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Williams & Connolly LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 307
  • Gross Revenues: $399,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,300,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,515,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

Williams & Connolly is a Washington-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Williams & Connolly has 307 attorneys and is the 144th largest firm in the United States.  With $399,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 77th on The American Lawyer's 2015 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 77 2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 77 2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 141 19 Lawyer head count
The A-List 47 -2 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 42 -10 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard NR N/A Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

Levine Lee

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

After the publication in 2014 of the exposé "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt," a series of lawsuits alleged that high-frequency traders possessed an unfair advantage that hurt ordinary investors.

The Unlikely Insurance Lawyer Behind the Release of U.S. Prisoners in Iran and Cuba

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : February 03, 2016

Scott Gilbert made his name as a star insurance litigator who has helped clients recover more than $50 billion in claims. But he's also the lawyer behind the releases of Amir Hekmati in Iran and Alan Gross in Cuba. It's all about the ability to broker a settlement.

D.C. Judges Weigh Rule to Curb Prosecutor Misconduct

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : February 03, 2016

Nearly seven years since the botched prosecution of the late Alaska senator Ted Stevens, federal judges in Washington are considering a rule that describes in detail for the first time the government's obligation to turn over evidence to defense lawyers.

Lawsuit Seeks Clinton Lawyer David Kendall's Communications with State Dept.

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : February 01, 2016

A government watchdog group is suing for emails and other communication between Hillary Clinton's personal lawyer David Kendall—of counsel to Williams & Connolly—and the U.S. Department of State about any confidential information stored on Clinton's private email server.

D.C. Circuit Deals Blow to Big Tobacco

C. Ryan Barber : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2016

Almost two years ago, the Food and Drug Administration's ability to use a controversial report on menthol cigarettes nearly disappeared like a puff of smoke. But this month, a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit lifted an injunction on the FDA's use of the report.

Defunct School Operator Sues Two Big Firms Over Big Legal Bills

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2016

The trustee of a company that ran for-profit schools and filed for bankruptcy in 2014 has sued Williams & Connolly and Duane Morris, alleging that the billing practices of the two Am Law 100 firms were unfair.

Third Circuit Tosses DuPont Derivative Suit

Tom McParland : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 21, 2016

A federal appeals court dismissed a derivative lawsuit against the directors of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. that alleged breaches of fiduciary duty related to a patent infringement suit, which resulted in a $1 billion verdict against the Delaware chemical giant in 2012.

Shout-Out: Skadden Spearheads Appellate Win for DuPont in Shareholder Suit

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2016

A team from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom led the way in securing an appellate victory for E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., affirming the dismissal of a shareholder derivative lawsuit that accused current and former DuPont directors of breaching their fiduciary duty.

D.C. Judge Says Recusal in Tobacco Case Would Encourage 'Judge-Shopping'

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2016

A federal district judge in Washington won't recuse from a regulatory fight between tobacco companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The judge ruled on Wednesday that work his former law firm did for an anti-tobacco group was "too attenuated" from the case to disqualify him.

Winner, Intellectual Property: Orrick

Nell Gluckman : The American Lawyer : December 21, 2015

Time after time, Orrick makes its name by saving the day.

INADMISSIBLE: EPA Official Protected From Deposition

: The National Law Journal : December 14, 2015

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy won't be forced to testify in a Clean Air Act lawsuit, a federal appeals court ruled last week. Plus more in this week's column.

Second Circuit Decision in Conn. Case to Impact Future Securities Fraud Prosecutions

CHRISTIAN NOLAN : The Connecticut Law Tribune : December 11, 2015

A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial for a Connecticut-based securities trader sentenced to two years in prison for allegedly lying to potential investors about mortgage bond prices. Experts say the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit changes the way future securities fraud criminal trials will play out and could potentially make the cases more difficult to prosecute.

Litigator of the Week: Kannon Shanmugam of Williams & Connolly

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : December 10, 2015

To vacate the conviction of a former bond trader who had admitting to lying to investors, Shanmugam pressed a bold argument: Lots of bond traders lie.

