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Williams & Connolly remains something of an anomaly among Washington’s largest law firms. Unlike every other firm in the Legal Times‘ D.C. 20 survey, Williams & Connolly has never opened an office outside of the District. It continues to shun the transactional work that has drawn so many of its peers to New York and other cities. And along with Arnold & Porter, Covington & Burling, and WilmerHale, it numbers among the few large firms in the city that have not split their partnership into equity and nonequity groups. And despite a booming legal market, the firm has shown little interest in acquiring partners from other law firms. Instead, Williams & Connolly has continued to focus on its historic specialty in litigation. The firm’s gross revenue edged up nearly 5 percent to $186.8 million, while profits per partner remained level at $870,000. And the firm continues to draw a client list that is the envy of many of its peers. Partner Terrence O’Donnell advised Vice President Dick Cheney in the special counsel investigation into the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity. That representation prevented the firm from repping reporters at its longtime client, the Washington Post Co., in the same investigation. But Williams & Connolly has continued to lawyer for the Post in another leak case, this one involving a suit brought by nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee over information given to reporters regarding an espionage investigation at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The firm served as coordinating counsel for Merck & Co. in the tidal wave of product liability suits stemming from pain drug Vioxx. But it remains to be seen how effectively the firm has helped Merck. Through late April, Merck had emerged victorious in three cases and lost three cases, and it still faces the possibility of paying hundreds of millions in damages. But Merck isn’t the only drug company facing a massive dose of product liability suits. Williams & Connolly also serves as national coordinating counsel for Bayer Pharmaceuticals in 14,000 product liability cases filed in connection with Baycol, a heart drug recalled in 2001. In addition, the firm’s lawyers represented the former chief executive officers of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in connection with probes into the mortgage guarantors’ accounting methods. And partner Robert Barnett helped smooth former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s transition to the private sector. Barnett auctioned Greenspan’s book to Penguin Press, advised Greenspan on the formation of his new consulting company, and helped manage his speaking engagements.
• RANKINGS •
D.C. 20 (2006)Rank by D.C. revenue: 11D.C. Revenue (2005): 186,800,000D.C. Revenue (2004): 178,300,000Revenue per lawyer: 935,000Profits per partner: 870,000Average Compensation All Partners: 870,000Lawyers/Equity All Partners: 200/90Firmwide Revenue (2005): 186,800,000 D.C. 20 (2005)D.C. Revenue 2004: 178,300,000D.C. Revenue 2003; 161,400,000Revenue Per Lawyer; 865,000Profits Per Partner: 870,000Average Compensation All Partners: 870,000Lawyers/Equity Partners: 199/86Firmwide Revenue 2004: 178,300,000

LT150 (2006)Rank by size of D.C. office (2005): 9Lawyers in Office (2006): 222Partners in Office (2006): 93Lawyers in office (2005): 211Partners in office (2005): 90Percent Change in Number of Lawyers: 5.2Associate Hires Expected 2006: 35 LT150 (2005)Rank: 21Lawyers 2005: 211Partners 2005: 90Lawyers 2004: 207Partners 2004: 86Percent Change: 1.90Associate Hires: 30

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