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WilmerHale - Washington, DC
  • 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006
  • Tel:+1 202 663 6000
  • Fax:+1 202 663 6363
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partners: Susan W Murley, Robert T Novick
  • Number of partners: 309
  • Number of lawyers: 1,258

Firm Overview: WilmerHale’s 1,000+ lawyers work in five firm-wide practice departments addressing those matters of the most importance to its clients’ business needs across the globe. The firm fields interdisciplinary teams of experienced and sophisticated lawyers and utilizes the most current technology to help its clients anticipate obstacles, seize opportunities and get the case successfully resolved, regulatory approval obtained, or the deal done as promptly and cost-effectively as possible.

Main Areas of Practice:
Litigation/Controversy: The firm demonstrated the breadth and depth of its litigation capabilities in 2012 as the firm’s busy teams took 14 cases to trial, securing high-profile wins across the United States and internationally. The firm made more than 35 oral arguments in 11 different state and federal appellate courts, clinching many victories. The appellate team filed 40 US Supreme Court briefs throughout the year and argued four cases before the Court in the last completed term,while the firm’s international arbitration lawyers managed an international commercial and investment arbitration portfolio of more than 80 active cases with more than $84 billion in dispute.
Contact: Howard M Shapiro
Tel: 202 663 6606
Email: howard.shapiro@wilmerhale.com

Intellectual Property: The Intellectual Property Department had a busy year as the technical, scientific and IP law hub of the firm. In addition to playing a critical role in some of the most high-profile patent litigation matters to unfold in the United States and internationally––including cases for Facebook, GE and Intel––intellectual property lawyers helped clients navigate the far-reaching changes ushered in by the passage of the America Invents Act. The patent prosecution practice continued to grow, as attorneys filed 13% more patent applications and obtained 34% more patents than in 2011, and represented multiple clients in inter partes review proceedings before the newly constituted Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The firm’s US and EU trademark practices handled a high volume of applications, opposition and cancellation proceedings, infringement litigation, and other contested matters.
Contact: Donald R Steinberg
Tel: 617 526 6453
Email: don.steinberg@wilmerhale.com

Regulatory & Government Affairs: The firm’s regulatory and policy expertise was at the core of many of the year’s most significant matters. The firm continued its work for BP in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon accident,while addressing congressional and other inquiries for HSBC and a number of the largest domestic financial institutions. The firmhandled significant antitrust litigation; helped clients in the United States and Europe respond to civil and criminal antitrust probes in the automotive, shipping, financial, rail and natural gas industries, among others; and assisted with merger clearance filings for major acquisitions. Clients like AT&T and Verizon turned to WilmerHale for spectrum auction, network transition and net neutrality work. The firm represented a growing number of clients in matters before the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The firm helped cleantech companies navigate the regulatory approval process for alternative energy projects; handled government contract matters across a range of industries and government agencies; and assisted many clients with compliance and enforcement issues related to US economic sanctions, export controls and trade policy.
Contact: Randolph D Moss
Tel: 202 663 6640
Email: randolph.moss@wilmerhale.com

Securities: The Securities Department continued to work with clients to respond to some of the most sensitive and high-stakes government investigations across a range of industries, including banking and financial services, oil and gas, high technology, and health care and pharmaceuticals. The firm’s representations, which are often confidential and invariably involve matters of great sensitivity, involved sophisticated crossdisciplinary teams spanning multiple continents. The firm regularly represent clients in parallel proceedings, involving multiple government agencies, venues, and US and non-US jurisdictions. A number of matters ended in 2012 with no charges filed; at the same time, the firm is also currently litigating against the SEC on behalf of clients in a number of judicial and administrative proceedings. In addition to WilmerHale’s robust investigatory practice, the firm has represented clients in many private suits in courts around the US—and over the past year have prevailed in securities class actions, derivative actions, and merger-related suits.The firm has also successfully concluded a pro bono representation of a Washington DC-based children’s charity that lost half of its endowment to a Ponzi scheme.
Contact: William R McLucas
Tel: 202 663 6622
Email: william.mclucas@wilmerhale.com

Transactional: It was an active and successful year for the firm’s transactional lawyers, who served as issuers’ counsel or underwriters’ counsel in more than 30 public offerings and Rule 144A placements raising approximately $10 billion in 2012; advised on more than 100 M&A transactions in the United States, Asia and Europe with an aggregate value of approximately $15 billion; completed more than 200 venture capital financings with an aggregate value of approximately $1.5 billion; and negotiated more than 100 significant technology transactions and licensing deals in the life sciences and high-tech industries. Among many other matters, the firm closed numerous funds for fund sponsors and investors; represented an array of leading financial institutions in precedent-setting,multi-billion-dollar bankruptcy litigation; and handled major real estate transactions.
Contact: Steven D Singer
Tel: 212 295 6307
Email: steven.singer@wilmerhale.com

INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has offices in Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, London and Oxford.

