Wiley Rein LLP at a Glance


  • “The people at this firm are generally very nice to work with”
  • “My weekends and holidays are my own”
  • “Advancement opportunities”


  • “The firm’s focus on face-time and its dislike of alternative work arrangements is very antiquated”
  • “Below market compensation”
  • “Low transparency”

The Buzz

  • “Good communications practice”
  • “Government contracts”
  • “Pro-GOP”
  • “Strong in FCC matters”

About Wiley Rein LLP

Founded in 1983, Wiley Rein has been a dominant presence in the nation's capital for more than three decades.  Originally known for its experience and connections in communications law, the firm has dramatically expanded and evolved since it opened its doors boasting more than 250 lawyers, who practice in over a dozen areas of law, many which have been consistently ranked in Chambers USA's top tier.  In addition to its well-known Telecom, Media & Technology group, the firm's major practices include Insurance, Government Contracts, Election Law, 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 who have held high-level positions in the White House, on Capitol Hill, and in federal agencies. The firm represents a wide range of clients-from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations to individuals-in myriad industries, including energy, manufacturing, defense, aerospace, intelligence, information technology, professional services, telecommunications, health care, A&E, and construction.  Clients include AT&T, The Boeing Company, Chubb, UPS, Verizon, and Sirius/XM, among others.

Communications Capital

Consistently ranked by Chambers USA in its top tier, the Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) Practice 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 size and experience of the TMT practice enables the firm to handle the full scope of telecommunications, wireless, litigation, international, satellite, and media issues from headline-setting, billon-dollar mergers to business disputes 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. Election law practice clients include many of the country's most prominent corporations (30% of the Fortune 50), trade associations, nonprofit organizations, public officials, political parties, individual campaign committees, and candidates.

IP 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

Since Rand Allen lateraled to Wiley Rein nearly 30 years ago, he has built one of the largest government contracts practices in the Capital City from the ground up.  Over the years the group has represented more than 400 top government contractors-including a third of the top 100 biggest government contractors-as well as small businesses and entities performing their first government contracts.  The practice group is consistently ranked by Chambers USA in the top tier of the nation's government contracts practices and was named Law360's Government Contracts Practice Group of the Year for 2014.

Local Office, 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 fifth consecutive year. The group of nearly 30 lawyers applies legal expertise, government relations experience, and public relations insight both domestically and abroad. The team has a strong record of winning large and complex antidumping and countervailing duty cases on behalf of major U.S. industries, and is among a limited number of practices that regularly serve as principal counsel for major unfair trade investigations.

Insurance Insiders

Wiley Rein's Insurance group represents many of the top insurance companies on a wide variety of matters, including claims, underwriting, regulatory matters, and complex settlements and transactions.  The group of more than 40 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 attorneys in the practice provide strategic counseling and litigation services to insurers on professional liability; general liability; property; and cyber, technology, and media insurance issues.

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Wiley Rein LLP

1776 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 719-7000
Fax: (202) 719-7049
Vault ID: 7867


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Richard E. Wiley
  • Managing Partner: Peter D. Shields
  • Hiring Partner: Megan L. Brown
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 250

  • Employment Contact
    Kathy Schmidt
    Senior Manager of Attorney Recruiting & Professional Development
    (202) 719-4204

  • 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
    (2015): 10 out of 10

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Election Law & Government Ethics
    Employment & Labor
    Environment & Safety
    Food & Drug Law
    Government Contracts
    Health Care
    Intellectual Property
    International Trade
    Public Policy
    Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT)
    White Collar Defense & Government Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC

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