Purpose drives us. Davis Wright Tremaine was founded on three guiding principles: ability, integrity, and service. Those principles have remained constant even as the firm has grown to more than 600 attorneys in 11 offices coast-to-coast. They shape the ways we engage with and support our clients in an ever-changing legal landscape.
Committed to Your Success
Your success drives us. We want to help you achieve great things—as your legal problem solvers, strategic advisors, advocates, and partners. In a constantly evolving legal and business landscape, we are here to support your growth, now and for years to come. We are a fully integrated part of your team. We work in ways that meet your budget and provide peace of mind.
Industry Focus and Expertise
We bring an industry-focused, multi-disciplinary, full-service approach that enables us to provide value beyond market-leading legal counsel. Whether we’re assisting you with complex litigation, major deals, or thorny regulatory issues, we offer strategic insight to help you see around corners and prepare for what comes next.
We have particular industry expertise in media and entertainment; technology and intellectual property; financial services and fintech; healthcare; food and beverage; energy, environment and natural resources; artificial intelligence; and cannabis.
Investing in Our People
We invest in our people by emphasizing personal and professional growth, building a culture that values diversity, equity, inclusion, and bettering our communities through pro bono and social impact work. But, we also help them develop by investing deeply in our client relationships.
The best people provide the best client service, and the most interesting clients provide the best opportunities for professional growth. So, the investments we make in our client relationships are also investments in our people—and vice versa.
Diverse teams provide the best outcomes for clients. They also create the best work environment. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of the fabric of DWT.
At DWT, doing good is not just a catchphrase. Our pro bono and social impact work moves us, challenges us, and makes us better people and lawyers. It’s also an integral part of our client relationships.
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Committed to Protecting Your Data
When you trust us with your legal work, you trust us with your data. We have made, and continue to make, significant investments in our security infrastructure to ensure that we protect it. Most notably, we have achieved ISO 27001 certification, a globally recognized standard for the establishment and certification of an information security management system. Our goal is to give you peace of mind in every way—addressing your legal challenges, helping you achieve your business goals, and ensuring the integrity of your data.
In-House Cybersecurity Professionals
Our certified information security management system is led by a chief information security officer who oversees an in-house team of cybersecurity professionals working hand-in-hand with DWT leadership, information technology, and information governance functions. Our security office constantly monitors real-time security alerts, hunting and patrolling our networks in real-time to chase down anomalies and mitigate any identified security gaps.
Our security office's monitoring is backstopped by an industry-leading 24-hour, 365-days-a-year security operations center that can rapidly escalate suspicious activity for further investigation. We conduct daily vulnerability scans and annual internal and external security audits, and employ a top-notch red team for annual penetration testing.
Real-Time Monitoring and Response
Along with encrypting all our endpoints and employing multifactor authentication for all remote access to DWT systems, we use a Windows 11 security baseline derived from comprehensive Department of Defense guidelines. Our team of agents constantly monitors our environment and is able to respond to threats as they may happen using cloud-based apps.
Tried and Tested Security Partners
We partner with leading secure solutions providers to keep your data secure. These providers are selected based on a rigorous review process, bound by contract to enforce our security standards, and regularly reviewed to ensure the highest levels of protection of your data.
Leadership With Deep Cybersecurity Experience
Our chief information security officer is Daniel Melleby, who joined DWT in November 2017. His prior work experience included an assignment with the National Security Council under the Executive Office of the President, where he led the U.S. response planning efforts for major cyber incidents.
Before his tour at the White House, Daniel crafted the U.S. Department of Defense's international cyber strategy and deterrence policy and focused national cyber counterintelligence efforts to protect the defense industrial base from cyber espionage. His depth of cybersecurity response experience is global, with knowledge of the tactics, techniques, and procedures of sophisticated cyber adversaries, including Russian, Chinese, Iranian, and North Korean state-sponsored actors, as well as those of terrorists and criminal syndicates.
Daniel graduated with his B.A. in politics from New York University and his M.A. in security policy from George Washington University. His formal certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). As a seasoned senior cybersecurity strategist, Daniel has received various recognitions, including the Exemplary Civilian Service award from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Integrated Intelligence Unit award, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy "Golden Pen" award, and the Vice Presidential Hammer award.