In just over four years, Wilkinson Stekloff has established itself as the leading trial litigation boutique in the country. The firm has a national presence, a deep and growing bench of first- and second-chair trial lawyers, and an astounding record of high-profile victories.
Based on its success in just its first year of existence, Benchmark Litigation named Wilkinson Stekloff the “Boutique Firm of the Year,” calling the firm a “litigator’s dream shop.” Benchmark selected Wilkinson Stekloff for that honor again last year. We have also received countless other accolades, including being selected as the National Law Journal’s Products Liability Group of the Year in 2020, receiving two separate Law360 Trials MVP awards, and obtaining top rankings year after year by Vault.
What’s unique about our approach?
First, we don’t litigate cases piecemeal or think only about the tasks immediately in front of us. Instead, as soon as we are retained—and regardless the phase of the case—we work with our clients to develop the compelling affirmative narrative that we know we will need to win over the judge and, if necessary, the jury. Throughout every day of the litigation—in every deposition, every brief, and every argument—we maintain a laser focus on advancing that narrative to persuade our audience, both factually and legally.
Second, we bring to each matter an extraordinary team of attorneys who reflect the diversity of today’s bench and jury pools. Collectively, our partners have tried over 120 cases to verdict. With approximately 40 attorneys firmwide, we are proud to count six former Supreme Court clerks, 29 attorneys who have also clerked for federal judges, five former federal prosecutors, and one former federal public defender.
Third, we fight with overwhelming force. Our innovative fee agreements allow us to marshal all the necessary resources at any particular stage of a litigation, at no additional cost to our clients. This approach also helps to ensure that all members of the team know—and are ready to execute on—our overall strategy.
Our approach to litigation has produced unprecedented success. Industry observers have suggested that the jury trial is a dying art, but we have already tried 15 cases to verdict while also winning favorable results for clients at various other stages of litigation.
Williams & Connolly is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier litigation firms. Our lawyers routinely handle significant and complex civil, criminal, and administrative cases across the United States and around the globe. The firm maintains a strong tradition of hiring the best and the brightest and training and promoting its lawyers from within, producing closely knit and collaborative teams dedicated to achieving successful outcomes for our clients.
The firm was founded in 1967 by legendary trial lawyer Edward Bennett Williams. In the tradition of our founder, we share a passionate and principled dedication to excellence and success in all that we do. Over the last five decades, many of the world’s most prominent organizations and individuals have trusted us with their most important and complex litigation, investigation, and arbitration matters.
The firm’s clients include major global companies from virtually every sector, including Pfizer, Disney, Samsung, Sprint, Intel, Bank of America, Google, The Carlyle Group, Medtronic, AstraZeneca, Genentech, Eli Lilly, 21st Century Fox, and HSBC. In addition, our lawyers have 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.”
The firm’s robust intellectual property practice successfully represents clients in patent litigation matters worth billions of dollars. In the healthcare and consumer industries, Williams & Connolly 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. Our lawyers litigate cross-border commercial and other disputes in wide-ranging international litigation and arbitrations. We have handled many of the most complex corporate, financial, and securities disputes stemming from the global financial crisis. We represent companies and individuals in government investigations and prosecutions of all types, including allegations of fraud, corruption, and FCPA violations. Our lawyers also regularly appear before the Supreme Court and state and federal courts of appeals.
Known for our ability to take cases to trial, and the deep bench of lawyers at the firm who have tried civil and criminal matters in courts across the country and internationally, Williams & Connolly is described by Chambers USA as “offering unmatched strength in depth and top-level trial capabilities,” and “[a] class act: a delight to litigate with, and fearsome to litigate against.” In addition, Washingtonian magazine has highlighted the firm’s “uncompromising emphasis on victory.”
Our 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. We hire the top graduates from the best law schools and provide a 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. Vault has ranked Williams & Connolly as one of the top law firms for selectivity, partner-associate relations, career outlook, satisfaction, quality of work, and business outlook.Williams & Connolly maintains a nearly one-to-one partner-to-associate ratio, ensuring that matters are leanly staffed and that our associates gain significant hands-on experience.Our approach to hiring and advancement from within fosters a unique culture that focuses on teamwork, preparation, and tenacity designed to deliver results.
