Anna Hrom is an associate at Williams & Connolly and focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, including multi-district litigation, and First Amendment and media law. She has represented corporations, news organizations, and individuals in state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate levels, and in arbitration proceedings. Anna has experience in a number of substantive areas, including commercial contract disputes, defamation, First Amendment and freedom of speech, products liability, and environmental torts.
Anna was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College. Prior to law school, Anna served as a Teach For America corps member. Anna received her J.D., summa cum laude, from the Duke University School of Law, where she served as Articles Editor for the Duke Law Journal, president of the Moot Court Board, and a member of the Order of the Coif. Anna also received her Ph.D. in history from the Duke University Graduate School, where she was a James B. Duke Fellow. Before joining Williams & Connolly in 2020, she served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Allyson K. Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge John D. Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Anna’s experience includes:
- Representation of a Fortune 500 company in one of the largest and most complex environmental MDLs pending in the United States, and in related cases in state courts.
- Representation of major news organization defending a defamation suit brought by the Trump campaign.
- Representation of major news organization defending a defamation suit concerning news coverage of a university’s suspension of fraternity.
- Pro bono representation challenging viewpoint discrimination in police department FOIA practices.
- Representation of contract development manufacturing organization in commercial arbitration before an AAA panel concerning contract dispute related to Covid-19 vaccine.
- Representation of a Fortune 500 company in binding arbitration before a private arbitrator.
- Representation of a Fortune 500 company in personal-injury litigation in Florida state court.
- Representation of veteran in en banc rehearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit challenging denial of veterans benefits and constitutional right of access to the courts.
- Representation of major news organization defending a defamation suit brought by U.S. Congressman’s senior advisor.