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Williams Mullen


Williams Mullen - Richmond
  • Williams Mullen Center
  • 200 South 10th Street
  • Suite 1600
  • Richmond
  • Virginia
  • USA
  • VA 23219
  • Chief Executive Officer & President: Thomas R Frantz
  • Chief Operating Officer: Craig L Rascoe
  • Number of partners: 189
  • Number of other lawyers: 61

Firm Overview: Williams Mullen is an AmLaw 200 firm that blends the law, government relations and economic development to help grow the business of its clients.With 250 attorneys and consultants throughout North Carolina,Virginia and Washington,DC, the firm focuses on finding solutions that help its clients’ businesses thrive in today’s economy.

Main Areas of Practice:
Williams Mullen advises clients on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions of subsidiaries or other assets, corporate restructurings and recapitalizations, tender offers,proxy contests, private transactions,management and leveraged buyouts, holding company formations, spinoffs, and liquidations. They have extensive experience in all major areas of corporate finance, public company reporting and compliance, and corporate governance. President & CEO, Thomas R. Frantz, a ten-time Chambers-ranked attorney, practices with this group which includes several Chambers-ranked attorneys.
Infrastructure, Energy & Environmental: Chaired by nine-time Chambers-ranked attorney Channing J Martin, the Environmental practice assists clients in infrastructure, energy and environmental facilities procurement, project development and financing, energy commodity supply and delivery, renewable energy transactions, public- private partnerships, carbon finance and emissions reductions, water and transportation projects, wetlands remediation, brownfield redevelopment, emissions retrofits, and efficiency adaptation. They represent public utilities, governmental authorities, private developers, investors and end-users in domestic and international transactions and in proceedings in courts and regulatory agencies.
Financial Services: Including a dedicated Banking Industry Service Group, the firm counsels clients on financing transactions, including commercial, real estate, asset based, bond and tax advantaged financings, structured finance, syndications, asset securitizations, creditors’ rights, workouts, restructures, bankruptcies and regulatory compliance.They represent financial institutions in corporate governance, securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, infrastructure technology, intellectual property, new financial products, internet banking litigation, lender liability litigation, operations and UCC matters.
Government Relations: The firm represents businesses, associations and individuals in a wide range of government-related actions at the federal, state and local levels.Extensive work is done with legislative bodies, administrative and executive branch agencies, and with independent entities.Legislative activities involve actively counseling and advocating for clients on issues before Congress and the Virginia and North Carolina General Assemblies. Hon. Ralph L.“Bill”Axselle, a nine-time Chambersranked attorney, is chair of the firm’s State Government Relations practice.
Intellectual Property: Chaired by nine-time Chambers-ranked attorney, Craig L. Mytelka, the firm provides legal counsel on all areas of intellectual property, technology, information systems and advertising law.The team represents clients in disputes involving licensing, infringement, trade secret, antitrust and unfair competition matters before the US Patent and Trademark Office and in all US courts.
Labor & Employment: Chaired by five-time Chambers-ranked attorney, David C.Burton, this practice advises employers on human resources issues to minimize liability and comply with applicable laws. They represent clients before administrative agencies, arbitrators, and in court. Additionally, the attorneys represent employers facing threats of unionization and those with organized workforces. There are five Chambers-ranked attorneys in this practice, including chairman of the board of directors, James V. Meath, who has been Chambers ranked nine times.
Litigation: The firm’s litigators, including three Chambers-ranked attorneys, practice in all US courts and have substantial expertise and experience in resolving a variety of cases through mediation, arbitration, administrative proceeding and civil and criminal trials. The practice includes: an Appellate practice led by former North Carolina Solicitor General Christopher G. Browning, Jr.; a White Collar and Investigations practice led by former Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia John Staige Davis, V; an Attorneys General and State Agencies practice led by former Virginia Chief Deputy Attorney General Charles E. “Chuck”James, Jr; and a leading eDiscovery and Information Governance practice.
Real Estate: This Band 1-ranked practice, including four Chambersranked attorneys, counsels clients on all aspects of real estate development and finance for multi-family housing and commercial property. They counsel on land use and zoning, leasing, acquisitions and sales, and complex financings.The attorneys have specialized experience such as retail roll-outs, tax deferred exchanges, enterprise bonds, multi-state acquisitions and dispositions, and syndicated tax credits.
Tax & Employee Benefits: The firm assists publicly and privately held corporations with international, federal, state and local tax matters, as well as the tax aspects of transacting business in foreign jurisdictions.They have significant experience with mergers and acquisitions and tax controversies, which includes representation in connection with audits, appeals and litigation of federal and state tax matters. The Employee Benefits practice, chaired by eight-time Chambers-ranked attorney Catherine M. “Kate” Marriott, advises employers concerning qualified retirement plans, health and welfare benefits, stockbased compensation techniques and executive compensation arrangements.

