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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
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Firm Overview:
WilmerHale offers legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to the success of its clients. The firm practices at the top of the legal profession and offers a cutting-edge blend of capabilities that enables it to handle deals and cases of any size and complexity. Today, businesses face greater scrutiny and more ‘bet the company’ issues than ever before. With a practice unsurpassed in depth and scope, WimerHale has the ability to anticipate obstacles, seize opportunities and get the case resolved or the deal done–and the experience and know-how to prevent it from being undone.

Main Areas of Practice:  

WilmerHale’s Litigation/Controversy Department has a strong record of success. Its trial team tried 17 cases, achieving victories in 12 and settling two favorably during trial, with three decisions pending. The firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Group secured headline-making US Supreme Court victories in matters ranging from biotech patents to First Amendment rights and marriage equality, and participated in a total of 41 arguments in 14 different state and federal appellate courts. WilmerHale’s premier International Arbitration Practice managed a portfolio of more than 80 active arbitrations in international venues, with claims totaling more than $85 billion, and obtained a series of significant wins.
Contact: Howard M Shapiro
Tel: 202 663 6606
Email: howard.shapiro@wilmerhale.com

Intellectual Property:
The technical, scientific and core intellectual property experience of the firm’s IP lawyers was vital to its success in 2013. WilmerHale’s IP Department cemented its leading position among general practice firms in the emerging area of post-grant proceedings, which represent one of the most significant changes to the US patent system since 1952. The firm filed 29 requests for inter partes review with the USPTO as well as six covered business method petitions for financial institutions. WilmerHale continued to work across disciplines to support the firm’s IP litigation, corporate, emerging company and financial technology clients with key IP advice, including pre-litigation and patent analysis for major clients engaged in high-profile patent litigation. The firm’s patent prosecution practice grew, as it filed nearly 25% more patent applications and obtained 33% more patents than in 2012. The firm strengthened the critical nexus between its thriving US and European trademark practices, collaborating on complex cross-border matters, and provided sophisticated IP advice to clients in China, Japan and Singapore in areas ranging from molecular biology to geophysics.
Contact: Donald R Steinberg
Tel: 617 526 6453
Email: don.steinberg@wilmerhale.com

Regulatory & Government Affairs:
In 2013, the firm expanded its capabilities in the areas of energy, lobbying and FDA regulation, boosting its capacity to assist clients with their most sophisticated legislative and policy matters. WilmerHale continued its work on behalf of several of the world’s largest global financial institutions addressing congressional and other regulatory inquiries. The firm’s lawyers helped clients in the United States and Europe respond to civil and criminal antitrust probes in the automotive, shipping, financial, rail, natural gas and other industries, and assisted leading companies with merger clearance filings for major acquisitions. They advised many clients on privacy law and cybersecurity, both in the United States and Europe. An increasing number of clients turned to WilmerHale for representation in cases before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, sought the firm’s help in navigating the regulatory approval process for clean energy projects, and relied on its assistance with compliance and enforcement matters involving US economic sanctions, export controls and trade policy.
Contact: Randolph D Moss
Tel: 202 663 6640
Email: randolph.moss@wilmerhale.com

The firm’s securities lawyers represented clients in sensitive litigation and significant government inquiries relating to accounting and disclosure issues, M&A litigation, securities class action lawsuits and futures enforcement matters. While many of its successes in 2013 came from convincing the government to close investigations without action, the firm also litigated a number of matters and prevailed against the SEC in each case. Wilmerhale boosted its trial capabilities and its futures and derivatives experience to help its clients meet the pressures of this period of unparalleled regulatory change in the financial markets.
Contact: William R McLucas
Tel: 202 663 6622
Email: william.mclucas@wilmerhale.com

WilmerHale continues to maintain its focus on the technology, life sciences and financial services sectors, and strengthen its capabilities in disclosure and corporate finance, venture capital and emerging company representation. In each of these areas, all of the firm’s Transactional practice groups – Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring, Corporate, Labor and Employment, Real Estate and Tax – play a significant role. In 2013, the firm added more than 300 emerging technology companies to its client list, and worked on more than 150 financings for companies on the cutting edge of developments in mobile technology, robotics, cybersecurity, digital media, software and clean technology, with leading tech investors. WilmerHale’s Life Sciences Practice earned accolades, as it worked with more than 175 private and public life sciences companies, serving as counsel on seven IPOs in this industry and handling acquisitions and technology transfers with an aggregate value of approximately $7 billion. The firm provided sophisticated advice to financial institutions on the most complex transactions, financial restructurings and related litigation.
Contact: Steven D Singer
Tel: 212 295 6307
Email: steven.singer@wilmerhale.com


  • 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,
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  • USA
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  • Denver,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80202
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  • 60 State Street,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02109
  • Tel +1 617 526 6000
  • Fax +1 617 526 5000
  • 850 Winter Street,
  • Waltham,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02451
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  • 250 Greenwich Street,
  • New York,
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  • NY 10007
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