One of the most selective law firms, Williams & Connolly is a litigation standout, known for handling complex, high-stakes matters. The firm has a promote-from-within culture with an emphasis on organic mentorship. Associates have significant autonomy through the free-market assignment system and receive ample support for pro bono pursuits. Recognized for handling high-stakes, complex litigation, the firm has a thriving intellectual property practice ranging from pharmaceuticals to electronics, has presented oral argument ...
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Getting through the doors of Williams & Connolly is highly competitive—exceptional grades from a top-ranked law school and clerkship experience are par for the course. The firm also focuses on diversity in hiring, and seeks candidates who are personable and down to earth. The firm isn’t overly social outside of work hours, but lawyers are friendly. During the pandemic, the firm has offered monthly social gatherings via Zoom, as well as virtual Q&As with senior leaders about firm decision-making. Many partners are homegrown, which breeds a culture of mentorship and organic training—though formal training is minimal. Hours can be intense, but associates have control over their schedules and don’t have to meet a billable-hour requirement. Williams & Connolly p...
Williams & Connolly continues to hold its own against firms 10 times its size by following a basic mantra: Keep it simple. The firm’s roughly 300 attorneys focus almost exclusively on litigation from a single office in DC, positioning Williams & Connolly as a go-to firm for politicos, celebrities, major American companies and their executives, and even other law firms.
A Short, Illustrious History
Legendary litigator-to-the-stars Edward Bennett Williams teamed with Paul Connolly, a former student of his at Georgetown Law, to open shop in 1967. The fledgling firm soon boasted a client list that included the biggest names in Hollywood, politics, business, and media. Among its clients have been White House royalty like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bar...