Branches

  • 7 World Trade Center,
  • 250 Greenwich Street,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10007
  • Tel +1 212 230 8800
  • Fax +1 212 230 8888
  • Website : www.wilmerhale.com
  • 350 South Grand Avenue,
  • Suite 2100,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071
  • Tel +1 213 443 5300
  • Fax +1 213 443 5400
  • Email : law@wilmerhale.com
  • 950 Page Mill Road,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304
  • Tel +1 650 858 6000
  • Fax +1 650 858 6100
  • 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006
  • Tel +1 202 663 6000
  • Fax +1 202 663 6363
  • 60 State Street,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02109
  • Tel +1 617 526 6000
  • Fax +1 617 526 5000
  • WilmerHale Venture Group,
  • 850 Winter Street,
  • Waltham,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02451
  • Tel +1 781 966 2000
  • Fax +1 781 966 2100

Intellectual Property - California

THE FIRM This national firm has offices in Palo Alto and Los Angeles providing a range of IP services to hi-tech and other clients. The practice is particularly recognized for its patent litigation capabilities, recently representing such clients as Verizon, MediaTek and Cisco Systems.

KEY INDIVIDUALS IP litigation practice cochair Mark Selwyn has experience in a range of patent matters, from biomedical and business methods to e-commerce and integrated circuits. Sources say: "He's very smart, a very good writer and he gets good results."

Antitrust - District of Columbia

THE FIRM WilmerHale demonstrates antitrust capability across the board, with a solid cartel practice in addition to its civil litigation and merger clearance work. The group is consistently rated for its excellent client service, and sources are quick to point out its willingness to go the extra mile. It acted for International Paper on its $4.3 billion acquisition of Temple Inland.

Sources say: "These folks are really, really good lawyers. They're efficient and really customer-focused."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Mueller is a "cartel heavyweight," according to sources, who praise his "very detailed" approach and legal intellect. He has acted in a number of recent cartel investigations, including for DENSO in a DOJ autoparts investigation.

Leon Greenfield is described as a "very, very bright, very effective lawyer," with a busy practice covering a broad spectrum of antitrust work, including cartels, merger investigations and counseling. He was part of the team in the DENSO representation.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - District of Columbia

THE FIRM WilmerHale's DC-based bankruptcy team focuses primarily on complex bankruptcy litigation and appeals. It regularly advises large financial institutions and other creditors, with a particular emphasis of late on cases involving the treatment of home mortgages. Recent highlights include representing the Loan Syndications Trading Association (LSTA) in the Supreme Court in the RadLAX Gateway Hotel v Amalgamated Bank case.

Sources say: "The way they handled the case was very professional and based on common sense." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "truly brilliant" and "very talented" Craig Goldblatt has expertise in conducting bankruptcy-related litigation and appeals. He led the firm's representation of LSTA in the RadLAX matter.

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This firm's DC practice has generated a significant volume of work from its corporate client base over the past year. High-profile names featuring on the roster include BAE Systems, Old Mutual Asset Management and TARGUSinfo, alongside numerous others drawn from a wide variety of industries. The team's recent work includes representing TARGUSinfo during its $650 million sale to Neustar. 

Sources say: "They have done an excellent job and exhibited real strength. They have a very good depth of skillful midlevel and junior associates so when they delegate things, they are properly handled."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Stephanie Evans "is hard-working and collaborative, and has a good, common-sense approach." She recently acted for Old Mutual Asset Management on its sale of Dwight Asset Management to Goldman Sachs.

Intellectual Property - District of Columbia

THE FIRM WilmerHale is a national player in IP, and its DC team handles the full range of related matters. The team's expertise in patent prosecution, reexamination and portfolio management, as well as patent litigation, is rightly recognized as being among the district's best, and the firm has an excellent name in Section 337 actions before the ITC. Clients include Pfizer and Smith & Nephew.

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Cavanaugh handles patent litigation and noncontentious IP counseling and strategy matters for a diverse range of clients, including many from the biotechnology, diagnostics and medical device sectors.

Litigation - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This highly experienced litigation practice is extremely well versed in a wide range of civil disputes, and also frequently defends individuals and companies in criminal investigations. It is further commended for its strong securities litigation capabilities. It recently acted for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on dismissing a complaint filed by RSM, alleging that Freshfields had engaged in corrupt activities while representing Grenada in an international arbitration.

Sources say: "They blend sheer brainpower and legal knowledge with a lot of practical know-how."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Howard Shapiro is the highly respected chair of the firm's litigation and controversy department, and is particularly noted for his white-collar criminal defense practice. Sources comment that he is "a phenomenal lawyer who is incredibly responsive to client requests."

David Ogden enters the rankings backed by significant praise for his broad-based civil and regulatory litigation practice. He is characterized as an "extremely talented, hands-on lawyer" by one source, and is "hugely approachable and very responsive." Clients also appreciate his previous experience as Deputy Attorney General of the United States.

