Williams & Connolly LLP > Washington DC, United States > Firm Profile

Williams & Connolly LLP
725 TWELFTH STREET, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20005
United States

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The Washington DC-based criminal defense and government investigations team at Williams & Connolly LLP is well known for its representation of high-profile individuals, but it also acts for public and private companies. The firm has notable experience in FCPA matters, money laundering, securities fraud and criminal antitrust cases. David Zinn co-heads the practice and is recommended for investigations involving the SEC, CFTC or state attorneys general, and also handles civil litigation. Tobin Romero, who jointly leads the team, acts for multinational corporations and executives on cross-border investigations and prosecutions. Brendan Sullivan is a veteran trial lawyer with experience in commercial litigation and RICO cases, while Kevin Downey handles both criminal and civil litigation. Emmet Flood is a name to note for crisis situations, congressional investigations and professional liability disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Zinn; Tobin Romero

Testimonials

‘Williams & Connolly is the gold standard on defending criminal cases for companies as well as individuals.’

‘Their tenacity, skill, creativity, and commitment are unmatched.’

‘David Zinn, Toby Romero and Kevin Downey are tough as nails, thorough and creative. A formidable courtroom-tested team.’

‘I love working on cases with them.

‘They are the best in the business.’

‘They have enormous credibility with prosecutors, they fight when it is appropriate to fight and cooperate when necessary.’

‘Their talent is exceptional at all levels of the firm.’

‘David Zinn is a master tactician.’

Key clients

Cardinal Health

Elizabeth Holmes

Jason Sugarman

Mark Hazelwood

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead and national counsel for Cardinal in opioids matters, including civil litigation, state Attorneys General litigation and investigations, and Congressional investigations.
  • Acting as lead counsel for Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and former CEO of Theranos, in defending against an indictment brought by the US Attorney of the Northern District of California.
  • Representing a global media company in connection with an investigation by a US Attorney’s Office arising out of the FIFA bribery scandal.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 1

Williams & Connolly LLP impresses with its wide scope, spanning breach of contract and professional liability actions, as well as consumer or securities class actions, in trials, litigations, and arbitration on a national and international level. The group has major clients such as GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Bank of America, Google, and The Carlyle Group LP on its roster. Robert Van Kirk  has a track record in handling commercial litigation, internal and government investigations, and congressional inquiries. Dane Butswinkas is a key contact for financial institutions and pharmaceutical companies. Versatile litigator and arbitration counsel Edward Bennett completes the lead trio of the practice. Enu Mainigi specialises in representing clients from the financial services and healthcare industries. Sarah Kirkpatrick has expertise in acting for private equity firms, broker dealers, media companies, and individuals, among others. Luke McCloud was promoted to partner in January 2021. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Dane Butswinkas; Robert Van Kirk; Edward Bennett

Testimonials

‘They manage cases with an eye towards trial. While expensive, they deliver and ultimately are worth the money.’

‘Enu Mainigi is fantastic and very strong in oral advocacy, among other things.’

‘Responsive. Pragmatic. Pay attention to details.’

‘Williams & Connolly is the real deal. Very quiet but very, very competent. They staff the matter with experts, but don’t flood it with unnecessary staff. Wicked smart. Never want to be on the other side of the table from them.’

‘Robert Van Kirk is a persuasively plain-spoken warrior. As good in the board room as he is in court. Always on top of the facts and the law. Seasoned judgment and pragmatic guidance. He sets the standard.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

National Geographic Partners, LLC

Bank of America

Hospira/Pfizer

The Carlyle Group LP

The Carlyle Group, Inc./Former Directors of Authentix, Inc.

Brown University

United Therapeutics Corp.

CVS Health

Google

Cardinal Health

Precision Castparts Corp

Progrexion Holdings, Inc. and Lexington Law Firm

W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Secured a complete trial and appellate victory on behalf of AstraZeneca, defeating plaintiffs’ claims that they were owed $275m following the merger of an affiliate with AZ.
  • Representing Bank of America as lead trial counsel on behalf of its Countrywide subsidiary against claims of fraud and breach of contract in connection with 30 mortgage-backed securitizations insured by Ambac Assurance Corporation.
  • Secured an important appellate victory on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline before the Delaware Supreme Court in a landmark decision on the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing that safeguards the stability of contracts governed by Delaware law.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 1

