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Williams & Connolly’s lawyers produced in record numbers last year, generating a whopping $830,000 each, on average—more than the lawyers at any other top grossing D.C.-area law office. Williams & Connolly’s hard-driving litigators helped push the firm’s revenue up to $153.5 million in 2002 from $133.5 million the year before. The 81 equity partners at the 187-lawyer firm each reaped about $845,000 in profit, on average. Senior partner Brendan Sullivan kept associates working long hours last year on behalf of 18 states and the District in the mammoth antitrust case against the Microsoft Corp. In December 2002, it was widely reported that the firm had charged the states more than $10 million. Williams & Connolly lawyers also labored over intellectual property disputes and mass tort cases on behalf of the Bayer Corp. and other pharmaceutical companies. Partner John Villa, who like Sullivan sits on the firm’s five-member executive committee, drew paying customers in the form of law firms facing suits in connection with their work for scandal-tarred corporate clients. Villa’s clients include Vinson & Elkins, which has been sued by shareholders of the Enron Corp., and Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, which faces suits arising from the firm’s securitization work on behalf of now-defunct Commercial Financial Services Inc. Villa serves as claims counsel to malpractice insurer the Attorneys Liability Assurance Society, known as ALAS. Partner and executive committee member Robert Barnett, who has carved out a lucrative niche advising politicians and other notables on book deals, negotiated several last year. He signed deals on behalf of “Meet the Press” anchor Tim Russert; Karen Hughes, the one-time adviser to President George W. Bush; and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, among others. “We have a lot to say grace over and are grateful to those who made it possible: our clients, attorneys, and staff,” says Barnett.

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