Williams & Connolly

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Williams & Connolly
Williams & Connolly
Headquarters 725 Twelfth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
United States
No. of offices 1
No. of attorneys 200+
Major practice areas Litigation
Date founded 1967
Company type LLP

Williams & Connolly LLP is a prominent litigation firm based in Washington, D.C., United States. The firm was founded by trial lawyer Edward Bennett Williams, who left the partnership of D.C. firm Hogan & Hartson to launch his own litigation boutique.

Recent high-profile cases include the successful defense of U.S. President Clinton's impeachment, representation of Enron's law firm Vinson & Elkins, representation of the motion picture studios in the Kazaa/Grokster file-trading litigation, defense of the Vioxx cases, and counsel for the plaintiff states in the United States v. Microsoft antitrust remedy trial.

In past years the firm represented Colonel Oliver North during the Iran-Contra Affair; defended John Hinckley, the would-be assassin of President Reagan; and represented President Clinton during the impeachment hearings. In addition, the firm represented Fred Smith, the CEO of FedEx, in his challenge of the University of Virginia's policy of student self-governance. The firm's senior partner is Brendan Sullivan.


In 2011, the Vault Guide ranked Williams & Connolly as the #1 firm for White Collar Defense and Internal Investigation in the United States, the #1 law firm in Washington, DC, and the 8th most prestigious firm in the United States. The firm also ranked #2 on Vault's list of "Best Firms to Work For," #1 in "Business Outlook," and #1 in "Employee Satisfaction." With regard to hiring, Williams & Connolly is currently ranked as the most selective in the nation.[1]

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  1. ^ Vault Rankings 2011, "Williams & Connolly LLP Rankings", Vault.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011

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