Best Law FirmBest Law Firm 2016

LEGAL EXCELLENCE. DEDICATION TO CLIENTS. COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE.

WilmerHale offers unparalleled legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to the success of our clients. We practice at the very top of the legal profession and offer a cutting-edge blend of capabilities that enables us 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 by any other major firm, we have 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.

We are 1,000 lawyers strong, with 14 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Our practice includes over 500 litigators with unmatched trial, appellate and Supreme Court experience; a preeminent securities law practice with over 200 lawyers; a regulatory practice that includes more than 100 lawyers who have held high-level government positions; an intellectual property practice enriched by the expertise of more than 120 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 our involvement in the foundation of legal aid work early in the 20th century, we have consistently distinguished ourselves as leaders in pro bono representation. Many of our lawyers have played, and continue to play, prominent roles in public service activities of national and international importance—from counseling US presidents to opposing discrimination and defending human rights around the world. Most importantly, our firm stands for a steadfast commitment to quality and excellence in everything we do—a commitment reflected in the continued success of our clients across the globe.

Contact Information

14 offices in 5 countries

Firm Attorneys

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Robert S. Mueller III Robert S. Mueller III Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Practicing in: Criminal Defense: White-Collar | Administrative / Regulatory Law
Practicing in: Criminal Defense: White-Collar | Administrative / Regulatory Law
Bruce H. Newman Bruce H. Newman Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Practicing in: Administrative / Regulatory Law
Practicing in: Administrative / Regulatory Law

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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in District of Columbia in Securities / Capital Markets Law with 6 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in District of Columbia in Corporate Compliance Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in District of Columbia in Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Massachusetts in Litigation - Intellectual Property with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Massachusetts in Litigation - Patent with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Massachusetts in Copyright Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Washington, District of Columbia in Corporate Compliance Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Washington, District of Columbia in Securities / Capital Markets Law with 6 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Washington, District of Columbia in Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Boston, Massachusetts in Litigation - Patent with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Boston, Massachusetts in Litigation - Intellectual Property with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Boston, Massachusetts in Copyright Law with 3 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in District of Columbia in Securities / Capital Markets Law with 6 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in District of Columbia in Corporate Compliance Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in District of Columbia in Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Massachusetts in Litigation - Intellectual Property with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Massachusetts in Litigation - Patent with 7 lawyers.

    Clients


    Akamai Technologies
    Amdocs
    Analog Devices
    AT&T
    Becton Dickinson
    BJ’s Wholesale Club
    Boeing
    Bose
    Broadcom
    Cephalon
    Citigroup
    Credit Suisse
    Chrysler LLC
    Danaher
    Deutsche Bank
    Deutsche Telekom
    Educational Testing Service
    EMC
    General Electric
    Goldman Sachs
    The Hartford Financial Group
    Honda
    HSBC Finance
    JPMorgan Chase
    Kodak
    Lufthansa
    Millennium Pharmaceuticals
    Monsanto
    Morgan Stanley
    Novartis
    Oracle
    Panera Bread
    PerkinElmer
    Pfizer
    Philips
    Procter & Gamble
    Red Hat
    Staples
    Statoil
    Sun Life Financial
    Thermo Fisher Scientific
    UBS
    Varian Semiconductor
    WebMD
    Wyeth
    Yankee Candle

