Education and Honors

  • LL.B., Yale Law School, 1970
    Editor in Chief, Yale Law Journal
  • B.A. (summa cum laude), economics, Washington and Lee University, 1967
  • Rated by Who’s Who Legal as one of the eight “most highly regarded individuals” in the United States for business crime defense, 2014

    Recognized as the “Washington, DC Best Lawyers Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year,” 2009

    Listed in Chambers USA, 2003-2014 and Chambers Global, 2004-2005, 2010-2014

    Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 1993-2013

    Recognized as one of the “Top Ten Washington D.C. Super Lawyers,” 2007

    Recognized as a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer, 2009, 2010, 2013 & 2014

Admissions and Affiliations

District of Columbia Bar

U.S. Courts of Appeals for Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits

U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Michigan and the District of Columbia

United States Supreme Court

American Bar Association, Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, 1996 - 2002; Committee on Standards of Criminal Justice, Chair, 1993 - 1996

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

William H. Jeffress Jr.


The Warner
1299 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2400
United States


White collar criminal defense and commercial litigation


In his 42 years as a trial lawyer, Bill Jeffress has tried 33 complex civil and criminal cases before juries in ten different states and the District of Columbia. He has also tried dozens of cases before judges and administrative tribunals. Mr. Jeffress’ cases have involved a wide range of substantive areas, including fraud, government procurement, antitrust, securities, regulation of financial institutions, insurance, news gathering, tax, healthcare, international transactions, civil rights and public corruption.

A large part of Mr. Jeffress’ practice centers on the representation of corporations and individuals under investigation for violation of criminal laws, and defending them where indictments are returned. He has won acquittals for public officials accused of extortion, perjury, money laundering and vote-buying; for lawyers charged with bank fraud, insurance fraud and money laundering; and for businessmen accused of antitrust offenses, bribery, tax fraud, mail fraud, misapplication of funds and RICO violations.

Mr. Jeffress defended ABC News in a landmark case alleging fraud and trespass during news gathering, prosecuted the Mexican national oil company for civil contempt and defended the first case against a multinational company to be tried under the Alien Tort Statute. He also obtained a Supreme Court ruling for former President Richard Nixon involving public access to the Watergate tapes and achieved a landmark ruling involving wheelchair accessibility at sports arenas under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

After graduation from Yale Law School, Mr. Jeffress served as a law clerk to Judge Gerhard A. Gesell of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and as a law clerk to Justice Potter Stewart of the United States Supreme Court. He has served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Standards Committee and was a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility from 1996 to 2002. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has testified as an expert witness on legal ethics and trial practice.