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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
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  • Fountain Plaza Three,
  • Suite 200,
  • 721 Lakefront Commons,
  • Newport News,
  • Virginia
  • USA
  • VA 23606-3324
  • Tel 757 249 5100
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  • 1700 Dominion Tower,
  • 999 Waterside Drive,
  • Norfolk,
  • Virginia
  • USA
  • VA 23510
  • Tel 757 622 3366
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  • 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