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Wiley Rein LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 267
  • Gross Revenues: $224,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $840,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,105,000
  • Year Over Year Change: N/A

Wiley Rein is a Washington-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Wiley Rein has 267 attorneys and is the 166th largest firm in the United States.  With $224,500,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 132nd on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2006 Global 100 survey, Wiley Rein ranked as the 77th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in DC and VA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 NR N/A Gross revenue
Am Law 200 132 -4 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 157 2 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 91 -13 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 111 15 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 105 -105 Summer programs

In the News

Next Lawyer to Leave Dickstein Shapiro: Biz Van Gelder

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2016

White-collar lawyer Barbara Van Gelder—who goes by "Biz"—will leave Dickstein Shapiro for Cozen O'Connor Feb. 1, becoming the latest among a half-dozen departures from the struggling Washington law firm so far this year. Van Gelder is a senior counsel to Dickstein Shapiro and the head of its congressional investigations and white-collar defense practice.

Student Suing Princeton Can Remain Anonymous—For Now

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 11, 2016

A U.S. District Court judge in Newark has ruled that a Princeton University student who was required to leave school after a suicide attempt can remain anonymous, at least during the discovery phase of his suit against the school.

INADMISSIBLE: Justices Schooled on Rap (Not by R.B.G.)

: The National Law Journal : December 28, 2015

Hip-Hop star Killer Mike is making himself known at the U.S. Supreme Court just weeks after throwing his support behind Bernie Sanders for president. Plus more in this week's column.

Lobbying, Litigators and Laterals: The Year in Legal Business

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 26, 2015

With sustained and modest fiscal stability across the legal industry last year, 2015 created a clean palette for many of D.C.'s largest law firms. Some redesigned their Washington-focused practices like lobbying and white-collar law, many added or lost groups of lawyers, and a few considered or closed on mergers. We look at the 10 top trends and business decisions that created buzz in Washington Big Law this year, from Dentons to Dennis Hastert.

Dick Wiley, Bert Rein to Retire From Namesake Firm's Leadership Board

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 23, 2015

Wiley Rein's two founders, Richard Wiley and Bert Rein, will effectively retire from the strategic management of the Washington law firm on Jan. 1. Wiley will become chair emeritus and Rein will become vice chair emeritus, the firm announced Wednesday. Two younger female partners—Kathleen Kirby and Kimberly Melvin—will replace them on the firm's executive committee.

The Justices Revisit Race

Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : December 14, 2015

As the nation confronts racial tensions in the streets and on college campuses, the U.S. Supreme Court last week gave few hints of how it will decide two challenges with major implications for that struggle. But with an apparently divided high court, the outcomes may turn on Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Urgency and Frustration as the Supreme Court Revisits Affirmative Action

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : December 09, 2015

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. was clearly impatient during oral arguments Wednesday in the latest case challenging affirmative action in higher education.

Justices Show Deep Divide Over Race in University Admissions

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : December 09, 2015

Taking a second look at the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas at Austin, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared as deeply divided as it was during arguments three years ago. One key justice—Anthony Kennedy—suggested the case may be sent back to the district court in order to get answers to some of the justices' still unanswered questions about the continuing need to use race to achieve a diverse student body.

Merger Mania? Not For Many of D.C.'s Biggest Law Firms

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : November 30, 2015

A handful of law firm leaders with Washington roots have dug deeper this year, claiming that no matter how frequently mergers creep across the industry, their law firms won't join other firms.

Race & Admissions: Round 2 at Supreme Court

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : November 28, 2015

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears a second round of arguments Dec. 9 on the use of racial factors in admitting new students at the University of Texas, it will mostly — but not totally — be a case of déjà vu all over again.

Morning Wrap: Law Firms Excel With Pro-LGBT Policies | D.C. Firms Host Charity Events This Week

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : November 19, 2015

Firms cheer the release of Human Rights Campaign's annual corporate equality index on policies for LGBT employees, LegalZoom expands into North Carolina, and Texas executes a death row inmate. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

How Arnold & Porter Walled Off a New Hire From the Redskins Case

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 17, 2015

Court papers filed this week by Arnold & Porter offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the firm screened off a recent hire from the Washington Redskins trademark dispute. The new attorney clerked for the federal trial judge who oversaw the case and whose ruling is now on appeal.

Judge Backs Billing Verizon $2.9 Million for Using FPL Poles

Celia Ampel : Daily Business Review : November 02, 2015

Florida Power & Light Co. wins a $2.9 million final judgment against Verizon Florida LLC in Miami-Dade Circuit Court over unpaid bills.