    Client Comments

    "Andrea is an incredibly astute and strategic litigator. But beyond that, she is a pleasure to work with -- responsive and practical at every turn."
    "Bruce is an excellent lawyer who understands his practice area extraordinarily well. He brings creativity and sound judgment to everything he works on and is a pleasure to deal with."
    "Bruce is a pleasure to work with. His low-key approach is appreciated by business clients, as is his deep understanding of broker-dealer regulatory issues. Bruce considers issues carefully, regularly providing advice with which both in-house counsel and business clients can be comfortable."
    "Bruce Newman is clearly one of the top broker-dealer regulatory attorneys in the country. His background as both a regulator and as an in-house regulatory lawyer is immensely helpful as he genuinely understands how the business works and how regulators think. He is strong across all products, but stands out for his deep experience in the fixed income space."
    "Craig Goldblatt is a fantastic appellate bankruptcy lawyer. Craig has a keen understanding of the issues, is a clear, careful and insightful draftsman, and is very effective at oral argument."
    - Elliot Ganz
    The Loan Syndications & Trading Association, Inc.
    "Craig Glodblatt is the consummate professional in everything he does and seems to be on top of everything going on. He is easily reachable."
    - William Schwab
    William G Schwab & Associates
    "Craig Goldblatt combines mastery of the subject matter with a strong client focus and a creative problem-solving approach."
    "Craig Goldblatt is extremely smart and thoughtful. He is a terrific writer and strategic thinker."
    "Craig is one of the two best appellate advocates in the United States Supreme Court when bankruptcy issues are before the court. The Supreme Court bar is generally a small group and those who are capable enough to argue highly technical bankruptcy cases at the high court are very rare talents. "
    "Craig Goldblatt has a first-rate mind, extensive bankruptcy litigation experience, and excellent ability to relate to clients and their needs. "
    "Dan Halston is an outstanding attorney who is well versed in handling and leading teams in complex investigations. Dan is knowledgeable and well prepared and is sensitive to the needs and issues facing in-house counsel. Dan is trusted by his clients and adversaries alike."
    - Jose P. Sierra
    Sepracor Inc.
    "Dan is much more than just litigation counsel. His experience, expertise and creativity allow him to serve as a trusted strategic advisor in arriving at a business resolution of disputes."
    "David is one of the most knowledgeable and prepared attorneys with whom I have worked. He is extremely organized and detailed in his approach to our issues. He has an excellent understanding of our company and can tailor the issues specifically to meet our needs in a cost-efficient manner. He is also quite personable and enjoyable with which to work. I would highly recommend David Westenberg to anyone."
    - Terry O'Hara
    TargetRx, Inc.
    "Don not only has personal expertise in multiple areas of technology and patent law but also excels at managing large teams of well qualified patent attorneys within his firm and providing thorough, strategic advice in a relatively short time period."
    "Franca is one of the best in an up and coming generation of young bank regulatory lawyers."
    "Bill McLucas and Harry Weiss are the top brand in SEC enforcement defense. They bring judgment, experience, contacts, and strong client skills. For the big SEC matters, this is the team you want."
    "James Lowe has a savvy understanding of the agencies. He is a solid merger review specialist."
    "Jim Lowe is among the best of the best. He combines the highest antitrust expertise with solid judgment of how US antitrust agencies will evaluate the issues. He has a healthy, pragmatic understanding of client needs and operational exigencies. "
    "If you have a bet-the-company matter, you can't do better than to hire Jamie Gorelick. She is as good as they come. "
    - Denali Kemppel
    Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
    "Jamie is a trusted advisor, in whom I have great confidence, and for whom I feel great respect and also affection. She is highly responsive and is very pro-active in thinking through the potential implications of policy developments for her clients."
    - Rupert M. Bondy
    BP PLC
    "Jamie Gorelick is simply the "best of the class". With her background in national security from being general counsel at DOD, in judicial matters from her work as the Deputy Attorney General, with her business savvy from her board service and business clients, and with her bipartisan strong connections on the Hill, she can provide legal, political, and business advice and support of the highest caliber in an extremely responsive manner. Jamie is recognized as the "go-to" person on sensitive matters, whether classified or business. She takes on the most complex issues and problems, and always does a super job."
    - Arnold J. Punaro
    Science Applications International Corp
    "Jamie is very talented, commands any meeting, and has insight and clarity clients cherish."
    - David Snively
    Monsanto Company
    "Ms. Gorelick is a terrific counselor. She brings all her tremendous, wide-ranging experience and good judgment to bear on any type of legal or business problem. She responds immediately to inquiries no matter where she is, and provides sound and always-timely advice. She is extremely good to work with. I do not hesitate in going to her for advice."