Leveraging the firm’s overarching litigation prowess, combined with knowledge of the underlying subject matter and scientific issues pertinent to pharma companies and device makers, the ‘exceptional‘ team at Washington DC-based firm Williams & Connolly LLP is frequently at the forefront of the most significant disputes in the country. As well as housing a multitude of experienced trial lawyers, the team also draws upon expertise throughout the litigation process, regularly acting as national counsel shaping the overarching strategy in major MDLs and class actions, as well as resolution counsel and at the appellate stage. Joseph Petrosinelli is ‘excellent at navigating disputes with opposing counsel’, particularly in the context of co-ordinated proceedings and class actions; he continues to represent Pfizer as one of the defendants in mass tort litigation relating to Zantac. The ‘very sharp’ Heidi Hubbard co-heads the products liability, torts and medicines group alongside Petrosinelli and is frequently brought in by major pharmaceutical companies to act as trial counsel in state and federal courts throughout the country. Paul Boehm is another name of note alongside Liam Montgomery, who ‘is excellent at building consensus among co-defendants’. 

Testimonials

‘The team is exceptional. Great on the substance but also very practical and easy to work with.’

‘Joe Petrosinelli is excellent at navigating disputes with opposing counsel.’

‘Liam Montgomery is very good at building consensus among co-defendants.’

Heidi Hubbard is very sharp.’

 

Key clients

Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Pfizer Inc.

Hospira/Pfizer Inc.

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

Medtronic plc

Stryker Corp.

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Cardinal Health

Work highlights

  • Representing Merck in the dismissal of claims by more than 2,500 plaintiffs related to Merck’s popular diabetes treatments, JANUVIA and JANUMET.
  • Representing Pfizer in mass tort litigation against the Company and dozens of other defendants relating to the over-the-counter heartburn medication Zantac®.
  • Represented GlaxoSmithKline as appellate, legal writing, and legal strategy counsel in the Zofran MDL proceeding in which a group of more than 400 plaintiffs attempted to attribute various birth defects, including heart defects and cleft palate, to the use of Zofran, an anti-nausea medication.

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

According to sources, Williams & Connolly LLP‘s Washington DC-based appellate team is comprised of attorneys who are ‘at the top of Supreme Court practice‘. The group, which is also active in federal and state courts nationwide, can turn its hand to cases covering any subject matter, with its recent work spanning administrative law, First Amendment rights, securities litigation, immigration and IP, among other issues. High-profile figure Lisa Blatt has a phenomenal record in SCOTUS matters, having argued 42 cases and prevailing in 37. Blatt recently paired up with ‘incisive and collegial‘ up-and-coming partner Sarah Harris to score a decisive 9-0 victory in the US Supreme Court, on behalf of two individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits. In another SCOTUS file, Amy Saharia successfully petitioned for certiorari on behalf of Jose Santos Sanchez and Sonia Gonzalez in a pro bono matter discussing whether an individual who enters the US unlawfully is eligible to become a lawful permanent resident. Luke McCloud, who has a focus on patent litigation, is also recommended; he has argued in the US Supreme Court and several federal courts of appeals.

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Testimonials

‘Williams and Connolly are super stars at the United States Supreme Court. I worked on a successful case with them this term. It was a great experience for my humble practice to work with attorneys who are at the top of Supreme Court practice.’

The firm has a superb Supreme Court practice in every respect.’

The work they did on my humble cases was extraordinary. The results, 9 to 0 reversal by the Supreme Court for my clients was wonderful.’

‘Lisa Blatt and I connected for Williams and Connolly to represent my clients at the US Supreme Court. I enjoyed talking and dealing with Lisa. She and I connected with the case but we were able to get to know each other as individuals also.’

Sarah Harris and Lisa Blatt are outstanding. Sarah in particular is brilliant, incisive and collegial; she was a great pleasure to work with on the Supreme Court case in which I was preparing an amicus brief.

Amy Saharia knew the subject matter better than anyone. She was always available to discuss the case and bounce ideas on.’

Key clients

Lynn Goldsmith

Pfizer/Hospira

Travis Kalanick

Liberty Tax Service

Progrexion Holdings, Inc. and Lexington Law Firm

Bayer Pharmaceuticals

Medtronic Plc

Harbor Breeze Corp.

