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  • Williams & Connolly LLP is a prominent litigation firm based in Washington, D.C., United States. The firm was founded by trial lawyer Edward Bennett Williams, who left the partnership of D.C. firm Hogan & Hartson to launch his own litigation boutique. It is ranked as the top law firm in Washington, D.C., and is the most difficult law firm to be hired at in the United States. Recent high-profile cases include the successful defense of U.S. President Clinton's impeachment, representation of Enron's law firm Vinson & Elkins, representation of the motion picture studios in the Kazaa/Grokster file-trading litigation, defense of the Vioxx cases, and counsel for the plaintiff states in the United States v. Microsoft antitrust remedy trial. In past years the firm represented Colonel Oliver North during the Iran-Contra Affair; defended John Hinckley, the would-be assassin of President Reagan; and represented President Clinton during the impeachment hearings. In addition, the firm represented Fred Smith, the CEO of FedEx, in his challenge of the University of Virginia's policy of student self-governance. The firm's senior partner is Brendan Sullivan.

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