Wiley Rein may be a one-office firm, but it packs a punch. It is known for its prominent Telecom, Media & Technology group comprising more than 60 top attorneys in the field and also—not surprising for a DC firm—for its government and policy work. The firm’s other major practices include insurance, government contracts, election law, international trade, and intellectual property. The firm represents a wide range of clients—from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations to individuals—in myriad industries, including e...
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Wiley recruits heavily from local DC law schools in addition to the T14s and seeks candidates looking to stay in DC for the long haul. Associates feel a sense of camaraderie with their colleagues, and there is plenty of socializing during the work day and beyond, but associates aren’t pressured into giving up personal time if they’d prefer to pass on a social event. A low associate-to-partner ratio means there are plenty of opportunities to form relationships, and partners operate with an open-door policy that contributes to associates feeling respected and appreciated. Generally, partners are transparent on firm decision-making, but associates wish there was greater insight into the bonus structure. That said, they seem generally satisfied with their compensation, which is lockst...
Founded in 1983 with 39 attorneys, Wiley has grown to be a big player in the nation’s capital, with more than 240 attorneys who practice in over a dozen areas of law. Best known for its Telecom, Media, & Technology group, the firm’s other major practices include insurance, government contracts, election law, international trade, and intellectual property.
Growing Up on K Street
Wiley was founded in Washington, DC, by two attorneys with deep roots in the nation’s capital: Bert Rein—a former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs—and Richard Wiley—former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Noted for its expertise in communications, media, government affairs, and political law, Wiley counts among its ranks many prominen...