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Big Guns: Washington’s Top 800 Lawyers (2007)

Here are Washington’s best—the top 1 percent—in 28 legal specialties. Where location is not specified, the attorney’s principal office is in the District of Columbia. Firm names are not given for solo practices.

The Wise Ones | Criminal Defense | Trial Lawyers | Personal Injury Lawyers | Defense Attorneys | Workplace Issues | Tax Lawyers | Estate Lawyers | Stocks and Trades | Antitrust Lawyers | Bankruptcy Lawyers | Dealing With the FDA | Dealing With the EPA | Dealing With the FCC | Patent Lawyers | Education Issue Lawyers | Civil Rights | Senior Citizen Issues Lawyers | Whistleblower Suits | Military Issues | Where's Your Green Card? | International Law | Political Lawyers | Media Lawyers | Agents | Real Estate and Development Lawyers | Divorce Lawyers| Constitutional Lawyers

NOTE: This list is from 2007. To see the current Top Lawyers, head here.

The Wise Ones

For $800 to $1,000 an hour, you can get legal advice from former US senators, secretaries of State, even attorneys general. Here are Washington’s wise men and women—and some of its most expensive legal talents, though you won’t find many of them trying cases these days.

James A. Baker III, Baker Botts

Robert S. Bennett, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (in subsequent references called Skadden)

Berl Bernhard, DLA Piper

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., Patton Boggs

Plato Cacheris, Trout Cacheris

Benjamin R. Civiletti, Venable

William T. Coleman Jr., O’Melveny & Myers

Stuart E. Eizenstat, Covington & Burling

Jamie Gorelick, WilmerHale

Eric H. Holder Jr., Covington & Burling

Earl J. Silbert, DLA Piper

Roger C. Spaeder, Zuckerman Spaeder

Jacob A. Stein, Stein, Mitchell & Mezines

Robert S. Strauss, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (in subsequent references Akin Gump)

Dick Thornburgh, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis

You’re Under Arrest

Sometimes advice isn’t enough—you need a great criminal-defense attorney. Expect to pay $500 to $800 an hour—with a retainer of $100,000 to $200,000—for these white-collar criminal-defense lawyers. Fees are not generally deducted from the retainer—it’s more like an insurance policy for the attorney and gets returned after the case.

E. Lawrence Barcella Jr., Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker

Richard Beizer, Crowell & Moring

Richard Ben-Veniste, Mayer Brown

Stephen Best, Dewey & LeBoeuf

K. Lee Blalack, O’Melveny & Myers

Stanley M. Brand, Brand Law Group

Lanny A. Breuer, Covington & Burling

Michael R. Bromwich, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (in subsequent references Fried Frank)
Carol Elder Bruce, Venable

Ralph J. Caccia, Powell Goldstein

Gregory B. Craig, Williams & Connolly

John M. Dowd, Akin Gump

W. Neil Eggleston, Debevoise & Plimpton

Mitchell S. Ettinger, Skadden

Thomas C. Green, Sidley Austin

Howard W. Gutman, Williams & Connolly

James Hamilton, Bingham McCutchen

Richard A. Hibey, Miller & Chevalier

Adam S. Hoffinger, Morrison & Foerster

Mark J. Hulkower, Steptoe & Johnson

Philip Inglima, Crowell & Moring

N. Richard Janis, Janis, Schuelke & Wechsler

William H. Jeffress Jr., Baker Botts

David Krakoff, Mayer Brown

Abbe D. Lowell, McDermott Will & Emery

Michael J. Madigan, Akin Gump

William R. “Billy” Martin, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

William E. McDaniels, Williams & Connolly

Laura Ariane Miller, Nixon Peabody

John W. Nields, Howrey

Gregory L. Poe, Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber

Carl S. Rauh, Skadden

Lawrence S. Robbins, Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber

Michele A. Roberts, Akin Gump

Martha Purcell Rogers, Ober Kaler

Amy R. Sabrin, Skadden

Richard A. Sauber, Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber

Henry F. Schuelke III, Janis, Schuelke & Wechsler

Brendan V. Sullivan Jr., Williams & Connolly

William W. Taylor III, Zuckerman Spaeder

George J. Terwilliger III, White & Case

Robert P. Trout, Trout Cacheris

Mark H. Tuohey, Vinson & Elkins

Randall J. Turk, Baker Botts

John W. Vardaman, Williams & Connolly

Michael L. Waldman, Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber

F. Joseph Warin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Reid H. Weingarten, Steptoe & Johnson

Roger E. Zuckerman, Zuckerman Spaeder

You’re Going to Trial

If you don’t need, or can’t afford, any of the higher-priced lawyers listed earlier, try these top trial lawyers charging in the $400-to-$800-an-hour range. Many have more trial experience than their colleagues above.

Thomas Abbenante

Philip H. Armstrong, Armstrong & Page; Rockville

Kathleen Anne Behan, Bailey & Ehrenberg

Bradford A. Berenson, Sidley Austin

Anthony P. Bisceglie, Bisceglie & Walsh

Robert C. Bonsib, Marcus & Bonsib; Greenbelt

Barry Boss, Cozen O’Connor

Stephen Braga, Baker Botts

William C. Brennan Jr., Brennan Sullivan & McKenna; Greenbelt

Blair G. Brown, Zuckerman Spaeder

Preston Burton, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Joe R. Caldwell, Baker Botts

Francis D. Carter, Zuckerman Spaeder

Barry Coburn, Trout Cacheris

Thomas G. Connolly, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis

Frederick D. Cooke Jr., Rubin, Winston,Diercks, Harris & Cooke

James W. Cooper, Arnold & Porter

G. Allen Dale

Harold Damelin, Blank Rome

Kevin M. Downey, Williams & Connolly

Cary Feldman, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Peter D. Greenspun, Greenspun, Shapiro, Davis & Leary; Fairfax

