Managing Partner: R. Hackney Wiegmann
Number of partners: 113
Number of partners, counsel, and associates: 302
Williams & Connolly is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier litigation firms. Its lawyers routinely handle significant and complex civil, criminal, and administrative cases across the United States and around the globe. Williams & Connolly maintains a strong tradition of hiring the best and brightest and training and promoting its lawyers from within, producing a closely knit community of attorneys who work collaboratively to achieve successful outcomes for their clients.
Williams & Connolly was founded in 1967 by legendary trial lawyer Edward Bennett Williams. The firm represents corporations (large and small), governments, and individuals in a wide range of litigation, investigation, and arbitration matters. Its robust intellectual property practice, for example, successfully represents clients in patent litigation matters worth billions of dollars. In the healthcare and consumer industries, the firm serves as national coordinating, trial, and/or resolution counsel for major pharmaceutical, medical device, pharmacy, technology, and consumer products companies in mass torts, multi-district litigation, and class actions. It litigates cross-border commercial and other disputes in wide-ranging international litigation and arbitration. The firm has handled many of the most complex corporate, financial, and securities disputes stemming from the global financial crisis. It represents companies and individuals in government investigations and prosecutions of all types, including allegations of fraud, corruption, and FCPA violations. And firm lawyers regularly appear before the Supreme Court and state and federal courts of appeals.
Williams & Connolly’s corporate clients include major global companies from virtually every sector, including Pfizer, Samsung, Sprint, Intel, Bank of America, Google, The Carlyle Group, Medtronic, AstraZeneca, Genentech, Eli Lilly, News Corp/21st Century Fox, and HSBC. In addition, the firm has represented numerous law and accounting firms in professional liability and other matters, one reason why The Washington Post has recognized Williams & Connolly as the firm that other professional firms ‘turn to when they’re in trouble’.
Williams & Connolly is known for its ability to take cases to trial, as well as the deep bench of lawyers at the firm who have tried civil and criminal matters in courts across the country and internationally. Its distinctive approach to litigation has earned the firm top marks from leading publications and ranking services, such as Chambers, Legal 500, The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and Benchmark Litigation, both for overall litigation prowess as well as for many practice- or industry-specific types of litigation. Williams & Connolly is also known as an excellent and collaborative training ground for young litigators, providing clients with the highest-quality representation at every level of seniority and with a cohesive team always working to advance their interests. In 2018, Vault ranked Williams & Connolly as the ‘Most Selective Law Firm’ in the country.
Williams & Connolly hires the top graduates from the best law schools, and fosters a culture that complements its focus on excellence — persistence, immersion in its clients’ businesses and industries, and a commitment to delivering the very best value to its clients.