Media & Entertainment - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This team primarily focuses on litigation, but is also noted for its transactional strength. It remains an excellent choice of counsel for matters concerning digital copyright and trademark infringement, as well as First Amendment litigation. The group recently filed an amicus brief in the US Supreme Court on behalf of media entities including Facebook and Yahoo!.

Sources say: "Bright, creative lawyers." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Patrick Carome is an accomplished and experienced media litigator, with over 25 years of experience. He has a fine track record in matters relating to privacy, defamation and press access, and is especially recognized for his mastery in defending internet companies from liability for unlawful third-party content.  

Telecommunications - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This well-regarded team continues to act for several of the market's top names, and of late has represented a number of clients in FCC proceedings. AT&T in particular has contributed substantially to the firm's caseload, calling on the team in matters relating to intercarrier compensation and universal service reform, as well as new FCC powers to undertake 'incentive auctions' designed to free up spectrum for broadband users. The group also acted for Verizon as the main industry petitioner in the appeal of the FCC's net neutrality rules. Further big names in the client base include Comcast, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and CenturyLink.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients value Samir Jain as an adviser who offers "the whole package - he's very responsive and a good writer, and he understands the industry." He is assisting Globalstar with its evolution from a first-generation to a second-generation satellite constellation, advising on a variety of concomitant regulatory issues.

Heather Zachary continues to develop her communications practice, representing clients in high-profile regulatory issues and disputes. Her work for AT&T includes representing it as both petitioner and intervener-respondent in connection with various aspects of the FCC's intercarrier compensation and universal service reform.

Antitrust - Massachusetts

THE FIRM Renowned for its IP-oriented antitrust practice, this team has outstanding proficiency both in litigation and counseling, acting for a raft of high-profile clients. Recent highlights have included representing Braintree Laboratories in a putative class action relating to the drug Miralax, and advising SkillSoft on various acquisitions.

Sources say: "From the get-go they've helped us manage our business - their commercial awareness is very good." "They really know what we need to be careful of."

KEY INDIVIDUALS James Burling is a leading light in Massachusetts antitrust who "everybody recognizes as a go-to guy." He has particular expertise in IT and pharmaceutical work. 

Enjoying a similarly excellent reputation to Burling, Michelle Miller is a lawyer who is "always available and always in sync," according to one source. She has recently represented Wyeth LLC in a patent infringement counterclaim.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This team prides itself on its defense practice in bankruptcy litigation, and typically works for creditors and acquirers in insolvency proceedings. The group boasts depth in both the Boston and the New York office, and has the resources of a nationwide practice at its disposal. It recently represented Kodak in a Section 363 patent sale and represented the unsecured creditors' committee for Getty Petroleum.

Sources say: "They did an excellent job of representing the committee, protecting our rights while at the same time keeping a fractious bondholder group together. Their efforts enabled us to achieve a successful resolution to the negotiation."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mitchel Appelbaum is respected for "his ability to point out real, as opposed to theoretical, business risks." With established expertise in Chapter 11 proceedings, he is valued counsel for debtors, creditors and bondholders groups.

With specialist knowledge of UCC matters and distressed finance transactions, John Sigel has a broad practice which reflects both financing and restructuring experience. This year he has assisted with the negotiation of high-value credit facilities for a diverse client base.

Dennis Jenkins has recent experience in the representation of unsecured creditors, and is widely praised by market commentators for his strength in "advising the steering committee of the group's broader position while still maintaining everyone's confidentiality."

Corporate/M&A - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This team has a much noted strength in public company transactional work, but also offers governance and restructuring advice. It is this breadth and depth of expertise which makes it first choice as general outside counsel for a substantial number of publicly traded companies in the USA. Recent work has seen it act for Thermo Fisher Scientific in its acquisition of One Lambda and Kiva Systems in its sale to Amazon.

Sources say: "They have lots of very good corporate and IP people. For corporate and business development, they are at the top."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Hal Leibowitz is revered as a "tenacious negotiator," and recently represented Enobia Pharmaceuticals in its competitive auction sale to Alexion, and Thermo Fisher Scientific in its aforementioned purchase of One Lambda.

Mark Borden is an outstanding practitioner in the corporate field. In notable recent work, he served as outside counsel for Demandware during its initial public offering, and as company counsel for State Street in an offering of preferred stock.

"First-rate lawyer" David Redlick has considerable experience in the M&A arena. Recent case highlights include leading Stromedix through its acquisition by Biogen, and representing OvaScience on a variety of matters.

M&A group cochair Jay Bothwick is highly respected for his down-to-earth approach, with interviewees commenting: "He provides outstanding customer service and is able to explain complex legal language in business terms." He represents Sonus Networks and ISTA Pharmaceuticals.

David Westenberg maintains a practice that is national in scope, and which has a particular focus on assisting companies in going public. He recently acted for Kiva Systems in its sale to Amazon mentioned above.

Also making his entry into the rankings this year is Jonathan Wolfman, who impresses the market with his prowess in corporate securities matters. Clients say: "He is always even keeled and objective, with a good sense of humor. He is someone who earns the trust of the smartest, most seasoned business leader."