Bernard S. Grimm, Cozen & O’Connor

Julia E. Guttman, Baker Botts

Mark D. Hopson, Sidley Austin

Roscoe C. Howard Jr., Troutman Sanders

John F. Hundley, Trout Cacheris

Paul F. Kemp, Venable; Rockville

Alan Kriegel, Skadden

Barry Wm. Levine, Dickstein Shapiro

Michael N. Levy, McKee Nelson

Mark London, London & Mead

Terence J. Lynam, Akin Gump

Christopher B. Mead, London & Mead

Andrea Mosley, Zwerling, Leibig & Mosley; Alexandria

Danny Onorato, Schertler & Onorato

Barry J. Pollack, Kelley Drye Collier Shannon

Stanley J. Reed, Lerch, Early & Brewer; Bethesda

Laura K. Rhodes, Albright & Rhodes; Rockville

Mark J. Rochon, Miller & Chevalier

Peter J. Romatowski, Jones Day

Kathryn H. Ruemmler, Latham & Watkins

Rene Sandler; Rockville

David Schertler, Schertler & Onorato

Jonathan Shapiro, Greenspun, Shapiro, Davis & Leary

Barry Simon, Williams & Connolly

DeMaurice Smith, Patton Boggs

Mary C. Spearing, Baker Botts

W. Randolph Teslik, Akin Gump
Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Lawrence H. Wechsler, Janis, Schuelke & Wechsler

Peter H. White, Mayer Brown

Andrew T. Wise, Miller & Chevalier

Mitchell Zamoff, Hogan & Hartson

John Kenneth Zwerling, Zwerling, Leibig & Mosley; Alexandria

Sue the Bastards!

You want to sue the fire department that failed to rescue you, the lawyer who blew your case, the doctor who botched your medical care, the blogger who defamed you. It’s time to call a personal-injury attorney. Here are Washington’s best—most honest and effective—lawyers who sue.

Laurie A. Amell, Stein, Mitchell & Mezines

William E. Artz; Arlington

Aaron Book, Webster Book; Leesburg

Reginald Bours; Rockville

Michele Bartoli Cain, Bartoli Cain & Matthews

Joseph Cammarata, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel

Paulette Chapman, Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot

Wayne Cohen, Cohen & Cohen

Thomas Curcio; Alexandria

Peter DePaolis, Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot; Fairfax

Peter S. Everett, Blankingship & Keith; Fairfax

L. Palmer Foret

John R. Garza, Garza, Regan & Associates; Rockville

Roger K. Gelb, Gelb & Gelb

Gary Godard, Miller Firm; Alexandria

Peter C. Grenier, Bode & Grenier
Michael D. Hausfeld, Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll

Roger C. Johnson, Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot

Ronald A. Karp, Karp, Frosh, Lapidus, Wigodsky & Norwind; Rockville

Kim Keenan, Jack H. Olender & Associates

Bruce J. Klores

Walter E. Laake Jr., Joseph, Greenwald & Laake; Greenbelt

Lawrence S. Lapidus, Karp, Frosh, Lapidus, Wigodsky & Norwind

Aaron M. Levine

William P. Lightfoot, Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot

Patrick Malone

John Mesirow, Mesirow & Stravitz

Gary Mims; Fairfax

Gerard E. Mitchell, Stein, Mitchell & Mezines

Michael S. Morgenstern; Rockville

Robert F. Muse, Stein, Mitchell & Mezines

Barry Nace, Paulson & Nace

Jack H. Olender

Michelle A. Parfitt, Ashcraft & Gerel

Charles C. Parsons

Patrick M. Regan, Regan Zambri & Long

Sandra H. Robinson, Jack H. Olender & Associates

George W. Shadoan, Shadoan, Michael & Wells; Rockville

Brian C. Shevlin, Shevlin Smith; Fairfax

Allan M. Siegel, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel
Robert M. Somer, Hilton & Somer; Fairfax

Paul Sprenger, Sprenger + Lang

Robert J. Stoney, Blankingship & Keith; Fairfax

James W. Taglieri, Cadeaux, Taglieri & Notarius

Salvatore J. Zambri, Regan Zambri & Long

Charles J. Zauzig III, Nichols Zauzig Sandler; Woodbridge

I’ve Been Sued!

For every lawsuit filed by one of the lawyers just listed, there has to be someone on the other side. Here are the defense attorneys that Washington’s plaintiff lawyers privately say they least like to see.

Stephen L. Altman, Hamilton Altman Canale & Dillon; Fairfax

H. Kenneth Armstrong, Armstrong, Donohue, Ceppos & Vaughan; Rockville

William J. Bachman, Williams & Connolly

Mark Behrens, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

John J. Brandt, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker; McLean

Albert D. Brault, Brault Graham; Rockville

Pamela A. Bresnahan, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease

Dane H. Butswinkas, Williams & Connolly

Mary G. Clark, Williams & Connolly

Kenneth Connor, Wilkes & McHugh; Leesburg

Gerard J. Emig, Gleason, Flynn, Emig & Fogleman; Rockville
Ronda Brown Esaw, McGuireWoods; McLean

