2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Quality and type of work.”
“Working with people I like.”
“The office itself is outdated.”
“Little bonus transparency.”
About Wiley Rein LLP
Founded in 1983 with 39 attorneys, Wiley has grown to be a big player in the nation’s capital, with more than 240 attorneys who practice in over a dozen areas of law. Best known for its Telecom, Media, & Technology group, the firm’s other major practices include insurance, government contracts, election law, international trade, and intellectual property.
Growing Up on K Street
Wiley 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 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, Campaigns, & Contracts
Wiley’s lawyers work across 18 main practices, advising Fortune 100 companies, nonprofits, small and midsize organizations, and trade associations—among other clients. Consistently ranked by Chambers USA in its top tier, Wiley’s Telecom, Media & Technology group handles the full scope of telecommunications, wireless, litigation, international, satellite, and media issues from headline-setting, billon-dollar mergers to business disputes, as well as regulatory and legislative matters.
Naturally, for one of the largest firms in DC, Wiley has built an important Election Law group, which advises on everything from forming Political Action Committees to 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 brief on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Election law practice clients include many of the country’s most prominent corporations (30 percent of the Fortune 50), trade associations, nonprofit organizations, public officials, political parties, individual campaign committees, and candidates.
Wiley has built one of the largest government contracts practices in the nation. 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 has previously been named Law360’s Government Contracts Practice Group of the Year.
Flashing Its Signal
Putting its politics, government, and communications experience to good use, Wiley acquired SIGNAL Group (formerly McBee Strategic Consulting, LLC) in 2014, a lobbying and consulting agency that counts the likes of Microsoft, Intel, American Airlines, and FedEx among its clients.
1776 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 719-7000
Managing Partner: Peter D. Shields
Recruiting Chair: Jon Burd
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
150 - 250
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year+: Case by Case
Summer associate: $3,654/week
Director of Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 1
No. of International Offices: 0
Election Law & Government Ethics
Employment & Labor
Environment & Product Regulation
Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT)
White Collar Defense & Government Investigations