WASHINGTON — Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz today announced the addition of three new associates in its Washington D.C. office and one new associate in its Los Angeles office. Samiyyah Ali, Alysha Bohanon, Jenna Pavelec, and Benjamin Raker join WW+E’s team of expert litigators as the firm nears its fourth year.
“We are thrilled to welcome Samiyyah, Alysha, Jenna, and Benjamin to the WW+E family,” said Sean Eskovitz, WW+E Founding Partner. “As our firm continues to grow, the diversity of our new associates’ experiences and training will further empower us to continue delivering the best results for our clients.”
Samiyyah Ali comes to WW+E after completing three clerkships, most recently on the Supreme Court for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She previously clerked for Judges Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Amul Thapar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Before clerking, Samiyyah worked at Williams & Connolly as a Summer Associate. Samiyyah graduated from Vanderbilt Law School and received her Master’s degree in Higher Education from Ohio State University. She will be joining WW+E’s L.A. office.
Before joining WW+E, Alysha Bohanon clerked for Judge Stephanie D. Thacker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and Judge Mark R. Hornak of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Alysha earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Minnesota, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Law Review.
Jenna Pavelec joins WW+E after completing two clerkships on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, first for Judge Amul Thapar, and most recently for Judge Raymond Kethledge. Prior to her clerkships, Jenna worked for the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization representing clients in parole and federal sentencing hearings. Jenna graduated from Yale Law School and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Benjamin Raker served as a law clerk for Judge John Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge James Bredar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Ben has also worked at Latham & Watkins, where he focused on appellate, pro-bono asylum, and inter-state water rights matters. Ben graduated from Vanderbilt Law School and received his bachelor’s degree from Bard College.
In addition, Sophie Cooper joined WW+E as an associate in April 2019. Before joining the firm, Sophie served as a law clerk to the Honorable John A. Houston of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and the Honorable Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Sophie graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she served as a director of the Berkeley Law Appellate Advocacy team and as an Articles Editor for the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law and Policy.
Founded in February 2016, WW+E has grown to over 40 lawyers and has quickly established itself as the leading boutique trial firm in the country. The firm was recently selected as a Top Litigation Boutique Firm by Vault and has twice been named “Boutique Firm of the Year” by Benchmark. In just over three years, Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz has tried 17 cases to verdict across the country, winning the vast majority, and has delivered favorable results to clients before trial in other bet-the-company cases.