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Williams & Connolly LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 271
  • Gross Revenues: $330,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,220,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,255,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

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 90 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 90 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 161 2 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 30 27 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

April 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

K&L Gates Aims to Settle Malpractice Case for $23.8 Mil.

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

K&L Gates has agreed to settle a $500 million legal malpractice case filed against it by the trustee of defunct beverage manufacturer Le-Nature's for $23.75 million, according to a proposed settlement agreement filed in the Le-Nature's bankruptcy

Steptoe to Open Office in Silicon Valley

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 24, 2014

In its first foray into Northern California, Steptoe & Johnson LLP next week will open a new office in Silicon Valley, poaching two IP partners from King & Spalding to lead the Palo Alto outpost.

Recusal Motion in Rare Massachusetts Death Case

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

A Boston federal judge is weighing whether to convene a second sentencing hearing in a rare Massachusetts capital case—and whether his friendship with a prosecutor’s father-in-law requires his recusal.

BP Snipes Away at Oil Spill Settlement

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

Despite a resounding recent setback before an appeals court, BP PLC remains unbowed in its campaign to rewrite its $9.6 billion settlement in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The company continues to chip away at the deal both in the courts of law and of public opinion.

Finalist, Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year: Wilson Sonsini

Jim Schroeder : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Wilson Sonsini's antitrust team has gone from a tiny firm outpost to an industry heavyweight in 10 years.

Lehman Unsuccessful in Recovering Funds From Creditors

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., which is liquidating itself pursuant to a court-approved bankruptcy plan, had sought to recover hundreds of millions of dollars from Intel and about $23 million from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority under two swap agreements.

The Year in Quotes: Dishing About the Supreme Court

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2013

The nation's top appellate advocates assess the state of the 2013-14 term.

For Attorneys, It's the Season for Collecting

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2013

While the rest of the western world finishes up the holiday season, big firm lawyers are busy trying to collect their outstanding bills before the end of the year.

For Attorneys, It's the Season for Collecting

Aric Press : Daily Report : January 23, 2013

While the rest of the western world prepared for the holidays, big firm lawyers, especially partners, were busy with a different task: trying to collect their outstanding bills before the end of the year.

For Attorneys, It's the Season for Collecting

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 20, 2013

While the rest of the western world prepares itself for the holidays, big firm lawyers, especially partners, are busy with a different task: trying to collect their outstanding bills before the end of the year.

The 'Cuban' Case: Lessons for Insider Trading Law

George A. Borden and John S. Williams : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2013

George A. Borden, a partner in Williams & Connolly, and John S. Williams, an associate with the firm, review legal issues involved in the case against Mark Cuban, including what is required to create a duty to abstain from trading or to disclose the inside information the party has obtained; what is required to prove that a defendant traded "based on" material nonpublic information; and what is "nonpublic information."

Jailed U.S. Contractor in Cuba Presses White House to Intervene

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

For the past four years, U.S. Agency for International Development contractor Alan Gross has wasted away in a Cuban prison, serving a 15-year sentence for providing Internet access to the island's small Jewish community. He's counting on lawyer Scott Gilbert to win his freedom and bring him home to Washington.

Key Component in Collections is Time

J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens : Daily Report : January 03, 2013

As year-end approaches in a sluggish economy, law firms are beginning to focus more on how to manage and collect receivables.

Williams & Connolly Defeats Disqualification Attempt

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 25, 2013

Williams & Connolly can continue to represent the son of one of the firm's partners in a business dispute in court, a Washington federal judge has ruled.

Individual Officer Liability After

George A. Borden and John S. Williams : Corporate Counsel : January 22, 2013

Corporate officials are once again uncertain of whether they can be dragged into long and expensive litigation, with the threat of ruinous potential liability, for statements they merely touched in the normal course of their jobs.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

INADMISSIBLE: D.C. Circuit Nominee Blocked from Bench

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

President Obama's three nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit appear to be in trouble, and they may need Democrats to employ the "nuclear option" to ever make it to the bench. Plus more in this week's column.

Fee Tracker: Penn State's Sex Abuse Tab, Herbalife and Twitter

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2013

Tallying up what Am Law 200 firms are making for their work on notable matters in the news, including the Penn State sex abuse scandal, Bill Ackman's bet against Herbalife, the coming Wikipedia reboot and Twitter's planned IPO.

INADMISSIBLE: Legal Fee Fight is Next Act in Circus Suit

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Norton Rose Fulbright's hourly rates are the latest sideshow to litigation over how Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus treats its elephants. Plus more in this week's column.

Building a Supreme Court Practice

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Kannon Shanmugam sits down with to discuss building a practice at a firm that does not have practice groups, amid the competitive and economic pressures of representing clients before the nation's highest court.