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Williams & Connolly LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 304
  • Gross Revenues: $403,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,325,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,560,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -2

Williams & Connolly is a Washington, D.C.-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Williams & Connolly has 304 attorneys and is the 139th largest firm in the United States.  With $403,000,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 79th on The American Lawyer's 2016 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Williams & Connolly ranked as the 94th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in DC.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 79 -2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 79 -2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 144 -3 Lawyer head count
The A-List 13 34 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 31 11 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 99 -3 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

Leadership Moves Mark an Uncommon Year for Williams & Connolly

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : July 07, 2016

While the spotlight has been on its work for Hillary Clinton, Williams & Connolly has undergone a quiet shift at the top, including the end of Bob Barnett's tenure as executive committee chair this month.

Which Firms Most Often Capture the Justices' Review?

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : July 06, 2016

The University of Southern California's Adam Feldman and Alexander Kappner studied 93,000 cert petitions between 2001 and 2015 to try to glean what factors make a petition more or less likely to be granted. A firm's success "with their aggregate cert filings does not guarantee success on a per-case basis," according to the study.

Dinners With Dad, Beach Volleyball Got These Lawyers Through Bar Exam Prep

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : July 06, 2016

As thousands of law graduates across the country are preparing for the test this summer, we asked prominent Washington lawyers who made it through to the other side to share their quirky rituals or behaviors that helped them succeed.

Gilead Seeks Hefty Fees After Slamming Merck in Patent Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : July 06, 2016

Fixed-fee arrangement with Fish & Richardson could be a catch in motion for "exceptional case" fees.

Monday Mash-Up: Robbins Geller's $1.6B Settlement; Why Arnold & Porter is Cooler Than You; Whither SG Verrilli?

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 19, 2016

Robbins Geller settles a long-running suit against HSBC for $1.575 billion; Arnold & Porter's piece of history; Where might Solicitor General Donald Verrillii land when he steps down Friday? Plus a Winston & Strawn partner wins acquittal for a dentist charged with murder.

Hogan Lovells Sets New Salary High for D.C.'s 'Big Four'

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : June 13, 2016

The firm on Monday became the first of Washington's traditional “Big Four” legal giants to announce that it will hike its base associate salaries to $180,000.

Will Texas' Top Appellate Lawyer Get to Make Victory Laps in DC?

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : June 13, 2016

Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller might be taking multiple victory laps when he makes a July 6 scheduled speaking appearance at a conservative Washington, D.C. think tank's post-term symposium review of U.S. Supreme Court rulings. If the high court rules in the Lone Star state's favor in two pending cases, Keller will have achieved in his first 18 months as Texas' top appellate lawyer a 4-to-1 record before the justices. The cases he has argued are about controversial legal questions, which have generated plenty of nationwide attention.

BAR-ometer: Williams & Connolly on Blast

: The Recorder : June 10, 2016

Plus, pay bumps for (some) associates.

Two Am Law 100 Partners Sought as Witnesses in Tax Case

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : June 09, 2016

A pair of Williams & Connolly partners could be called to testify against their client Morris Zukerman, an energy investor and former Morgan Stanley banker accused of tax evasion by federal prosecutors.

CNN Slams NLRB's 'Preposterous' Argument in Joint-Employer Case

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : June 09, 2016

Business groups, in friend-of-court brief, back the media company in D.C. Circuit fight.

Big Firms Move to Match Cravath Associate Pay Boost

MP McQueen and Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : June 07, 2016

At least four large New York firms have moved quickly to match the new base pay scale for associates set Monday by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. And some consultants say more big firms will follow suit.

Litigators of the Week: Kannon Shanmugam of Williams & Connolly and Joshua Rosenkranz of Orrick

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : May 26, 2016

The pair knocked out a billion-dollar judgment against Bank of America that had stood out as a bright spot for prosecutors in the wake of the financial crisis.

Ten Cases to Watch for This Summer From the D.C. Circuit

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : May 24, 2016

Merrick Garland's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court in March catapulted the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit into the national spotlight. Still, the business of the court pressed on. And many cases on the 2015-2016 docket were newsworthy in their own right. A look at 10 of the most significant cases argued this term that haven't been decided yet.

Plaintiffs Giant Darren Robbins on Scorched Earth, Worthy Opponents and What's Next in Complex Litigation

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : May 23, 2016

Darren Robbins is one of the most successful advocates ever for injured shareholders. He spoke with The Litigation Daily about how he and his partners have built Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, what they look for in laterals and the next big thing in complex litigation.

