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Last year was another good one for one of D.C.’s top litigation shops, Williams & Connolly. The firm, whose sole office is in the District, saw revenue increase 10 percent, while head count increased 15 percent. And in 2003, the 83 equity partners at the firm, whose clients include The Washington Post, the General Electric Co., and Time Warner, took home an average of $855,000. The firm, which rarely falls victim to lateral defections, added 27 lawyers in 2003. Williams & Connolly superlawyer Brendan Sullivan kept busy in 2003 representing former New York Stock Exchange chief Richard Grasso, who resigned last September after details of his $139.5 million pay package were revealed. New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued Grasso last month, seeking a return of $100 million of the package. Also in 2003, Sullivan, a member of the tight-lipped firm’s executive committee, represented former Freddie Mac chief executive Leland Brendsel, who was ousted from the mortgage giant’s board in June in the midst of an accounting scandal. Partner and fellow executive committee member Robert Barnett, who has negotiated dozens of book deals for celebrity clients, helped broker a contract for former New York Times Managing Editor Gerald Boyd, who resigned last year in the midst of the Jayson Blair scandal. In February 2003, Barnett, who got record book deals for both former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), represented former Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole when he joined the D.C. office of Atlanta-based Alston & Bird. Barnett recently helped Dole sign a deal for his World War II memoirs. Partner John Villa, who has carved out a niche representing embattled law firms and lawyers, continued his representation of Houston-based Vinson & Elkins, the Enron Corp.’s main law firm, in the fallout from the energy giant’s 2001 collapse. Also in 2003, Williams & Connolly partner Jonathan Graham represented ex-Kmart Corp. executive Enio “Tony” Montini, who last year was charged with trying to conceal from company accountants a $42.3 million payment from a greeting card deal. Securities fraud charges against Montini were dropped last November. “Williams & Connolly had another excellent year,” says Barnett. “We are grateful to our clients, attorneys, and staff who made this possible.”

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