Eva Petko Esber, Williams & Connolly

Elizabeth Ewert, Drinker Biddle & Rea th

Hugh Farrell, Farrell & Gunderson; Columbia

Michael F. Flynn Jr., Gleason, Flynn, Emig & Fogleman; Rockville

James P. Gleason Jr., Gleason, Flynn, Emig & Fogleman; Rockville

Robert W. Goodson, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker

Edward Grove III, Brault Palmer Grove White & Steinhilber; Fairfax

Steven A. Hamilton, Hamilton Altman Canale & Dillon; Bethesda

James Heffler, Heffler, Uhl & Taylor; Chevy Chase

Mark M. Jones, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker; McLean

Bradley Kelly; Bethesda

John P. Lynch, McNamee, Hosea, Jernigan, Kim, Greenan & Walker; Greenbelt

Nicholas S. McConnell, Jackson & Campbell

John D. McGavin, Trichilo, Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins; Fairfax

Michelle Mangrum, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Joseph Montedonico, Montedonico, Belcuore & Tazzara

Dwight D. Murray, Jordan Coyne & Savits

Richard L. Nagle, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle; Fairfax

George O. Peterson, Sands Anderson Marks & Miller; McLean

Joseph G. Petrosinelli, Williams & Connolly

Leo A. Roth Jr., Brault Graham; Rockville

Daniel L. Shea, Brault Graham; Rockville
Ira Shepard, Saul Ewing

Alicia Lehnes Summers; Alexandria

Michael S. Sundermeyer, Williams & Connolly

Stephen L. Urbanczyk, Williams & Connolly

John K. Villa, Williams & Connolly

Bruce D. White, Brault Palmer Grove White & Steinhilber; Fairfax

Carolyn H. Williams, Williams & Connolly

James S. Wilson, Brault Graham; Rockville

You’re Fired!

If you feel you’ve been unfairly fired, forced out, or discriminated against at your workplace, you might want a lawyer who specializes in the field. Here are the best.

Lisa Banks, Katz, Marshall & Banks

Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, Charlson Bredehoft & Cohen; Reston

Gary Brown, Gary Brown & Associates

Barbara Camens, Barr & Camens

Bruce Fredrickson, Webster, Fredrickson, Henrichsen, Correia & Puth

Joseph Gebhardt, Gebhardt & Associates

Douglas B. Huron, Heller, Huron, Chertkof, Lerner, Simon & Salzman

Ronald C. Jessamy

Debra Katz, Katz, Marshall & Banks

Paul Kiyonaga, Kiyonaga & Soltis

Carolyn N. Lerner, Heller, Huron, Chertkof, Lerner, Simon & Salzman

Richard A. Salzman, Heller, Huron, Chertkof, Lerner, Simon & Salzman

Joseph M. Sellers, Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll

Debra Soltis, Kiyonaga & Soltis

Linda Thatcher; Greenbelt

Barry Weintraub; Stafford

Joel Zuckerman, Maxwell & Barke; Rockville

Defending the Employer

Aggrieved employees have their attorneys, so it only makes sense that employers have theirs, too.

Connie Bertram, Winston & Strawn

Mark Blondman, Blank Rome

Barbara B. Brown, Paul Hastings

Theresa Connolly, Isler Dare Ray Radcliffe & Connolly; Vienna

R. Mark Dare, Isler Dare Ray Radcliffe & Connolly; Vienna

Edward Lee Isler, Isler Dare Ray Radcliffe & Connolly; Vienna

Linda M. Jackson, Venable; McLean

Douglas B. Mishkin, Patton Boggs

Sara Z. Moghadam, DLA Piper

Stephen V. Robinson, McGuireWoods

Grace E. Speights, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Greetings From the IRS …

When you hear from the Internal Revenue Service and it’s not about a refund, you want a lawyer who knows tax law. Here are some well versed in both personal and corporate tax matters.

Bernard Bailor, Caplin & Drysdale

Peter Baumbusch, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Herbert N. Beller, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

John Bray, King & Spalding

James A. Bruton III, Williams & Connolly

Rita A. Cavanagh, Latham & Watkins

William Charyk, Arent Fox

Peter Daub, Baker & McKenzie

H. Stewart Dunn Jr., Ivins, Phillips & Barker

Michael C. Durney

Susan T. Edlavitch, Venable
Gerald A. Feffer, Williams & Connolly

Miriam L. Fisher, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Eric Fox, Ivins, Phillips & Barker

James T. Fuller, Williams & Connolly

Lawrence Gibbs, Miller & Chevalier

Kenneth W. Gideon, Skadden

Fred T. Goldberg Jr., Skadden

G. Michael Green, Dickstein Shapiro

Theodore Groom

Michael D. Jackley, Joseph, Greenwald & Laake; Greenbelt

Quana Jew, Arent Fox

James P. Joseph, Arnold & Porter

Paula M. Junghans, Zuckerman Spaeder

Gerald A. Kafka, Latham & Watkins

R. Scott Kilgore, WilmerHale

Julian Y. Kim, Latham & Watkins

Kenneth Klein, Mayer Brown

Martin Lobel, Lobel, Novins & Lamont

John B. Magee, McKee Nelson

Scott Michel, Caplin & Drysdale

Lon E. Musslewhite, Williams & Connolly

Cono Namorato, Caplin & Drysdale

Eileen O’Connor, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Roger C. Ohlrich, Gardner, Ohlrich & Vlach

Arthur Pasternak, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Sam Roberson, Curtin Law Roberson Dunigan & Salans

Blake Rubin, McDermott Will & Emery

Michael I. Sanders, Powell Goldstein

Jennifer A. Sincavage, Janis, Schuelke & Wechsler

Richard Skillman, Caplin & Drysdale

Justin Thornton

Stefan F. Tucker, Venable

Arthur C. Walker Jr., Mayer Brown

Bradley S. Waterman

Protecting Your Heirs

One of the great finds in a financially successful life is a smart estate-and-probate lawyer. Here are some of the best.

