Wiley Rein

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Wiley Rein
Wiley Rein
Headquarters1776 K Street NW
Washington, DC
No. of offices1
No. of attorneys250
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Date founded1983 (Washington, DC)
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Wiley Rein LLP is recognized as one of the largest law firms[2] in Washington, DC. With 250 lawyers, the firm represents clients in complex regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters. Many of the firm's lawyers and public policy advisors have held high-level positions in the White House, on Capitol Hill, and in federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the U.S. Department of Justice. The firm operates in industries including energy, manufacturing, defense, aerospace, intelligence, information technology, professional services, telecommunications, health care, A&E, and construction.

In the 2016 Vault Rankings, Wiley Rein LLP was ranked as the 25th best law firm to work for in Washington, D.C.[3] Chambers USA ranks Wiley Rein's media, telecom, insurance, IP, and white collar defense groups as leading practices in Washington, D.C., and its government contracts, election law, trade, privacy, and franchise practices among the best nationwide.[4]

Wiley Rein LLP currently employs 450 employees in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Prominent firm alumni[edit]


Major practice groups include communications, election law, government contracts, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, public policy, environment, food & drug law, general litigation, and commercial litigation.


Wiley Rein LLP opened its doors with 39 attorneys in 1983 as Wiley, Johnson & Rein. In 1986, the firm, then known as Wiley & Rein, became Wiley Rein & Fielding as Richard E. Wiley, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and Bert W. Rein, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, were joined on the masthead by Fred F. Fielding, former Counsel to President Ronald Reagan. With Fielding's return to the White House as Counsel to President George W. Bush on February 1, 2007, the firm reverted to the name Wiley Rein LLP.

In December 2014, Wiley Rein acquired McBee Strategic Consulting, now known as SIGNAL Group, as a wholly owned subsidiary.[5] The firms operate separately, but in total they have over 300 legal, lobbying, and communications professionals, including more than 250 attorneys at Wiley Rein, and 40 advocacy and communications professionals at McBee Strategic.

Pro bono and community service[edit]

Wiley Rein is recognized for its service to the local community and pro bono efforts,[6] including negotiating a landmark health-care-related settlement on behalf of inmates at a Virginia women's prison,[7] a settlement with the Baltimore Police Department in a civil rights case, and teaching high school students at the Academies at Anacostia. The law firm's charitable initiatives have included participation in the Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race, 5K Run & Walk for the American Heart Association, guest bartending to raise money for D.C.'s Legal Aid Society, and a Thanksgiving basket drive to benefit Bread for the City. In 2013, the firm initiated a pro bono awards program,[8] and in 2014, Theodore A. Howard was named a full-time pro bono partner.[9]

Awards and rankings[edit]

  • National Law Journal's "The Influence 50"- Top-Earning Lobbying Practices (2015) [10]
  • Chambers Global (2015) [11]
  • Chambers USA (2015) [12]
  • Best Lawyers (2015) [13]
  • Legal 500 US (2015) [14]
  • National Law Journal's D.C. Litigation Department of the Year for Insurance (2014) [15]
  • Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" (2014) [16]
  • Washingtonian Best Lawyers (2014) [17]
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers (2015) [18]


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  4. ^ 2015 Chambers USA Rankings
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  6. ^ "Big business gets generous". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  7. ^ "www.legalaiddc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2014-Legal-Aid-Annual-Report_11.20.14.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Wiley Rein Recognizes 20 Individuals in First Annual Pro Bono Program Celebration". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Wiley Rein Names Theodore Howard Firm's Pro Bono Partner; Timothy Brightbill Testifies On Unfair Trade Practices; And Firm Hosts Legal Diversity Event - The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  10. ^ "How Large are the Public-Policy Practices Within Law Firms". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  11. ^ Chambers Global 2015
  12. ^ "The USA's Best Lawyers and Law Firms". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Best Lawyers in United States - Page 1 - Best Lawyers". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  14. ^ "The Legal 500 United States - The Clients Guide to the best Law firms, top Lawyers, Attorneys, Advocates, Solicitors and Barristers". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Washington Litigation Departments of the Year". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year - Law360". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Washington, DC's Best Lawyers". 6 November 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  18. ^ "U.S. News - Best Lawyers". Retrieved 9 June 2016.

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