The Only Truly Global Law Firm: Truly a “one-firm” firm – Latham has no headquartered office, as firm and practice management is spread throughout the world, allowing Latham to quickly mobilize the best-suited teams regardless of location. With more than 2,700 lawyers qualified to practice law in 31 countries, and at least 60 different languages spoken across the firm, Latham provides clients with an unmatched global platform.
Litigation & Trial Practice: Latham’s more than 800 litigators are located in key business centers around the world, allowing the firm to bring together diverse teams and talent to develop and implement aggressive and creative litigation strategies. Our extensive experience enables us to dispose of most matters well short of trial, and when settlement is not an option, clients can count on our ability to seamlessly handle the full life cycle of a litigation.
Antitrust & Competition: Latham’s integrated Global Antitrust & Competition Practice is built around highly qualified lawyers who are accustomed to working across borders and are fully aware of both the local and international dimensions of antitrust and competition issues – no matter what the business model or industry. Latham’s antitrust lawyers provide forward-looking, business-centric advice and counsel on the full scope of antitrust and competition law issues, including merger clearance, cartel investigation and litigation, competition-related litigation, intellectual property antitrust, and compliance counseling and training programs.
Complex Commercial Litigation: The lawyers in Latham’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice combine trial-ready capabilities, business fluency, and pragmatism to deliver a winning edge, no matter how complex a client’s challenge. Latham regularly represents public and private companies, leading financial institutions, private equity firms and portfolio companies, states and other municipal and governmental entities, and high net worth individuals in complex commercial disputes. With insight and experience in more than a dozen industries, Latham lawyers keenly understand clients’ business objectives and the necessity of nuanced litigation strategies that support these broader goals. We evaluate early exit options to minimize costs, including dispositive motions, alternative dispute resolution, and settlement, as well as third-party indemnification and insurance coverage. In the most aggressive of matters, Latham thrives on its extensive trial experience and shrewd negotiation skills to achieve the best possible resolution for clients. The team has tried or arbitrated several hundred cases to verdict over the past decade with an extraordinary success rate. The firm’s victories span every stage of litigation in US federal and state courts. The Latham arsenal includes more than 300 former federal law clerks from each of the US circuit courts, as well as 41 different districts courts. In addition, more than 30 former federal prosecutors from districts across the United States contribute invaluable institutional knowledge and a wealth of courtroom experience.
Intellectual Property Litigation: Latham’s award-winning Intellectual Property Practice consists of more than 100 IP litigators with unparalleled experience in the full range of IP disputes, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets. We practice regularly in all forums, including multijurisdictional litigation around the world, across more than 45 district courts around the US, and before the Federal Circuit, International Trade Commission, and Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Our team also includes 75 technically trained lawyers, seven technical analysts, and 18 dedicated IP paralegals. Latham’s highly trained technical teams have litigated cases across a wide range of areas, including semiconductors, software, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, image processing, audio processing, therapeutics, medical devices, electric motors, engines, cloud computing and networking, packaging, building products and materials, and banking technologies, among others.
Securities Litigation & Professional Liability: Latham boasts one of the most experienced and successful securities and derivative litigation groups in the United States. Our securities litigators are recognized as among the best lawyers in the field, and include former federal prosecutors, senior staff of the SEC Division of Enforcement, and former clerks at the US Supreme Court, federal appellate and district courts, and state courts. We are a “go-to” law firm for Fortune 500 companies, major financial institutions, their officers and directors, and the Big Four accounting firms. Our approach is simple: identify the most expedient, cost-effective means of ending litigation with the least disruption to the client and its business. This may not be unique to Latham, but what does set the firm apart is our execution. We have obtained dismissals and favorable settlements in multi-billion dollar securities class actions. In the rare instances where trial is unavoidable, Latham is best positioned to represent our clients in achieving optimal results, as our securities litigators are also seasoned trial lawyers. For example, Latham tried one of the only private federal securities class action to go to trial in nearly 10 years. Over the past year, our lawyers have represented clients as defendants in more federal securities class actions than any other law firm, across 22 US district courts.