Former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and Minister of Defense José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín

Bank President Harry Calcutt

CVS Health

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

Turning Point Brands

Willie Carr

Manfredo Salinas

Mahanoy Area School District

Jose Santos Sanchez and Sonia Gonzalez

Gregory Walters, Thomas Meyer, and Ray Trosclair

Erik Egbert

Carlos Concepcion

Rolls-Royce PLC

CVS Pharmacy, Inc.

Sulzer Mixpac AG

Travis Tuggle

AstraZeneca

Work highlights

  • Represented the respondents (Gregory Walters, Thomas Meyer, and Ray Trosclair) before the US Supreme Court in a case discussing whether federal courts have subject-matter jurisdiction to confirm or vacate an arbitration award under the Federal Arbitration Act, when the basis for jurisdiction is that the underlying dispute involved a federal question.
  • Scored a victory for the petitioners before the US Supreme Court in Carr v. Saul, which discussed whether claimants seeking disability benefits must raise Appointments Clause challenges to improperly appointed Social Security administrative law judges in order to preserve the issue for judicial review.
  • Successfully represented Pfizer subsidiary Hospira on appeal before the Second Circuit in a $300m commercial dispute brought by Apotex over a supply agreement.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 2

Washington DC-based firm Williams & Connolly LLP‘s one-office disputes team is well-adept at handling international litigation. Its broad expertise spans from commercial disputes, FCPA cases and issues of foreign state immunity to cross-border patent litigation, and its impressive client roster from leading global corporates to governments and state departments. Ana Reyes and Jonathan Landy jointly lead the team and combine cross-border litigation, international arbitration and enforcement experience. Among the associate ranks, Benjamin Graham and Haley Wasserman are names to note. The lean team benefits from experience in collaborating with leading local counsel where appropriate.

Practice head(s):

Ana Reyes; Jonathan Landy

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Key clients

Kingdom of Spain

Former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and Minister of Defense José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín

Pfizer, Inc.

Precision Castparts Corp.

Hospira/Pfizer

Work highlights

  • Representing the Kingdom of Spain in litigation concerning the enforceability of a $66m arbitral award related to economic incentives for renewable energy projects. The case presents complex issues of public international law, including the ability of Member States in the European Union to participate in international arbitration under multilateral investment treaties.
  • Representing the former Bolivian President and his Defense Minister in the first civil case in which a former head-of-state was tried in the United States.
  • Representing Pfizer Inc. and certain of its affiliates in an Anti-Terrorism Act lawsuit filed on behalf of American service members, civilians, and their families in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington DC frequently represents a wide range of major corporations and financial institutions, among them Bank of America, The Carlyle Group and AstraZeneca, in high-profile securities matters. Steven Farina and Amanda MacDonald, who lead the practice with Robert Van Kirk, represented CVS Health in federal and state securities class actions arising from the company’s announcement of a goodwill write-down associated with its Omnicare business in 2019. Up-and-coming partner John Williams, who acts for issuers, private equity firms, underwriters, professional advisers, and individuals in securities suits, worked alongside Van Kirk as lead counsel for Tenet Healthcare in shareholder derivative litigation and a securities class action arising out of its resolution of a False Claims Act investigation.

Practice head(s):

Steven Farina; Robert Van Kirk; Amanda MacDonald

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Key clients

CVS Health

AstraZeneca

The Carlyle Group

Silver Lake Partners

AmTrust Financial Services

Ernst & Young

Bank of America

Elizabeth Holmes

Travis Kalanick

Range Resources Corporation

Tenet Healthcare

Former CFO of Booz Allen

Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of ZocDoc

Work highlights

  • Representing CVS Health in multiple pending federal and state securities class actions alleging 1933 and 1934 Act violations relating to its acquisition of Omnicare in 2015 and subsequent accounting judgments. The firm has won dismissal of several of the cases in federal and state courts.
  • Representing Silver Lake and associated directors in shareholder litigation relating to Dell’s 2018 Class V stock transaction. The case is pending in Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Representing The Carlyle Group, Inc. and various affiliated entities, along with former directors of Authentix, Inc., in a case brought by minority shareholders alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and other claims related to the 2017 sale of Authentix.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

Earning plaudit for approaching the work with ‘extreme thoroughness and high level of coordination’, Washington DC-based firm Williams & Connolly LLP is well known for representing clients from the pharmaceutical and biotech, electronics and software fields, primarily in Hatch-Waxman litigation, licensing disputes, as well as in trade secret litigation. The practice is jointly headed by David Berl, who has a strong focus on biotech and small molecule pharmaceuticals; and Jessamyn Berniker, who has extensive experience in Hatch-Waxman cases. They are closely supported by key practitioners Bruce Genderson, who is lauded as one of the ‘best trial attorneys in the IP space’, ‘excellent first chair trial attorneyStanley Fisher; Andrew Trask, who focuses on patent appeals; Adam Harber; Thomas Selby; and Dov Grossman.

