Offices

Washington DC

1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006   Map
+1 202 663 6000 (t)
+1 202 663 6363 (f)

Our Washington DC office, with more than 400 attorneys, is one of the largest in the metropolitan area and is the largest office within the firm. Our unparalleled knowledge of how Washington works has been developed over more than four decades under the leadership of the Wilmer Cutler Pickering founding partners Lloyd Cutler and John Pickering, both of whom were honored in 2004 with lifetime achievement awards by The American Lawyer. We are the only firm to have had two partners serve as chief White House Counsel: Lloyd Cutler, who served as Counsel to two Democratic presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and C. Boyden Gray, who served as Counsel to former President George H.W. Bush.

Solving Washington problems requires a broad range of skills including regulatory experience, policy advocacy, litigation, and the drafting and negotiation of agreements. It also requires the ability to craft an integrated approach to deal with multiple decision makers in Congress, the Executive Branch and the courts, as well as with the media. WilmerHale offers unique capabilities in addressing Washington problems because the firm has deep substantive experience across the regulatory areas of greatest concern to business and because it has emphasized an integrated approach to problem-solving throughout its history.

We are frequently asked to address the acute business needs of a company while, at the same time, helping to achieve longer term alignment between the policy environment in which a company operates and its business model. Whether seeking to change or challenge a regulation, structuring a business strategy that depends on government support or forbearance, negotiating and clearing a deal in a regulated environment, reaching a legislative solution to a problem, addressing a congressional inquiry, handling a sensitive multi-pronged issue with significant political or public relations risk, or confronting urgent media inquiries on high-profile matters, clients routinely need the multi-dimensional representation that our firm offers.

More than 100 of our lawyers have had high-level government experience—a record unmatched by any other firm. We count among our partners a United States Trade Representative, a Deputy Attorney General, a Solicitor General, a Deputy Solicitor General, Assistant Attorneys General for both the Office of Legal Counsel and the Civil Division, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Antitrust Division, General Counsel of the Departments of Defense and of the Navy, an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, a Chief of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, General Counsels of both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency, and many senior officials from the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of State, and other agencies of government. To view a list of lawyers with high-government experience click here.

As the Washington metropolitan area increasingly becomes a technology and biotech hub, we have the expertise and institutional capacity to offer a broad range of services to clients in the technology sector, particularly in the area of intellectual property where protecting intellectual assets is becoming increasingly important. Our deep experience working with technology companies allows us to counsel companies through the entire business lifecycle, from start-up to public company, and beyond. We serve clients in a wide array of industries and practice areas through our Washington office including antitrust and competition, aviation, bankruptcy and commercial, communications, corporate, defense, national security, government contracts, environmental, FDA, intellectual property, international trade and market access, labor and employment, litigation and arbitration, real estate, securities enforcement and regulation, and tax.


The Washington, DC offices of WilmerHale are centrally located within walking distance of Dupont Circle, the White House, Foggy Bottom and Georgetown. For a more detailed map of the Metrorail System in Washington, DC, click here.

Directions to 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue NW by Metro

The Farragut North (on the Red line) and Farragut West (on the Blue and Orange lines) Metro stations are closest to 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Directions to 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue NW by Car

From the West (from Dulles International Airport)
Take I-66E.
(From Dulles Airport, take the Dulles Access Road until it ends at I- 66E).
After crossing the bridge over the Potomac River, take the E Street exit, which is on the left.
Continue down E Street.
Turn left at 20th Street NW
Turn right at Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
1875 Pennsylvania Avenue NW will be to your left.

From the South (from Richmond or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport)
From Richmond, take I-95N to I-395N.
(From Reagan National Airport, take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north. Then take the first exit ramp to your right, which will be I-395N).
After crossing the bridge over the Potomac River, follow the signs for 14th Street north.
Follow 14th Street to I (“Eye”) Street NW.
Turn left at I (“Eye”) Street NW.
Follow I (“Eye”) Street NW, then turn left at 19th Street NW.
On 19th Street NW, turn at the next left, which is Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
1875 Pennsylvania Avenue NW will be to your left.

