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Williams & Connolly LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 314
  • Gross Revenues: $380,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,210,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,445,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 11

Williams & Connolly is a Washington, D.C.-based law firm. The firm ranked 90th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of firms based on revenue with $302,500,000 in gross annual revenue in 2010. With 255 attorneys, the firm placed 163rd on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size. Williams & Connolly specializes in litigation, but also practices in most aspects of corporate law.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 79 11 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 79 11 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 141 19 Lawyer head count
The A-List 45 0 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

Outside Firms Claim Share of D.C. Market

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Law firms built outside Washington continue to muscle into a business landscape once locked down by the old regulatory practices of the Capital City.

Former Congressional Staffer Charged With Theft

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

A former executive assistant to U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., will plead guilty this week to stealing from the federal government.

Legal Tech Professionals On The Move

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 23, 2014

Appointments and new hires at e-discovery and technology organizations, law firms and companies this week.

Am Law 100 Trio Advising on Murdoch's Time Warner Bid

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Hogan Lovells are representing Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox on its $80 billion unsolicited takeover bid for Time Warner, which has rejected the offer. Cravath, Swaine & Moore is advising Time Warner on the matter. All three firms have long histories with the two media giants.

Second Circuit Tosses Deutsche Bank Shareholder Class Action

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

Handing a win to lawyers at Cahill and Skadden, the Second Circuit affirmed Wednesday that its 2011 decision in dooms a long-running securities class action against Deutsche Bank AG and a half-dozen big underwriting banks.

Google Blasts Accusations It Monopolized Mobile Search

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Firing back at a putative class action, Google's lawyers insist consumers remain free to use any search app they like on Android devices.

Google Blasts Accusations it Monopolized Mobile Search

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Firing back at a putative class action, Google's lawyers at Bingham McCutchen insist that consumers remain free to use any search app they like on Android devices.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

The following cases were recently filed in the Washington-area district courts. This information is provided by the district courts' official online bulletins.

Sprint's False Claims Defense Falls Flat in Overcharging Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

The Justice Department accuses the telecommunications company of inflating bills to federal agencies by $21 million.

The Careerist: Best Firms for the Summer (and After)

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 10, 2014

Vault's top law firms for summer programs and associate happiness.

Constant Communication Can Prevent Payment Problems From Becoming Lawsuits

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

Billing early and often, following up on nonpayment and other helpful hints to stop billing issues from becoming malpractice claims.

Skadden Deal Streak Continues for ADM, VGT

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Only a few days after Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom topped the first half M&A league tables for legal advisers, the firm grabbed roles advising Video Gaming Technologies on its $1.3 billion sale to Aussie gambling-machine maker Aristocrat Leisure, as well as the Archer Daniels Midland Company on its $3.1 billion buy of natural ingredient flavoring firm Wild Flavors.

Williams & Connolly

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Washington Litigation Departments of the Year

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Top lawyers in Washington litigation practices were busier than ever in 2013­ representing big-name clients­ in disputes over affirmative action, patents, insurance, false claims and prison—to name a few areas.

City of Edinburgh Council v. Pfizer, Inc.

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Alzheimer's Drug Private Securities Fraud Class Action Fails to State a Claim

Pfizer Prevails at Third Circuit in Class Suit Over Alzheimer's Drug

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 09, 2014

The Third Circuit has upheld dismissal of a New Jersey-based securities class action against a Pfizer subsidiary that allegedly lied about the success of an Alzheimer's Disease treatment under development.

Drugmakers Argue Federal Law Preempts Incretin Suits

Amaris Elliott-Engel : The National Law Journal : January 29, 2014

Federal law preempts the claims plaintiffs are making that incretin-based drugs caused their pancreatic cancer, a group of drugmakers argued in their latest court filing on the issue. The defendants say there is no clear evidence the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would have changed the warnings given on the risks of those drugs.

Zuckerman Spaeder

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Hagens Berman Accuses Google of Bilking Ad Partners

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

The suit, which echoes allegations from an anonymous online poster, marks the second time Seattle plaintiffs lawyer Steve Berman has sued Google this month.

Williams & Connolly Knocks Out Carlyle Investor Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

The Carlyle Group LLP and its lawyers at Williams & Connolly killed off claims that the company misled investors about the riskiness of residential mortgage-backed securities.

Sprint Defends Its Bills for Wiretapping Services

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Accused of overcharging federal agencies for court-authorized surveillance, Sprint insists its invoices were accurate.