W. Shepherdson Abell, Furey, Doolan & Abell; Chevy Chase

Gary Altman, Altman & Associates; Rockville

Ronald D. Aucutt, McGuireWoods; McLean

William L. Babcock Jr.; Alexandria

Frank S. Baldino, Lerch, Early & Brewer; Bethesda

Leigh-Alexandra Basha, Holland & Knight, McLean

Edward Beckwith, Baker and Hostetler

Doris Blazek-White, Covington & Burling

Thomas Campbell, Yates, Campbell, Christopher & Yates; Fairfax

Earl Colson, Arent Fox

John P. Cummins III, Colten Cummins Watson & Vincent; Fairfax

Michael Curtin, Curtin Law Roberson Dunigan & Salans

William E. Davis; Ross, Marsh & Foster

Wayne Eig, Paley, Rothman, Goldstein, Rosenberg, Eig & Cooper; Bethesda

Jay Eisenberg, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker; Rockville

Nancy G. Fax, Pasternak & Fidis; Bethesda

Dena Feeney, Feeney & Kuwamura; Silver Spring

Marc R. Feinberg, West & Feinberg; Bethesda

Donna Fincher, Vaughan, Fincher & Sotelo; Vienna

Ellen Harrison, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

A. Everett Hoeg, Venable; Vienna

Beth Shapiro Kaufman, Caplin & Drysdale

Don Kozusko, Kozusko Harris Vetter & Wareh

Richard L. Lyon
Rhonda J. MacDonald; Vienna

Robert E. Madden, Powell Goldstein

Mary Ann Mancini, Bryan Cave

Virginia A. McArthur

James E. McNair, Patton Boggs; McLean

Philip O’Donoghue, Furey, Doolan & Abell; Chevy Chase

Lloyd Leva Plaine, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan

Ronald E. Recht; Bethesda

Thomas W. Richardson, Arnold & Porter

Paul F. Riekhof, Joseph, Greenwald & Laake; Greenbelt

Alban Salaman, Holland & Knight

Laurence Salans, Curtin Law Roberson Dunigan & Salans

Lewis J. Saret, Moore & Bruce

Douglas L. Siegler, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan

Frederick Tansill; McLean

Kelly A. Thompson; Arlington

Robert E. Ward; Bethes da

Munford Yates, Yates, Campbell, Christopher & Yates; Fairfax

Stocks and Trades

If you run—or own lots of stock in—a public company, the Securities and Exchange Commission can complicate your life. It rarely happens to ordinary people, but when it does, you want the best.

William R. Baker III, Latham Watkins

David Becker, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Gregory Bruch, Foley & Lardner

Stephen J. Crimmins, Mayer Brown

Charles Davidow, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

James Doty, Baker Botts

Ralph Ferrara, Dewey & LeBoeuf

Joseph Goldstein, Mayer Brown

Karl A. Groskaufmanis, Fried Frank

Bruce Hiler, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

John J. Huber, Latham & Watkins

Paul Huey-Burns, Dechert

Dixie L. Johnson, Fried Frank

Colleen P. Mahoney, Skadden

Michael Mann, Richards Kibbe & Orbe

David B.H. Martin, Covington & Burling

William R. McLucas, WilmerHale

Christian Mixter, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Richard J. Morvillo, Mayer Brown

John F. Olson, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Harvey Pitt, Kalorama Legal Services

Irving Pollack, Fulbright & Jaworski

Therese Pritchard, Bryan Cave

Richard Rowe, Proskauer Rose

Howard Schiffman, Dickstein Shapiro

John Sturc, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Michael D. Trager, Arnold & Porter

Harry J. Weiss, WilmerHale

Laura S. Wertheimer, WilmerHale

Samuel “Sandy” Winer, Foley & Lardner

To Merge or Not to Merge

Antitrust lawyers do most of their business at the Justice Department trying to get approval for mergers, but they also can be helpful to business owners threatened by a giant.

William Baer, Arnold & Porter

Leiv Blad, Clifford Chance

Robert Bloch, Mayer Brown

George Cary, Cleary Gottlieb

Deborah L. Feinstein, Arnold & Porter

Kathy Fenton, Jones Day

Claudia Higgins, Kaye Scholer

Joseph Kattan, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Donald C. Klawiter, Mayer Brown

William J. Kolasky, WilmerHale

Mark Leddy, Cleary Gottlieb

Daryl Libow, Sullivan & Cromwell

Janet L. McDavid, Hogan & Hartson

A. Douglas Melamed, WilmerHale

Glenn A. Mitchell, Stein, Mitchell & Mezines

Tim Muris, O’Melveny & Myers

John M. Nannes, Skadden

Steven Newborn, Weil, Gotschal & Manges

Richard Parker, O’Melveny & Myers

R. Hewitt Pate, Hunton & Williams

Phillip Proger, Jones Day

Charles “Rick” Rule, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

Joseph Simons, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Joe Sims, Jones Day

Tefft W. Smith, Kirkland & Ellis

Michael Sohn, Arnold & Porter

Christine Varney, Hogan & Hartson

Paul Yde, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Margaret M. Zwisler, Latham & Watkins

Got to Get Reorganized?

You’ve done everything you can, but you need shelter from creditors. As with the tax attorneys, the bankruptcy lawyers in Maryland and Virginia are more likely to help individuals, while those in the big downtown DC firms are more likely to work for corporations.