Supreme Court & Appellate: Led by a former US Solicitor General, Latham’s appellate team has represented clients in numerous groundbreaking cases, with an outstanding record before the US Supreme Court and other appellate courts. Latham appellate practitioners have appeared before the Supreme Court more than 30 times since 2007 alone, representing Fortune 100 corporations, State governments, leading educational institutions, and individuals. The appellate team regularly prepares petitions for certiorari, as well as merits and amicus briefs. The practice has secured certiorari in nearly a dozen cases on behalf of firm clients in the past few years alone. Latham’s appellate lawyers have served at all levels in the US Office of the Solicitor General and clerked for Supreme Court Justices and judges serving on every US federal courts of appeals, providing them with crucial insights into the US appellate court system. The firm has argued and briefed hundreds of cases before the Supreme Court and federal and state courts of appeals.
White Collar Defense & Investigations: Latham’s formidable White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice comprises some of the world’s top white collar lawyers, who are uniquely situated to handle the highest-stakes cases. Our roster includes former regulatory practitioners, career defense advocates, and former government lawyers from Republican and Democratic administrations, including former top-ranking DOJ, SEC, CFTC, and SFO officials, along with Obama White House Counsel’s Office attorneys, among others. Our team knows the inner workings of the government and regularly delivers results that dramatically reduce our clients’ financial exposure, prevent or navigate through potentially debilitating investigations, and manage potentially brand-destroying public discourse. Notably, Latham is a top global firm in securing FCPA declinations, a market leader in healthcare regulation, the world’s leading CFIUS regulatory group, a destination firm for CTFC enforcement litigation, and a leader in highest profile investigations.
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is a law firm created by the 2018 merger of two preeminent firms— Hunton & Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon—each more than a century old. With nearly 1,000 lawyers in the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the firm serves clients across a broad range of complex transactional, litigation and regulatory matters.
Hunton Andrews Kurth boasts two internationally renowned energy practices—a tier one oil and gas practice, and a tier one power practice. In addition to its deep and diversified corporate and finance practices with robust capabilities in capital markets, private equity and structured finance, the firm has one of the largest full-service litigation practices in the country, with particular depth in the key litigation markets of Texas, California, Florida and the Mid-Atlantic.
Hunton Andrews Kurth brings together multiple widely recognized industry-leading practices, including privacy and cybersecurity, labor and employment, intellectual property, environmental and P3, public finance and infrastructure. Both legacy firms have received recognition and accolades in the league tables and rankings outlets for their work in these, and other, practice areas.
With over 350 attorneys, Hunton Andrews Kurth has one of the top litigation teams in the country, having litigated and/or arbitrated in each of the 50 states and in many foreign countries. Our diverse team has the collective knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to help businesses identify and manage potential risks, respond to existing or threatened litigation, and pursue resolution in any venue. Clients have distinguished us for having the “manpower and experienced attorneys who can handle the most sophisticated and high-end litigation” (Chambers USA, 2018).
Our lawyers regularly handle litigation matters in the energy, financial services, healthcare, construction, aviation, consumer products and retail industries. We pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our strategy to the needs of the client’s specific situation. Our commercial litigation docket regularly includes class action defense, commercial contract disputes, white collar defense matters, administrative matters and investigations, and appeals in state and federal courts.
Our team of litigators draw upon decades of experience to handle all aspects of disputes with the goal of achieving successful results whether in the boardroom or a courtroom. We collaborate with clients to develop strategies that are comprehensive in scope and aligned with their needs. The firm’s representation does not exist in a vacuum, and we approach each matter within the larger context of client businesses.
We serve as national or worldwide coordinating counsel for many of our clients. We are engaged by corporations and other large entities across a broad range of matters – from providing advice and counsel about business disputes and torts to civil litigation, trial and appeal, when necessary. We are often engaged in “bet-the-company” cases, complex commercial disputes, multidistrict litigation and coordinated state law proceedings, as well as class actions. Our lawyers have the experience to handle cases that involve multiple adversaries in federal and state courts across the nation and abroad.