Fee Tracker: Cable Bills, TV Ads and Air Bags

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 29, 2015

Four Am Law 200 firms rack up fees ahead of Time Warner Cable's merger with Charter Communications; a U.S. Chamber of Commerce affiliate and its lawyers look at spending on legal ads; and other notable bills from Big Law.

Heman Sweatt's Relatives Return to SCOTUS for UT

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : October 28, 2015

"The Sweatt family felt it was important to keep Heman Sweatt's story and the lessons of his landmark case before the court in this second round, because this time the court will have to determine whether there is any longer a place for race-conscious diversity in higher education," Allan Van Fleet, a partner in the Houston office of McDermott Will & Emery, who represents the Sweatt relatives, wrote in an email.

Fee Tracker: Big Firms Feast on IPOs

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 23, 2015

Simpson Thacher and Davis Polk divvy up fees from the largest IPO of 2015; a look at the nation's top legal lobbying shops; and other billables of note from throughout the Am Law 200 universe.

Venable Settles $300K Fee Fight with Former Client

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 20, 2015

Venable has reached a confidential settlement with a former client that the firm accused of failing to pay more than $300,000 in legal fees.

Wiley Rein Adds New Recruits, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 20, 2015

Six months after a firmwide cull, Wiley Rein is hiring again; Covington & Burling brings back a partner from GE; Day Pitney expands into Florida; Ropes & Gray raids Fried Frank; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Congressman Presses Challenge to Political Speech Rules in D.C. Circuit

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 20, 2015

As the 2016 election season ramps up, a federal appeals court in Washington is considering when unions and corporations, including many nonprofits, must disclose donors whose money is used to pay for political ads.

Panel Pushes Back on Software Patent Challenge

Scott Graham : The Recorder : October 12, 2015

Federal Circuit Judge S. Jay Plager was driven to abstraction during the latest arguments over the application of 'Alice.'

Milberg Notifies New York of 32 Layoffs

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : October 08, 2015

Milberg, a once high-flying plaintiffs firm, has notified New York sate of its intention to let go of 32 employees by December. The cutbacks are the latest by a big firm coping with a drop-off in high-stakes litigation tied to the 2008 financial crisis.

Supreme Court Gets Back to Business

Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : October 05, 2015

With the future of affirmative action, union's agency shop fees, and the counting of one person, one vote in redistricting in the balance, the Roberts Court's conservative majority may return to dominate major rulings in the new term. But will it be conservative with a small or a big "c"?

Judge Declines to Rule on Insurer's Coverage of PNC

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : September 30, 2015

A federal judge has decided it's too soon to declare an insurance company need not cover PNC Financial Services Group for $13 million in one case and potentially more in another because the underlying litigation has not been resolved.

More Firms Make Room for Women through OnRamp Fellowship

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : September 23, 2015

Six more Am Law firms, along with Amazon's legal department and Barclays' compliance team, plan to reap the untapped benefits of hiring women with resume gaps.

Popemobile at Your Door? Pope's Planned Speeches, Masses Pose Challenges for Courts, Firms

KATELYN POLANTZ AND ZOE TILLMAN : The National Law Journal : September 21, 2015

Fee Tracker: Space, Securities, Shale and Stadia

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 19, 2015

A look at the Am Law 100 firms fueling up with clients competing in the new space race; Quinn Emanuel and Kasowitz Benson's FHFA fee windfall; the legal fees of the Marcellus Shale Coalition; and Sutherland Asbill's bills backing a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves.

Popemobile at Your Door?

Katelyn Polantz and Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : September 17, 2015

With just days until Pope Francis' arrival, one of Washington's largest industries is taking a wait-and-see approach to the downtown disruption the visit will bring.

IP Shops See Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 15, 2015

Finnegan Henderson and Kenyon & Kenyon, two top IP-focused firms, see partners peel away on both coasts; Gibson Dunn grows in London; Morgan Lewis adds an Islamic finance expert; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

INADMISSIBLE: Wiley Rein Denied $2M in Fees in VRA Case

: The National Law Journal : September 07, 2015

Wiley Rein lawyers who successfully challenged a section of the Voting Rights Act in the U.S. Supreme Court are not entitled to collect $2 million in legal fees from the government, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Sept. 1. Plus more in this week's column.

Wiley Rein Denied $2M in Legal Fees in Voting Case

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : September 01, 2015

Wiley Rein lawyers who successfully challenged a section of the Voting Rights Act in the U.S. Supreme Court are not entitled to collect $2 million in legal fees from the government, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Tuesday.