From the Northeast (from Baltimore or Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport)
From Baltimore, take I-95S to Route 50W.
(From BWI Airport, take the Baltimore Washington Parkway (I-295) south to Route 50W.)
Route 50W becomes New York Avenue.
Follow New York Avenue to the Washington Convention Center.
At the Convention Center, bear right to go down Massachusetts Avenue NW.
Follow Massachusetts Avenue NW, then turn left at M Street NW.
Go down M Street NW and turn left at 19th Street NW.
Proceed down 19th Street.
After passing I (“Eye”) Street NW, turn at the next left, which is Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
1875 Pennsylvania Avenue NW will be to your left.

From the Northwest (from Frederick, MD)
Take I-270S to I-495S.
Immediately after crossing the bridge over the Potomac River, take exit 43 to George Washington Memorial Parkway south.
Take the US-29N exit to the Key Bridge.
Near the end of the Key Bridge, turn right onto the Whitehurst Freeway ramp.
Make a slight right turn onto K Street NW.
Follow K Street NW to Washington Circle.
At Washington Circle, take the third exit, which leads into Pennsylvania Ave NW.
Proceed down Pennsylvania Ave NW.
After crossing 19th Street NW, 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue NW will be to your left.

Washington Area Parking Garage Locations

There is public parking available for WilmerHale visitors in both 1875 and 1801 Pennsylvania Avenue parking garages. Both garages are run by Penn Parking and are open Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at a daily rate of $20.00. The general telephone number for Penn Parking is +1 202 974 6380.

 

Publications & News

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July 29, 2014

Whose Refund Is It? The Sixth Circuit Weighs in, Finding Tax Sharing Agreement Between Bank and Holding Company Ambiguous on Ownership of Refunds

In its recent AmFin decision, the Sixth Circuit joined a growing line of cases considering whether tax refunds paid to a bank holding company pursuant to a tax sharing agreement between the holding company and its subsidiary bank, but attributable to losses incurred by the bank, are the property of the holding company's bankruptcy estate or of the FDIC as receiver for the bank.

July 18, 2014

US Targets Major Russian Financial and Energy Firms in Sector-Specific Sanctions

This week, the United States announced new sanctions against Russia in response to what the Obama Administration describes as Russia’s continued attempts to destabilize Ukraine.

July 17, 2014

WilmerHale and 17 Partners Rank in Managing IP’s 2014-2015 IP Stars Handbook

Managing IP has released its second annual edition of its IP Stars Handbook—a guide that identifies the leading IP firms and lawyers in the United States—prominently ranking WilmerHale and 17 of its partners.

July 14, 2014

WilmerHale Among Nation’s Top Law Firms for Commitment to Pro Bono Work

Each year The American Lawyer ranks the Am Law 200—the nation’s 200 highest-grossing law firms—by their pro bono score for work done by lawyers based in the US.

July 2, 2014

The American Lawyer A-List Ranks WilmerHale Among the Top Five Law Firms in the Nation

WilmerHale has again been honored among the nation's stand-out law firms, earning its place among the top five firms in the 2014 edition of The American Lawyer's A-List.

June 26, 2014

WilmerHale Named a “Top Workplace” From Coast to Coast

The firm's Palo Alto and Washington DC offices have been named "Top Workplaces" by Bay Area News and The Washington Post, based on results generated from employee surveys.

June 25, 2014

WilmerHale Secures String of Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Wins

Two US Supreme Court decisions handed down on June 12 mark the latest in a string of victories secured by WilmerHale's Appellate and Supreme Litigation Court Practice during the 2013-2014 term.

June 24, 2014

Washington Business Journal Honors WilmerHale with Corporate Philanthropy Award for Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year the Washington Business Journal has named WilmerHale to its top "Corporate Philanthropists" list, honoring the Washington DC metro area's most active and inspirational companies and nonprofits who have made a difference in their communities through both financial and volunteer philanthropic work.

June 23, 2014

Four Important Strategic Consideration for Inter Partes Review Proceedings

An article by David Cavanaugh, Michael Twomey, Vic Souto, Christopher O'Brien, Heather Schafroth and Michael Smith, published in the May/June 2014 edition of IP Litigator, Vol. 20, No. 3.

June 17, 2014

WEX to Acquire Evolution1, a Leader in Cloud-Based Technology and Payment Solutions in the Healthcare Industry

WEX Inc., a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, and Evolution1, a leader in cloud-based technology and payment solutions in the healthcare industry, announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for WEX to acquire Evolution1 for $532.5 million in cash.

