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WilmerHale

Washington, DC

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:
  • Managing Partners: Susan W Murley, Robert T Novick
  • Number of partners: 300
  • Number of lawyers: 1,150
  • International Offices The firm also has offices in Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, London and Oxford

Firm Overview:
WilmerHale is 1,000 lawyers strong, with 14 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm includes more than 500 litigators with unmatched trial, appellate and Supreme Court experience; a preeminent securities law practice with more than 200 lawyers; a regulatory practice that includes more than 100 lawyers who have held high-level government positions; an intellectual property practice enriched with more than 140 attorneys and technology specialists who hold scientific or technical degrees; more than 230 seasoned corporate lawyers and business counselors; and lawyers who focus on bankruptcy, environmental, labor and employment, real estate and tax matters. With a heritage that includes involvement in the foundation of legal aid work early in the 20th century, WilmerHale has consistently distinguished itself as a leader in pro bono representation.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Litigation/Controversy:
In 2014, WilmerHale litigators obtained victories at all levels of the US justice system and internationally. The firm achieved a significant win when a FINRA arbitration panel denied a receiver’s claims against a WilmerHale client in the wake of the collapse of a Colorado Ponzi scheme in which a now-disgraced investment adviser had cleared and settled trades through the firm’s client’s clearing division. WilmerHale also secured an important win in a German appeals court for a client, blocking a state data protection order that would have required companies to deactivate fan web pages on the client’s web offering. The firm achieved a global settlement of all patent disputes involved in a long-running “patent war” between WilmerHale’s client and a competitor. Among many important Federal Circuit wins, WilmerHale secured the affirmance of a previous victory at the US International Trade Commission preventing the exclusion of the import of billions of dollars’ worth of technology products into the United States.
Contact: Howard M Shapiro Tel: 202 663 6606
Email: howard.shapiro@wilmerhale.com

Intellectual Property:
WilmerHale’s IP Department marked a significant milestone in 2014, filing its 100th Inter Partes review (IPR) since the passage of the America Invents Act. Right around this same time, the firm secured victories in nine IPRs that reached final decisions on the merits. At the same time, they filed more than 1,990 patent applications—for clients including a developer of photovoltaic energy technology; a biotech company working on the treatment of breast cancer, leukemia and lymphoma using polypeptide variants; many startups in the cybersecurity space; and a number of prestigious universities—and more than 3,300 trademark applications in the United States and Europe. IP lawyers play a critical role in many of the most high-profile patent litigation matters handled by the firm, as well as numerous trademark disputes.
Contact: Donald R Steinberg Tel: 617 526 6453
Email: don.steinberg@wilmerhale.com

Regulatory & Government Affairs:
The firm has expanded its capabilities in the cybersecurity, defense, education, healthcare and intelligence sectors, and led the field representing a multitude of clients in congressional investigations. Clients turned to the firm for help navigating government disputes on a diverse range of issues, including a large IT company involved in a copyright and contractual dispute with an entity created to develop and operate a state health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. The firm undertook the creation of a best-in-class ethics and environmental compliance program for Pacific Gas and Electric, and helped some of the nation’s top universities address the challenging issue of campus sexual misconduct. Antitrust lawyers assisted companies with merger filings for major acquisitions and helped clients respond to civil and criminal antitrust probes.
Contact: Jamie S Gorelick Tel: 202 633 6500
Email: jamie.gorelick@wilmerhale.com

Securities:
WilmerHale’s securities lawyers played a critical role in many of the firm’s largest and most significant matters at the nexus of congressional inquiries, litigation, and law enforcement and regulatory proceedings, while assisting clients on many other aspects of their most sensitive crises. They successfully advised clients in connection with investigations and contested proceedings pertaining to diverse issues, including high-frequency trading, insider trading, cybersecurity, and broker-dealer and investment adviser rules and regulations. Key matters also involved accounting for mineral leases; insurance contract sales; securities sales practices; auditing standards; US and non-US anti-corruption rules; and sales of, and accounting for, mortgages and mortgage-related securities.
Contact: William R McLucas Tel: 202 663 6622
Email: william.mclucas@wilmerhale.com

Transactional:
In recent years the firm has maintained its focus on the technology, life sciences and financial services sectors. All of its transactional practices—Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring, Corporate, Labor and Employment, Real Estate and Tax—played a critical role in these industries. The firm served as issuer’s counsel or underwriters’ counsel in more than 50 public offerings and Rule 144A placements raising approximately $13 billion, including 10 initial public offerings, and represented clients in M&A and technology licensing transactions with a dollar value in excess of $15 billion. The firm represented prominent venture capital funds and innovative emerging companies in closing hundreds of private financings raising more than $8 billion. Its Emerging Company Practice unveiled WilmerHaleLaunch. com, a website offering vital information, tools and connections for startups.
Contact: Steven D Singer Tel: 212 295 6307
Email: steven.singer@wilmerhale.com

Branches

  • 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006
  • Tel +1 202 663 6000
  • Fax +1 202 663 6363
  • 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
  • 950 Page Mill Road,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304
  • Tel +1 650 858 6000
  • Fax +1 650 858 6100
  • 1225 17th Street Suite 1660,
  • Denver,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80202
  • Tel +1 720 274 3130
  • Fax +1 720 274 3133
  • 60 State Street,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02109
  • Tel +1 617 526 6000
  • Fax +1 617 526 5000
  • 7 World Trade Center,
  • 250 Greenwich Street,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10007
  • Tel +1 212 230 8800
  • Fax +1 212 230 8888