In the month following the November election, the 54 attorneys in Perkins Coie’s political law group weren’t enough to suppress the Trump campaign’s attempt to litigate President Joe Biden out of the White House. Commercial litigators pitched in to assist on legal teams, driving the number of Perkins Coie attorneys working on post-election cases past 100.
It was an extraordinary moment, even for a practice that is steeped in these kinds of battles. Since Marc Elias, the architect of the firm’s legal effort on behalf of the Democrats, took over as the political law group’s chair in 2009, it has billed over $150 million to Democratic entities. This project required renewed focus—and more hands on deck.