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This team offers the full range of benefits and compensation work and is able to draw on the parallel expertise of its tax and M&A teams to assist on large transactions for corporate clients. It is well versed in the design, compliance and administration of benefit plans, and its notable clients include PerkinElmer and Disney.

Sources say: "The team could not have been more client-focused! All the partners in the different departments were seamless and integrated; everyone was on the same page."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kimberly Wethly is a respected executive compensation and tax specialist who has recently counseled clients through a number of high-profile transactions. One source comments: "She went above and beyond to make the client experience transparent, clear and helpful."

Amy Null has a highly respected benefits practice and is well placed to guide her clients through a range of ERISA-related issues. Market commentators hold her in high regard as a strong practitioner who can be relied upon for solid, practical advice.

Environment - Massachusetts

THE FIRM WilmerHale's Massachusetts environment group plays an integral part in the firm's national practice, and is distinguished by its experience in Superfund, regulation and litigation matters. The group undertakes work in traditional solid waste management and Clean Water Act matters, and is particularly noted for its representation of clients in the energy sector. Key clients include Casella Waste Systems, Urban Green Technologies and the Vermont Public Service Department.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Kirsch is highlighted for his "phenomenal" environment litigation and Superfund expertise. His recent highlights include representing BBA Aviation in challenging claims of drinking water contamination at Burbank California Airport. Impressed clients report that "his strengths are his openness, fairness, and problem solving through thorough research, legal and factual."

Intellectual Property - Massachusetts

THE FIRM WilmerHale is a full-service firm with an international presence and an outstanding Boston IP practice. While offering the full range of IP services, including prosecution, strategy and counseling, the group is particularly known for its patent litigation practice, which covers a broad spread of technologies. It counts Pfizer, Intel, Novartis and Harvard University among its impressive group clients.

Sources say: "WilmerHale is a firm of the highest caliber. Excellent."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Market sources describe William Lee as "one of the pillars of IP here in Boston." An experienced litigator, he represents clients from the hi-tech, electrical engineering and pharmaceutical industries at the ITC, Federal Circuit and district courts. He recently represented Cree in litigation against SemiLEDS, in which eight Cree patents relating to high-brightness LED chips were alleged to have been infringed.  

Michael Bevilacqua enjoys an excellent reputation in the market and specializes in licensing, development and joint venture agreements. His practice also covers patents and trademarks, with particular focus on software technology.

Sources are quick to applaud Peter Dichiara's command of the patent prosecution process as well as his "world-class" expertise in the nanotechnology space. His practice also covers electronics and electrical engineering, wireless communication and semiconductors. He also played a key role in the above matter for Cree, alongside Lee.

Wayne Stoner is a patent litigator whose practice covers medical devices, semiconductors, electrochemistry and telecoms, among other technologies. He recently acted for A123 Systems, achieving the settlement of long-term multiforum litigation relating to the licensing of lithium ion battery technology.

Lisa Pirozzolo is cochair of the IP litigation practice at WilmerHale. She focuses on patent infringement, and contractual and licensing disputes in life sciences and electronics.

The "very talented" Donald Steinberg is renowned among commentators for "working hard for his client." He is chair of WilmerHale's IP group, with a personal practice focus on trademark and patent protection. He worked with Research In Motion on a patent case relating to wireless technology, resulting in a $150 million settlement before trial.

Labor & Employment - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This national team offers an impressive scope, both geographically and in terms of depth of expertise. It offers significant experience in employment law matters, and provides clients with specifically adapted training programs. It works with clients including the Museum of Science and Bose Corporation.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jonathan Rosenfeld is a respected practitioner in the employment space, and is a member of the Dodd-Frank whistle-blower working group. His experience extends to labor-related matters, including collective bargaining negotiations.

Neil Jacobs is a senior figure in the labor and employment Bar, and has a wealth of experience in collective bargaining negotiations. He works with clients from a wide range of industries, and is an experienced litigator.

Litigation - Massachusetts

THE FIRM WilmerHale undertakes prominent trial work throughout the USA and, with more than 126 litigation specialists in Boston, has unparalleled bench strength in this field. It is recommended for its strength in general commercial, securities and white-collar matters, catering to a diverse range of clients and industries. The team has impressive trial experience and maintains its reputation as a top choice for tough cases.

Sources say: "They were just very, very good - they always made us feel comfortable and they really understood what the issues were." "We would go to them for a big-ticket class action."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice stalwart Jeffrey Rudman is a revered securities litigator who routinely handles high-profile matters with unique issues at stake. Clients and peers view him as a leader in the field.

Market commentators hail William Paine as one of the top commercial litigators in the state. His reputation has been further cemented by recent high-profile work for prominent financial sector clients.

John Batter is a white-collar expert whose clients say he is "great at breaking down the case - we are always very happy with his analysis." He has a strong profile in the technology space. 