  • American Lawyer 200 Pro Bono Rankings – The firm is consistently ranked at or near the top of the annual pro bono rankings.
  • American Lawyer "A-List" (2014) – The firm is annually recognized in a compilation that lists the leading US firms and honors overall excellence, including financial success, commitment to pro bono work, workforce diversity and the training and development of younger lawyers.
  • Benchmark Litigation (2012) – WilmerHale is regularly named as a top-tier US national firm. In 2012, 21 of the firm’s litigators garnered individual honors, and the Washington DC office received the highest level of recommendation. 
  • BTI Consulting Group (2015) – WilmerHale was recognized as the "Most-Favored IP Department" in the nation, one of two firms that are the "Best at Complex IP Litigation," one of six firms identified as "Go To IP Litigation Firms," and one of five firms called out as "Go To IP Firms" (for non-litigation IP work) in the BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation report.
  • Chambers & Partners – The firm is consistently and prominently ranked in Chambers' guidebooks to the legal profession, which includes significant accolades in the Asia, Europe, Global, USA and UK editions.
  • Corporate Equity Index (2008-2013) – The firm earned a 100 percent rating in the 2013 Corporate Equity Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). This is the fifth consecutive year WilmerHale has received a perfect CEI score on the survey, which evaluates the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the workspace.
  • EuroMoney Legal Media Group (2012) – Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky was nominated by her peers for the Outstanding Achievement award as part of the inaugural “Americas Women in Business Law Awards.”
  • GCR 100 and GCR Global Elite (2008-2014) The firm is consistently ranked in the "Top 20 GCR Global Elite," and was ranked "elite" in GCR 100's US Government Antitrust category.
  • Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 (2013) – Named the firm as "best-in-class" in patent litigation and licensing in California, Massachusetts, New York and Washington DC.
  • Law360 “Practice Group of the Year” (2011-2013) – For four consecutive years, select WilmerHale practices were named to Law360’s “Practice Group of the Year” series which annually recognizes five firms per practice area that have played a key role in the significant matters that made headlines and changed the legal landscape within the past year.
  • The Lawyer (2013) – WilmerHale is ranked among the top 10 litigation practices in the world in the list of the Global Litigation Top 50.
  • The Washington Post (2014) – The firm has been recognized among Washington DC's "Top Workplaces" in its annual survey of the top companies in the area.
  • Legal 500 (2009-2013) – The firm is frequently ranked in this series of referral guides focusing on each of the Asia Pacific, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and US markets.
  • Managing IP (MIP) – WilmerHale is among the top nationally ranked firms for intellectually property, and is highly recommended in the category of "patent contentious" in Washington DC. Partners William McElwain, James Quarles, Seth Waxman, Amy Wigmore and Paul Wolfson were also named 2013 "IP Stars."
  • MultiCultural Law Magazine (2012) – For the sixth year in a row, the firm ranked in “Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity .” In 2012, the firm ranked in the specialized areas of “Top 100 Law Firms for Women,” “Top 50 Law Firms for Partners,” “Top 50 Law Firms for Associates,” “Top 25 Law Firms for African-Americans,” and “Top 25 Law Firms for Asian-Americans.”
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® (2013 and 2014) – The annual Best Law Firms list named WilmerHale as "Law Firm of the Year" in International Arbitration. In the most recent edition, the firm received first-tier rankings in 27 national and 60 metro-area practices in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.
  • Vault (2006-2013) – The Washington DC office is consistently ranked among the top five law firms in the guide's annual list of top firms in the region. 
  • Washington Business Journal (2012, 2013, 2014) – The firm was honored at the Corporate Philanthropy Awards annual ceremony as one of the area’s “Top Ten Law Firms” based on annual pro bono hours of service. In 2014, WilmerHale was ranked second out of eight law firms for the most local giving among firms.
  • Washingtonian (2013) – WilmerHale attorneys are regularly named to the Washingtonian’s “Best Lawyers” list, which is made of Washington DC’s most praised legal talent based on peer review.
  • Working Mother magazine and Flex Time Lawyers (2012) – The firm has been included in the “Best Law Firms for Women” list in each of the five years the ranking has been published. The Best Law Firms for Women are recognized for having programs that encourage networking, training and mentoring for women, and for fostering environments that enable women to balance successful careers with motherhood.
  • Yale Law Women (2008-2012) – For five consecutive years WilmerHale has been named to the Yale Law Women’s list of “Top Ten Family Friendly Firms.”
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