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Testimonials

‘Andrew Trask is a rising star litigator.’

‘Extreme thoroughness and high level of coordination.’

‘Bruce Genderson: a true professional. One of the best trial attorneys in the IP space in the US. Bruce is a great mentor and teacher. Stan Fischer: excellent first chair trial attorney.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca

Teva Pharmaceuticals International GmbH and Cephalon, Inc.

Dropbox Inc.

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Pfizer

Ionis Pharmaceuticals

Bayer AG

Google LLC

Norton (Waterford) Ltd.

Novartis

Work highlights

  • Secured a trial victory for AstraZeneca in a patent case concerning the company’s Symbicort product, an inhaler treatment for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Successfully represented Dropbox in patent infringement litigation brought by Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. alleging that Dropbox’s products infringe three US-based synchronization-related patents.
  • Trial and appellate victory on behalf of Teva Pharmaceuticals in an ANDA litigation concerning Teva’s flagship branded product, Bendeka®.

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 2

Aside from an outstanding expertise in defamation law, the team at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington DC advises on the full range of potential legal issues arising in media organizations, and has a special expertise in providing authors with comprehensive advice on publication. A renowned civil litigator, Thomas Hentoff co-heads the practice, representing his clients in matters of first amendment law, IP, and media law. In a recent highlight, he led the team in their advocacy on behalf of Lynn Goldsmith. Fellow co-head Joseph Terry is a specialist in representing media companies in complex litigation cases. Stephen Fuzesi rounds out the leadership expertise with his proficiency in professional liability and first amendment litigation. Additionally recommended in the sphere of First Amendment law is Nicholas Gamse, who further advises clients on possible liability issues prior to publication of their work.  

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hentoff; Joseph Terry; Stephen Fuzesi

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Key clients

Lynn Goldsmith

National Geographic Partners

Cable News Network

The Washington Post

Walt Disney Company

Fox News Network

Recording Industry Association of America

American Civil Liberties Union

Google

Work highlights

  • Represented Lynn Goldsmith in an appeal before the second circuit challenging the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.’s fair use defense.
  • Represented several news networks in a copyright infringement action against David Goodfriend and Sports Fan Coalition NY, Inc. regarding online retransmission.
  • Represented CNN and The Washington Post in multiple defamation actions brought by congressman Devin Nunes and a senior advisor.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

Representing clients exclusively out of its Washington DC office, Williams & Connolly LLP demonstrates particular strengths in antitrust litigation within the pharmaceutical and technology space and sports longstanding relationships with a number of blue-chip corporates. John Schmidtlein, who is specialized in civil and criminal antitrust litigation as well as government investigations, and Jonathan Pitt, whose practice includes representing clients in matters of monopolization, no-poaching, and price-fixing, jointly lead the group. At the intersection between antitrust, intellectual property and the pharmaceutical industry lies the expertise of ‘highly talented litigator’ Benjamin Greenblum. Other key contacts are bet-the-company litigation expert Colette Connor and antitrust and securities litigation specialist Carol Pruski.

Practice head(s):

John Schmidtlein; Jonathan Pitt

Testimonials

‘The Williams & Connolly team are excellent advocates, both orally and in writing. Their written work product is fantastic. They are also very knowledgeable about the pharmaceutical industry.’

‘Ben Greenblum is super knowledgeable regarding antitrust/competition law as it pertains to the pharmaceutical industry. He always gives very sound/practical legal advice.’

‘Elite antitrust litigators in the pharmaceutical and technology space. Smart, aggressive, and strategic.’

‘Ben Greenblum is a highly talented litigator with a deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical antitrust laws.’

Key clients

Google

Amazon.com, Inc.

