Richard E. Wiley Named One Of The “Most Influential Lawyers in America” By The National Law Journal

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 13:51

The National Law Journal has recognized Wiley Rein Chairman Richard E. Wiley as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” including him in a preeminent group of practitioners. Mr. Wiley is the only communications regulatory attorney named to this prestigious list of  “law’s power elite.”

Mr. Wiley – former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) who leads the firm’s preeminent Communications Practice – was singled out by The National Law Journal as an exceptional business leader with political clout, noting that his “influence over telecommunications policy remains so great he’s widely known as the FCC’s ‘sixth commissioner.’” The story further noted that Mr. Wiley is “the communications lawyer big companies seek out when they need a regulatory change.”

The publication chose the top 100 performers based on accomplishments during the past seven years. Individuals were selected based on deep access to critical government leaders, achieving results for clients, having a high profile in the media, possessing strong ties in the business world and demonstrating thought leadership. The attorneys on the list are from a wide range of backgrounds including private practice, academia and government.

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, shared insights from her nearly 25 years on the bench during a book-signing event hosted April 3 by Wiley Rein.

Justice O’Connor discussed her new book, Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court, with Andrew McBride, co-chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice. Mr. McBride clerked for Justice O’Connor at the Supreme Court and graduated from her alma mater, Stanford Law School.

“I am very pleased to be here today to share insights into my recent book, Out of Order, which explores the surprisingly humble beginnings and fascinating yet little-known stories behind the development of our nation’s most influential court,” Justice O’Connor said. “I hope these chronicles will entertain and inform readers of the inner workings and transformational growth of our government.”

Justice O'Connor, who grew up on a cattle ranch, served as a state senator and judge in Arizona before President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the Supreme Court in 1981. She retired from the Court in 2006, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s top civilian honor, by President Barack Obama in 2009.

She marveled at how far women have come in the legal profession since the 1950s, when she was told by dozens of law firms, “We don’t hire women.” Having spent her first 12 terms as the Supreme Court’s only female member, Justice O’Connor said she is “very happy” that three women now serve on the nine-member Court.