Chambers USA Recognizes 32 Wiley Rein Attorneys Across 15 Practice Areas As Best In Nation

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 12:31

The 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes 32 Wiley Rein attorneys across 15 practice areas of law.  In the area of Telecommunications, no firm received more individual rankings, reflecting the depth of talent and outstanding experience for which the firm is known.  Five groups are ranked in the directory’s prestigious top tier, with Election Law & Government Ethics and Government Contracts rated nationally and Insurance, Media and Telecommunications recognized in the DC area. 

Practices ranked among the nation’s best are Election Law & Government Ethics, Franchise, Government Contracts, International Trade and Privacy. Practices ranked among the best in Washington, DC are Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Media and Telecommunications.

Attorneys named “Leading Lawyers” in their practice areas are Rand L. Allen (Government Contracts); Jan Witold Baran (Election Law); Timothy J. Brightbill (International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy); Thomas W. Brunner (Insurance); Caleb P. Burns (Election Law); Jason P. Cronic (Insurance); James N. Czaban (Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory); Edward P. Faberman (Aviation: Regulatory); Laura A. Foggan (Insurance); H. Jason Gold (Bankruptcy/Restructuring); Bruce G. Joseph (IP/Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets); Paul F. Khoury (Government Contracts); Kathleen A. Kirby (Media & Entertainment: Mainly Regulatory); Alexander M. Laughlin (Bankruptcy/Restructuring); Andrew G. McBride (Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite Regulatory); Scott M. McCaleb (Government Contracts); Valerie P. Morrison (Bankruptcy/Restructuring); Kirk J. Nahra (Privacy & Data Security); Alan H. Price (International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy); R. Michael Senkowski (Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite Regulatory); Robert A. Smith (Franchise); Daniel J. Standish (Insurance); Michael E. Toner (Election Law); David H. Topol (Insurance); Charles Owen Verrill, Jr. (International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy); Nancy J. Victory (Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite Regulatory); Helgi C. Walker (Appellate Law and Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite Regulatory); James H. Wallace, Jr. (Intellectual Property and Litigation); David B. Weinberg (Environmental Law); Richard E. Wiley (Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite Regulatory and Media & Entertainment: Mainly Regulatory).

Chambers recognizes the following attorneys as “Up and Coming,” acknowledging that they are “at the forefront of their generation”: Daniel P. Graham (Government Contracts) and Nicole J. Owren-Wiest (Government Contracts).

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In its 2012 edition, The Legal 500 US again rates Wiley Rein’s Telecommunications Practice in its top tier and includes the firm’s Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring, Copyright and Insurance Groups in its rankings of the nation’s best practices.  The legal directory once again names the “universally respected,” Richard E. Wiley and the “knowledgeable, well-connected” Telecommunications Group chair R. Michael Senkowski, as Leading Lawyers in their field.

Also recognized are Megan L. Brown (Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory); William S. Consovoy (Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory); Laura A. Foggan (Insurance); H. Jason Gold (Corporate Restructuring); Christopher S. Huther (Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory); Bruce G. Joseph (Copyright); Elbert Lin (Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory); Andrew G. McBride (Copyright; Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory); Daniel J. Standish (Insurance); Joshua S. Turner (Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory); Nancy J. Victory (Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory); Helgi C. Walker (Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory); David Weslow (Copyright).

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On May 18, The George Washington University Black Law Students Association (GW BLSA) presented Wiley Rein with its Champion Award at the 34th annual Patricia Roberts Harris Banquet.  The dinner and awards reception was held at The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, with proceeds going toward educational and professional development programs, college student pre-law pipeline initiatives, advocacy competitions, and domestic and international community service.

The GW BLSA presents the Champion Award annually to companies or law firms that demonstrate a commitment to diversity through their hiring and promotion practices.  “Wiley Rein is honored to receive this award, which celebrates the incredible achievements of Ms. Harris,” said Charles C. Lemley, chair of Wiley Rein’s Diversity Committee. “We continually strive to attract and retain a diverse group of lawyers at the firm, and are grateful for this recognition of our efforts.”

Ms. Patricia Roberts Harris (1924-1985) was the first African-American woman appointed to the President’s Cabinet,  serving as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the Secretary of Health and Human Services for President Jimmy Carter. She was also the first African-American woman to become a United States Ambassador, a United Nations delegate, and the dean of a law school.

“We hope that future students are inspired by her accomplishments and follow her example,” said Dorthula H. Powell-Woodson, ex officio member of Wiley Rein’s Diversity Committee.  “Wiley Rein is proud of its relationship with George Washington University Law School and the Black Law Students Association, and I’m confident Ms. Harris will continue to serve as a leader and role model for generations to come.”