Wiley Rein LLP at a Glance


  • “The work is fantastic”
  • “Good work/life balance”
  • “Associate: partner ratio is such where advancement isn't a mere pipe dream”


  • “The two-tier pay structure”
  • “Not well-known outside of the DC area”
  • “Feast or starve with hours”

The Buzz

  • “Great appellate practice”
  • “Very friendly”
  • “Communications”
  • “Conservative paradise”

About Wiley Rein LLP

In 2013, Wiley Rein celebrated its 30th anniversary.  The firm has remained loyal to its capital roots and boasts more than 275 attorneys. Originally known for its experience and connections in communications law, Wiley Rein is now also home to a number of well-respected practices.  Its major practices include insurance, government contracts, international trade and intellectual property.

Growing Up on K Street

Wiley Rein was founded in Washington, DC, by two attorneys with deep roots in the nation's capital: Bert Rein--a former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs--and Richard Wiley--former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Noted for its expertise in communications, media, government affairs and political law, Wiley Rein counts among its ranks many prominent DC attorneys. The firm also has an impressive roster of communications clients, including such titans as CBS, AT&T, Verizon and Sirius/XM as well as a variety of telephone companies and newspapers.

Communications Capital

Consistently ranked by Chambers USA in its top tier, the telecommunications group is recognized as a "market leader" that "fields a deep bench of experts" with "excellent substantive knowledge" and as "one of the best practices in the USA" for providing "top-notch advice" in telecom, broadcast and satellite law. The firm's telecommunications and media practice assists a broad range of clients in understanding FCC, state and international regulatory requirements, developing business plans and advocating particular regulatory and legislative results.

Campaign Finance Gurus

Wiley Rein has gained recognition for guiding clients through election and campaign finance issues, advising groups trying to form Political Action Committees and counseling political campaigns on funding a run for office. The department is led by Michael Toner, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, and Jan Baran, former general counsel of the Republican National Committee. Baran has lent his expertise to such notable cases as Citizens United v. FEC for which he filed an amicus briefon behalf ofthe U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

Intellectual Property Whizzes

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as being among the best in the nation, Wiley Rein's intellectual property group offers client services for owners and users of patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, with a strategic focus on new technologies and dedicated specialists in each of these areas.  With almost 40 lawyers, this already comprehensive group recently bolstered the practice with the addition of three biotech patent partners. 

Government Contracts Experts

Wiley Rein's government contracts practice is comprised of nearly 40 experienced attorneys and consultants who provide the full range of government contracts, legal counseling, and litigation services to clients of all sizes. The firm has one of the most active bid protest practices in the nation and has been responsible for numerous prominent victories for clients before theU.S. Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In 2013, Chambers USA recognized Wiley's group as being in the top tier of the nation's government contracts practices.  The practice is headed by Rand Allen and William Roberts, both of whom were recently recognized by Super Lawyers as "Super Lawyers" in the D.C. area for government contracts.

Local Offices, International Reach

Wiley Rein's International Trade group focuses on everything from unfair trade litigation and trade policy to export controls and economic sanctions.  Alan Price leads Wiley Rein's elite international trade practice, which was recently named as "International Trade Group of the Year" by Law360 for the fourth consecutive year. The group of nearly 30 lawyers applies legal expertise, government relations experience, and public relations insight both domestically and abroad.


Wiley Rein's Insurance group represents numerous insurers on a wide variety of matters throughout the country, including claims, underwriting, regulatory matters and complex settlements and transactions.  The group of over 50 lawyers has been recognized by Legal 500 US for demonstrating a "high level of industry knowledge" and "unparalleled depth of knowledge regarding D&O coverage issues."  Led by Dan Standish, the group specializes in general liability, professional liability, property coverage, federal and state regulation, health care, reinsurance, transactions and insurance fraud.

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Wiley Rein LLP

1776 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 719-7000
Fax: (202) 719-7049


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Peter D. Shields
  • Hiring Partner: Megan L. Brown
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 280

  • Employment Contact
    Kathy Schmidt
    Senior Manager of Attorney Recruiting
    Phone: (202) 719-4204
    Email: recruiting@wileyrein.com

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $200,000
    5th year: $220,000
    6th year: $240,000
    Summer associate: $3,080/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    (2013): 18 out of 18

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
    Election Law & Government Ethics
    Employment & Labor
    Environmental & Safety
    Food & Drug Law
    Government Contracts
    Intellectual Property
    International Trade
    Public Policy
    White Collar Defense

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Mc Lean, VA

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