DOJ's Quiet Concession

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice has quietly given a defendant-friendly makeover to the federal law that helped send Martha Stewart, Bernard Madoff and Rod Blagojevich to jail.

Williams & Connolly Loses FOIA Bid for Consultant Information

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 01, 2014

Williams & Connolly was rebuffed in its bid for more information about how consultants landed lucrative contracts from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to review bank foreclosures.

Covington Wins Another Shot to Beat 3M Disqualification Bid

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

With an eye on both its reputation and its wallet, Covington & Burling has spent two years fighting a judge's ruling that the firm betrayed a former client, 3M Company, by suing it on behalf of the Minnesota attorney general.

No Washington Firms Rank Among the 'Super Rich'

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 29, 2014

The top Washington law firms found themselves clustered far behind the nation's richest firms last year, according to a financial survey released by NLJ affiliate The American Lawyer released on Monday. None of the 12 Washington-based firms qualified as one of the “Super Rich firms” that pulled in average profits per partner of more than $2 million, the magazine reported. Most of those were based in New York and posted profits per partner closer to $3 million.

Ted Stevens' Defense Lawyers Honored As 'Constitutional Champions'

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : January 25, 2014

Five years after prosecutorial misconduct spoiled the trial of the late Alaska senator Ted Stevens, his legal team won an award Thursday night as “constitutional champions” for exposing wrongdoing at the U.S. Department of Justice.

DOJ Relents on False-Statements Policy

Paul Mogin : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Investigators trap suspects in lies and then use threat of prosecution to extract evidence, convictions.

SLUSA in Second Circuit After Troice Decision

George A. Borden and John S. Williams : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Williams & Connolly partners George A. Borden and John S. Williams write that the Supreme Court's holding in 'Troice,' with its unique circumstances, should not have a significant impact on the meaning of the phrase "in connection with," which more than any other determines whether an alleged fraud is sufficiently connected to the sale of securities that it can be a basis for a securities suit. This limited impact can be seen by examining litigation arising from the fraud perpetrated by Bernard Madoff.

Sprint Bulks Up Defense Team in DOJ Overcharging Case

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

Jones Day, Skadden Land on Mars' Pet Food Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

M&M's manufacturer Mars is paying $2.9 billion in cash to acquire Procter & Gamble's pet food business, which includes the brands Iams, Eukanuba and Natura. Skadden is advising Mars while Jones Day takes the lead for longtime client P&G.

April 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Bank of America Deal Is Latest Triumph for FHFA, Quinn Emanuel

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 26, 2014

The Federal Housing Finance Agency's legal assault on Wall Street moved closer to a merciful end for the banks on Wednesday, when Bank of America retreated to the tune of $9.5 billion.

INADMISSIBLE: Robert Strauss Dies at 95

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

"One of the legendary lawyers that really don't exist anymore." That's how Hogan Lovells partner Robert Bennett described Robert Strauss, who died March 19 at the age of 95. Plus more in this week's column.

Creditors, Debtors Clash in Supreme Court Over Inherited IRAs

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 24, 2014

With more and more baby boomers reaching the age of retirement or death, a seemingly minor bankruptcy dispute suddenly loomed large at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

DC Lateral Moves Roundup

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 21, 2014

Proskauer Rose and Miles & Stockbridge grabbed lawyers from Crowell & Moring. A partner left Williams & Connolly for Zuckerman Spaeder. And a bankrupcty group went to Baker Donelson.

The Churn: Crowell Adds and Loses, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Crowell & Moring gains one partner and loses two others, McDermott Will & Emery makes two IP partner hires and a pair of Wilson Elser lawyers jump to New Jersey's Wolff & Samson.

Plaintiffs Accuse BP of Accessing Confidential Claims

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Lawyers in the $9.2 billion Deepwater Horizon settlement are accusing BP PLC of accessing confidential information about individuals and businesses that have filed claims for oil spill damages.

Plaintiffs Accuse BP of Accessing Confidential Claims

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Lawyers in the $9.2 billion Deepwater Horizon settlement are accusing BP PLC of accessing confidential information about individuals and businesses that have filed claims for oil spill damages.

Grappling With 'Personal Benefit' Question in Insider Trading Law

George A. Borden and John S. Williams : New York Law Journal : January 20, 2014

George A. Borden and John S. Williams, partners at Williams & Connolly write: On February 19, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit panel passed on an opportunity to address an issue in insider trading law on which two of the Southern District's most prominent judges have reached opposite conclusions. The issue is whether a tippee who trades on inside information must know that the insider who tipped the information received a personal benefit for doing so.