    - Kenneth Handal
    CA, Inc.
    "Jamie Gorelick is a superb lawyer with broad experience in civil, investigative, and government matters. Jaime brings great judgment and integrity to such matters."
    - Brackett Denniston
    General Electric Co.
    "Jamie is an extraordinary attorney. Her familiarity with the political process, coupled with her overall experience and practical legal skills, makes her a unique asset to those companies in need of advice and counsel in matters that involve legislative and/or law enforcement issues."
    - Steve Reynolds
    Alcatel-Lucent
    "Jamie Gorelick is the best government lawyer in DC. She takes a real and unique interest in working strategically with the client. She is an exemplary "problem-solver"."
    "Jamie Gorelick is excellent at handling tough government issues."
    "Jamie has a breadth of experience that is invaluable in tackling some of the trickiest legal and policy matters. She is very responsive, smart, articulate, and passionate. I enjoy working with her."
    "Jay Bothwick is an excellent M&A lawyer, combining substantive expertise with first rate drafting, and has negotiation and organizational skills. He is responsive and a pleasure to work with."
    "John Sigel is bright, knows the law, and gets right to the point."
    "John is very thoughtful and thorough. He has extensive knowledge of all manner of debt financings and is very creative in finding solutions to difficult problems."
    "John Batter is a first-rate advisor and litigator. He combines deep substantive expertise, practical advice, and a terrific bedside manner. He achieved a terrific result for my company, and while I'd prefer to avoid the need for his services in the future, he would be the first attorney I would call."
    "John Batter is a consummate professional with deep expertise, a terrific bedside manner, and the kind of confidence that puts a client at ease even when addressing complex sensitive matters with significant potential consequences."
    "Julie Hogan Rodgers is extremely responsive."
    "I am the executive director of a nonprofit organization that has been a pro bono client of WilmerHale LLP (previously Hale and Dorr LLP) for nearly 20 years. During that period, attorney Barnett has provided counsel to our charity on a wide range of real estate issues. I am consistently impressed by the depth of his knowledge and expertise, the soundness of his judgment, his patience in discussing and explaining legal options, and his integrity, generosity, and good humor. We could not have found a better attorney to represent the interests of our organization and to help us further our mission."
    - Kathi Anderson
    Walden Woods Project
    "Keith has provided excellent service over the years, particularly when the Museum was involved in complex lease negotiations. Keith not only has a thorough understanding of the legal implications of a transaction, but he also brings a real-world perspective to contract negotiations to ensure the Museum's business interests are being well represented. Besides his intellectual abilities, Keith is also a pleasure to work with and is prompt in responding to my inquiries, or when I am seeking legal advice."
    - John Slakey
    Museum of Science
    "Keith Barnett is a great lawyer."
    "Keith Barnett has the unique ability to "think 360" and anticipate and overcome issues in all aspects of real estate. He communicates in a crisp, clear, and professional manner. At times, Attorney Barnett appears to be ubiquitous and responds in an impressively timely manner."
    "Mr. Barnett is able to keep all the details for his transactions in order while keeping up with a hectic pace in order to see the deal to closing."
    "Kim is thorough, knowledgeable, and extremely responsive. She is able to provide practical advice on ERISA matters and she explains the rules in a most straight forward and understandable way. She is a joy to work with."
    - Diana Young
    Analogic
    "ERISA rules and regulations are very complex and fraught with traps for the unwary. Kimberly B. Wethly, an ERISA partner at WilmerHale, is exceptionally talented. Kim is able to explain ERISA and its impact on our company in a clear and concise manner, which is not easy. She is practical, highly responsive, and very efficient."
    "Lisa Pirozzolo is consistently well prepared for trial, particularly eliciting favorable testimony."
    "Lisa Pirozzolo is very talented litigator who masters the complexities of IP litigation and is able to communicate them easily to non-lawyers. She instills confidence in her clients."
    "Expert in securities litigation, Lori Martin is attentive, knowledgeable, and practical and is always there for her client."
    "Lori is an excellent litigator and a superb regulatory attorney. Her instincts are precise, and she is very strategic in how she approaches an assignment. She is a real pleasure to work with."
    "She is an excellent lawyer and has great expertise. She is direct and will not pull punches. She is highly respected in the industry and also highly respected by the regulators. She is smart and thorough. I would want her representation on any litigation matter."
    "Matt Chambers has provided excellent, timely advice to the independent directors for all the years he has been our counsel."
    - E. Thayer Bigelow
    Independent Directors of the Lord Abbett Funds
    "Mick has the ability to negotiate deals to closure -- prioritizing and working on issues that really matter. His broad expertise has been very helpful to us in closing complicated financings and M&A deals."
    - David Parent
    Aegis Lightwave, Inc.
