Overview

Introduction

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


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

1 - 50

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

9

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Featured Rankings

Top 150 Under 150


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Base Salary

1st year: $205,000


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No. of U.S. Offices

3


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No. of International Offices

0

Vault Verdict

Landing a job at Wilkinson Stekloff is no easy feat—the firm is looking for attorneys who attended top schools, have journal experience, and clerked for federal judges, in addition to having diverse or unusual backgrounds and the desire to work on high-stakes trials. The firm’s small size has helped create a collegial environment, where everyone works well together, and many enjoy socializing outside of the office. Partners have high expectations of the associates, but associates feel they are treated with respect and their input is valued in all aspects of a case. The firm has limited formal training, but associates note that what they learn by doing, and feedback from senior attorneys is excellent training. Workloads are cyclical, with very busy highs, but the lack of a billable...

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 dream shop.” Today, founding m...

Associate Reviews


 

  • “People genuinely enjoy each other's company. And that goes for between partners and associates, and between staff and attorneys, as well. It's an extremely collegial work environment; everyone knows each other. Of course, there are going to be some people with whom you are closer—either because you have worked on matters with them or for other reasons. But I love how strong of a sense of community there is at this firm.”
  • “Very collegial environment, truly a place where you can enjoy working long nights at trial with your colleagues (partners included), and also enjoy going to dinner and getting drinks with them socially.”
  • “The people at the firm are terrific—fun, supportive, and generous with their time. Associates are always ready to help each other out and partners are quick to praise and thank associates for their work.”
  • “Our culture is casual and collegial. People across all levels of the firm collaborate with a true team mindset, and the associates in particular are very tight knit.”

 

 

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.

Getting Hired Here


 

  • “The firm is extremely competitive. The vast majority of successful applicants attended top schools, have journal experience, and clerked for federal judges (often ‘feeder judges’). Many are former-Supreme Court clerks. The firm highly values diversity and unusual backgrounds that would allow attorneys to have a unique perspective for trials. The firm also highly values fit and desire to work on high-stakes trials.”
  • “Hiring has increasingly become a black box—and candidates who previously wouldn’t be competitive now are.”
  • “‘Why trial work?’ That's what we do, so it's a red flag when someone clearly hasn't thought about that question.”
  • “Most associates have joined after a clerkship or will leave for (and hopefully return after) a clerkship, so that type of integration is the norm and is very natural.”

 

Practice Area Q&A’s


Kieran Gostin & Betsy Henthorne

Partner & Associate

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Brian Stekloff

Founding Partner

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