Robert Keefe has considerable experience handling criminal investigations, and has been active representing clients in cases involving the theft of trade secrets and violations of the antikickback statute. "He brought a tremendous credibility on our behalf - he was great at shepherding us through an unfamiliar process and dealing with our concerns," one client said.

Andrea Robinson is a go-to lawyer in the securities space. She is equally adept in litigation and regulatory enforcement, and her practice has a large focus on issues facing the financial services sector.

Private Equity - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This team enjoys a solid reputation for private equity fund work, including venture capital and growth equity funds. The group is also able to offer clients sound regulatory and compliance advice on all aspects of the fund administration process.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Chair of the fund formation group Sarah Rothermel is a celebrated venture capital specialist and counts Greylock, Matrix Partners, Flagship Ventures and Xander Group among her key clients.

Private Equity - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This team is regarded as a key player in the venture capital market and also supports clients across the full range of private equity matters, from seed stage to exit. The team is noted for its deep bench and is able to draw on the collective strengths of over 100 venture capital lawyers nationwide. Its client roster includes Agios Pharmaceuticals, Demandware and North Bridge Venture Partners.

Sources say: "WilmerHale provides a high degree of personalized service. While they have the resources of a large firm, their commitment to each client - no matter how small - is exemplary."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Chair of the corporate practice, Mark Borden retains his leading position in the venture capital field. He receives warm praise from both peers and clients alike, with one source commenting: "He is a very strong lawyer and he handles clients well."

Michael Bain is cochair of the emerging companies and venture capital group, and an active member of the private equity team. He represented Matrix Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners in a Series C financing, and assisted in the sale of Rhythmia Medical to Boston Scientific.

Real Estate - Massachusetts

THE FIRM WilmerHale's real estate practice, while national in scope, is praised for its firm grasp of local real estate, land use and development issues. Core areas of its expertise include senior living, retail and life sciences. In the fallout of the financial crisis, the group has also been a reliable go-to for distressed investments. Notable clients include Benchmark Senior Living, Eaton Vance and Trinity Financial.

Sources say: "They have great reputations and they have good clients."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The preeminent Katharine Bachman "knows the intricacies of complicated and sensitive matters," say sources, "and is an excellent resource, leading clients through with good, practical advice." She recently represented Alexandria Real Estate Equities in leasing transactions relating to life sciences projects.

The highly respected William O'Reilly is praised for his wide-ranging real estate expertise. His recent work includes undertaking the workout of a mixed-use development, representing a high-profile retailer in major acquisitions and dispositions, and advising on the development of an ambitious new lab facility for Novartis.

Chair of the practice group Paul Jakubowski is an expert in complex, high-value lease transactions and has nationwide experience in loan workouts and foreclosures. One impressed source said: "He understands what we as a client are looking for; he has a great skill set and is always available."

Doug Burton covers all aspects of financing and development work, and has been actively involved in mixed-use developments and senior and affordable housing projects across the country.

Sean Boulger is an expert in senior housing joint ventures and multifamily housing projects, among other types of matter. "When I work with him, I always find that the transaction goes smoothly," said one happy client; "he's a good-quality, careful lawyer who is a pleasure to deal with."

Tax - Massachusetts

THE FIRM The Boston arm of this international firm comes highly recommended for the strength of its broad tax practice. It covers a wide array of transactional matters at both state and national level, and is noted for its prominence in matters relating to tax-exempt organizations. Recent highlights include acting for Thermo Fisher Scientific in its acquisition of One Lambda.

Sources say: "They are very wise counselors - they offer strategic, practical advice on solving the matter expeditiously."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Burke is an expert in tax matters relating to partnerships and liability companies and has a well-established transactional practice. He played a leading role in the aforementioned acquisition for Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Chair of the tax group William Caporizzo is particularly singled out for his M&A and cross-border restructuring work. In a recent matter, he is providing tax advice to Dean Ford in connection with its separation from its subsidiary WhiteWave Foods.

Roger Ritt is known for his M&A-related work and his strength in tax controversies before state and federal courts.

Richard Giuliani has a broad advisory and transactional tax practice, with experience representing clients in tax controversies. Recent highlights include serving as counsel to the Oneida Indian Nation on numerous tax matters.

Antitrust - Nationwide

THE FIRM WilmerHale's sphere of influence is on the East Coast, with particularly strong offices in Boston and Washington, DC. It has an active cartel practice involved in many of the most important ongoing criminal investigations, including the autoparts and freight forwarding investigations, in which it represented DENSO Corporation and Nissin Corporation respectively. In addition, it has been busy in mergers and acquisitions and civil litigation, including acting for the Walt Disney Company in the cable bundling class action case. 

Client Service "They support us extremely well – they always give us detailed answers in a timely manner, no matter how urgent. They always try to give us something more than we expect and they always have good suggestions – sometimes things we didn't think of."

Commercial Awareness "These folks are really, really good lawyers. They're efficient and really customer-focused. They have street savvy and a very good understanding of the formal and informal processes of the DOJ."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The antitrust practice group is co-chaired by Michelle Miller in Boston and Thomas Mueller in Washington, DC.