International Work: Williams Mullen’s International attorneys have a wealth of experience providing counsel in international trade and trade-policy matters,immigration, international tax matters and international business transactions. Whether the goal is to penetrate foreign markets, address unfair trade practices, move people or products out of or into the country, open the US market or otherwise respond to a competitive situation, the firm is able to provide strategic solutions and advice.

Clients: The firmhas dedicated Industry Service Groups to meet the unique needs of clients in: Construction (chaired by Chambers-rankedRobert K.Cox); Economic Development; Financial Services; Technology & Software (co-chaired by Chambers-ranked Aaron Spencer and RobVan Arnam); Insurance Brokerage; Long Term Care; Manufacturing (chaired by Chambers-ranked Sean M Sullivan; Retail (chaired by Chambers-ranked William A. Old, Jr.); and Transportation & Logistics.



  • 1666 K Street NW,
  • Suite 1200,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • DC 20006
  • Tel 202 833 9200
  • Fax 202 293 5939
  • 4721 Emporer Boulevard,
  • Suite 400,
  • Durham,
  • North Carolina
  • USA
  • NC 27703
  • Tel 919 361 4900
  • Fax 919 361 2262
  • 301 Fayetteville Street,
  • Suite 1700,
  • Raleigh,
  • North Carolina
  • USA
  • NC 27601
  • Tel 919 981 4000
  • Fax 919 981 4300
  • 300 North Third Street,
  • Suite 420,
  • Wilmington,
  • North Carolina
  • USA
  • NC 28401
  • Tel 910 256 5135
  • Fax 910 256 6451
  • 321 East Main Street,
  • Suite 400,
  • Charlottesville,
  • Virginia
  • USA
  • VA 22902-3200
  • Tel 434 951 5700
  • Fax 434 817 0977
  • 8300 Greensboro Drive,
  • Suite 1100,
  • McLean,
  • Virginia
  • USA
  • VA 22102
  • Tel 703 760 5200
  • Fax 703 748 0244
  • Fountain Plaza Three,
  • Suite 200,
  • 721 Lakefront Commons,
  • Newport News,
  • Virginia
  • USA
  • VA 23606-3324
  • Tel 757 249 5100
  • Fax 757249 5109
  • 1700 Dominion Tower,
  • 999 Waterside Drive,
  • Norfolk,
  • Virginia
  • USA
  • VA 23510
  • Tel 757 622 3366
  • Fax 757 629 0660
  • 355 Crawford Street,
  • Suite 600,
  • Portsmouth,
  • Virginia
  • USA
  • VA 23704-2823
  • Tel 757 391 3366
  • Fax 757 391 3363
  • 222 Central Park Avenue,
  • Suite 1700,
  • Virginia Beach,
  • Virginia
  • USA
  • VA 23462
  • Tel 757 499 8800
  • Fax 757 473 0395

Corporate/M&A - North Carolina

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Intellectual Property - North Carolina

What the team is known for Expanding presence with IP prosecution and licensing capabilities on a local, national and international level. Regularly acts on behalf of clients in the software and technology industries, on the full range of issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do excellent work and get us great results."

Notable practitioners

Rob Van Arnam leads the firm's intellectual property practice in North Carolina. Sources say he is "very capable," and note his strength in handling contentious matters.

Significant clients QlikTech, Arysta LifeScience North America, Britax Child Safety, Analytical Mechanics Associates, Twitpic.com.

