Williams & Connolly LLP

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations Department

District of Columbia
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What the team is known for Top-flight DC firm and litigation powerhouse, with a legacy of excellence in contentious civil and criminal matters. Deep and dynamic bench of talented litigators consistently involved in the most sensitive white-collar cases along with major commercial disputes and securities litigation. Offers top-drawer advice and masterful trial expertise to an enviable list of clients that includes a whole host of high-profile individuals as well as multinational companies, global financial institutions and media organizations. Houses recognized strength in litigating complex cross-border disputes.

Strengths"They are tough and smart litigators," comments an impressed peer, adding: "It's the kind of firm you want when you're in a scrap, while also being wonderful colleagues and getting great results."

"The firm offers tremendous quality from top to bottom - the consistency of the attorneys there sets them apart," another interviewee adds.

Further sources comment: "It's a very impressive firm that does very good work and has really excellent litigators."

Work highlights Continued to serve as lead counsel for Cardinal Health in regulatory investigations, litigation and Congressional investigations relating to the company's distribution of opioid medications.

Notable practitioners


Brendan Sullivan
is widely considered one of the most accomplished white-collar practitioners of his era, and continues to act in major criminal proceedings for both individuals and companies. "He's one of my heroes in the practice of law - he's an iconic lawyer," a market insider comments, adding: "He has a huge reputation and when you meet him he surpasses that. He has such a keen legal mind and strategic way of looking at any situation, and is able to recommend paths forward that are insightful and laden with his deep expertise."


David Zinn
cochairs the firm's criminal defense group, a position which sees him frequently called upon by senior executives and prominent corporations to defend investigations and related criminal proceedings relating to a broad range of white-collar allegations. "He is just a great technical lawyer," one source comments, adding: "He's really analytical, offers a great mastery of the law and has an infectious passion for the defense of his clients."


Kevin Downey
is described by market sources as "a really good technical lawyer" who is "really strategic and has a nice touch with the client."He is an experienced white-collar defense attorney with expertise across a broad range of complex matters, including Congressional investigations, criminal trials and regulatory proceedings.

The "absolutely terrific"
Lance Wade
wins plaudits for his sophisticated white-collar practice, regularly handling investigations and litigation for public and private companies, law firms and prominent individuals. Interviewees consider him "a very smart attorney and excellent strategist who is very, very good on his feet in court."

The "absolutely brilliant"
Robert Cary
offers notable experience defending individual clients in high-stakes criminal trials, and has further expertise in handling complex investigations and regulatory proceedings. "He encompasses all of Williams & Connolly's best qualities," comments a market source, explaining: "He's aggressive, brings the fight and is really, really smart."

Interviewees recommend
Tobin Romero
as "an incredibly diligent attorney who can really manage a corporate criminal investigation," while also praising him as "a very good cross-examiner."His broad practice regularly sees him handling domestic and cross-border proceedings involving allegations including public corruption, fraud and criminal tax violations.