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Wilkinson Stekloff

At a Glance

Uppers

“I am constantly impressed with the level of responsibility I am given and the type of substantive work I get to do.”

“We have wide latitude to pursue pro bono work that is meaningful to us.”

Downers

“You will work long hours, and you will have to travel frequently for the job.”

“Lack of transparency into prospects for promotion.”

About Wilkinson Stekloff

Wilkinson Stekloff is a high-stakes litigation firm headquartered in Washington, DC. The firm was established in 2016 and has soared from the start, achieving success after success in the courtroom. The 40-lawyer firm has tried over 20 cases to verdict since its founding, stacking up win after win. 

A 21st Century Firm

Wilkinson Stekloff was founded in 2016 by a group of former BigLaw litigators to focus on winning high-stakes trials. Founding partners Beth Wilkinson and Brian Stekloff continue to lead the firm forward.  The duo is joined by a formidable team of lawyers, including former federal prosecutors and former Supreme Court clerks. Based on the firm’s successes, Wilkinson Stekloff and its attorneys have been recognized by Benchmark, Legal 500, Vault, and Chambers. Within two months of its founding, the firm won its first major trial, defeating a $1.5 billion class action on behalf of Philip Morris.

No Limits

Wilkinson Stekloff’s experience includes antitrust, class actions, products liability, and sports matters. But the firm doesn’t box its lawyers into practice groups. According to the firm, it “can litigate any case, anytime, anywhere.” Among the firm’s clients are heavy hitters in a wide range of industries, such as Allergan, Altria Group Inc., Bayer, Cargill, Facebook, FedEx, Georgia-Pacific, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Medtronic, Microsoft, Monsanto, the NCAA, the NFL, Pfizer, Plaid, and Philip Morris USA—all of which have come to rely on Wilkinson Stekloff as a go-to trial firm that can handle their toughest cases. Recently, the firm has had a number of significant victories in challenging high-stakes cases, including the successful defense of the second-largest merger in American history. The firm has been recognized by Benchmark as a “Top 20 Trial Law Firm,” “Top Boutique,” “Highly Recommended,” and “Tier 1 for General Commercial Litigation” and is one of only a few U.S. firms to be recognized by Legal 500 as “Tier 1 in Leading Trial Lawyers.” WS has been ranked as a Vault “Litigation Specialty Law Firm” since 2019 and listed to Vault’s “Top 150 Under 150” every year since the firm’s inception, and is also nationally ranked by Chambers in “General Commercial Litigation – The Elite” and “Product Liability & Mass Torts – The Elite.”

The firm also maintains a commitment to pro bono. The firm’s pro bono practice covers appeals, class actions, and strategic counseling. Wilkinson Stekloff has handled more than 100 pro bono matters since its founding in 2016, with nearly all of the firm’s attorneys devoting significant time to those matters and the firm’s brightest young talent winning pro bono trials in leadership roles. The firm has been shortlisted by Chambers as an “Outstanding Firm for Pro Bono.”

Stand Up

The firm isn’t just focused on winning cases, however. It prides itself on “developing the next generation of trial lawyers.” And that means getting on your feet. Since the firm’s founding, nearly a quarter of its attorneys have served as first or second chair at trial. And attorneys are actively encouraged to gain stand-up experience through pro bono matters. 

Similarly, the firm thinks outside the box when it comes to client needs, eschewing the typical billable model for individualized billing methods. The firm’s goal is to offer clients value and predictability when it comes to billing. Among the firm’s arrangements are monthly retainers, flat fees, and success-based fees.

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NOTABLE CASES
  • Achieved headline-making results for Microsoft in the second-largest merger trial in American history over its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Defeated the FTC's request for a preliminary injunction to stop the transaction after a five-day trial that began less than four ways after the FTC filed its federal court complaint. Directed all aspects of litigation strategy from the time the acquisition was announced, positioning the case for federal court victory on an unprecedented timeline.
  • Secured an unprecedented FTC dismissal on behalf of Altria following an administrative trial before the FTC over Altria's minority investment in JUUL Labs, Inc. The Chief Administrative Law Judge dismissed in their entirety claims by the FTC that Altria and JUUL violated antitrust laws. Following appeal, the FTC dismissed its complaint against Altria.
  • Won the first-ever jury verdict for Monsanto in litigation over claims that the herbicide Roundup causes Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Clark, the first case involving a child plaintiff, was the fourth case in this mass tort to go to trial; three previous trials resulted in multi-million-dollar verdicts against Monsanto.
  • Outright defense verdict as lead trial counsel for Bayer in multi-state class action involving One A Day multivitamins and hundreds of millions in claimed damages. Following our cross-examinations, the defense rested without calling witnesses. After one hour of deliberations, the jury returned a complete defense verdict.
  • Trial counsel for Bayer in a mass tort litigation involving the blood-thinner Xarelto. Won six separate trials (three state, three federal) before Bayer entered a favorable overall settlement.
Wilkinson Stekloff

2001 M Street, NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 847-4000

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: James Rosenthal
Hiring Partners: Full partnership
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
1 - 50
No. of Partners Named 2023:
1

Base Salary

1st year: $225,000
2nd year: $235,000
3rd year: $260,000
4th year: $310,000
5th year: $365,000
6th year: $390,000
7th year: $420,000
8th year+: $435,000
Summer Associate: $225,000 (prorated)

Employment Contact

Kieran Gostin, Partner
Moira Penza, Partner
Please contact via website

No. of U.S. Offices: 2

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Washington, DC (HQ)
New York, NY

Major Departments

Litigation