Washingtonian Magazine Names 18 Wiley Rein Attorneys to “Best Lawyers” List

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 12:13

Richard E. Wiley was honored as one of Washington, DC’s 30 “Superstar” lawyers, and 17 Wiley Rein attorneys were named “Best Lawyers” by Washingtonian magazine in its 2011 guide to the capital area’s “very best legal talent.”

Mr. Wiley, head of the firm’s preeminent 80-attorney Communications Practice, is singled out as the “unofficial sixth commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission and the godfather of HDTV.” Joining him among the best communications lawyers are R. Michael Senkowski, chair of the firm’s Telecommunications Practice, Nancy J. Victory, co-chair of the firm’s International Telecommunications Group and Helgi C. Walker, co-chair of the Communications Litigation and Appellate Groups. With four “Best Lawyers” in the Communications category, Wiley Rein stands atop the field in Washington. 

Washingtonian also recognizes four members of the Election Law & Government Ethics Practice for their “guidance on campaign finance, ethics laws, and other rules of the political game.” Named among the best in this field are co-chairs Jan Witold Baran and Michael E. Toner, partner Carol A. Laham and of counsel Robert L. Walker. 

For their work on behalf of insurance providers, Insurance Practice chair Daniel J. Standish, Thomas W. Brunner, chairman emeritus of the Insurance Group, Laura A. Foggan, chair of the Insurance Appellate Group, and partner Richard A. Simpson all are named “Best Lawyers.”

The magazine names H. Jason Gold, chair of the Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Practice, and partner Valerie P. Morrison, among the best lawyers for “getting reorganized.”

Rand L. Allen, chair of the Government Contracts Practice, and partner Scott M. McCaleb are named among the area’s “leading government contracts attorneys” for their ability to “help companies bid for contracts and deal with details of working for Uncle Sam.”

And for those with “bright ideas,” Washingtonian names James H. Wallace, Jr., chair of the Patent Group and Bruce G. Joseph, chair of the Copyright Practice, among Washington, DC’s “intellectual property experts” and “good bets” to assist those seeking to obtain or defend patents and copyrights.

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Wiley Rein Insurance and Litigation partner Theodore A. Howard has been elected to serve a two-year term as co-chair of the board of directors of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

Mr. Howard and Wiley Rein have a longstanding relationship with the Lawyers’ Committee, which focuses on mobilizing the resources of lawyers in private practice to address civil rights violations and poverty.  As part of its pro bono efforts, Wiley Rein frequently partners with the committee to handle cases involving employment, housing and public accommodations.  Working with the committee, Mr. Howard secured a significant victory on behalf of DC jail inmates after overcrowding issues persisted for years in non-compliance with the inmate population cap imposed by the DC Jail Improvement Act of 2003. In 2006, Mr. Howard received the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia’s 17th Annual Servant of Justice Award.

Mr. Howard counsels and represents domestic and international insurers and reinsurers in a broad range of coverage disputes and related litigation in state and federal courts.  He also has considerable experience in other forms of complex civil litigation.  Mr. Howard has been named one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Insurance by Chambers USA.

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Aviation Practice co-chair Edward P. Faberman has been elected to serve on the Aero Club of Washington’s board of governors. Mr. Faberman will serve a three-year term as a board member on the DC area’s leading forum for aerospace issues. Since 1909, the Aero Club has followed its founding mission of fostering and promoting interest in the principles and development of aeronautics.

Mr. Faberman represents aviation clients on a variety of business, legislative and regulatory issues before the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Justice, State and Homeland Security/ Transportation Security Administration; the Federal Aviation Administration and Congress. 

Earlier this year, Chambers USA “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” ranked Mr. Faberman as one of the country’s “Leading Lawyers” in the field of regulatory aviation work. The publication noted that clients praised Mr. Faberman as being “exceptionally well versed in just about every area related to airline competition, regulation and dealing with the FAA and TSA.