WASHINGTON – Benchmark Litigation named Wilkinson Stekloff the “Boutique Firm of the Year” during its annual awards ceremony in New York City. This prestigious award recognizes Wilkinson Stekloff’s remarkable accomplishments in just its first year, including a high-stakes jury trial win two months after opening its doors last February and other high-profile engagements for the NFL, Pfizer, Facebook, Bayer, the NCAA, Theranos, and Medtronic.
“The Benchmark award recognizes our commitment to excellence and getting results for our clients,” said founding partner Beth Wilkinson, an American Lawyer Litigator of the Year. “We have the best trial teams, with unmatched courtroom experience, ready to win more high-stakes cases across the country.”
In selecting Wilkinson Stekloff for this award, Benchmark described the trial-focused boutique as “emblematic of a litigator’s dream shop, boasting composite qualities of diversity, youth, and a culture fostering a work-hard-play-hard ethos that its personnel takes to heart.”
With offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, Wilkinson Stekloff quickly distinguished itself as the preeminent national boutique trial firm. In 2016, the firm obtained a complete defense verdict in a three-week jury trial where plaintiffs sought over $1.5 billion in compensatory and punitive damages. Now over 30 lawyers strong, the firm has attracted a diverse and energetic collection of the brightest legal talent in the country, boasting a lineup that includes five former federal prosecutors, two former federal public defenders, four former Supreme Court clerks, and numerous former appellate and district court clerks. Demonstrating the firm’s commitment to public service and training the next generation of trial lawyers, Wilkinson Stekloff associates have already successfully handled two pro bono trials, including a contested domestic violence trial and an asylum matter for a sixteen-year-old client fleeing persecution in Honduras.
The Benchmark Litigation guide identifies the leading U.S. trial attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Focused on the litigation market in North America, the publication’s rankings and editorials are the results of an extensive research process that includes detailed interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel.