About Us

Wilkinson Barker Knauer is not just another law firm. Founded over 50 years ago as a boutique specializing in communications law, WBK now provides advice and representation over a range of industries including energy, emerging technologies, media, and telecommunications.

By focusing on excellence and on building depth to meet clients’ needs, WBK has earned recognition by U.S. News-Best Lawyers as the Law Firm of the Year in communications law four times in the nine years that honor has been awarded – including twice in a row (2018 & 2019). Our client-oriented approach extends to our work in energy, intellectual property, privacy and security, consumer protection, business transactions and other related areas. The firm provides advice tailored to address clients’ legal, regulatory, and business strategies. With over 70 lawyers and professionals in its offices in Washington, DC and in Denver, we combine the services, capabilities, standards, and expertise of a large-firm practice with the value, flexibility, and client-oriented personal style that only a smaller firm can deliver.


#1 Excellence

Expand on our industry-leading excellence.

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Excellence · Expand on our industry-leading excellence. WBK’s telecom and energy practices already are widely recognized for industry-leading roles. We intend to expand this recognized excellence to our other growing practice areas. As we continue to diversify our legal offerings, we aim to become a recognized leader in each legal arena in which we participate. We each have a role in accomplishing this objective through cross-selling to existing clients, supporting and integrating with attorneys in other offices and practice areas, and being vigilant for both hiring opportunities and client opportunities outside of our individual practice focuses.


We are a team that is focused on clients first.

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Teamwork · We are a team that is focused on clients first. All of our clients are firm clients. We are not an “eat what you kill” firm. We aspire to all work together as a team to accomplish our client’s goals, without hierarchy or sharp elbows. We avoid silos; we push work to whomever is most qualified to do the work cost effectively; and we all pitch in to serve every client. Our performance day-to-day is based on putting our clients’ needs first, rather than focusing on our personal practices. Each of us is judged by the Firm’s success.


Be the best that you can be. Contribute in your own way to the best of your ability.

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Contribution · Be the best that you can be. Contribute in your own way to the best of your ability. We recognize that everyone has a unique skill set, and we want each person to contribute in a manner that is best aligned with their capabilities. A key component of our strength as a firm is our commitment to leveraging the individual resources and diversity of our attorneys and staff, rather than expecting everyone to fit a cookie-cutter mold. We aim to foster an environment that enables each of us to be the best professional that we can be given our personal attributes.


Promote our uniquely supportive and informal environment.

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Culture · Promote our uniquely supportive and informal environment. We are a group of people who have chosen to work together for the common good of the group and the common goal of building and maintaining a nationally recognized legal practice. We support each other personally and professionally using our individual talents and expertise. We aspire to maintain an informal and collegial culture that emphasizes client results, rather than focusing on hierarchy or bureaucracy.


Change is an opportunity—redefine the possible.

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Change · Change is an opportunity— redefine the possible. When the playing field shifts, opportunities are created for our clients. Our 360 degree field of vision in the areas in which we practice enables us to recognize these opportunities and assist our clients to take advantage of them. As a result of changes in the law and the structure of markets, client objectives that previously may not have been possible may be obtainable in the future. We strive to have the foresight to enable our clients to utilize change to achieve their goals.

While the firm is relatively small, it has all of the positive aspects of a large firm—very well qualified lawyers, very responsive and timely—and none of the negative aspects. And on a personal level, the lawyers are terrific to work with.