Wiley Rein is a top 10 law firm in Washington, DC with a significant Public Policy Practice. We have a deep bench of attorneys and professionals with high-level government experience across the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches of government, as well as independent agencies. We routinely (almost daily) represent our clients before more than 40 U.S. federal agencies, as well as government agencies in most states, regarding complex government laws, rules, regulations, procedures, investigations, and enforcement matters impacting their business.
The firm represents a wide range of global clients, including more than 400 government contractors, top communications companies, and some of the biggest global insurance and finance organizations. Our clients generally include Fortune 1000 companies that span most industries, as well as thousands of midsize and small businesses, and more than 130 business groups, nonprofits and trade associations. Our key practices include: Corporate; Cybersecurity and Privacy; Election Law and Government Ethics; Environment & Safety, as well as Product Regulations; Global Franchise; Government Contracts; Health Care; Insurance; Intellectual Property; International Trade; Litigation; Public Policy; Telecom, Media & Technology; and White Collar.
In addition to Wiley Rein’s premier practices, our other national market differentiator is the fact that the firm owns Signal Group Consulting, LLC. In pairing its considerable regulatory, litigation and public policy practices with Signal Group’s mature advocacy and strategic communications services, Wiley Rein has become the only firm in Washington, DC to bring to market a robust integrated legal, public policy, regulatory, and strategic communications offering.
Consumer Product Regulation
Election Law & Government Ethics
Employment & Labor
Environment & Safety
Food, Drug & Medical Device Law
Privacy & Cybersecurity
Telecom, Media & Technology
White Collar Defense & Government Investigations
January 2022: Wiley (District of Columbia) announced Partner Jennifer D. Hindin was promoted to co-chair the firm’s Telecom, Media & Technology Practice, and Partner Amb. David A. Gross is among the list of foreign recipients of the Government of Japan’s 2021 “Autumn Imperial Decoration.”
June 2021: Wiley (District of Columbia) announced that Charles McKee, former Vice President of Government Affairs at T-Mobile USA, Inc., has joined the firm as a partner in the Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) Practice. Mr. McKee served for more than a decade as Vice President of Government Affairs, Federal and State Regulatory at Sprint Corp., prior to Sprint’s acquisition by T-Mobile in April 2020. Mr. McKee will use his extensive in-house experience to assist clients in reducing risk and minimizing costs of compliance, navigating the regulatory hazards associated with the launch of new services, advocating for a positive regulatory environment before government agencies, and defending enforcement proceedings when necessary. Also, Thomas M. Johnson, Jr., former General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has joined Wiley as a partner, and will serve as co-chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice. Mr. Johnson will join Claire J. Evans, who previously clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas, as co-chair of the Appellate Practice. The Honorable Nazak Nikakhtar, former senior U.S. Department of Commerce official, has joined Wiley as a partner in the International Trade and Supply Chain and Transactional Support Practices and co-chair of the National Security Practice. Ms. Nikakhtar advises clients on trade and national security matters involving complex legal, economic, and policy dimensions and brings years of international trade, national security, and economic analysis experience from private practice – including high-profile trade remedy litigation and complex matters involving export controls, international and bilateral trade agreements, customs issues, competition, and economic policy, and WTO dispute settlement.
April 2020: Wiley Rein has authored an important and insightful chapter, “Risks Under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for 5G Telecom Implementation” in a new book published by TRACE, a globally recognized anti-bribery business association. Print and Kindle versions of the book are available through Amazon. Click here to read the full press release.
February 2020: District of Columbia member firm Wiley Rein has reflagged itself as Wiley and has unveiled a new website, logo and color scheme. It has also migrated from the .com to the .law Internet domain, becoming the first Am Law 200 firm to do so. Managing Partner Peter Shields said the change is intended not only to highlight the practice areas for which it is already renowned, such as telecom, media and technology, election law and government ethics, government contracts, international trade and litigation, but also its emerging practices in the areas of cybersecurity, unmanned aircraft systems, privacy, fintech and FTC regulation.
