Williams Mullen.

Williams Mullen.

3 Star Rating     3 reviews

Main Office:

Williams Mullen Center, 200 South 10th Street Suite 1600 | Richmond | VA | 23219

Phone: 804-420-6000 | Fax: 804-420-6507

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Year of establishment 1909 Number of partners 155
Number of offices 10 Partner to associate ratio 2.20
Biggest office Richmond Percentage of women attorneys 13.60
Number of attorneys 223 Percentage of minority attorneys 6.90
Number of associates 69 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 0.70
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Williams Mullen. Reviews

- Reviewed on February 11, 2021

Advice to law firm management: Take the administration folks down a notch or two in attitude and power (especially the accounting and conflicts people). I've never worked at a firm where I was treated so rudely by staff and where the administration is, in ways, given more power than the lawyers who are actually bringing in the money.

Pros: Salary was decent. Some of the lawyers were very good.

Cons: Most of the lawyers at Williams Mullen are arrogant, pushy and entitled. They behave as if they are the only people in the universe and demand to be treated as such. The firm reacted to COVID-19 quickly by telling us that we *could* telework but then within a couple of months they basically demanded that we return to the office to work onsite 100% of the time. They had installed some flimsy plexiglass in a couple of places, but that didn't stop unsafe contact between people. I was constantly uneasy about the pandemic and my potential exposure there. My former supervising attorney is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier and knows far less about my practice area than I do. There are some real "winners" working in firm administration/staff and I avoided them like the plague. I had an accounting person talk down to me as if I were a child on more than one occasion. As a lawyer, I'm not better than anyone else, but I deserve respect and don't settle for being shorted in that department. After a relatively short period of time, I started looking for other employment and, when I found it, I got the hell out of there. Morale is very low there. My secretary was constantly upset about being called to cover for other secretaries because there's far more work than there are people to do it. She works 10-12 hour days 5+ days/week. I feel sorry for her because she can't afford to take the leap to exit the firm at this time.

Partners to Avoid and Why: I am not going to name names, but you would be wise to avoid this firm at any cost.

Favorite Things About this Firm: That it's in my rear view mirror. Hallelujah!

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2020

Job type: Full time

- Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Consider hiring more people and spicing the work up with different workflows to keep people from burning out too quickly.

Pros: You can expect to make lots of money here and have lots of doors open to you after working here.

Cons: The work here is so boring that I often see people falling asleep at work and then rushing to catch up when they wake up.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Williams Mullen has been Finding Yes® for our clients for more than a century. Our firm began in 1909 when two Richmond, Virginia attorneys -- Lewis C. Williams and James Mullen -- realized that changes in business and individual finance laws would generate the need for cutting-edge legal services. Betting that their legal experience would benefit the Richmond business community, they formed the law firm of Williams & Mullen. Mr. Williams and Mr. Mullen were forward-thinking about the needs of their clients, an attribute that remains a cornerstone of the firm that bears their names. When Congress adopted the federal income tax in 1913, our founders' instincts were proved correct. Their extensive knowledge of the new tax code was invaluable to business owners, and their services were quickly in demand. This was the beginning of helping clients Find Yes. In the years since Mr. Williams and Mr. Mullen came together in 1909, our firm has grown through a number of strategic mergers. From one office in Richmond, Virginia, we’ve become an AmLaw 200 law firm with offices in eleven cities, three states and the District of Columbia. Under the leadership of president & CEO Woody Fowler, we continue to expand and increase the scope and depth of the firm’s lawyers and practice areas. We can’t wait to see what the next century brings.

Practice Areas

Williams Mullen. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Business & Corporate
  • Data Protection & Cybersecurity
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Energy
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Estate Planning: Private Client & Fiduciary Services
  • Financial Services
  • Government Relations
  • Health Care
  • Infrastructure
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Tax Law

Pro bono

As attorneys, we have an ethical obligation to perform pro bono work for those who are unable to afford legal services. At Williams Mullen, we take this commitment seriously. Each year, our attorneys perform thousands of hours of pro bono work, either individually or as part of one of our firm initiatives. We hold several Wills for Seniors and Wills for Kids clinics annually, as well as our monthly legal aid clinic in conjunction with the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We also are proud that our attorneys serve as pro bono legal counsel to several organizations, including Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics North Carolina.

Our attorneys also work with the Virginia Poverty Law Center, the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce and Wills for Heroes. Members of our international team have been recognized by the Court of International Trade for work undertaken on behalf of indigent litigants. Although pro bono work is not done for recognition, our attorneys have won several awards for their commitment to those less fortunate.

Williams Mullen. Awards and Recognitions

Included in American Lawyer magazine's Am Law 200.

Included in BTI Brand Elite 2014 by Corporate Counsel at Fortune 1000 Companies.

Twenty attorneys and ten practice areas ranked by Chambers USA in 2014.

One hundred attorneys in fifty-three categories named 2015 Best Lawyers in America; Eight attorneys named among the 2015 "Lawyers of the Year."

Received a National First-Tier Ranking for the firm's Construction Litigation, Environmental Law and Banking and Finance practices in the 2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms" list; Received sixty-six Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings.

Named a "Highly Recommended" firm in Virginia for 2015 by Benchmark Litigation.

Named a "Recommended" firm in North Carolina for 2015 by Benchmark Litigation.

Thirty-six lawyers named as "Legal Elite" in 2014 by Virginia Business magazine.

Six lawyers named as "Legal Elite" in 2014 by Business North Carolina magazine.

Sixty attorneys named "Super Lawyers" and twenty-three named "Rising Stars" in 2014 by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine.

Fourteen attorneys named "Super Lawyers" and five named "Rising Stars" in 2014 by North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine.

Three attorneys named "Super Lawyers" in 2014 by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine.

One of the "2014 Best Employers in North Carolina" according to Business North Carolina magazine.

One of Virginia Business magazine's "2015 Best Places to Work."

Named a Go-To Law FirmTM by Corporate Counsel magazine for 2014 in five litigation practice areas: Contracts, Torts, Labor & Employment, Patent Prosecution, and Intellectual Property.


At Williams Mullen, we understand that a diverse and inclusive workplace makes us better at what we do - serving our clients and our communities. We are committed to employing a diverse workforce that is inclusive of race, sex, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability and marital and parental status, Veterans status, thoughts and ideas.

Summer associate program

Williams Mullen recruits second-year law students to participate in our summer associate program. Our summer program offers students the opportunity to experience life as a first-year associate. Williams Mullen facilitates this experience by having each summer associate rotate through several practice areas of their choice throughout the summer. During each rotation, summer associates are assigned to a supervising attorney in the practice area of their preference, who coordinates work assignments. This rotation system allows both summer associates and attorneys a chance to get to know and evaluate each other.

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