Wiley Rein

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Headquarters2050 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
No. of offices1
No. of attorneys240
No. of employees450
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Date founded1983; 40 years ago (1983) (Washington, D.C.)
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Wiley Rein LLP (known as Wiley) is one of the largest law firms[2] in Washington, D.C., United States. With 240 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, architectural and engineering (A&E), and construction.

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


Wiley opened its doors with 39 attorneys in 1983 as Wiley, Johnson & Rein.[3][4] 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 2020, Wiley Rein announced a new brand identity, and is now known as Wiley. The firm's legal name remains Wiley Rein LLP.[5]

In December 2014, Wiley acquired McBee Strategic Consulting, now known as SIGNAL Group, as a wholly owned subsidiary.[6] The firms operate separately, but in total they have over 275 legal, lobbying, and communications professionals, including more than 240 attorneys at Wiley Rein, and 40 advocacy and communications professionals at McBee Strategic.

During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the company received between $5 million and $10 million in federally backed small business loans from City National Bank as part of the Paycheck Protection Program. The group stated it would allow them to retain 493 jobs. Peter Zeughauser stated in The Wall Street Journal that "it's troubling, and it's inappropriate" that large law firms took the loans, comparing it to other firms where partners reduced their pay; WSJ noted Rein and others have average partner profits above $1.2 million per year and make over $100 million per year.[7][8][9]

In June 2020, the firm indicated they were moving into a new "trophy office building" built for Tishman Speyer and designed by REX.[10]

Prominent firm alumni[edit]


Major practice groups include Telecom, Media & Technology; Election Law & Government Ethics; Government Contracts; Insurance; Intellectual Property; International Trade; Environment & Product Regulation; Litigation; FTC Regulation; National Security; Privacy, Cyber & Data Governance; and White Collar Defense & Government Investigations.

Pro bono and community service[edit]

Wiley is recognized for its service to the local community and pro bono efforts,[11] including negotiating a landmark health-care-related settlement on behalf of inmates at a Virginia women's prison,[12] 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,[13] and in 2014, Theodore A. Howard was named a full-time pro bono partner.[14] Wiley is regularly ranked among the top ten in Washington Business Journal's Corporate Philanthropy List (Midsize Companies by Giving in Greater D.C.).[15]

Awards and rankings[edit]

  • Chambers Global (2019) [16]
  • Chambers USA (2019) [17]
  • Legal 500 US (2019) [18]
  • National Law Journal's D.C. Litigation Department of the Year for Insurance (2014) [19]
  • Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" (2018): Telecommunications, Government Contracts, and International Trade [20]
  • Washingtonian Best Lawyers (2018) [21]
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers (2019) [22]

In the 2020 Vault Rankings, Wiley was ranked as the 31st best law firm to work for in Washington, D.C.[23] Chambers USA ranks Wiley's media, telecom, insurance, and white collar defense groups as leading practices in Washington, D.C., and its government contracts, election law, trade, and privacy practices among the best nationwide.[24]


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  2. ^ "Chart: The Legal Times 150". Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "Meet the Lawyer Involved in Both of This Week's Big Race-Based Supreme Court Cases | Washingtonian (D.C.)". Washingtonian. June 25, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  4. ^ "Wiley Rein To Spin Off Bankruptcy Practice - Law360". www.law360.com. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "It's Official: Wiley Rein Is Now Wiley!". Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "Wiley Rein Closes McBee Strategic Deal". Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  7. ^ Syed, Moiz; Willis, Derek. "WILEY REIN LLP - Coronavirus Bailouts - ProPublica". ProPublica. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Trump's Small Biz Rescue Bailed Out Kushner's Family, Obama's Aides and Other Political Elite". The Daily Beast. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  9. ^ Randazzo, Sara; Pacheco, Inti (July 7, 2020). "Dozens of Top Law Firms Got PPP Loans". WSJ. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  10. ^ Sernovitz, Daniel J. (June 12, 2020). "CBRE brokers Wiley Rein lease with Tishman Speyer at 2050 M St". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved July 9, 2020. Wiley Rein LLP plans to vacate its longtime home in a pair of K Street NW office buildings for space at 2050 M St. NW, a newly developed trophy office building about a half-mile away.
  11. ^ "Big business gets generous". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "www.legalaiddc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2014-Legal-Aid-Annual-Report_11.20.14.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "Wiley Rein Recognizes 20 Individuals in First Annual Pro Bono Program Celebration". Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "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 June 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "Corporate Philanthropy - Midsize Companies by Giving in Greater D.C." Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  16. ^ "Wiley, Global | Chambers Profiles". chambers.com.
  17. ^ "The USA's Best Lawyers and Law Firms". Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  18. ^ "The Legal 500 United States - The Clients Guide to the best Law firms, top Lawyers, Attorneys, Advocates, Solicitors and Barristers". Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "Washington Litigation Departments of the Year". Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  20. ^ "Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year - Law360". Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  21. ^ "Washington, D.C.'s Best Lawyers". November 6, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  22. ^ "U.S. News - Best Lawyers". Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  23. ^ "Wiley Rein LLP-Company Profile-Vault.com". Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  24. ^ "Wiley, USA | Chambers Rankings". chambers.com. Retrieved August 9, 2020.

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