Lisa F. Al-Bashir, WilmerHale
Scott L. Alberino, Akin Gump

Sam J. Alberts, White & Case

Michael St. Patrick Baxter, Covington & Burling

Michael Bernstein, Arnold & Porter

Paul Bennett Bran, Dickstein Shapiro

Daniel Carrigan, DLA Piper; Reston

Darrell W. Clark, Stinson Morrison Hecker

Nelson Cohen, Zuckerman Spaeder

Edward C. Dolan, Hogan & Hartson

Mary Joanne Dowd, Arent Fox

Norman Eisen, Zuckerman Spaeder

Alan D. Eisler, Stark, Meyers, Eisler, & Leatham; Rockville

Bradford F. Englander, Linowes and Blocher; Bethesda

Morton A. Faller, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker; Rockville

Larry G. Franceski, Fulbright & Jaworski

Roger Frankel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

H. Jason Gold, Wiley Rein

Craig Goldblatt, WilmerHale

Thomas P. Gorman, Tyler, Bartl, Gorman & Ramsdell; Alexandria

James M. Greenan, McNamee, Hosea, Jernigan, Kim, Greenan & Walker; Greenbelt

Lawrence A. Katz, Venable; Vienna

Brian F. Kenney, Miles & Stockbridge; McLean

David Kuney, Sidley Austin

Stephen E. Leach, Leach Travell Britt; McLean

Daniel M. Litt, Dickstein Shapiro

Valerie P. Morrison, Wiley Rein; McLean

William J. Perlstein, WilmerHale

Stanley Samorajczyk, Akin Gump

James R. Schroll, Bean, Kinney & Korman; Arlington

Jeffrey L. Tarkenton, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

Mark Taylor, Kilpatrick Stockton

James A. Vidmar Jr., Linowes and Blocher; Bethesda

Food and Drugs

These lawyers typically deal with the Food and Drug Administration—either working to make sure your food is safe or trying to get approval to put products on the shelves.

Ed Basile, King & Spalding

I. Scott Bass, Sidley Austin
Raymond Bonner, Sidley Austin

Bob Brady, Hogan & Hartson

Mark Brown, King & Spalding

Nancy Buc, Buc & Beardsley

Richard Cooper, Williams & Connolly

James Czaban, WilmerHale

Fred Degnan, King & Spalding

Ellen Flannery, Covington & Burling

Richard L. Frank, Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz

Mark Heller, Goodwin Procter

Thomas Henteleff, Kleinfeld Kaplan & Becker

Peter Barton Hutt, Covington & Burling

Jonathan Kahan, Hogan & Hartson

Paul Kim, Foley Hoag

Richard Kingham, Covington & Burling

Dan Kracov, Arnold & Porter

Stephen Paul Mahinka, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Meredith Manning, Hogan & Hartson

Eugene Pfeifer, King & Spalding

James Phelps, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara

Peter Safir, Covington & Burling

Kathleen Sanzo, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

William Schultz, Zuckerman Spaeder

Stephen Terman, Olsson Frank

Dan Troy, Sidley Austin

William Vodra, Arnold & Porter

Ladd Wiley, Akin Gump

Green Like Me—or Not

Own a dry-cleaning company—or a house on a protected lake? If so, the Environmental Protection Agency can make you jump through hoops. These lawyers can help.

Virginia Albrecht, Hunton & Williams

William Anderson, Williams Mullen

Jane Barrett, Blank Rome

Lynn Bergeson, Bergeson & Campbell

Blake Biles, Arnold & Porter

William H. Bode, Bode & Grenier

David Buente, Sidley Austin

Heidi Hughes Bumpers, Jones Day

Henry Diamond, Beveridge & Diamond

Carol Dinkins, Vinson & Elkins

Stephen C. Fotis, Van Ness Feldman

Theodore Garrett, Covington & Burling

Michael Goodstein, Resolution Law Group

Joel Gross, Arnold & Porter

Ridgeway M. Hall, Crowell & Moring

Michael Jones, Kirkland & Ellis

Daniel Joseph, Akin Gump

Laurence Kirsch, Goodwin Procter

Chuck Knauss, Bingham McCutchen

Roger Marzulla

David Menotti, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Thomas Milch, Arnold & Porter

Richard Penna, Van Ness Feldman

Patrick Raher, Hogan & Hartson

Kathy Rhyne, King & Spalding

Perry M. Rosen, Akin Gump

Judson Starr, Venable

Margaret Strand, Venable

William Wehrum, Hunton & Williams

On the Air

If you have business with the Federal Communications Commission, you might see some of these people appealing fines, getting new technologies authorized, or working to merge two satellite-radio networks.

Kathleen Abernathy, Akin Gump

Jim Baller, Baller Herbst Law Group

Eric Bernthal, Latham & Watkins
William Crispin, Crispin & Greenberg

Gary Epstein, Latham & Watkins

Charles Ferris, Mintz Levin

Theodore Frank, Arnold & Porter

Patrick J. Grant, Arnold & Porter

Jennifer Johnson, Covington & Burling

Andrew Lipman, Bingham McCutchen

Richard Metzger, Lawler, Metzger, Milkman & Keeney

John Rogovin, WilmerHale

Michael Senkowski, Wiley Rein

Bryan Tramont, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Cheryl Tritt, Morrison & Foerster

Philip Verveer, Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Richard Wiley, Wiley Rein

Kathryn Zachem, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

What’s the Big Idea?

Sometimes something you invented ends up being sold or used by someone you never talked to. Theft of intellectual property, from new windshield wipers to music to computer programs, is common. Some of these lawyers work cases involving millions of dollars and know their way around the Patent and Trademark Office. Many used to work there.

