Civil Litigation and Trial Practice

Williams & Connolly is regarded as one of the preeminent litigation firms in the United States, and general civil litigation is the firm's mainstay. The firm has a reputation for aggressive pursuit of its clients’ interests. Clients frequently retain Williams & Connolly for “bet-the-company” litigation. The firm has handled virtually every kind of litigation imaginable, for individuals and institutions.  For example, the firm has managed cases ranging from breach of contract actions involving hundreds of millions of dollars to the defense of major consumer class actions. The firm handles the most complex cases facing businesses in any industry, with a particular emphasis on preparing and taking cases to trial. Subject matter areas where our lawyers have extensive experience include:  antitrust, arbitration, commercial litigation, First Amendment, patent, securities, product liability, professional liability, real estate and tax controversy.

The firm's attorneys routinely appear in state and federal trial and appellate courts nationwide.  In addition, they provide national direction and coordination in class actions and other complex cases in which clients are required to simultaneously appear in numerous jurisdictions. In these cases, the firm has tremendous experience developing a comprehensive strategy, avoiding wasteful duplication of discovery efforts, taking cases to trial, and coordinating with other counsel in joint defense arrangements.

Representative Williams & Connolly clients in general civil and commercial litigation include a virtual "Who's Who" of corporations:  Google, Bank of America, UBS, Pfizer, Bayer, General Electric, Office Depot, Merck, Deutsche Bank, The Washington Post, Medco, McDonald's, AutoNation, Inc., and AES Corp., to name a few.


Finalist for "General Litigation Department of the Year," by The American Lawyer, 2023

Recognized Among “Trials Practice Groups of the Year,” by Law360, 2021

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