United Therapeutics Corporation

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Par Pharmaceuticals

Celgene/Bristol Myers-Squibb

Bank of America

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Hospira/Pfizer

CVS Pharmacy, Inc. and Caremark PCS Health, LLC

Work highlights

  • Serving as lead counsel for Google in the antitrust enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and various State Attorneys General accusing the company of maintaining an illegal monopoly over internet search and search advertising.
  • Representing Amazon in class action litigation brought against Amazon and the major book publishers alleging various antitrust claims regarding the distribution and sale of eBooks.
  • Representing United Therapeutics Corp. in an antitrust, unfair competition, tortious interference, and contract action involving its drug, Remodulin, which treats a rare condition known as pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

Washington DC-based Williams & Connolly LLP provides a fully integrated mix of litigation and counselling, providing pre-publication reviews of periodical publications, pre-production reviews of television shows and motion pictures, and representation in complex disputes at the trial and appellate levels. Thomas Hentoff heads the team, bringing experience in complex civil claims, IP disputes, and First Amendment and media law matters, including acting for several major broadcasters. Gerson Zweifach offers expertise from previous service as general counsel to the News Corporation and 20th Century Fox. All lawyers mentioned work in Washington DC.

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Key clients

Lynn Goldsmith

Walt Disney

Recording Industry Association of America

Work highlights

  • Represented photographer Lynn Goldsmith before the Second Circuit challenging the lower court’s decision that the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts had a fair use defense to Ms. Goldsmith’s claim of copyright infringement.
  • Representing the Recording Industry Association of America member record companies in a copyright lawsuit against the operators of the now-defunct Megaupload website and service.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 4

Williams & Connolly LLP has a broad contentious financial services practice, with experience across consumer finance and securities law. The practice’s work in consumer finance disputes includes handling class actions, such as disputes related to COVID-19 relief programs, and litigation brought by the CFPB. Elsewhere, the team represents financial institutions and individuals in enforcement proceedings related to alleged fraud and violations of anti-money laundering laws. Dane Butswinkas and John Villa jointly lead the team, with Enu Mainigi and Ryan Scarborough also names to note. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Dane Butswinkas; John Villa

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Testimonials

‘The Williams & Connolly LLP team are professional, knowledgeable, and have the requisite experience to represent any Financial Services institution in a number of legal topics. They collaborate well and utilize technology and resources to facilitate information requests.’

‘My company has worked with Ryan Scarborough for the last couple of years and find him to genuinely caring, exceptionally bright, and very knowledgeable. His demeanor and style puts his clients at ease but he also is able to ensure his client’s needs are met.’

‘Williams & Connolly is the absolutely best litigation firm in the US. For a complex, difficult problem, they know how to get to a legal position which provides an excellent outcome for the client. They are excellent at dealing with government entities and cutting through the headaches of government bureaucracy and winning. They are not inexpensive but worth every penny with their outcomes for their clients.’

‘Primary you are working with a partner or partners with associate support. Other firms generally have the associates do most of the work. With Williams and Connolly the partners are doing the primary work, reading all the documents and are the most knowledge about the details. They bring tremendous value to complex situations because you are tapping into very knowledgeable and seasoned legal minds.’

Key clients

Fifth Third Bank

Bank of America

Heartland Financial

Bank President Harry Calcutt

Progrexion Holdings, Inc.

Fifth Third Bank

Bank of America

Heartland Financial

Bank President Harry Calcutt

Progrexion Holdings, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represents Fifth Third Bank in litigation brought by the CFPB alleging unfair and abusive acts and practices in connection with allegedly unauthorized account openings.
  • Representing Bank of America as lead trial counsel on behalf of its Countrywide subsidiary against claims of fraud and breach of contract in connection with 30 mortgage-backed securitizations insured by Ambac Assurance Corporation.
  • Representing Heartland Financial in defending against two putative class actions alleging that the banks improperly charged fees to their customers.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 4

Dane Butswinkas – Williams & Connolly LLP. Based in Washington DC, Dane Butswinkas has amassed experience in both state and federal courts across a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, real estate, manufacturing and media and entertainment. Notably, he gained a complete bench trial victory in Delaware defending AstraZenca in a suit brought by a company seeking $275m in milestone payments after the two companies merged several years previously.

Work highlights

    Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 4

    The ‘highly competent, strategic, and experienced’ team at Washington DC-based litigation heavyweight Williams & Connolly LLP offers overarching substantive product liability law knowledge and litigation expertise. Although it remains best-known for its work within the healthcare arena, the product liability team, which is headed by Heidi Hubbard  and Joe Petrosinelli, also picks up a significant volume of work, including class actions within the consumer products space. David Forkner leads the food, beverage and pet practice group and is engaged in litigation affecting clients in the sector throughout the country, including in the context of product liability defense work.