    "I've worked closely with Mike for 18 years, managing Aspect Medical's portfolio of medical device patents. Mike has done superb work for us, and we've always been exceedingly satisfied with the product. His knowledge of our business is broad and deep. He makes himself available at any time and has helped us make many a tight deadline. All that, and he's a great guy to work with. I would recommend him without hesitation."
    - Jeff Sigl, Ph.D.
    Aspect Medical
    "Paul Jakubowski is an excellent and experienced lawyer and he understands what it is that the client is trying to achieve -- both from a legal and business standpoint. He is always very reachable and timely in performing tasks. He is also helpful in trying to connect clients, whereby everyone picks up new business."
    "Paul Jakubowski is highly capable and responsive. He is very thorough, while still contributing to the deal-making process."
    "Paul is excellent, smart, knowledgeable and courteous."
    "Peter Dichiara is a top-notch IP lawyer, with a vast amount of experience in both patent prosecution and patent litigation. He is light years ahead many of his peers."
    - Rob Lindefield
    Nantero Inc.
    "Peter Dichiara has been a strong partner for us the past 6 years in developing our patent portfolio. We have had an extensive IP portfolio for a very reasonable cost. We would highly recommend Peter to any young tech company."
    - Ted Morgan
    Skyhook Wireless
    "Peter Dichiara has helped us developed a world-class IP portfolio which has received recognition by the Wall Street Journal. He is highly recommended!"
    - Greg Schmergel
    Nantero Inc.
    "Peter started working with us in 2001 when nanotechnology was in its infancy and has helped us build a patent portfolio recognized by both the Wall Street Journal and the IEEE as one of the strongest in the world semiconductor industry, despite our being a small startup."
    - Greg Schmergel
    Nantero Inc.
    "Peter started working with us in 2001 when nanotechnology was in its infancy and has helped us build a patent portfolio recognized by both the Wall Street Journal and the IEEE as one of the strongest in the world semiconductor industry, despite our being a small startup."
    - Greg Schmergel
    Nantero Inc.
    "Peter DiChiara and John Hobgood have been exceptional in prosecuting patent applications for Veveo, Inc. Their portfolio strategy of carefully crafted narrow claims for a first application with broader background information makes for quick patent grants for important innovations; it also enables us to fortify the innovation subsequently through carefully considered continuations."
    "Philip Anker is a first-class litigator who is tremendous in open court. He is very seasoned and capable."
    "Rachael is another great young litigator at Wilmer. Like her colleagues on the international arbitration team, she is very smart and handles clients with aplomb. We would also use her again in a heartbeat."
    "Rob Kirsch is a very trustworthy, problem-solver lawyer who attempts of find a fair resolution of issues."
    "Stated simply, Rob Burke is one of the best tax lawyers, and certainly the best partnership tax lawyer, with whom I have ever worked. In fact, Rob is one of the best lawyers of any specialty -- tax or otherwise -- with whom I have ever worked. Rob's in-depth knowledge, combined with his sense of pragmatism, make him an invaluable legal asset."
    - Michael J. Nathanson, Esq.
    The Colony Group
    "Rob Burke is smart, knowledgeable, and practical."
    "Robert Fitzpatrick offers a very practical approach to environmental issues. He offers creative solutions to a difficult and highly regulated legal landscape."
    - Mark Sullivan
    Bose Corporation
    "Robert Novick is a terrific counselor and advisor. He has first-rate subject matter expertise. He is responsive and available, to a fault. He is committed, passionate and follows client's lead well."
    "Bob is one-in-a-million. He's smart, articulate, organized, responsive and creative. As a trusted business partner, he is skilled at carefully listening to and effectively addressing the needs of his clients."
    "Roger is the best tax lawyer bar none. He understands the intricacies of the code and has the most business focused approach to tax of any corporate tax lawyer. Most impressive, Roger can talk about the most arcane tax issue in business terms. He is creative and brilliant!"
    "Roger Witten is an exceptional lawyer in matters relating to the FCPA. He has a deep understanding of the law and dispenses very wise counsel. My regard for him is extremely high."
    "Roger is an excellent attorney who always provides thoughtful, accurate and consistent advice. He is very responsive to client inquiries and uses time and resources wisely to provide reliable advice. Roger has represented companies operating in all types of industries and in countries all over the world. In the area of anti-corruption/FCPA matters and investigations, there are very few attorneys who have the depth of experience and knowledge of the law as Roger. "
    "Seth Waxman is the best Supreme Court advocate today."
    - David Snively
    Monsanto Company
    "Seth Waxman is as good as any Supreme Court advocate I ever seen or known. He is phenomenal as SG and really talented in any appellate setting, a scholar of Supreme Court case law."
    - David Snively
    Monsanto Company
    "Seth Waxman is the best appellate advocate in private practice today, bar none."
    "Steve is the guy that keeps it all together. He manages a deal as well as being a reliable sounding board on anything to do with Corporate Law or corporate governance."
    - