Seth P. Waxman - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 202-663-6800

Universally considered to be among the country's premier Supreme Court and appellate advocates, Seth Waxman served as Solicitor General of the United States from 1997 through January 2001. In addition to leading the firm's appellate practice, Mr. Waxman engages in a broad litigation and counseling practice, with particular emphasis on complex challenges involving governments or public policy, intellectual property, regulatory, criminal and commercial issues. 
A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he also is a widely respected trial litigator—named as "Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year" for 2010 by The Best Lawyers in America and by Super Lawyers in 2013 as the “number one” lawyer in Washington DC. Mr. Waxman has been accorded both "star" rating by Chambers USA and "leading lawyer" ranking in PLC's Global Counsel Handbook.  


Mr. Waxman's practice spans both federal and state trial and appellate courts. He has delivered more than 65 oral arguments in the United States Supreme Court and many more in the lower federal and state courts. Mr. Waxman's clients range from financial institutions to technology, consumer, industrial and media companies, universities and Indian tribes, and he leads the firm's efforts to counsel tribal governments. He also represents a number of local, state and national governments and prominent business and government executives and professionals. The recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, Mr. Waxman is among a small handful of practicing attorneys elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds several honorary degrees, as well as the Jefferson Medal in Law, an honor awarded once a year and only rarely to an attorney in private practice. In recognition of exceptional service to law enforcement, Mr. Waxman holds the extraordinary status of permanent honorary Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Client Comments

"Seth Waxman is the best Supreme Court advocate today."

-David Snively
Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Monsanto Company

"Seth Waxman is as good as any Supreme Court advocate I ever seen or known. He is phenomenal as SG and really talented in any appellate setting, a scholar of Supreme Court case law."

-David Snively
Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Monsanto Company

"Seth Waxman is the best appellate advocate in private practice today, bar none."


Office Location

1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-663-6000

Lawyer of the Year Awards

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice (Supreme Court)
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Litigation - First Amendment
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)