September 2019: Washington, D.C., member firm Wiley Rein has released a smartphone app that summarizes federal government and executive branch gift-giving regulations and exemptions. Over the course of a year, the firm’s election law and government ethics practice group teamed up with app developer Pick Factor to create the Federal Gift Rules Assistant, the firm’s first mobile app, which it offered free through Apple’s and Google’s app stores. Gift Rules Assistant provides a 15-question quiz to test users’ knowledge of federal gift rules, news about changes to gift-giving rules and regulations, and the firm’s contact information. Partner and election law and government ethics group member D. Mark Renaud said the app is intended for members of Congress, congressional staff and federal lobbyists to help them identify rules governing the exchange of gifts.
December 2018: After more than six years at the Federal Trade Commission, Duane Pozza has joined District of Columbia member firm Wiley Rein as a partner. Mr. Pozza joined the firm’s telecom, media?and technology practice last month after leaving the FTC’s division of financial practices, where he was assistant director. While at the FTC, he dealt with issues involving artificial intelligence, blockchain, data analytics and mobile payments. Mr. Pozza is a graduate of Stanford Law School.
November 2018: The former director of the Foreign Investment Review Staff for the National Security Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, Richard Sofield, has joined District of Columbia member firm Wiley Rein as a partner in its national security practice. Mr. Sofield will advise clients on issues related to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, Team Telecom, and a wide range of DOJ enforcement matters across the firm’s practices including international trade, telecommunications, media and technology, corporate, privacy and cybersecurity, intellectual property, and government contracts. Prior to joining the firm, he oversaw DOJ’s participation in CFIUS including the review of over 1,000 acquisitions and efforts to prohibit multiple transactions on national security grounds. Mr. Sofield was awarded his J.D. by Hofstra University School of Law.
October 2018: California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s chief counsel Peter Hyun has joined District of Columbia member firm Wiley Rein as a partner in the firm’s white-collar defense and government investigations practice, where he will defend clients in congressional investigations, government enforcement actions and state attorneys general investigations. Before joining Senator Feinstein’s staff, Mr. Hyun was an assistant U.S. attorney in Virginia, where he investigated health care, mortgage and procurement fraud for the Justice Department’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement program. He also previously served as an assistant attorney general in the New York State Office of the Attorney General’s litigation bureau. Mr. Hyun received his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
March 2018: The National Law Journal has named David Weslow of District of Columbia member firm Wiley Rein and Geoffrey Potter of New York City member firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler to its 2018 list of Intellectual Property Trailblazers. Mr. Weslow’s cases have all involved copyright trademark and computer law claims, helping clients get control of stolen IP or shut down infringement. In one, he represented 411mania.com after its URL was stolen and held for ransom. He also filed a lawsuit to assert trademark and copyright claims against John Does who were running an Internet-based counterfeit operation, importing fake Montblanc products into the U.S. Mr. Potter chairs his firm’s anti-counterfeiting practice. He recently obtained preliminary injunctions for global healthcare company Abbott against dozens of distributors who were importing and then selling domestically hundreds of thousands of boxes of Abbott’s blood glucose test strips that the company had sold outside the U.S. for a low price. He then successfully defended the injunctions in the Second Circuit, which upheld the lower court’s finding that the imported strips’ packaging was materially different from what Abbott sold domestically and, therefore, violated its trademarks. Also at Patterson Belknap, partner Dan Lowenthal recently published an article in the Journal of Corporate Renewal entitled, “Venezuelan Debt Crisis Intensifies as Its Leaders Ponder Responses.” The article can be found here. Finally, Patterson Belknap partners Steve Younger and Muhammad Faridi will present a Bloomberg BNA webinar on Monday, March 26th, entitled “Cost-Effective Commercial Litigation in New York’s Commercial Division.” Registration is complimentary. A full description of the webinar, along with registration information, is available online.
February 2018: Lee Goodman is leaving his post as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission this month to rejoin District of Columbia member firm Wiley Rein as a partner. Mr. Goodman, a Republican, was appointed to the FEC by President Obama in 2013 to replace Donald McGahn, who now serves as White House counsel to President Trump. He served as chairman of the agency in 2014. Mr. Goodman has several decades of experience as an elections lawyer and adviser to presidential campaigns. He previously served as general counsel of the Republican Party of Virginia.