, D.C. With one exception, all of the firm’s partners over the last 25 years have been trained at the firm and promoted from within. As a result, Williams & Connolly has a collaborative and collegial culture unlike that of any other law firm.

Williams & Connolly has long been regarded as one of the nation’s premier law firms for litigation, and litigation is the firm’s primary focus. Founded in 1967 by legendary litigator Edward Bennett Williams, the firm was initially best known for defending individuals in criminal and civil matters. The firm represented Oliver North before Congress and at trial over his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal. The firm also successfully represented President Bill Clinton in the first impeachment trial of a sitting president in over a century. More recently, the firm represented the late Senator Ted Stevens at trial on charges of making false statements; the indictment was dismissed after it was revealed that the government had engaged in prosecutorial misconduct.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1967 Number of Partners 112
Number of offices 1 Partner:associate ratio 0.90
Biggest office Washington Percentage of women attorneys 27.90
Number of attorneys 256 Percentage of minority attorneys 12.80
Number of associates 127 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 1.60
Area of practice

Williams & Connolly LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Administrative Law
  • Antitrust
  • Arbitration
  • Bankruptcy
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Congressional Investigations
  • Criminal Antitrust
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Economic Sanctions
  • Employment and Labor
  • Environmental
  • False Claims Act and Qui Tam
  • FDA Regulation
  • Federal Programs
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • and Government Contracts
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • First Amendment and Media
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration
  • International Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Torts
  • and Medicine
  • Professional Liability
  • Public Corruption
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Enforcement
  • Securities Litigation
  • Sports
  • Tax
  • Tax Controversy
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark and Copyright
  • Civil Litigation and Trial Practice
  • Criminal Defense and Government Investigations
  • Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation
  • Transactions and Business Counseling.
Awards and recognitions

The National Law Journal - "Washington Litigation Department of the Year" (2014)
Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2014-2015) - #1 law firm in Washington, D.C.
Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2014-2015) - #1 in associate/partner relations.
Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2014-2015) - #2 in business outlook.
Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2014-2015) - #2 in selectivity.
Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2014-2015) - #1 white collar defense practice in the United States.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2014) - Ranked as a #1 litigation firm in Washington, D.C.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2014) - Ranked as a #1 white collar crime and government investigations firm in Washington, D.C.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2014) - Ranked as a #1 product liability and mass torts firm nationwide.
The Legal 500 United States (2014) Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense
The Legal 500 United States (2014) Securities
The Legal 500 United States (2014) Supreme Court and Appellate
The Legal 500 United States (2014) White Collar Criminal Defense
Benchmark Litigation (2015, 2014) - General Commercial Litigation
Benchmark Litigation (2015, 2014) - Product Liability
Benchmark Litigation (2015, 2014) - White Collar Crime
Benchmark Litigation (2015, 2014) - Appellate
The National Law Journal - "Washington Litigation Department of the Year" (2013)
Law360 Pro Bono Firms of the Year (2013)
LMG Life Sciences (2014, 2013) - General Patent Litigation
LMG Life Sciences (2014, 2013) - Hatch-Waxman (branded) Litigation
LMG Life Sciences (2014, 2013) - Product Liability
Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2013-2014) - #1 law firm in Washington, D.C.
Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2013-2014) - #1 in firm culture.
Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2013-2014) - #1 in business outlook.
Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2013-2014) - #1 white collar defense and internal investigations practice in the United States.
Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2013-2014) - #2 appellate litigation practice in the United States.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013) - Ranked as a #1 litigation firm in Washington, D.C.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013) - Ranked as a #1 product liability and mass torts firm nationwide.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013) - Ranked as a top 2 media and entertainment firm in Washington, D.C.
The Legal 500 United States (2013) - Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense
The Legal 500 United States (2013) - Supreme Court and Appellate
The Legal 500 United States (2013) - White Collar Criminal Defense
Benchmark Litigation (2013) - General Commercial Litigation
Benchmark Litigation (2013) - Product liability
Benchmark Litigation (2013) - Appellate
Benchmark Litigation (2013) - Antitrust
U.S. News and World Report - "Best Law Firms" (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012) - Commercial Litigation
U.S. News and World Report - "Best Law Firms" (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012) - FDA Law
U.S. News and World Report - "Best Law Firms" (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012) - First Amendment Litigation
U.S. News and World Report - "Best Law Firms" (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012) - Media Law
The National Law Journal - "The Appellate Hot List" (2012, 2010, 2008)
LMG Life Sciences (2012) - Listed as a "Highly Recommended" law firm in product liability.
LMG Life Sciences (2012) - Listed as a "Recommended" law firm in general patent litigation.
The American Lawyer - "Litigation Department of the Year" (Honorable Mention - 2010)

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