Kelley Drye Strengthens Government Practice With Seasoned Advisor; Honored by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers With First-Tier Rankings

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 12:05

Michael E. Williams has joined Kelley Drye & Warren LLP as a senior advisor in the Government Contracts and Government Relations and Public Policy practice groups, where he will advise on defense, appropriations, resources transportation, homeland security, financial services and firearms issues.

Most recently, Mr. Williams served as a senior public policy advisor in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Government Affairs and Defense & Homeland Security departments. Previously, he was a senior director at Greenberg Traurig LLP. With 25 years of experience on Capitol Hill, Mr. Williams taps a vast bipartisan network of contacts within the federal government. He works with congressional members, congressional staff, the Administration and governmental agencies to achieve clients’ lobbying goals, with a particular focus on creating integrated strategies to assist clients in achieving positive legislative and regulatory outcomes. His experience includes creating plans that involve comprehensive legislative, regulatory, grasstops, grass roots, and public relations efforts.

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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP was recognized in numerous categories by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in its 2014-2015 report of Best Law Firms. The firm ranked in the National First-Tier category in the following areas of law: Advertising Law, Communications Law, International Trade & Finance Law, Trademark Law, and Trusts & Estates Law.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Kelley Drye's Advertising Law practice group has been honored with a top national ranking and the fourth year for International Trade & Finance Law and Trademark Law.

Kelley Drye also earned National rankings in these varied areas of law: Antitrust Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Copyright Law, Energy Law, FDA Law, Information Technology Law, Real Estate Law, Antitrust Litigation, Environmental Litigation, and Mass Tort Litigation.

Kelley Drye also garnered numerous Metropolitan First-Tier rankings. In New York, the firm's work was recognized in Trusts & Estates Law; and Trusts & Estates Litigation. In Washington, DC the firm's Advertising Law; Copyright Law; Government Relations Law; International Trade & Finance Law; Environmental Litigation; and Information Technology Law work received rankings. In Chicago, the firm's Communications Law; Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation; and Trademark Law work was ranked. In Stamford, the firm's work in Corporate Law was ranked, and in New Jersey Kelley Drye was ranked for work in Real Estate Law.

Finally, Kelley Drye was ranked in many other areas of law: in New York - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Bankruptcy Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation; Real Estate; and Corporate Law. In Washington, DC - Antitrust Law; Antitrust Litigation; Energy Law; FDA Law; Government Relations Law; IP Litigation; and Trademark Law. In Chicago - Product Liability Litigation was ranked.

These rankings are based on a combination of client surveys, peer interviews and editorial research conducted by Best Lawyers. The evaluations cover more than 10,000 law firms nationwide.