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    Testimonials

    Team members are highly competent, strategic, and experienced in this area.’

    The team is easily accessible, responsible in billing, and personable.’

    David Horniak is easily accessible and quickly responds to client inquiries with direct and helpful communication.’

    Steve Raber is an expert in his field without the ego or arrogance that often comes with that. He also has an expertise in California courts that is particularly helpful.’

    Both Steve Raber and David Horniak have respectful and measured attitudes, and are never condescending to less experienced in-house counsel, instead always taking the time needed to ensure in-house counsel are up-to-speed and understanding of the process and issues.’

    Key clients

    Tyco Fire Products, LP and Chemguard, Inc.

    Brown University

    Work highlights

    • Representing Tyco Fire Products and Chemguard in nationwide litigation involving chemicals contained in aqueous film-forming foams.
    • Representing a leading pet food company in securing the dismissal of two putative federal class actions alleging that certain product labelling violates state warranty laws and consumer protection statutes.
    • Successfully represented Brown University in one of several dozen putative class actions filed across the country against colleges and universities in connection with the transition to remote and online classes when the Covid-19 pandemic arose during the Spring 2020 semester.

    Government > Government contracts Tier 4

    Williams & Connolly LLP’s government contract practice stands out for its expertise in high-stakes litigation and sensitive investigations. The team is particularly adept in contract-related disputes, False Claims Act suits, and complex civil, criminal, and administrative litigation at state and federal level. Healthcare government contracts is where the team shines, and over the years the practice has covered a wide spectrum of industries, including aerospace, defense, IT, professional services, construction, and engineering, among others. The practice is co-led by Kevin Hodges and Edward Reddington, both of who have extensive experience in complex civil and criminal litigation matters. Christopher Manning’s practice focuses on FCA litigation. Greg Bowman is also of note, paritcularly in matters involving national security, patent litigation, and class action allegations. Enu Mainigi is also a key contact for healthcare related FCA matters.  All practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC.

    Practice head(s):

    Kevin Hodges; Edward Reddington

    Other key lawyers:

    Christopher Manning; Brian Gilmore; John McNichols; Greg Bowman; Christopher Mandernach; Enu Mainigi

    Testimonials

    ‘The practice has expert subject matter knowledge, both of US government contracting rules and regulation and of the particular legal framework involved in the underlying litigation. The firm put together a team of relevant subject matter experts and went to great lengths to understand our business. The firm is collaborative.’

    ‘The core team are Christopher Manning, Brian Gilmore, and John McNichols. The team has extensive experience litigating the type of case we are involved in, yet has never assumed this case is the same as other cases. Rather, the team has been careful to understand our business and the facts involved.’

    ‘Williams & Connolly has an impressive Supreme Court practice. Williams and Connolly invests to build strong relationships with its peer firms.’

    ‘I have never worked with a firm that is more thoughtful and thorough than W&C. Their knowledge of how to navigate complicated situations is extremely impressive. The care and thoughtfulness with which they consider every detail is equally impressive. At the same time they do so with a sincere and admirable humility. W&C is a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘The efforts that Greg Bowman goes to in order to immerse himself in our business and understand every detail and nuance at a granular level in order to inform his strategy, best represent our firm and ensure every option and scenario is considered is impressive.’

    ‘Williams & Connolly knows the ins and outs of working with Government entities. Most other firms treat the government as another party without special knowledge and understanding. Williams & Connolly has deep understanding on how to handle the government.’

    ‘Absolute superb knowledge of government entities. How to be responsive but not be bullied by bureaucrats.’

    Key clients

    Lynn Tilton

    Cardinal Health

    Work highlights

    • Representing Cardinal Health in civil litigation, Attorney General litigation and investigations, Congressional investigations, and other matters relating to the company’s distribution of opioid medications.
    • Represented Lynn Tilton, the founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners, in a qui tam lawsuit brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama seeking more than $1 billion in damages.

    Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 4

    Based in Washington DC, Williams & Connolly LLP handles the full scope of trade secrets and restrictive covenants related cases, representing a range of financial institutions and multinational corporations from the fields of aerospace, defense, and medical device manufacturing. Daniel Shanahan handles both civil and criminal litigations for clients in trial and appellate courtrooms across the country, while Bryan Wilson‘s wide-ranging sector focus notably includes arbitral hearings and trials for multiple medical device manufacturers. David Riskin’s recent highlights include high-value appeals before the Delaware Supreme Court and cases in the health and life sciences arenas.

