King & Spalding, Washington D.C.
Wick Sollers is Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C., office and former Chair of King & Spalding’s Special Matters & Governmental Investigations Practice Group. He has extensive experience defending accounting and government contract fraud cases, grand jury practice, criminal environmental, health care and FDA matters, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases, internal corporate investigations, representation before congressional committees, federal criminal trials and appeals, and general civil litigation.
Before rejoining King & Spalding in 1989, Mr. Sollers was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland from 1985-1988 and Special Counsel to the United States Senate Special Committee on Investigations from 1988-89, investigating fraud in Native American programs.
Mr. Sollers argued Leocal v. Ashcroft before the United States Supreme Court, challenging the scope of a federal criminal statute that defines “crimes of violence” for which a lawful permanent resident may be removed from the United States. The Court, in an opinion authored by Chief Justice Rehnquist, issued an unanimous 9-0 decision, reversing the Eleventh Circuit, in a complete victory for Mr. Sollers’ client. In another case, Sollers worked with his partner Steve Cowen to obtain the full acquittal of their client, the former Controller of Qwest, in a nine-week highly-publicized trial in federal court in Denver, Colorado. The acquittal was the first in a high-profile case of this nature since the Enron scandal broke.
In his government and investigation practice, Mr. Sollers represented former President George H.W. Bush in the Iran-Contra and Clinton Passport Independent Counsel investigations. He led an internal investigation at the White House and issued a public report on its findings. Also with Judge Bell, Mr. Sollers led publicly disclosed internal investigations into the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) at FBI Director Mueller’s request; and the Statue of Liberty Foundation at the request of its Board of Directors.
After earning his undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton University in 1977, he received his law degree in 1982 from the University of Maryland where he was Order of the Coif and Articles editor of the Maryland Law Review. He then served as law clerk for the Honorable Norman P. Ramsey, United States District Court in Maryland.