V. James Adduci, Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg

Cory Amron, Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease

Sherri Blount, Morrison & Foerster

Barry Bretschneider, Morrison & Foerster

Michael Clayton, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Donald R. Dunner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner

Mark Fox Evans, Stern Kessler

Ford Farabow, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner

E. Anthony Figg, Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck

Alan Fisch, Kaye Scholer

Ann K. Ford, DLA Piper

Joel Freed, McDermott Will & Emery

Cecilia Gonzalez, Howrey

Lawrence J. Gotts, Paul Hastings

Edward Gray, Morrison & Foerster

Margaret Kavalaris, Cooley Godward Kronish

Roderick R. McKelvie, Covington & Burling

Richard McMillan Jr., Crowell & Moring

Larry S. Nixon, Nixon & Vanderhye

George Pappas, Covington & Burling

Joseph M. Potenza, Banner & Witcoff

Thomas Queen, Wiley Rein

Thomas Scott, Goodwin Procter

George Sirilla, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

James Slattery, Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch

Ybet Villacorta, Foley & Lardner

James Wallace Jr., Wiley Rein

William Wallace, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

W. Mack Webner, Sughrue Mion

School Daze

The Department of Education issues and oversees a maze of rules and regulations, which means lots of lawyers here represent school districts, colleges and universities, and sometimes individuals. A major fight now is whether public schools have to pay for private special-education programs if they don’t offer them. Here are people who can help.

Audrey Anderson, Hogan & Hartson

John F. Cafferky, Blankingship & Keith; Fairfax

Grady Carlson, Hunton & Williams; McLean

Thomas J. Cawley, Hunton & Williams; McLean

Alexander Dreier, Hogan & Hartson

Michael Jeffrey Eig; Chevy Chase

Elizabeth Meers, Hogan & Hartson

William B. Reichardt; Fairfax

Gerald S. Rugel; Herndon

Diana M. Savit, Savit & Szymkowicz; Bethesda

Arthur Schmalz, Hunton & Williams; McLean

Maree Sneed, Hogan & Hartson

Robert Wilkins, Venable

Do the Rights Thing

Civil-rights issues can revolve around race, gender, religion, language, disability, and more. Some of these lawyers handle such cases through their firms’ pro bono programs, which means a big-firm lawyer will often take an interesting or egregious case for free.

Roderic Boggs, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

Patricia Brannan, Hogan & Hartson

Stephen Chertkof, Heller, Huron, Chertkof, Lerner, Simon & Salzman
David Cole, Georgetown University Law Center

Mark Dann, Gebhardt & Associates

Marc Fleischaker, Arent Fox

Kristen Galles; Alexandria

Elizabeth Sara Gere, Ross, Dixon & Bell

Marcia Greenberger, National Women’s Law Center

Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Harriet Lipkin, DLA Piper

William Mertens; Bethesda

John Payton, WilmerHale

John Relman, Relman & Dane

Kerry Scanlon, Kaye Scholer

David Wachtel, Bernabei & Wachtel

Christine Webber, Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll

Not-So-Golden Years

Advancing age brings issues related to Social Security, retirement, nursing homes, and more. Here’s a group knowledgeable about the laws that especially affect older people.

Elliott Andalman, Andalman & Flynn; Silver Spring

Robert Bullock, Elder & Disability Law Center

Jacqueline D. Byrd, Byrd & Byrd; Bowie

Kathleen R. Cossa; Fairfax

Jeffrey J. Downey, DMG Group

William Fralin, Estate Planning and Elder Law Firm; Arlington

Morris Klein; Bethesda

Blowing the Whistle

Reporting your company or agency for wrongdoing can get you fired, and it can get you rewarded. Handling whistleblower suits is a specialized legal practice. Most of these attorneys also practice general employment law.

John Boese, Fried Frank

Alan C. Brown, Enterprise Business Law Group

David Colapinto, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto

Robert B. Fitzpatrick

Myrrel Hendricks, Gebhardt & Associates

Michael Kohn, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto

Stephen Kohn, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto

Mona Lyons

David Marshall, Katz, Marshall & Banks

Kathleen McDermott, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal

John Phillips, Phillips & Cohen

Rick Robinson, Fulbright & Jaworski

Shelley R. Slade, Vogel, Slade & Goldstein

Jason Zuckerman, Employment Law Group

In Uniform

Military life has it own set of challenges—and laws. Here are people who know their way around them.

Eugene Fidell, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Matthew Freedus, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Charles Gittins; Middletown, Va.

Mary T. Hall; Hollywood, Md.

Jonathan Katz, Marks & Katz; Silver Spring

James Klimaski

William Koegel Jr., Steptoe & Johnson

Matthew MacLean, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

F. Whitten Peters, Williams & Connolly

Neal A. Puckett

Douglas Rosinski, Ogletree Deakins

Stephen Saltzburg, George Washington University Law School

David P. Sheldon

Where’s Your Green Card?

The threat of terrorism has complicated life for everyone—especially for foreign nationals and people doing business internationally. These lawyers can help straighten things out.

Serge Bauer

Andres Benach, Maggio & Kattar

Sam Hsien-Cheng Chang, Wasserman, Mancini & Chang

Rajan Paul Eapen, Eapen Law
Thomas Elliot, Elliot & Maycock

Roberta Freedman, Duane Morris

Andrew Greenfield, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy

Carl Hampe, Baker & McKenzie

Dev A. Kayal, Kayal & Ghosal; Silver Spring

Michael Maggio, Maggio & Kattar

Mark Mancini, Wasserman, Mancini & Chang

Sahlu Mikael

Amy Marmer Nice, Dickstein Shapiro

Eleanor Pelta, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

José Pertierra

Beth Peters, Hogan & Hartson

Elizabeth Quinn, Maggio & Kattar

Denyse Sabagh, Duane Morris

Elizabeth Espin Stern, Baker & McKenzie

Paul W. Virtue, Hogan & Hartson

Aseged Yimer; Silver Spring

Dealing With the World

Few lawyers log more miles than the ones who negotiate trade agreements and settle disputes between parties in different nations.

