Williams & Connolly
|Williams & Connolly|
|Headquarters||725 Twelfth Street, N.W.
|No. of offices||1|
|No. of attorneys||200+|
|Major practice areas||Litigation|
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. It is ranked as the top law firm in Washington, D.C., and is the most difficult law firm to be hired at in the United States.
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.
Many Williams & Connolly lawyers have gone on to serve in high-level government positions in Washington, including current Supreme Court Justice and former Solicitor General Elena Kagan.
Reputation and Hiring
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 "Career Outlook, #1 "Business Outlook," and #1 in "Employee Satisfaction." The firm is also ranked #4 for compensation after increasing its starting salary to $180,000, trailing only Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, and Cahill Gordon & Reindel in first-year compensation.
With regard to hiring, Williams & Connolly was ranked in 2014 as the most selective law firm in the country. The firm has a reputation for hiring only the most academically successful students from the nation's top law schools, with preference given to law review editors.
- Williams & Connolly Official website
- Robert B. Barnett profile mentioning the Clintons and other notable persons as clients
- Washingtonpost.com Special Report: Clinton Accused: Defense Who's Who, with lawyers Gregory B. Craig, David E. Kendall and Nicole K. Seligman connected to Williams & Connolly profiled
- The Defense: Clinton's Team, similar profile at CNN
- "Former Clinton lawyer joins Patton team". The Kentucky Post (Associated Press) (E. W. Scripps Company). 2002-10-16. Archived from the original on 2005-03-15. Article on the defense of Kentucky governor Paul E. Patton.
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