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Williams & Connolly LLP

Washington, DC

Williams & Connolly LLP - Washington, DC
  • 725 Twelfth Street, NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20005
  • Managing Partners: Kevin M Hodges
  • Number of partners: 121
  • Number of partners and associates: 275

Firm Overview:
Williams & Connolly is a unique institution devoted to excellence in litigation. Its distinctive history and culture combine to create a firm composed of lawyers virtually all of whom are litigators and trial lawyers. Located in one office in Washington, DC with approximately 275 partners and associates, the firm’s reputation as one of the nation’s premier litigation firms vastly exceeds its size. The firm’s practice is not confined by geography or industry. It handles high-stakes litigation and investigations that span not just the country, but the globe, and its cases involve every major industry. Williams & Connolly has represented many of America’s largest corporations, nearly all of the largest accounting firms, more than half of the 100 largest law firms, many of the largest financial institutions, and the largest media organizations in the world. It also has represented the last three presidents of the United States, several vice presidents, and dozens of cabinet officers, senators and congresspersons. The firm prides itself on confidentiality.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Civil Litigation & Trial Practice:
Williams & Connolly has a reputation for aggressive pursuit of its clients’ interests. Clients frequently retain Williams & Connolly first for “bet-the-company” litigation and then continue with the firm for other important but less high-profile matters. The firm has handled virtually every kind of litigation imaginable, for individuals and institutions, in cases ranging from breach of contract actions involving billions of dollars to the defense of major consumer class actions. The firm handles the most complex cases facing businesses in any industry, with a particular emphasis on preparing and taking cases to trial.

Criminal Defense & Government Investigations:
Williams & Connolly was perhaps the first major law firm in the United States with a significant criminal defense practice, and maintains its position as one of the premier white collar defense law firms in the world. It has represented many high-profile individuals, politicians, business leaders, public and private corporations, and other entities in government and internal investigations, trials, and appeals throughout the United States and abroad. Williams & Connolly lawyers have experience dealing with diverse investigating authorities, and the firm’s work has spanned a wide array of subject matters, including securities and financial fraud, insider trading, antitrust, healthcare fraud, environmental, tax, False Claims Act, qui tam, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, public corruption and export controls, among other areas.

Supreme Court & Appellate:
Williams & Connolly lawyers regularly represent clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, and have argued some of the highest-profile cases before the Court in the last few years. Among other matters, the firm recently presented oral argument in Omnicare v. Laborers District Council, one of the most closely watched business cases on the Court’s 2014-2015 docket, concerning the actionability of statements of opinion under the federal securities laws. Williams & Connolly lawyers also appear regularly in federal and state appellate courts across the nation. In the last year alone, the firm has had notable recent victories in the areas of criminal, patent, products liability, and securities law.

Securities Litigation:
Williams & Connolly has vast experience in high-stakes securities litigation defending public companies, audit firms, financial institutions, senior executives, officers and directors, lawyers, and various other entities and individuals in investigations and trials involving a wide range of securities, banking, financial and accounting fraud matters. These matters have included investigations initiated by the U.S. DOJ, the SEC, the CFTC, the FTC, the PCAOB, state attorneys general, and various self-regulatory authorities, among others. Representations have included many SEC enforcement actions and investigations, and have covered wide-ranging allegations of securities fraud, stock option backdating, insider trading, other violations of the ’33 and ’34 Acts or the regulations promulgated thereunder, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Legal & Accounting Malpractice:
Williams & Connolly devotes a substantial portion of its practice to the defense of major law firms where it has been described by the Washington Post as the “firm that lawyers and law firms turn to when they’re in trouble.” Although it does not identify its law firm clients, in 2014 Williams & Connolly was chosen to represent 25 of the Am Law 100 law firms; over the past several years, it has represented nearly half of the Am Law 100. The selection of Williams & Connolly by the finest firms in America is recognition of the quality of its work and its reputation for confidentiality. The firm has also defended national accounting firms, including two of the “Big Four,” in dozens of matters involving alleged malpractice, securities fraud, PCAOB and SEC investigations, and personnel matters. Among them are high-profile cases stemming from some of the country’s largest financial frauds with successful outcomes.

Patent Litigation:
Williams & Connolly has been practicing complex, high-stakes patent litigation for more than 20 years. Major corporations place their trust in the firm to handle significant intellectual property matters, particularly in patent litigation and related licensing disputes. It has represented both patentees and alleged infringers in cases spanning a wide range of different technologies, from pharmaceuticals to medical devices, from electronics and internet technology to biotechnology, among others. The firm’s experience is also brought to bear in other contexts including Hatch-Waxman patent litigation and Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the patent office.

Products Liability, Torts & Medicine:
Williams & Connolly is frequently awarded top ranks in products liability in nationally renowned publications, including recent recognition by a major legal media publication as the Washington, DC Litigation Department of the Year for Mass Torts. These honors flow from years of experience handling personal injury litigation arising from pharmaceutical products, medical devices, consumer products, and equipment, as well as from chemical and transportation exposures, accidents, and explosions. The firm represents pharmaceutical and medical device makers and distributors in all aspects of national and international litigation, MDLs and other coordinated proceedings as: (a) lead trial counsel, (b) national or global coordinating counsel, (c) resolution counsel, and (d) appellate counsel. The firm also has a long history of defending doctors and medical institutions in malpractice litigation.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Criminal Defense & Government Investigations
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Securities Litigation
  • Legal & Accounting Malpractice
  • Patent Litigation
  • Products Liability, Torts & Medicine
  • Antitrust


  • 725 Twelfth Street, NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20005
  • Tel +1 202 434 5000
  • Fax +1 202 434 5029
  • Email : info@wc.com
  • Website : www.wc.com