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Wiley Rein LLP
Main Office: 1776 K Street, | Washington | DC | 20006-2304
Phone: 202-719-7000 |

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Reviewed on December 18, 2017

The firm needs to strike a balance with the workload present here. At the time it was difficult to balance work and outside of work activities because of the demanding atmosphere that is present at this firm.

This is a large firm filled with many wonderful people. I've had the pleasure of working with great colleagues and behind us a great staff that challenged us every step of the way. The firm prides itself on delivering excellence and helped me advanced within my career greatly. It was an amazing experience working here.

This is a large firm with many great attorneys working here. At times it can become difficult managing your workload. Miscommunication leaves you lost. When things are in order work hours are long and exhausting. Much is expected of the team here to keep up with the tremendous workload.

Former Employee

Reviewed on July 21, 2017

I think the leadership team should be more transparent when it comes to the bonus structure. Keep things simple and provide a bonus system that is easy to understand.

Everyone at this firm is very welcoming and supportive, which has made my onboarding incredibly satisfying. The leadership team does a great job fostering an inclusive and enjoyable work environment, and they are very accessible to even new associates such as myself.

The bonus structure and overall compensation could use work. I was very confused when the bonus structure was explained to me, but it seems rather arcane.

Current Employee


Wiley Rein LLP first opened its doors with 39 attorneys in 1983 as Wiley, Johnson & Rein. From the outset, named partners Richard E. Wiley, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and Bert W. Rein, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, set the firm’s standard for excellence. The firm’s name has changed a few times since its early years—from Wiley & Rein in 1985, to Wiley Rein & Fielding in 1986 and Wiley Rein in 2007, when partner Fred Fielding left to serve as Counsel to President George W. Bush—but its founding mission has remained constant: to provide innovative, attentive, first-rate advocacy grounded in legal, regulatory, and public policy expertise and experience. Over the years, the firm greatly expanded, growing its diverse practice to include insurance law, government contracts, international trade, litigation, public policy, intellectual property, environmental safety, consumer products, corporate, election law, franchise, health care, privacy, cybersecurity, and unmanned aircraft systems. By the end of its first decade, the firm had more than 130 lawyers, and by 1995, Wiley Rein was home to more than 200 attorneys and consultants with specialties in more than a dozen practice areas. When the firm turned 20 in 2003, it boasted more than 250 attorneys and had significantly expanded its Communications and International Trade Practices. Cementing its reputation as a quintessential Washington, DC firm, as it turned 25, Wiley Rein had further expanded its Government Affairs, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Health Care and Corporate practices, and was recognized by the Legal Times for its pro bono efforts. Having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, the firm's attorneys practice in almost two dozen areas of law, and has become one of the most influential and respected law firms in the nation’s capital. In 2014, Wiley Rein built upon its long track record of success and prominence in law and public policy by acquiring McBee Strategic Consulting as a wholly owned subsidiary—creating a Washington, DC legal, advocacy, and communications powerhouse.

Practice Areas

Wiley Rein LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Wiley Rein LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Wiley Rein looks for applicants with strong academic credentials, professional experience, and initiative. We hire not only the best students, but the best people.

Pro bono

Wiley Rein and its lawyers have regularly been recognized for their pro bono contributions. For example, the firm was honored for exceptional volunteer work by the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, an organization Wiley Rein has served for more than 12 years. Our attorneys work with the clinic to provide numerous clients with legal guidance on issues such as housing, disability, benefits and public assistance. Furthermore, in 2007, the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs presented Wiley Rein its Outstanding Achievement Award in the field of Public Accommodations for our pro bono representation of the NAACP and several individuals in a federal lawsuit alleging a widespread pattern and practice of race discrimination against restaurant patrons throughout the South.

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Wiley Rein LLP Awards and Recognitions Write a review

Conference Chaired by WRF Partner Receives Award of Professional Excellence

James Czaban, Karin Hessler and Matthew Dowd Receive 2011 Burton Award for Legal Achievement

Jim Slattery, Kathryn Bucher, Daniel Graham and Kate McDonald Receive 2013 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

Kathleen Kirby to Receive First Amendment Award for Leadership in the Broadcast & Digital Industry

Matthew Dowd Receives FCBA's 2012 Pro Bono Leadership and Committee Individual Leadership Awards

Richard E. Wiley Receives Digital Television Pioneer Award at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention

Richard E. Wiley to Receive First Amendment Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation

Wiley Rein Receives George Washington University Black Law Students Association's Champion Award

Wiley Rein's Matthew Dowd Honored with 2011 FCBA Pro Bono Awards

Wiley Rein's Kirk Nahra Receives 2013 International Law Office Client Choice Award

Wiley Rein's "Elite" International Trade Team Wins Law360's "Practice Group of the Year" Award for Fourth Straight Year

Diversity Write a review

Wiley Rein wants to be a leader among law firms in recruiting and retaining women and minority attorneys. To attain this goal, the firm undertakes, among other things, focused and targeted efforts that include active participation in minority law school association events and minority bar associations. In addition, we continue to strengthen and advance our commitment to diversity by identifying innovative programs and initiatives to attract and retain women and minorities, and by developing and maintaining policies and practices that promote a diverse professional workforce.

Summer associate program

You hear it all the time: the people that you work with are one of the key factors in professional satisfaction. To give summer associates a true sense of Wiley Rein's personality, we host a variety of social events. These are mainly relaxed, informal events designed to give summer associates and our attorneys the opportunity to get to know each other better. In recent years, our summer associates have attended performances at the Kennedy Center, enjoyed summer baseball games, competed in scavenger hunts, participated in cooking classes, cruised on the Potomac River at sunset, spent time at the National Zoo, and attended dinner parties hosted by firm partners. One goal of these events is to facilitate connections between attorneys and summer associates to foster even more opportunities to engage in interesting and challenging work.


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