    Practice head(s):

    Daniel Shanahan; Bryan Wilson

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    Key clients

    Precision Castparts Corp.

    Appian Corp.

    Work highlights

    • Represented plaintiff Precision Castparts Corp. in seeking to stop the misappropriation of its trade secrets for specialized fasteners called tapered sleeve bolts.
    • Represented a global conglomerate in trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty litigation involving a former executive and his new employer.
    • Representing a medical device company in connection with the departure of two senior sales executives, bringing a lawsuit asserting breaches of restrictive covenants, tortious interference with contract, breach of the duty of loyalty, and aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty in federal court.

    Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 5

    Litigation makes up the core of Williams & Connolly LLP‘s healthcare practice, with demonstrated experience in government investigations, appeals cases and class action suits. Its opioid crisis-related work has continued, with practice co-head head Enu Mainigi advising Cardinal Health on cases in New York, West Virginia and Washington. Its bench also features numerous experts on False Claims Act and Stark Law cases, most notably co-head Jennifer Wicht. All named lawyers are Washington DC-based.

    Practice head(s):

    Enu Mainigi; Jennifer Wicht

    Other key lawyers:

    Holly Conley; Grant Geyerman

    Key clients

    Cardinal Health

    CVS Health

    Omnicare

    CVS Caremark

    CVS/Aetna

    Medtronic plc

    CVS Pharmacy, Inc.

    Doctor’s Hospital

    Work highlights

    • Representing Cardinal Health in government investigations and civil litigation relating to opioids.
    • Represented CVS in class action litigation related to the company’s generic discount drug program.
    • Represented Aetna in a lawsuit brought by the California Medical Association seeking to enjoin Aetna’s surprise out-of-network costs policy.

    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 U.S. 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 Legal 500, Chambers, 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 also is 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 clients’ interests.  In 2020, for the third year in a row, 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.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Accountant liability Steven Farina
    Accountant liability Kathrine Turner
    Antitrust John Schmidtlein
    Antitrust Jonathan Pitt
    Bankruptcy litigation Ellen Oberwetter
    Class action Edward Barnidge
    Commercial litigation Dane Butswinkas
    Commercial litigation Robert Van Kirk
    Employment litigation and counseling Deneen Howell
    Employment litigation and counseling Elaine Horn
    Environmental Robert Shaughnessy
    ERISA and plan benefits Meg Keeley
    ERISA and plan benefits Vidya Mirmira
    False claims act/qui tam Enu Mainigi
    False claims act/qui tam Jennifer Wicht
    Financial services and banking Dane Butswinkas
    Financial services and banking John Villa
    First amendment and media Kevin Baine
    First amendment and media Thomas Hentoff
    First amendment and media Joe Terry
    First amendment and media Steve Fuzesi
    Food, beverage and pet David Forkner
    Government contracts Kevin Hodges
    Government contracts Edward Reddington
    Health care Enu Mainigi
    Health care Jennifer Wicht
    Insurance disputes Kenneth Brown
    Insurance disputes William Ashworth
    International disputes Jonathan Landy
    International disputes Ana Reyes
    Law firm defense Robert Cary
    Law firm defense Meg Keeley
    Patent litigation Jessamyn Berniker|
    Patent litigation David Berl
    Products liability Heidi Hubbard
    Products liability Joseph Petrosinelli
    Real estate William Burke
    Real estate Kenneth Smurzynski
    Securities enforcement and litigation Steven Farina
    Securities enforcement and litigation Robert Van Kirk
    Supreme court and appellate litigation Lisa Blatt
    Trademark and copyright Thomas Hentoff
    Trademark and copyright Robert Shaughnessy
    Transactions and business counseling Deneen Howell
    Transactions and business counseling Michael O'Connor
    Unfair competition, trade secrets and restrictive covenants Daniel Shanahan
    Unfair competition, trade secrets and restrictive covenants C. Bryan Wilson
    White-collar criminal and government investigations/FCPA Toby Romero
    White-collar criminal and government investigations/FCPA David Zinn
    Number of Lawyers : 302
    Managing Partner : R. Hackney Wiegmann