WilmerHale helps clients at every stage of growth in all aspects of their business that involve the acquisition, exploitation or protection of intellectual property. Clients across a broad spectrum of technologies and product categories receive full-service IP coverage, from patent and trademark to copyright and trade secret law. The globally recognized IP litigation practice represents clients in high-stakes matters in federal district courts throughout the country, as well as in appellate courts and the International Trade Commission. The firm’s lawyers have deep experience in post-grant patent proceedings representing both petitioners and patent owners, with one of the largest post-grant practices in the country. The firm secures protection for clients in jurisdictions worldwide and is experienced in managing global intellectual property disputes, as well as assessing IP risks, and analyzing IP portfolios to determine their value and fit with clients’ business needs.
WilmerHale’s global team of litigators handles complex and sensitive matters in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution, with achievements cutting across the litigation spectrum. Lawyers have played an integral role in many of the most significant cases over the past several years, including internal and governmental investigations; international arbitration proceedings; intellectual property litigation; regulatory, government and public policy disputes; securities class action lawsuits; cartel matters; bankruptcy and commercial matters; and federal and state appellate cases. This work spans a broad scope of industries, including automotive, aviation, communications, defense and national security, education, energy, financial services, government contracts, healthcare, labor and employment, life sciences, trade, and technology. The firm’s litigators practice before national and international courts and tribunals and handle matters before a range of government and regulatory agencies, and many have held high-ranking government positions.
Regulatory & Government Affairs:
Major multinational institutions across a range of industries — including technology, defense, communications, aviation, education, energy, financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals — turn to WilmerHale to handle issues at the intersection of law and policy. Because the firm has more lawyers than any other with experience at the highest levels of government and in multilateral organizations, it is best able to handle the most complex and visible matters involving government regulation in the US, Europe and Asia. The firm offers first-hand knowledge, critical judgment and vast experience, providing advice on regulatory complexities ranging from antitrust to cybersecurity and privacy, national security, defense, financial institution regulation, energy, environment and natural resources and international trade. The department’s professionals have an intimate knowledge of how government works in the countries where they practice. They are known for navigating challenges that have legal, public policy and media dimensions— involving all branches of government and the press. WilmerHale offers insights where it is needed most, from corporate boardrooms to government agencies, inside courtrooms and in the corridors of government.
Issuers, private companies, accounting firms, financial services companies, hedge and mutual funds, brokerdealers and investment advisors turn to WilmerHale with their most sensitive, high-stakes issues. The firm has played a central role in a number of prominent US federal and state securities investigations and regularly represents companies, directors and senior management in government and internal investigations. The firm also defends individuals, companies, and their auditors and underwriters in matters brought in US federal and state courts by private litigants, and has defended clients in hundreds of class, derivative and individual actions alleging securities fraud, ERISA violations, breach of fiduciary duty and other corporate misconduct. Leading financial markets participants turn to the firm for advice on cutting-edge issues in securities and derivatives regulation and capital markets compliance and enforcement. The firm counsels on sales and trading issues, structuring new products and services, conflicts of interest and information use, and public policy strategies. The blend of regulatory and contested matter experience makes WilmerHale uniquely situated to deploy a rare combination of strengths for its clients’ benefit.
Clients ranging from startups and individual entrepreneurs to mature public and private companies and multinational corporations and financial institutions depend on the firm’s experienced counsel and industry professionals to turn challenges into business opportunities, with a particular focus in the technology, life science and other regulated industries. WilmerHale advises clients in virtually all aspects of financial restructuring and in complex bankruptcy litigation, regulation and policy matters; provides sophisticated legal and business advice for venture capital, merger and acquisition, initial public offering and other capital market transactions, as well as public company counseling, strategic alliances, licensing and governance matters; represents borrowers, issuers, underwriters, lenders and investors in a range of transactions; helps entrepreneurs launch businesses, raise financing, and guides companies to market leadership and through IPOs and M&A transactions; advises on employee benefits, ERISA, and executive and equity compensation; guides clients on employment laws and regulations; advises on complex real estate transactions; helps clients maximize tax efficiencies and minimize tax risks; and handles technology transactions.