Appellate Law - Nationwide

THE FIRM WilmerHale is renowned for its considerable experience within the Supreme Court, and also appears before the federal courts of appeals on a regular basis. The team is adroit at tackling a huge range of appellate cases for clients including American Express, Apple, The Walt Disney Company and Citigroup.

Commercial Awareness "They really delve into issues and understand the most important, fundamental points. They are also really good writers, they produce wonderful briefs which makes them stand out for me."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Seth Waxman is held in the highest esteem by peers and clients for his incredible breadth of experience in appellate litigation. "When he walks into a courtroom, everybody stops and listens - he just has that command, and he exudes an air of confidence that means he doesn't have to shout or scream," comments one impressed source. Having argued 61 cases before the Supreme Court, he maintains a very full caseload and is a popular choice with high-profile clients such as Amgen.

Paul Wolfson is a highly respected appellate lawyer who is commended for "his breadth of knowledge and precision." His recent highlights include being involved in the successful representation of Joel Judulang before the Supreme Court in a case concerning the relief obtainable under Section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

THE FIRM WilmerHale's financial institutions regulatory team provides a unified regulatory offering spanning compliance, enforcement and transactional advice. It has recently advised HSBC and Nationwide on a range of investigative and regulatory matters, in addition to providing ongoing guidance in relation to the Dodd-Frank Act. The firm also has a preeminent broker-dealer practice that provides a full range of regulatory advice in this area. Significant clients include Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and SIFMA.

Client Service "They do a great job for us. They are very responsive and timely, and they have learned a great deal about our business, so we have developed some synergies based on their knowledge of what we do."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly respected Yoon-Young Lee receives praise as a "solid and experienced compliance lawyer." She has a strong broker-dealer regulatory compliance and enforcement practice, and particular strength in research issues. She works closely with industry associations including SIFMA and the Loan Syndications & Trading Association on regulatory reform issues.

Respondents praise Russell Bruemmer's considerable knowledge and experience in bank regulatory compliance matters. His ability to provide clients with strategic advice and assist them in managing issues is noted as a key strength. One interviewee reports that "from a big-picture standpoint he was very good."

Franca Harris Gutierrez continues to be noted by interviewees as a talented regulatory compliance lawyer. Sources attest to her "deep subject matter expertise" and note that "she is good at partnering with clients and understanding large organizations."

Bruce Newman "knows how the regulators think, has incredibly good insights and judgment and you trust what he says," explains one client. Newman has a strong reputation advising broker-dealer clients on compliance and enforcement matters.

Andre Owens is considered by sources to be "one of the best broker-dealer compliance lawyers." He advises clients on regulatory and compliance matters and is described as "smart" with "really good client skills."

Stephanie Nicolas joins the rankings and is highlighted as a "smart, super-responsive, practical and forward-thinking" attorney who has strength in the broker-dealer space.

Government - Nationwide

THE FIRM The defense, national security and government contracts practice at WilmerHale comprises 29 attorneys who are highly adept at assisting clients with government affairs matters across a broad range of industries. The firm has seven offices across the USA, and the team is home to a number of attorneys who have formerly held senior positions in various government departments and agencies, including the DOJ.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "outstanding" Jamie Gorelick is praised for her strategic advice in addition to her experience as "a major player in DC." Gorelick is chair of the department, and has particular expertise in public policy, regulatory and enforcement matters.

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

THE FIRM Clients and peers consistently acclaim WilmerHale as one of the highest quality and most comprehensive nationwide IP practices. Its offices all over the country brim with talent and resources and it is particularly well known for the caliber of its litigators, although this does not overshadow the quality of its work regarding the registration, exploitation and transfer of IP assets. Clients include Abbott Laboratories, Cisco Systems, Intel and Procter & Gamble.

Commercial Awareness "They bring especially strong trial skills and couple that with some very well-reasoned and shrewd strategic counseling skills as well."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Boston-based William Lee has a national reputation as a patent litigator and trial lawyer. 

International Arbitration - Nationwide

THE FIRM This group is staffed with the highest caliber of advocates, including an impressive team entirely dedicated to international arbitration matters. The US-based practice is closely integrated with international offices in London and other key locations across the globe, giving clients access to a rich pool of lawyers with a range of expertise. The group is experienced in handling both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, and is making efforts to grow the latter practice.

Sources say: "They are very smart people who are very knowledgeable about the rules and procedures of international arbitration."

KEY INDIVIDUALS A new addition to the New York office, James Carter brings extensive experience serving as counsel and has an internationally recognized reputation as a leading arbitrator. "He is one of the leading international arbitrators and would always be at the top of my list," states one impressed commentator.

John Pierce is celebrated by sources for his commercial awareness: "He's very practical in terms of advice - it's not just legal advice. He takes into consideration a wider set of risks that may be applicable, such as long-term costs." He splits his time between the firm's London and New York offices.

