Williams & Connolly LLP: Honors and Awards

Williams & Connolly LLP is frequently awarded top ranks in nationally renowned business, legal and trade publications.

Firmwide Honors

The National Law Journal - "Washington Litigation Department of the Year" (2014)

  • Recognized as the leading litigation law firm in Washington, D.C. for General Litigation.


Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2014-2015)

  • #1 law firm in Washington, D.C.

  • #1 in associate/partner relations.

  • #2 in business outlook.

  • #2 in selectivity.

  • #1 white collar defense practice in the United States.


Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014)

  • Ranked as a #1 litigation firm in Washington, D.C.

  • Ranked as a #1 white collar crime and government investigations firm in Washington, D.C.

  • Ranked as a #1 product liability and mass torts firm nationwide.


The Legal 500 United States (2014)

Recognized as a leading law firm in the following practice areas:

  • Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense

  • Securities

  • Supreme Court and Appellate

  • White Collar Criminal Defense


Benchmark Litigation (2015, 2014)

Received national top tier rankings in the following practice areas:

  • General Commercial Litigation

  • Product Liability

  • White Collar Crime

  • Appellate


The National Law Journal - "Washington Litigation Department of the Year" (2013)

  • Recognized as the leading litigation law firm in Washington, D.C. for Mass Torts.


Law360 Pro Bono Firms of the Year (2013)

  • Selected as one of the top 20 firms in the nation for strong firmwide commitment to pro bono work.


LMG Life Sciences (2014, 2013)

Recognized as "Highly Recommended" in the areas of:

  • General Patent Litigation

  • Hatch-Waxman (branded) Litigation

  • Product Liability


Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2013-2014)

  • #1 law firm in Washington, D.C.

  • #1 in firm culture.

  • #1 in business outlook.

  • #1 white collar defense and internal investigations practice in the United States.

  • #2 appellate litigation practice in the United States.


Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013)

  • Ranked as a #1 litigation firm in Washington, D.C.

  • Ranked as a #1 product liability and mass torts firm nationwide.

  • Ranked as a top 2 media and entertainment firm in Washington, D.C.


The Legal 500 United States (2013)

Recognized as a leading law firm in the following practice areas:

  • Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense

  • Supreme Court and Appellate

  • White Collar Criminal Defense


Benchmark Litigation (2013)

Received top-tier rankings in the following practice areas:

  • General Commercial Litigation

  • Product liability

  • Appellate

  • Antitrust


U.S. News and World Report - "Best Law Firms" (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)

Received top-tier rankings in several practice areas:

  • Commercial Litigation

  • FDA Law

  • First Amendment Litigation

  • Media Law


The National Law Journal - "The Appellate Hot List" (2012, 2010, 2008)

  • Recognized as one of few law firms with impressive appellate advocacy.


LMG Life Sciences (2012)

  • Listed as a "Highly Recommended" law firm in product liability.

  • Listed as a "Recommended" law firm in general patent litigation.


The American Lawyer - "Litigation Department of the Year" (Honorable Mention - 2010)

  • Selected as one of the best litigation firms in the United States.

Date: 2015.02.10 Category: Business Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

Are You a Victim of Investment Fraud? How to Get Your Money Back

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Investing is hard enough without walking into a bear trap set by an unscrupulous fraudster. Crooks create false account statements, make wild performance claims and operate elaborate Ponzi schemes in order to get money out of your pocket and into theirs. If you're the victim of such a crime, what are your chances of getting your money back?

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued an investor bulletin explaining the ways in which conned consumers can attempt to recover assets lost to criminal investment scams. The good news: there are a number of ways to recover your money. The bad news: you are likely to recover only a portion of your loss – and be prepared for a lengthy process.

"Not all harmed investors will be able to recover money, and many of those who recover money receive less, often substantially less, than their losses from the securities fraud," the SEC says. "In addition, even when harmed investors are able to recover money, the process for distributing the money to harmed investors may take a long time."

If an SEC investigation into securities fraud is successful, enforcement action is initiated through the court system or by an agency administrative proceeding. In addition to attempting to reclaim the proceeds from the fraud on behalf of victims, often penalties and interest are charged; the court or the SEC will determine the distribution of these assets. In other cases, a receivership is formed to recover and manage the proceeds of criminal collections. In fiscal year 2013, the SEC collected more than $1.6 billion in fines and recovered investment assets.

When a brokerage firm fails, investors' assets are covered by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). Securities held at the broker-dealer are protected up to $500,000; cash is protected up to $250,000, but only for the value held – assets are not protected from market loss. And this protection is only offered for customers of firms who are members of the SIPC.

Investors who have suffered losses from fraud may also find recourse under federal bankruptcy laws or private class-action lawsuits.

The SEC conducts hundreds of investigations each year and says many violations pertain to the misrepresentation of investments, price manipulation, theft, insider trading or the sale of unregistered securities. A substantial number of these actions are spurred by tips from the public, consumer complaints and whistleblowers. Recent scams have targeted seniors, involved oil and gas companies, gold mining investments and speculative startup companies. Often investors are lured into such schemes on the heels of major news events, including rackets based on the recent Ebola outbreak.
Date: 2015.02.06 Category: Finance Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)