2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Getting to go to trial with world-class trial lawyers.”
“My colleagues are supportive and very talented.”
“Multiple trials in one year can be exhausting.”
“We staff our teams very leanly, so the hours are intense.”
About Wilkinson Stekloff
Wilkinson Stekloff is a high-stakes litigation firm headquartered in Washington, DC, with additional offices in Los Angeles and New York City. The firm can count its age on one hand, but it’s hardly a fledgling—Wilkinson Stekloff has soared from the start, achieving success after success in the courtroom. Within two months of its founding, the firm had already won its first major trial, defeating a $1.5 billion class action on behalf of Philip Morris.
A 21st Century Firm
Wilkinson Stekloff was founded in January 2016 by a group of former BigLaw litigators to focus on winning high-stakes trials. Based on the firm’s success in just its first four years, Benchmark Litigation has twice named Wilkinson Stekloff the “Boutique Firm of the Year,” praising the firm as a “litigator’s dream shop.” Today, founding members Beth Wilkinson (former American Lawyer Litigator of the Year) and Brian Stekloff continue to lead the firm forward. The duo is joined by a formidable team of lawyers, including former federal prosecutors and former Supreme Court clerks.
Wilkinson Stekloff’s experience includes antitrust, class actions, products liability, and sports matters. But the firm doesn’t box its lawyers into practice groups. According to the firm, it “can litigate any case, anytime, anywhere.” In just four short years, the firm’s lawyers have already tried more than 20 cases to verdict. Among the firm’s clients are such household names as Bayer, Facebook, FedEx, George-Pacific, Monsanto, the NCAA, the NFL, and Pfizer.
The firm also maintains a commitment to pro bono, with 90 percent of its lawyers taking on some type of pro bono work in the past year. Its work has included domestic violence, employment discrimination, and incarceration reduction—to name some.
The firm isn’t just focused on winning cases, however. It prides itself in “developing the next generation of trial lawyers.” And that means getting on your feet. Since the firm’s founding, nearly a quarter of its attorneys have served as first or second chair at trial. And attorneys are actively encouraged to gain stand-up experience through pro bono matters.
Similarly, the firm thinks outside the box when it comes to client needs, eschewing the typical billable model for individualized billing methods. The firm’s goal is to offer clients value and predictability when it comes to billing. Among the firm’s arrangements are monthly retainers, flat fees, and success-based fees.
COVID-19 has posed a challenge for every business, but Wilkinson Stekloff has continued to recruit successfully over the past year, with the only major change to recruiting being that interviews are done over video rather than in person.
News & Awards
Law360 named Wilkinson Stekloff as a Sports and Betting Practice Group of the Year, calling the firm “an important player in sports law, successfully defending major sports leagues in litigation and conducting misconduct investigations in both football and tennis.” Law360 focused its recognition on Wilkinson Stekloff’s work representing the NFL in an antitrust dispute over the Sunday Ticket product, and the NCAA in multiple antitrust class actions over its compensation rules.
Chambers and Partners selected Wilkinson Stekloff as Highly Commended in the Pro Bono Program of the Year Category at its annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards: North America 2020. Wilkinson Stekloff was one of two firms in the entire country—large and small—to receive this level of recognition from Chambers.
Wilkinson Stekloff partnered with ACLU of Missouri and the Macarthur Justice Center to deliver a landmark class action settlement. Wilkinson Stekloff associates Meghan Cleary, Betsy Henthorne, and Anastasia Pastan led the case from start to finish, examining witnesses in court and negotiating the settlement.
The National Law Journal selected Wilkinson Stekloff as one of its Washington D.C. Litigation Departments of the Year in Products Liability/Mass Torts. NLJ’s selection was based on Wilkinson Stekloff’s string of trial victories in high-profile products liability cases. Most recently, the firm won a decisive victory in Bayer v. Farar, a certified consumer class action trial involving $600 million in claimed damages. Previously, the firm reeled off five straight victories in the Xarelto products liability litigation.
Why Work Here
Want To Be A Trial Lawyer?
Then you’ve come to the right place Wilkinson Stekloff is an elite trial boutique, committed to two things—litigating the most significant trials throughout the nation, and developing the next generation of trial lawyers.
What does that mean for you? It means you’ll see courtrooms and client meetings yourself, rather than just hearing about them from senior associates and partners. You’ll get active encouragement and guidance on how to build your own skill set, rather than just focusing on making others look good. You won’t just be in the rooms where it happens—you’ll be helping make wins happen.
2001 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 847-4000
Managing Partner: James Rosenthal
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
1 - 50
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $280,000
7th year: $305,000
8th year: $325,000
9th year: $340,000
Summer Associate: $190,000 (prorated)
Kieran Gostin, Partner
Moira Penza, Partner
No. of U.S. Offices: 3
No. of International Offices: 0
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Washington, DC (HQ)