Tanya Abrams focuses her practice on class actions and complex civil litigation.  She represents clients in a broad range of substantive areas, such as employee benefits, intellectual property, and commercial disputes.  Tanya also has represented individuals and corporations in Congressional, state attorneys general, and other investigations.  Tanya maintains an active pro bono practice including criminal trials and appeals.

Tanya grew up in Columbia, Maryland.  Before becoming a lawyer, she worked as a linguist and analyst at the National Security Agency.  Tanya graduated from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and won the Potter Stewart Prize in the Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals competition.  She joined Williams & Connolly in 2013 after clerking for Judge M. Margaret McKeown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Richard W. Roberts on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Representative Experience

Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Tanya’s experience includes:

  • Defense of retirement plan fiduciaries of a multinational technology company in putative class action suits under ERISA challenging allocations of plan assets to alternative investments such as hedge funds and private equity.
  • Defense of a major pharmacy benefits manager in False Claims Act litigation involving allegations under the Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Defense of a global financial institution in RMBS-related litigation.
  • Representation of real estate developer at trial in dispute with land owner over major mixed-use development in the District of Columbia.
  • Representation of the family of an inventor in a patent licensing trial that resulted in a $309 million jury verdict in favor of the client.






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