WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz today announced that Rakesh Kilaru has been elected to the partnership effective January 1, 2018.
Since joining WW+E, Rakesh has brought his considerable legal skills and strategic judgment to bear for many of WW+E’s clients, including Georgia Pacific LLP, the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, and the NCAA. Among many other matters, Rakesh played a key role in helping Georgia Pacific win summary judgment in August 2017 in an antitrust class action claiming over $10 billion in damages.
Rakesh’s hiring and promotion continues WW+E’s impressive expansion; in under two years, the firm has grown to nearly 40 lawyers and has quickly established itself as the leading boutique trial firm in the country. Rakesh is the firm’s 10th partner.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the supremely talented partnership at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz,” said Mr. Kilaru. “It’s been thrilling to work alongside the best group of litigators in the country, and I look forward to continue delivering positive results for our clients.”
Before joining WW+E as Counsel in March 2017, Rakesh was a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel in the Office of White House Counsel, where he provided legal advice and strategic counseling to the Obama Administration on its domestic policy agenda. He also helped to develop and implement the government’s litigation strategy in cases arising under the Affordable Care Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. A 2010 graduate of Stanford Law School, where he won various moot court and mock trial awards, Rakesh began his career clerking for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Justice Elena Kagan on the United States Supreme Court.
“Rakesh has been an integral part of the firm’s success over the last year,” said founding partner Beth Wilkinson. “We are truly fortunate to have him join our partnership and continue his amazing work for our clients.”
Founded in February 2016, WW+E has attracted a diverse and energetic collection of the brightest legal talent in the country, boasting a lineup that now includes seven former Supreme Court clerks, six former federal prosecutors, two former federal public defenders, and numerous former appellate and district court clerks.