Charlene Barshefsky, WilmerHale

Mark Clodfelter, Winston & Strawn

John Corette, DLA Piper

Mark Cymrot, Baker Hostetler

Raul Herrera, Arnold & Porter

Michael Kantor, Mayer Brown

Carolyn Lamm, White & Case

Daniel Plaine, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Paul Reichler, Foley Hoag

Ed Rubinoff, Akin Gump

Jonathan Schiller, Boies, Schiller & Flexner

Stephen Schwebel

Running for Office

It’s a practice tailor-made for Washington: advising political candidates and groups on how to run for office and advocate change without running afoul of campaign-finance and ethics laws.

Jan Witold Baran, Wiley Rein

Robert Bauer, Perkins Coie

Joe Birkenstock, Caplin & Drysdale

Bobby Burchfield, McDermott Will & Emery

William Canfield, Williams & Jensen

Marc Erik Elias, Perkins Coie

Craig Engle, Arent Fox

Sonia Fois, Arnold & Porter

Ben Ginsberg, Patton Boggs

Laurence Gold, Lichtman, Trister & Ross

Lee Goodman, LeClairRyan

Ken Gross, Skadden

Ki Hong, Skadden

Brett Kappel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease

John Keeney Jr., Hogan & Hartson

Rob Kelner, Covington & Burling

Carol Laham, Wiley Rein

James Lamb, Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg

Cleta Mitchell, Foley & Lardner

Lawrence Noble, Skadden

Lawrence Norton, Womble Carlyle

Trevor Potter, Caplin & Drysdale

Neil Reiff, Sandler, Reiff & Young

Joseph Sandler, Sandler, Reiff & Young

Scott Thomas, Dickstein Shapiro

Michael Toner, Bryan Cave

Lyn Utrecht, Ryan, Phillips, Utrecht & MacKinnon

Jill Holtzman Vogel

Don’t Stop the Presses!

Washington has more journalists than any other city—and more lawyers to protect them. Here are the people savvy reporters call.

Kevin Baine, Williams & Connolly

Robert Bernius, Nixon Peabody

Bruce Brown, Baker Hostetler

Laura Handman, Davis Wright Tremaine

Thomas Hentoff, Williams & Connolly

David Kendall, Williams & Connolly

Lee Levine, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz

Mark Lynch, Covington & Burling

Thomas McLish, Akin Gump

Theodore B. Olson, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Terence Ross, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Bruce Sanford, Baker Hostetler

Paul Smith, Jenner & Block

Michael Sullivan, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz

Charles Tobin, Holland & Knight

Let’s Make a Deal

Some Washington lawyers have done very well acting as agents for media and sports clients.

Kenneth Adams, Dickstein Shapiro (poker issues)

Robert Ades (sports, radio)
Lon Babby, Williams & Connolly (sports)

Robert Barnett, Williams & Connolly (literary agent)

John Cassidy, Baker Botts (NASCAR)

Gregg Levy, Covington & Burling (NFL)

Gail Ross, Lichtman, Trister & Ross (media law, literary agent)

James Tanner, Williams & Connolly (sports)

You Want to Build What?

Washington has lots of lawyers who deal with zoning, land use, and anything else having to do with real estate and development in an area complicated by multiple jurisdictions. One thing all these lawyers combined can’t do: build a skyscraper in the District.

Stanley D. Abrams, Abrams & West; Bethesda

Richard Bar, Galland, Kharasch, Greenberg, Fellman & Swirsky

John Braswell, Redmon, Peyton & Braswell; Alexandria

Douglas Bregman, Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday; Bethesda

Kenneth Brown, Nichols Zauzig Sandler; Woodbridge

Antonio Calabrese, Cooley Godward Kronish; Reston

Joseph Corish, Bean, Kinney & Korman; Arlington

Thomas Dunigan, Curtin Law Roberson Dunigan & Salans

Maureen Dwyer, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

John Engel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Jay Epstien, DLA Piper

Robert Falb, Arent Fox

Wendy Fields, Katten Muchin Rosenman

Brian Frosh, Karp, Frosh, Lapidus, Wigodsky & Norwind; Bethesda

Ronald Gart, Powell Goldstein

Kenneth Gelfarb, Tenenbaum & Saas

Robert Glenn, Holland & Knight; McLean

Michael Goodwin, Arnold & Porter

Warren Gorrell, Hogan & Hartson

Robert Gottlieb, Venable

Jan K. Guben, Venable

John D. Hagner, Womble Carlyle

Daniel Hodin, Paley, Rothman, Goldstein, Rosenberg, Eig & Cooper; Bethesda

Philip Horowitz, Venable

E. Peter Kane, Hunton & Williams; McLean

Carol Weld King, Hogan & Hartson

Jonathan Kinney, Bean, Kinney & Korman; Arlington

Frederick Klein, DLA Piper

Joel Kline, Miller, Miller & Canby; Rockville

Kenneth Logwood, Womble Carlyle

Marianne Loman, Furey, Doolan & Abell; Chevy Chase

Francis McDermott, Hunton & Williams; McLean

Anne K. Planning, Spartin Planning; Alexandria

Whayne Quin, Holland & Knight

Elsie Reid, Furey, Doolan & Abell; Chevy Chase

Michael Ruane, Holland & Knight

Debbie Spartin, Spartin Planning; Alexandria

Chad Tiedemann, Holland & Knight

Martin D. “Art” Walsh, Walsh Colucci Lubeley Emrich & Walsh; Arlington

Sheldon Weisel, Goulston & Storrs

Wendelin White, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Roger Winston, Ballard, Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll

Honey, It’s Over

Divorce hurts. These people can help. Prenuptially, too.