Labor & Employment - North Carolina

What the team is known for Raleigh labor and employment group counting big-name insurers and manufacturers among its clients.

Work highlights Advised construction entity Thompson Contracting on an appeal connected with alleged religious discrimination affecting a dump truck driver.

Notable practitioners

Michael Lord calls on extensive prior experience, as a former in-house employment counsel to GlaxoSmithKline. He had a lead role for Thompson Contracting on a religious discrimination case brought by the EEOC.

Litigation - North Carolina

What the team is known for Highly active on trade secrets and restrictive covenant litigation. Also practiced in regulatory and healthcare disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We were very pleased with the firm's responsiveness and ability to focus on the primary issues and effectively negotiate." 

Work highlights Appeared in the US Supreme Court in connection with federal law provisions regarding a lien on Medicaid recipients.

Advised a healthcare entity on a Certificate of Need appeal regarding a dialysis facility.

Notable practitioners

Keith Kapp is a key partner in the litigation section.

Significant clients Britthaven, Pinnacle Health Services of North Carolina, Paychex, Power Home Technologies, The Lundy Group.

Real Estate - North Carolina

What the team is known for Dedicated commercial real estate practice with expertise across a range of transactional work. Also noted for its experience in land use work. Regularly acts for major lenders and developers.

Notable practitioners

David Dorton handles a range of transactional and financing work for clients, advising on matters such as acquisitions and leasing. Sources note that he is "very easy to get along with and gets the deal done."

Corporate/M&A - Southern Virginia

What the team is known for Significant experience across a broad spectrum of M&A, governance and private equity matters. Impressive profile throughout the state and an impressive, varied client roster, covering industries such as media, insurance and telecommunications.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're responsive, they offer good value and their work product is excellent."

"They do a great job - they're experts." 

Work highlights Acted for Markel Ventures, a subsidiary of Markel Corp, in its acquisition of Eagle Companies and its subsidiaries.

Represented Bow Tie Cinemas in acquiring the majority of Clearview Cinemas theaters from Cablevision, resulting in Bow Tie becoming the eighth biggest theater circuit in the USA.

Notable practitioners  

Gregory Bishop is described as "collaborative and energetic, and he always looks for a reasonable solution. He's exceptionally smart and he has tons of business savvy." Sources praise his practical approach to negotiations and his breadth of expertise in the sector, representing a wide range of clients in complex and high-value transactions.

Firm CEO Thomas Frantz is recognized for his experience in corporate and tax matters and maintains a fine track record acting for clients in the manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

Significant clients Advance Auto Parts, CarMax, Dollar Tree Stores, Formation Capital, Hampton Roads Bankshares.

Intellectual Property - Southern Virginia

What the team is known for Combines impressive transactional capabilities with formidable litigation experience, handling a variety of portfolio issues and patent infringement work. Praised for its commercial acumen and deep understanding of the Virginia market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I've been quite satisfied with their knowledge, capabilities and attention to detail, and with how receptive they are - they grasp the meaning of what I'm asking and translate it into appropriate legal documents."

"They're very accessible. It's a very comfortable relationship, where we feel they truly have our best interests at heart and want to understand our business vision and direction."

Notable practitioners  

Chair of the firm's IP group Craig Mytelka is highly regarded for his expertise in litigation and transactional issues. Sources note that "he's part of our team - he works to engage not just on any one point but to understand the business and give us great guidance."

Significant clients Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, Majesco Entertainment, Premier Exhibitions and RMS Titanic, Agio International.

Real Estate - Southern Virginia

What the team is known for Major strength across the full spectrum of real estate work, with particular expertise in the commercial sphere. Routinely sought after by publicly traded companies and maintains a particularly impressive track record for its real estate and project finance work. Also noted for its expertise in affordable housing transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They consider the client's best interest above all else, and they provide consistently outstanding service."

Notable practitioners  

Howard Gordon is a well-regarded practitioner with an impressive depth of expertise in transaction-side work, handling a number of complex financing and leasing matters. Sources note his "in-depth experience of all facets of real estate - there isn't much he hasn't seen when it comes to getting a deal closed."

