About the Firm

A bold new breed of law firm.

Trial Lawyers, Trusted and Tenacious Advocates, and Crisis Tested Advisors

WMHW is a New York-based boutique law firm focusing on white collar defense and investigations, complex commercial disputes, monitorships, and corporate compliance.

Our partners have held numerous senior positions in the public and the private sphere and have the breadth and depth of experience to advise in connection with the most pressing matters and to handle the most sensitive engagements. The partnership includes eight former federal prosecutors, many of whom held senior supervisory positions in the Department of Justice, a former counsel for national security at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a former general counsel of a NYSE listed multinational, a former chief compliance officer of a household name publicly traded company, and multiple former state prosecutors with supervisory experience.

We handle matters of every size and offer nimble and responsive counsel. We are known for our experience, integrity, and outstanding track record in both state and federal court.

Seeking Justice For All

Through pro bono and good government work, our lawyers use their skills and experience to effect positive change. From leading the charge against school bullying to demanding safe and secure public housing for the disadvantaged, WMHW is at the forefront of high-profile litigation to combat government abuses. We also provide crucial counseling to community groups and religious institutions on their day-to-day dealings with government agencies. We encourage our lawyers to pursue the pro bono matters that are most meaningful to them, which include domestic violence, labor trafficking, immigration, wrongful conviction, harassment allegations, and custody proceedings.


  • Clients offer unwaveringly staunch support: ‘They are the only firm I would consider. Their brilliance, their work product, and their advocacy have no equal,’ declares one, while another goes so far as to proclaim that the firm is ‘the finest litigation shop in New York… brilliant, conscientious, experienced, and very efficient.’

    Benchmark Litigation
  • Founding partner Jim Walden is known for his adept defense of individuals in criminal proceedings, as well as his handling of major internal investigations for clients such as technology companies and retail banks. Clients describe him as ‘an excellent strategic thinker and communicator,’ while peers note that he ‘has a very good reputation among judges and is highly regarded by the Bar.’

    Chambers USA
  • Tim is a brilliant lawyer and a fabulous writer. He has a strong analytical mind and gets to the core of legal issues.

    Benchmark Litigation
  • Diversity

    WMHW values diversity and inclusion as a reflection of our global client base. We are committed to attracting, retaining, and advancing professionals of all backgrounds, whose diverse perspectives strengthen and enrich the services we provide.

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  • Good Government and Civil Rights Litigation

    Our commitment to meaningful social change is reflected in our good government work. We fight on behalf of groups and individuals to hold the government accountable for misconduct that harms the public and infringes on civil rights.

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  • Working at WMHW

    Join a collegial community of world-class lawyers. We reward professional excellence and personal integrity with exceptional opportunities for career growth.

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