Washington lawyers who specialize in election law are bracing for recounts, complaints and other aftermath expected from the midterm elections on Tuesday.

Many law firms are working with familiar clients — Perkins Coie, for example, continues to represent the establishment of the Democratic Party, and the firm’s lawyers have already filed some complaints. Others are mounting defenses for newly formed nonprofit groups, such as American Crossroads. Holtzman Vogel partner Thomas Josefiak has been publicly representing that organization, which is spending millions of dollars on behalf of Republican candidates.