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About Wiley Rein LLP

Wiley Rein LLP first opened its doors with 39 attorneys in 1983 as Wiley, Johnson & Rein. From the outset, named partners Richard E. Wiley, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and Bert W. Rein, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, set the firm’s standard for excellence. The firm’s name has changed a few times since its early years—from Wiley & Rein in 1985, to Wiley Rein & Fielding in 1986 and Wiley Rein in 2007, when partner Fred Fielding left to serve as Counsel to President George W. Bush—but its founding mission has remained constant: to provide innovative, attentive, first-rate advocacy grounded in legal, regulatory, and public policy expertise and experience.

Over the years, the firm greatly expanded, growing its diverse practice to include insurance law, government contracts, international trade, litigation, public policy, intellectual property, environmental safety, consumer products, corporate, election law, franchise, health care, privacy, cybersecurity, and unmanned aircraft systems. By the end of its first decade, the firm had more than 130 lawyers, and by 1995, Wiley Rein was home to more than 200 attorneys and consultants with specialties in more than a dozen practice areas. When the firm turned 20 in 2003, it boasted more than 250 attorneys and had significantly expanded its Communications and International Trade Practices.

Cementing its reputation as a quintessential Washington, DC firm, as it turned 25, Wiley Rein had further expanded its Government Affairs, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Health Care and Corporate practices, and was recognized by the Legal Times for its pro bono efforts. Having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, the firm's attorneys practice in almost two dozen areas of law, and has become one of the most influential and respected law firms in the nation’s capital.

In 2014, Wiley Rein built upon its long track record of success and prominence in law and public policy by acquiring McBee Strategic Consulting as a wholly owned subsidiary—creating a Washington, DC legal, advocacy, and communications powerhouse.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1983 Number of Partners 134
Number of offices 2 Partner:associate ratio 1.50
Biggest office Washington Percentage of women attorneys 20.80
Number of attorneys 271 Percentage of minority attorneys 9.30
Number of associates 91 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 1.90
Area of practice

Wiley Rein LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Ada Title Iii
  • Antidumping And Countervailing Duties
  • Import Relief Proceedings
  • Anti-Money-Laundering
  • Bid Protests
  • Captive Market Development
  • Cfius And National Security
  • Civil Fraud False Claims Qui Tam And Whistleblower Actions
  • Class Action
  • Climate Change
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Communications Appellate & Litigation
  • Communications Enforcement & Compliance
  • Communications Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Congressional Investigations & Criminal Defense
  • Congressional Investigations And Oversight
  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Copyright
  • Corporate & General Business Governance
  • Corporate Issues Mergers & Acquisitions And Due Diligence
  • Cost Accounting And Cost Allowability
  • Criminal Investigations And Prosecutions
  • Crisis Management For Government Contractors
  • Customs Law And Compliance
  • Data Rights And Protection Of Contractor Trade Secrets
  • Developing A Franchise Program - Or Avoiding One
  • E&O Insurance Coverage Practice Regarding Lawyers Accountants And Other Professionals
  • Eastern District Of Virginia: The Rocket Docket
  • Economic Sanctions
  • Ofac
  • E-Discovery
  • Election Law & First Amendment Litigation
  • Employment Counseling
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Issues In Government Contracting
  • Employment Litigation
  • Endangered Species
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Environmental Regulation Litigation And Counseling
  • Ethics Advice & Compliance Audits And Plans
  • Executive Compensation
  • Exempt Organizations
  • Expeditionary Contracting In The Mideast And Southwest Asia
  • Export Controls
  • Export Controls Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Buy American Act And Trade Agreement Act
  • Federal Election Commission Representation
  • Federal Grants And Cooperative Agreements
  • Financial Transactions
  • Financing & Capital Formation
  • Foreign Agents Registration Act
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • General Liability
  • Government Claims And Terminations
  • Gsa Schedule And Commercial Item Contracts
  • Hatch-Waxman Act Litigation
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation
  • Health Care Contracting
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Internal Investigations And Compliance Programs
  • Internal Investigations And False Claims Act
  • International & Internet
  • International Arbitration
  • Dispute Resolution
  • International Franchising
  • Litigation And Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation Capability
  • Lobbying & Gifts Survey
  • Managing Franchise Relationships
  • Media
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Negotiations And Agreement Compliance
  • Noncompetition And Trade Secrets
  • Patent
  • Patent Litigation
  • Pay-To-Play Survey
  • Pesticides Commercial Chemicals And Toxics
  • Policy Drafting And Product Development
  • Political Law Compliance Counseling
  • Product Stewardship And Recycling
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Property Coverage
  • Public And Private Company D&O And E&O Liability
  • Refranchising
  • Regulatory And Legislative Counseling
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Requests For Equitable Adjustment Claims And Disputes Litigation
  • Satellite
  • Section 111 Insurer Reporting And Msp Reimbursement
  • Small Business
  • State And Local Procurement Law
  • Suspension And Debarment
  • Tax
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations Compliance Counseling
  • Teaming Arrangements Strategic Alliances And Subcontracting
  • Technology Transactions
  • Telephony & Information Technology
  • Trade Policy
  • Trademark
  • Trademarks
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Wage And Hour Issues
  • Wireless
  • World Trade Organization
  • Appellate
  • Corporate
  • Cybersecurity Data & Network Security
  • Election Law & Government Ethics
  • Employment & Labor
  • Environment & Safety
  • Food & Drug Law
  • Franchise
  • Ftc Regulation
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade
  • Litigation
  • Privacy
  • Public Policy
  • Telecom Media & Technology
  • White Collar Defense & Government Investigations
Awards and recognitions