Judge Leaves Open a Hillary Clinton Deposition in Email Case

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : May 04, 2016

A federal judge in Washington issued an order on Wednesday that left open the possibility that Hillary Clinton could be subpoenaed to testify about her use of a private email server as secretary of State.

Justices Praise DOJ's Dreeben After Contentious 100th Argument

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : April 28, 2016

Three U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday praised deputy U.S. solicitor general Michael Dreeben just hours after his 100th appearance before the court—a tough argument in which the court gave Dreeben an unusually hard time. "He's made these 100 arguments—fabulous—and he's remained sane," Justice Stephen Breyer said.

Fox Rothschild Bets on Big Wealth, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 27, 2016

The Philadelphia-based firm bolts on smaller wealth management shops in California and Florida; Jenner & Block rebuilds its government contracts group; Sidley Austin hires MoFo's ERISA head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Report: Who Won (and Lost) the Most Big-Ticket Trials in 2015

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : April 25, 2016

Big Law litigators love to boast that their firms are ready and willing to take cases to trial. So it's interesting to look at the top 100 verdicts of 2015 to see what firms are actually making good on their threats. The answer is probably not who you'd think.

April Supreme Court Arguments: Last But Not Least

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : April 13, 2016

The final argument cycle of the current U.S. Supreme Court term will begin and end with a bang, with a roster of veteran advocates traipsing to the lectern in between.

More Than 100 Viagra Suits Alleging Skin Cancer Headed to San Francisco

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : April 08, 2016

Lawsuits filed against Pfizer Inc. claiming that Viagra caused men to get skin cancer have been transferred to a judge in San Francisco by a federal judicial panel.

Cahill Gordon, BASF Can't Escape Asbestos Fraud Suit

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : April 06, 2016

A federal judge in Newark has denied a motion by New York-based Cahill, Gordon & Reindel and two of its attorneys seeking to be dismissed from a putative class action suit claiming they conspired with a client to destroy and fabricate evidence in thousands of asbestos injury cases. The judge also denied motions to dismiss Cahill Gordon's alleged accomplice in the fraud, BASF Catalysts, along with two former in-house lawyers for the company.

Baker & McKenzie, Yahoo Dodge Suit Alleging $2.7 Billion Bribery Scheme

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : April 01, 2016

Ideas Interactivas, a Mexican phone book publisher, had accused Yahoo and its lawyers of bribing a judge to escape a massive court judgment.

Merck Aims at Bigger Piece of Gilead Revenues

Scott Graham : The Recorder : March 28, 2016

Fresh off a $200 million win, Merck's lawyers at Williams & Connolly are seeking hundreds of millions in supplemental damages and ongoing royalties.

Jury Hands Merck $200 Million in Fight With Gilead

Scott Graham : The Recorder : March 24, 2016

The sizeable verdict is a fraction of Merck's demand in a feud over patents for the treatment of hepatitis C.

Merck Wins Patent Battle Over Hepatitis C Drugs

Scott Graham : The Recorder : March 23, 2016

As the case moves on to a damages phase, lawyers for Merck & Co. Inc. will push for a 10 percent cut of sales on Gilead Sciences Inc.'s blockbuster drug sofosbuvir.

The Case That Ate the Appellate Bar

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : March 21, 2016

If it wasn't apparent that an appellate decision on Friday against Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. involving the (deceptively sleepy-sounding) exercise of personal jurisdiction was a big deal, the list of lawyers alone should make it obvious.

Suggested Changes in Law and Legal Practice for 2016

Peter F. Vaira : The Legal Intelligencer : March 15, 2016

This is my annual wish list for changes in law and legal practice for the coming year. I have included the suggestions of other members of the bar.

INADMISSIBLE: Scholars Urge Senate Action on SCOTUS

: The National Law Journal : March 14, 2016

More than 350 legal scholars last week called on the Senate to fulfill its constitutional obligation to consider President Barack Obama's upcoming U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Plus more in this week's column.

RNC Sues State Dept. for Hillary Clinton Records

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : March 09, 2016

As Donald Trump continues to rack up delegates in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the party is looking ahead to the general election in November. The Republican National Committee on Wednesday sued the U.S. Department of State for information about Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Gilead Opens Trial Over $20 Billion Drug

Scott Graham : The Recorder : March 07, 2016

Fish & Richardson partner Juanita Brooks told jurors Monday that it was a company purchased by Gilead, not Merck, that perfected the compound that cures hepatitis C.