Milestones Ahead for Members of Supreme Court Bar

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 19, 2014

Tuesday will mark the third year in a row that Verrilli and Clement have argued on opposing sides in marquee cases in late March.

Williams & Connolly Partner Leaves for Zuckerman Spaeder

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

Zuckerman Spaeder has brought on Jon Fetterolf, a white-collar, civil litigation and sports lawyer. Previously, he was a partner at Williams & Connolly for six years.

'Sweetheart Deal' for Figure in Campaign Corruption Case

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Jeffrey Thompson, a Washington businessman who pleaded guilty on March 10 to funneling millions of dollars in illegal campaign contributions, got a "sweetheart deal" from prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers said.

New Vacancy on D.C. Federal Bench

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle will take senior status in June, opening up a new seat on Washington's federal trial court.

D.C. Businessman Charged in Campaign Finance Probe

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Jeffrey Thompson, a Washington businessman and government contractor, was charged today with funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to local and federal candidates, including the D.C. mayor and a presidential candidate.

D.C. Businessman Pleads in Campaign Finance Probe

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Jeffrey Thompson, a Washington businessman and government contractor, pleaded guilty Monday to funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to local and federal candidates, including the D.C. mayor and a presidential candidate.

How BP Decided to Fight the Deepwater Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2014

The oil giant embraced a settlement that resolved billions of dollars worth of oil spill claims—and then turned against it. Why?

FCC Taps Harris Aide as Enforcement Chief

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

Appointment of Travis LeBlanc seen as an indication agency may see an expanded role in privacy regulation.

Justices Add Five Cases, Deny Review in Immigration Disputes

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 03, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday began shaping its docket for next term, agreeing to hear new cases in the fall on government accommodation of religion, juror dishonesty and securities fraud.

Milestones in the Deepwater Horizon Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

A timeline shows how BP's stance toward the settlement it signed in 2012 shifted towards outright opposition.

Objection to K&L Gates, Le-Nature's Accord Withdrawn

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 27, 2014

Less than 24 hours after the trustee for Le-Nature's said an accounting firm's objection to his $23.75 million settlement with K&L Gates was unfounded, the objection has been withdrawn.

How BP Decided to Fight the Deepwater Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

: The oil giant embraced a settlement that resolved billions of dollars worth of oil spill claims—and then turned against it. Why?

Big Suits

Susan Beck, Rebekah Mintzer, Ross Todd, Jan Wolfe and Sheri Qualters : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

U.S. v. JPMorgan Chase; In re Payment Card Interchange Fee Antitrust Litigation; Swatch v. Tiffany; In re: Southeastern Milk Antitrust Litigation

Split Circuit Upholds Stop That Led to Drug Conviction

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Although defendant Chunon Bailey won a measure of victory in 2013 when the U.S. Supreme Court said police exceeded their power when they stopped him a mile from the apartment other officers, armed with a warrant, were searching, the Second Circuit has upheld the stop under a different theory.

Co-Defendant Opposes K&L Gates, Le-Nature's Accord

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

Pascarella & Wiker, the accounting firm that was sued along with K&L Gates by the trustee of bankrupt Le-Nature's, has opposed a $23.75 million settlement between the law firm and the trustee.

$60M At Stake in Tax Dispute with Hotel Booking Sites

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 24, 2014

Seven of the country's largest online hotel booking websites have agreed to pay the District of Columbia more than $60 million in disputed sales tax and interest-if the companies lose their appeal of a trial judge's decision finding them liable.

$60M At Stake in Tax Dispute with Hotel Booking Sites

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 24, 2014

Seven of the country's largest online hotel booking websites have agreed to pay the District of Columbia more than $60 million in disputed sales tax and interest-if the companies lose their appeal of a trial judge's decision finding them liable.

Mars Subsidiary Sued Over Claims About Dog Food's Bacterial Benefits

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 13, 2014

Pet owners are suing Nutro, a subsidiary of Mars Inc., for allegedly inducing them to buy its dog food products with false statements about their promotion of growth of beneficial bacteria.

Protests Greet BP's Demand for Claims Report Documents

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

BP PLC wants access to documents detailing flaws in the distribution of Deepwater Horizon oil-spill claims only to feed its public relations campaign against the $9.6 billion settlement, lawyers who filed objections to the move argued this week.

Ex-D.C. Council Member Facing More Jail Time in New Plea Deal

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

Michael Brown, a former D.C. Council member who pleaded guilty in June to accepting bribes, faces more jail time after prosecutors uncovered new evidence of campaign finance violations.