Sanford K. Ain, Ain & Bank

Rita Bank, Ain & Bank

Beth A. Bittel; Fairfax

David Bulitt, Joseph, Greenwald & Laake; Greenbelt

Cynthia Callahan, Dragga, Callahan, Hannon Hessler & Wills; Rockville

Mark Carlin, Ain & Bank

Robin Clark, Clark & Glass; Rockville

Richard J. Colten, Colten Cummins Watson & Vincent; Fairfax

Joseph Condo, Condo Roop Kelly & Byrnes; McLean

Glenn Cooper, Paley, Rothman, Goldstein, Rosenberg, Eig & Cooper; Bethesda

James Ray Cottrell, Gannon & Cottrell; Alexandria

Jonathan Dana, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Linda Delaney, Delaney McKinney; Bethesda

Faith Dornbrand, Pasternak & Fidis

Patrick Dragga, Dragga, Callahan, Hannon Hessler & Wills; Rockville

Kathleen Dumais, Paley, Rothman, Goldstein, Rosenberg, Eig & Cooper; Bethesda

Darryl Feldman, Ain & Bank

Jo Benson Fogel; Rockville

Keenan Goldsby, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Ilona Freedman Grenadier, Grenadier, Anderson, Simpson, Starace & Duffett; Alexandria

Linda Haspel, Haspel & McLeod

Hadrian Hatfield, Strickler, Sachitano & Hatfield; Bethesda

Cheryl Lynn Hepfer; Rockville

Heather Hostetter, Strickler, Sachitano & Hatfield; Bethesda

Walter W. Johnson Jr.; Silver Spring

James Korman, Bean, Kinney & Korman; Arlington

Armin “Rick” Kuder, Kuder, Smollar & Friedman

Glenn Lewis

Robert Liotta, Liotta, Dranitzke & Engel

David Masterman, Masterman & Graham; McLean

Margaret McKinney, Delaney McKinney

Gwendolen Lesh McLeod, Haspel & McLeod; Rockville

Martha McQuade, McQuade & Hite; Alexandria

Theresa Mihalik, Kuder, Smollar & Friedman

Eleanor “Susie” Nace, Delaney McKinney

Cheryl New, Sandground New & Lowinger; Vienna

Ronald Ogens, Deckelbaum Ogens & Raftery; Bethesda

Joseph Paradiso, Paradiso, Taub, Sinay & Owel; Bethesda

Mary Pence, Feldesman Tucker Leifer & Fidell

Linda Ravdin, Pasternak & Fidis; Bethesda

Paul Reinstein, Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher; Upper Marlboro

Deborah Reiser, Lerch, Early & Brewer; Bethesda

Bryan Renehan, Brodsky, Greenblatt, Renehan & Pearlstein; Gaithersburg

Nancy Sachitano, Strickler, Sachitano & Hatfield; Bethesda

Betty Moore Sandler, Nichols Zauzig Sandler; Woodbridge

Carol Schrier-Polak, Bean, Kinney & Korman; Arlington

Wendy H. Schwartz; Fairfax

Richard Shadyac Jr., Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell; Falls Church

Lauren Shea, Ain & Bank

Darcy Shoop, Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll & Gr eenfeig

Robert Shoun, Shoun, Bach, Walinsky & Curran; Fairfax

Paul Smollar, Kuder, Smollar & Friedman

Howard Soypher, Paley, Rothman, Goldstein, Rosenberg, Eig & Cooper; Bethesda

Arlene Starace, Grenadier, Anderson, Simpson, Starace & Duffett; Alexandria

Scott Strickler, Strickler, Sachitano & Hatfield; Bethesda

Robin Taub, Paradiso, Taub, Sinay & Owel; Bethesda

Betty A. Thompson; Arlington

Marna Tucker, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Donna Van Scoy; Rockville

Edna Ruth Vincent, Colten Cummins Watson & Vincent; Fairfax

Edward Walinsky, Shoun, Bach, Walinsky & Curran; Fairfax

Vincent Wills, Dragga, Callahan, Hannon, Hessler & Wills; Rockville

Sarah J. Zimmerman, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

All the Way to the Supreme Court!

These constitutional lawyers, most of them former Supreme Court clerks, will take your case to the top.

Donald Ayer, Jones Day

Richard Bress, Latham & Watkins

Beth Brinkmann, Morrison & Foerster

Charles Cooper, Cooper & Kirk

Drew Days, Morrison & Foerster

Walter Dellinger, O’Melveny & Myers

Roy Englert Jr., Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber

Miguel Estrada, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

H. Bartow Farr III, Farr & Taranto

David Frederick, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel

Kenneth Geller, Mayer Brown

Thomas Goldstein, Akin Gump

Neal Katyal, Georgetown University Law Center

Michael Kellogg, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd Evans & Figel

John Kester, Williams & Connolly

Jeff Lamken, Baker Botts

Christopher Landau, Kirkland & Ellis

Nathan Lewin, Lewin & Lewin

Robert Long, Covington & Burling

Maureen Mahoney, Latham & Watkins

Glen Nager, Jones Day

Carter Phillips, Sidley Austin

Nina Pillard, Georgetown University Law Center

Andrew Pincus, Mayer Brown

Lawrence Robbins, Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber

Paul Smith, Jenner & Block

Evan Tager, Mayer Brown

Richard Taranto, Farr & Taranto

Donald Verrilli Jr., Jenner & Block

Seth Waxman, WilmerHale

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