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Williams & Connolly LLP
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United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation - defense

Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington DC is a specialist litigation firm that ‘works at the top level and many of its partners are involved in securities litigation‘. Last year, it handled matters across the US, including cases in California, Texas, Minnesota and New York. One standout matter saw the firm successfully represent Digital Realty in a Supreme Court appeal against a decision by the Ninth Circuit relating to a whistleblower’s allegations of securities law violations. Robert Van Kirk, who co-leads the securities litigation and enforcement practice with Steven Farina, successfully defended The Carlyle Group and its founder Bill Conway in a  $2bn action following a six-month trial in the Royal Court of Guernsey. R. Hackney Wiegmann also played a key role in that case. Farina and Joseph Petrosinelli succeeded in narrowing the plaintiffs’ class at the class-certification stage in a case for Medtronic plc, which had seen a motion to dismiss reversed in a putative class action. Up-and-coming partner John Williams is also recommended. Kannon Shanmugam, who led the Digital Realty matter, joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in Washington DC in January 2019.