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Kathy Schmidt
Senior Manager of Attorney Recruiting
Wiley Rein LLP
1776 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Your Colleagues

Wiley Rein is a place for attorneys to grow, whether they just started their legal career or recently transitioned to Wiley Rein. Our attorneys’ development helps build a strong foundation for the future of our firm. Recruiting experienced attorneys with extraordinary talent, drive, and character is a top priority. Learn more about some of the many exceptional attorneys that are building the future of our firm by exploring their profiles below:


Joe Kakesh, Associate
Environmental & Safety Practice

What do you like most about Wiley?
I like that associates are given substantive responsibility for client matters and encouraged to interact directly with clients – this allows us to understand our clients better and be even more responsive when needs arise.

What has been your most interesting project?
I’ve had many interesting projects while at Wiley, but probably the most interesting one for me was a lawsuit that dealt with how different federal agencies use scientific information when implementing environmental laws. I really enjoyed working on the case because it raised important policy questions about the scope of agency discretion in the face of sometimes very complex technical issues.

What do you do when you’re not at Wiley?
I enjoy exploring the city with my family – going to museums, art exhibitions, and classical music concerts – and visiting friends and family here in DC and around the country.

Neal Seth, Partner
Intellectual Property Practice

What do you like most about Wiley?

Many firms have multiple offices that are not geographically proximate, which makes it difficult to get to know your colleagues and work with them effectively. One office fosters a culture where not only do people get to know each other much more easily, but results in greater efficiency as well.

The caliber of attorneys at Wiley is consistently high.

What has been your most interesting project?

The most interesting projects are those where we are retained early on and get to work with the client through product research and development, launch and then also continue to handle issues after launch. It is satisfying to be involved at every stage of a product’s life cycle.

What do you do when you’re not at Wiley?

In addition to spending time with my family, I enjoy playing on my adult soccer team and also playing tennis. In the winter, I go skiing as often as I can. I try to do something exercise related almost every day.

Maureen Thorson, Partner
International Trade Practice

What do you like most about Wiley?
Wiley Rein's collegial atmosphere doesn't just mean friendly co-workers -- it means that practice groups work together. Since joining the firm, I've had the opportunity to learn about areas other than international trade, broadening both my experience and my expertise.

What has been your most interesting project?
I’ve had a number of very interesting Customs-related projects. I really enjoy learning about new products, the manufacturing processes behind them, and the unique ways in which they are shipped to and around the United States.

What do you do when you’re not at Wiley?
Outside of work, I experiment with new recipes, and help to run a literary magazine. I also write poetry (but don’t worry – I won’t make you read it).