Rachael Kent is vice chair of the firm's international arbitration practice. She focuses on both investment treaty and commercial disputes, and impresses sources with the "great judgment" and dedication she shows when handling a wide range of matters. 

International Trade - Nationwide

THE FIRM This team's wide range of work includes CFIUS, export controls and sanctions advice as well as trade remedies mandates. Ongoing matters for Boeing and the Alliance for Clean Technology Innovation demonstrate the team's WTO abilities, and the team also advises a number of clients on Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. High-level clients seek out the firm's anticorruption practice for its advice on FCPA compliance and investigations.

Client Service "WilmerHale has been extremely helpful and value-adding - they have such a broad reach that they're able to identify other issues as well."

Commercial Awareness "One of the things they do especially well is that they clarify the business implications of the legal work." "Very commercial and practical."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Charlene Barshefsky brings "very important overall strategic guidance and insights" to the firm's high-level trade remedies mandates.

Market commentators are unanimous in their respect for Roger Witten. He leads the firm's renowned FCPA practice, assisting clients from a wide variety of industries with FCPA investigations, risk assessments, transactions and compliance training.

Ronald Meltzer provides export and sanctions compliance advice in high-stakes situations for clients across a range of sectors.

Co-managing partner of the firm, Robert Novick is valued for his attentive representation in major cases, such as the firm's work for Boeing.

Kimberly Parker moves up in the rankings this year following outstanding feedback from clients, who rate her as "phenomenal for FCPA work."

Benjamin Powell is respected as a go-to adviser for CFIUS advice. According to one commentator, "he is extremely strong, and I think very highly of him."

International Trade - Nationwide

THE FIRM WilmerHale's renowned IP department is regularly called on to lead high-stakes cases for industry-leading clients. The firm's workload has been dominated by cases in the smartphone arena of late, and the team also represents technology producers and retailers of a range of imported products.

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Lee's sterling reputation in the IP arena means that he is often called on for representation in big-ticket ITC cases. "He's as good as they come in terms of handling the trial work," says one source.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

THE FIRM WilmerHale is an attractive one-stop shop for startups and emerging companies, and offers clients an assured multidisciplinary approach that includes antitrust, IP and regulatory advice. The sale of Rhythmia Medical to Boston Scientific for $265 million is a prime example of the success of lawyers in representing a company throughout its life cycle from startup to exit.

Client Service "They are agile and supportive, and I feel that they are an extended part of our team. I have a feeling that we are going to be doing business again and again."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sarah Rothermel is a highly active presence in the industry. A fund formation specialist, she frequently represents venture capital funds and other private investment vehicles.

Life Sciences - Nationwide

THE FIRM WilmerHale has a broad life sciences practice, handling IP, transactional, corporate, finance and antitrust matters. The firm is particularly known for its litigation and transactional capabilities. Recent work includes acting for Thermo Fisher Scientific on its public offering of $1.3 billion of senior notes. Key clients include Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Abbott Laboratories.

Client Service "Consistently excellent people. Very responsive."

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Lee is a renowned trial attorney focusing on commercial and patent litigation. Recent work in the life sciences field includes acting for Wyeth (now Pfizer) and Altana Pharma (now Nycomed) in a patent infringement action against Teva, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries and KUDCo in relation to the patented active ingredient Protonix. Sources describe him as "just excellent" and name him as "a leader in the legal space."

Steven Singer is chair of the transactional department and cochair of the life sciences group at WilmerHale, with a practice focus on venture capital, public offerings, strategic alliances, joint ventures and other corporate matters. He recently acted for Constellation Pharmaceuticals on a collaboration agreement with Genentech.

David Redlick is an "exceptional" attorney considered by many people to be "one of the best pharmaceutical transactional attorneys in the country." His practice focus is on public offerings, collaborations, M&A and venture capital transactions. He acted for Merrimack Pharmaceuticals on its IPO.

Native American Law - Nationwide

THE FIRM This DC-based practice specializes in the representation of tribal governments in complex or high-stakes matters of federal law and government policy, including land claims, gaming issues and breach of trust actions. The team has lately acted for the Tohono O’odham Nation in three distinct lawsuits concerning the nation's acquisition of a parcel of land in Arizona for gaming purposes.   

Sources say: "While newer to Native American law practice, WilmerHale has provided first-rate service in this area."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Seth Waxman chairs the firm's Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation practice and is a key contact for matters of Native American law.

Outsourcing - Nationwide

THE FIRM WilmerHale's technology transactions and licensing department has bolstered its outsourcing capabilities with the arrival of Robert Finkel from Dewey & LeBeouf. The practice attracts high-caliber clients, offering specialist knowledge of regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals and financial services. Clients include State Street and Boehringer Ingelheim.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The enormously respected Robert Finkel is "clearly a thought leader in the sourcing industry and has been recognized as such for many years." His "unparalleled" industry knowledge ensures that "his personal brand is well known and highly respected in the sourcing marketplace by both buyers and suppliers of outsourced services."

