Wilkinson Stekloff is a boutique litigation firm established in 2016 with offices in three key cities—Washington, DC; New York City; and Los Angeles. Small but mighty, the firm focuses on winning high-stakes trials while also actively encouraging its attorneys to take on bono matters. Wilkinson Stekloff also eschews the traditional billable model, both in client fee arrangements and for the attorneys at the firm, a move appreciated by all parties.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2022)

1 - 50


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Top 150 Under 150


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

1 (1 2L)


Base Salary

1st year: $215,000

Vault Verdict

Wilkinson Stekloff boasts a socially active and tightknit firm culture. Attorneys engage with each other outside the realms of the office and at firm-sponsored events. While transparency into promotion and firm finances is opaque, associates receive feedback during annual performance reviews. Associate/partner relationships are founded on respect and a genuine care for one another. Work hours can be long, but the associates note the flexibility they have to control their workdays and are glad the firm does not impose a billable hour requirement. Compensation matches the market rate and is often above the market scale in terms of salary and bonuses. The associates spend their time on high quality, interesting work that allows them to develop their skills. Technology speaking, the f...

About the Firm

Wilkinson Stekloff is a high-stakes litigation firm headquartered in Washington, DC, with additional offices in Los Angeles and New York City. The firm can count its age on one hand, but it’s hardly a fledgling—Wilkinson Stekloff has soared from the start, achieving success after success in the courtroom. Within two months of its founding, the firm had already won its first major trial, defeating a $1.5 billion class action on behalf of Philip Morris.

A 21st Century Firm

Wilkinson Stekloff was founded in January 2016 by a group of former BigLaw litigators to focus on winning high-stakes trials. Based on the firm’s success in just its first four years, Benchmark Litigation has twice named Wilkinson Stekloff the “Boutique Firm of the Year,” praising the firm as a “litigator’s d...

Associate Reviews


  • “The firm skews to be socially active, while remaining professional. We have several social events internally, which helps develop rapport within the firm body. Staff and attorneys tend to have a really good relationship and respect for all is prioritized above all else.”
  • “There is a real sense of collegiality among all attorneys at the firm. Of course, COVID has made socializing difficult, but it’s a small firm and everyone knows each other.”
  • “Yes, we are a social firm and I do hang out with my colleagues. It is very informal and feels like a family.”



Why Work Here

Want To Be A Trial Lawyer?

Then you’ve come to the right place Wilkinson Stekloff is an elite trial boutique, committed to two things—litigating the most significant trials throughout the nation, and developing the next generation of trial lawyers.

What does that mean for you?  It means you’ll see courtrooms and client meetings yourself, rather than just hearing about them from senior associates and partners.  You’ll get active encouragement and guidance on how to build your own skill set, rather than just focusing on making others look good.  You won’t just be in the rooms where it happens—you’ll be helping make wins happen.

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Practice Area Q&A’s

Kieran Gostin & Cali Cope-Kasten

Partner & Partner

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Kieran Gostin & Betsy Henthorne

Partner & Associate

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