The Washington, D.C. office has more than 30 lawyers who concentrate on securities regulation and enforcement, white collar crime, commercial litigation, regulatory and transactional work for industrial and financial institutions, and copyright, media and communications matters. Lawyers in the Washington office provide clients with a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach on matters, working seamlessly across practices, offices and regions. The office, which opened in 1982, has eight partners.
Litigators in the Washington office handle securities class action and derivative litigation and a wide range of business regulatory and corporate governance matters. These include corporate counseling, regulatory investigations, enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. The White Collar & Regulatory Defense practice focuses primarily on the representation of domestic and foreign clients directly or indirectly involved in criminal proceedings. In addition, the Commercial Litigation practice represents corporate and individual clients, including Fortune 100 companies, in such areas as securities, professional liability, insurance and other commercial disputes. The breadth of the office’s litigation practice contributed to the firm’s Litigation Department being named The American Lawyer’s “Litigation Department of the Year” in 2014.
The corporate practice of the office work is diverse. It entails complex regulatory and transactional work for the full range of financial institutions, such as investment companies, investment advisers, banks, major insurance companies and consumer finance organizations.
The office also has an active media, communications and intellectual property practice. It advises on intellectual property issues in both M&A and standalone transactions, regulatory issues in the media and communications sector, including by the FCC and its foreign counterparts, as well as Internet and e-commerce law, principally focusing on litigation at the intersection of copyright law and technology. Ranked in the top tier nationally by Chambers USA, the IP practice has been lauded as “top-notch” by clients.
The office advises clients on data protection and cybersecurity issues, both from a regulatory perspective and in connection with transactions and litigation matters.
The Washington office also has a long-standing tradition of pro bono service, handling matters ranging from asylum cases to civil rights litigation and representation of numerous not-for-profit organizations. Its lawyers are also active in numerous local and national bar associations and other outside activities, maintaining close ties to the community in which they work.