Ralph Axselle heads the firm's state government relations group. He comes recommended for his strengths in land use, regulatory and administrative law matters.

Construction - Virginia

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Environment - Virginia

What the team is known for Notable expertise across the environmental space combined with impressive knowledge of the Virginia market. Praised for its depth across a range of environmental matters, including compliance in transactions, permitting and lobbying. Also highlighted for its extensive footprint across the region.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their strongest points are their knowledge of key matters and strong relationships in the industry."

"They're a good firm, and they make a formidable team."

Work highlights Acted for the Department of Public Utilities for Henrico County in the development of a water supply reservoir for the county. Represented the client in a range of matters, including permitting and advice on wetland and stream mitigation and property acquisition issues.

Notable practitioners  

Channing Martin is widely acclaimed as an experienced environmental practitioner, described by sources as "reliable and conscientious - he gets us the answers we need in a timely manner." He is highly regarded for his expertise handling transactional matters and is well versed in litigation.

New hire Lynne Rhode is recognized for her skill in permitting for a range of complex projects, including brownfield redevelopment and alternative energy work. She is known for her track record advising clients on liability issues, with clear strength in the environmental implications of real estate matters.

John Daniel, another recent addition to the team, is praised in particular for his extensive experience in water-related work and for his practical, collaborative approach to negotiations. Sources call him "a problem solver - he tries to find solutions that avoid litigation, and he's constructive."

Labor & Employment - Virginia

What the team is known for Attracts the respect of the business community for its expertise on labor law matters. Areas of expertise include advising clients on negotiating collective bargaining agreements and on unfair labor practices charges. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their responses are quick and they provide practical solutions."

Work highlights Successfully represented Hampton Roads Transit in an arbitration with the Amalgamated Transit Union regarding the adoption of a policy forbidding bus operators from ejecting passengers without a supervisor's approval, and the dismissal of an employee for his violation of that policy.

Acted for the Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance in a breach of contract, civil conspiracy and tortious interference with contract case brought against three former employees who had resigned and opened a competing insurance company in the vicinity of their former employer's office.

Notable practitioners

Chair of the firm's board of directors James Meath has a strong reputation for his expertise on a range of labor and employment work. His areas of expertise include advising international companies acquiring businesses.

David Burton "helps us resolve sticky employment issues," and is an "excellent lawyer who is incredibly responsive and very smart," impressed sources say. He advises clients on an array of labor and employment disputes.

Chair of the employee benefits group Catherine Marriott has a strong reputation for her employee benefits knowledge. Areas of focus include advising clients on ERISA and on stock-based compensation issues.

Lynn Jacob is an experienced and respected litigator. She has notable expertise on wage and hour and on discrimination claims.

Nelson Wilkinson advises clients on discrimination cases. He also has notable labor law experience.  

Significant clients Universal Leaf Tobacco, Consol Energy, Carmeuse Lime & Stone, Southern Hospitality Automotive, Dollar Tree Stores.

Litigation - Virginia

What the team is known for Significant experience in a broad spectrum of commercial litigation, and a noted presence throughout the southern part of the state. Diverse client portfolio encompassing sectors such as education, insurance and energy. An impressive track record in arbitrations and appellate work.

Work highlights Represented Lumber Liquidators as lead counsel in litigation relating to the enforcement of a non-compete covenant in California, alongside defense against counterclaims for damages.

Represented BB&T in a claim brought by a plaintiff charged for an electronic fund transfer made with a BB&T ATM in Washington, DC. The plaintiff alleged that there was no fee notice on the ATM at the time of transfer, and filed a putative class action. The United States District Court of the District of Columbia denied class certification, and a resolution to the claim was negotiated.

Notable practitioners  

William Bayliss enjoys a strong reputation for his broad commercial litigation expertise. He has particular experience representing clients in the construction and real estate industries, bolstered by a strong professional liability practice.

William Devine regularly handles a range of complex commercial litigation including contract disputes, intellectual property matters and defamation. He represents clients from a variety of industries.

Significant clients Selective Way Insurance Company, Patrick County Public Schools, Honeywell International, SunTrust Bank, Titan America.