Conference Chaired by WRF Partner Receives Award of Professional Excellence
James Czaban, Karin Hessler and Matthew Dowd Receive 2011 Burton Award for Legal Achievement
Jim Slattery, Kathryn Bucher, Daniel Graham and Kate McDonald Receive 2013 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing
Kathleen Kirby to Receive First Amendment Award for Leadership in the Broadcast & Digital Industry
Matthew Dowd Receives FCBA's 2012 Pro Bono Leadership and Committee Individual Leadership Awards
Richard E. Wiley Receives Digital Television Pioneer Award at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention
Richard E. Wiley to Receive First Amendment Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation
Wiley Rein Receives George Washington University Black Law Students Association's Champion Award
Wiley Rein's Matthew Dowd Honored with 2011 FCBA Pro Bono Awards
Wiley Rein's Kirk Nahra Receives 2013 International Law Office Client Choice Award
Wiley Rein's "Elite" International Trade Team Wins Law360's "Practice Group of the Year" Award for Fourth Straight Year


Wiley Rein wants to be a leader among law firms in recruiting and retaining women and minority attorneys. To attain this goal, the firm undertakes, among other things, focused and targeted efforts that include active participation in minority law school association events and minority bar associations. In addition, we continue to strengthen and advance our commitment to diversity by identifying innovative programs and initiatives to attract and retain women and minorities, and by developing and maintaining policies and practices that promote a diverse professional workforce.

Summer associate program

You hear it all the time: the people that you work with are one of the key factors in professional satisfaction. To give summer associates a true sense of Wiley Rein's personality, we host a variety of social events. These are mainly relaxed, informal events designed to give summer associates and our attorneys the opportunity to get to know each other better. In recent years, our summer associates have attended performances at the Kennedy Center, enjoyed summer baseball games, competed in scavenger hunts, participated in cooking classes, cruised on the Potomac River at sunset, spent time at the National Zoo, and attended dinner parties hosted by firm partners. One goal of these events is to facilitate connections between attorneys and summer associates to foster even more opportunities to engage in interesting and challenging work.

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1776 K Street ,

Washington, DC


Wiley Rein LLP Office

7925 Jones Branch Drive ,
Suite 6200
McLean, VA

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