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

THE FIRM WilmerHale's communications, privacy and internet law group advises clients on regulatory compliance, security breach management and investigations. The team has specialist knowledge on the application of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The group has recently represented Verizon and the International Franchise Association.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jonathan Nuechterlein is a key contact.

Securities - Nationwide

THE FIRM WilmerHale is widely considered to be a market leader with outstanding expertise and knowledge of the securities regulatory arena. It has a powerful enforcement and investigations practice, which dovetails effectively with the firm's active civil litigation defense team to provide a uniform approach in contentious matters. On the enforcement side, it has been involved in a number of prominent representations including an SEC investigation into the alleged misconduct of a senior executive of a major retailer. Its client base includes major financial institutions, corporations, global accountancy firms and trade associations. The team advised numerous underwriters including Deutsche Bank Securities, RBS Securities and Wells Fargo Securities on the successful defense of an action relating to Bank of America's Common Equivalent Securities offering.

Commercial Awareness "They provide a quality service which is commercial. They want to understand the business."

KEY INDIVIDUALS William McLucas chairs the securities department. He is one of the country's most celebrated regulatory attorneys and is considered to offer unquestionable strength in representing corporations and individuals in investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by the SEC. Sources say: "He is the go-to guy when it comes to SEC enforcement matters. He is absolutely phenomenal. He has deep knowledge and his style is very effective – not overbearing or pretentious."

"I think Harry Weiss knows the SEC and how that process works probably better than anyone in the country," comments one client. The former SEC associate director of enforcement chairs the firm's practice in this area and impresses sources with the quality of his advice.

Industry stalwart Jeffrey Rudman is an "encyclopedia of experience and knowledge" and is deeply respected by peers. He leads some of the firm's key litigation matters and is skilled at defending shareholder class actions.

Vice chair of the securities group Douglas Davison makes his debut in the rankings this year. He receives high praise from sources, who comment: "He is a very smart securities litigator who understands when it is appropriate to be cost-conscious and provides extremely practical and sound advice."

Transportation - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm advises a highly distinguished list of aviation groups, such as Star Alliance and Airlines for America. It also advises individual airlines such as Lufthansa, which it recently advised in relation to a number of US and EU regulatory matters.

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Heffernan is the practice chair. Sources describe him as "top-notch" when advising on international aviation regulatory and antitrust matters.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

Corporate/M&A - New York

THE FIRM Life sciences and technology are two hallmark strengths of this respected East Coast practice. In a recent highlight, the firm represented Bristol-Myers Squibb in the restructuring of its alliance with Sanofi across multiple jurisdictions. Its other clients include CitiBank, Isis and Constellation Pharmaceuticals.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Nagel is chair for M&A.

Intellectual Property - New York

THE FIRM WilmerHale is consistently lauded for the dynamism and talent of its IP team, which features leading attorneys steeped in the laws governing patents, copyright and trademarks. Its patent capabilities, with particular regard to life sciences, come in for special praise. The team has tried and overseen cases held in all the USA's patent litigation hotspots, the ITC, and courts in IP-leading economies such as the UK and Germany. Clients include Abbott Laboratories, Columbia University and Novartis.

Sources say: "A rockstar of a firm. Firing on all cylinders."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Gunther comes in for superb praise from all sources, with one client saying he is an "outstanding lawyer, a real pleasure to work with" and has "one of the best courtroom styles of any lawyer." He tries cases across the board of patent litigation, from consumer electronics through petrochemicals to pharmaceuticals.

David Bassett litigates and tries cases from start to finish, with a strong emphasis on disputes involving biotechnological patents for market-leading clients such as Cephalon and Procter & Gamble.

Litigation - New York

THE FIRM This firm is renowned for its depth of expertise in a wide range of litigation matters. Its strong securities and white-collar criminal defense capabilities are complemented by a leading regulatory and enforcement practice, and the team also handles a range of complex commercial disputes. Its highly regarded New York-based trial lawyers also benefit from the noted capabilities of the firm's experts in Washington, DC. The group's recent highlights include representing Diamondback Capital Management in investigations conducted by the SEC and the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York into matters relating to insider trading. Other key clients include Bank of America, State Street Bank & Trust, and Credit Suisse Securities.

Sources say: "From top to bottom they are very experienced, and have incredibly smart people with very good judgment."  

KEY INDIVIDUALS Charles Platt is an experienced commercial litigator, whose practice also encompasses securities-related disputes. He offers particular expertise in defending insurance companies and financial institutions in class actions. 

"Very client-friendly" securities litigation practitioner Fraser Hunter offers expertise across a range of enforcement matters and commercial disputes. His recent work includes acting for an offshore CDO on defending claims brought by AIG Financial Products.

Boyd Johnson enters the rankings following 13 years with the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. He is praised for his "very responsive and practical" approach to investigations and white-collar criminal work. He offers extensive trial experience, and has represented individuals and institutions in civil and criminal matters.