Circuit Orders New Trial for Ex-Securities Trader

: The Associated Press : December 09, 2015

A federal appeals court ordered a new trial Tuesday for a former securities trader in Connecticut who was sentenced to two years in prison for allegedly defrauding the government bailout program.

Litigator of the Week: Steven Thomas of Thomas, Alexander & Forrester

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : November 19, 2015

The Sullivan & Cromwell partner turned plaintiffs lawyer says a verdict he won against Ernst & Young may be his most significant yet.

MoFo Urges Judge to Toss Malpractice Case Over Puda Coal Offering

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2015

Macquarie Capital wants Morrison & Foerster to share the blame for the investment bank's ill-fated entanglement with defunct Chinese company Puda Coal. But first it'll have to convince a skeptical New York judge.

Williams & Connolly

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

Litigation firm Williams & Connolly's newly branded U.S. Supreme Court practice has a well-known lawyer at its head: Kannon Shanmugam, the only lawyer the firm has hired as a lateral partner in nearly 30 years.

The 2015 Appellate Hot List: Winning Big Cases, Changing the Law

: The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

The 20 firms on these pages represent appellate advocacy at its strongest.

Justice Department Rebuts Judge Kozinski's Criticism of Prosecutors

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

In a rare public war of words, top officials at the U.S. Department of Justice are pushing back against recent criticism about prosecutors' ethics from Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Cravath, Gibson Dunn Reserve Roles on Hotel Industry Megamerger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 16, 2015

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on Marriott International's $12.2 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, a deal that if completed will create the world's largest hotel company.

In Unusual Ruling, Judge Nixes At Least 750 Diabetes Drug Cases

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : November 11, 2015

A federal judge's rare move has tossed out at least 750 failure-to-warn lawsuits filed against the makers of four diabetes drugs based on the federal pre-emption doctrine.

MLB Award Upset Over Proskauer's Ties to Parties

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : November 05, 2015

A multimillion dollar arbitration award in favor of Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals baseball team involving broadcast revenues was the result of "an utter lack of concern for the fairness of the proceeding," a Manhattan judge said in vacating the arbitrator's decision.

High School Students Learn Finesse of Lawyering from Washington's Top Litigators

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 29, 2015

Blank Rome's tutor relationship with Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington began in January. Now the attorneys have bonded with a second set of students. In addition to Blank Rome, firms such as Jenner & Block, Crowell & Moring and Vinson & Elkins have been involved in the program for more than a decade, from the first years of the school when it was originally located in a church in Congress Heights. Clifford Chance also pitched in often, tutoring and in helping to paint classrooms.

Dewey Mistrial Complicates SEC, Other Related Actions

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : October 21, 2015

The mistrial in the criminal case against three Dewey & LeBoeuf executives will delay or complicate several related actions, including the trial against a junior manager at Dewey and a Securities and Exchange Commission suit against the defendants.

Ruling Upholds Civil Contempt Finding in Divorce Proceeding

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 21, 2015

An ex-husband may be held in civil contempt for refusing to testify about what became of some $776,000 worth of property that a lower court said was subject to equitable distribution in a divorce proceeding, the Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Dewey Mistrial Clouds Warren Prosecution, SEC Case

Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : October 20, 2015

Monday's mistrial will delay or complicate several related actions, including the trial against former Dewey & LeBoeuf employee Zachary Warren and a civil SEC suit against the defendants.

New Associates List

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 16, 2015

Morning Wrap: What's Next for Dewey & LeBoeuf defendants?

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : October 08, 2015

The Dewey & LeBoeuf trial limps toward the finish with a partial acquittal. Will the jury hang? This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Before Going to Law School, Live Your Life

Sven Erik Holmes : New Jersey Law Journal : October 07, 2015

Gaining experience prior to pursuing a Juris Doctor degree made a KPMG executive a better student.

Supreme Court Confronts 'Line-Standing,' Secret Changes to Opinions

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

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday a series of policy changes that respond to public complaints about secret changes to the justices' decisions, hiring "line-standers" for high-profile oral arguments and "link rot" in the court's rulings.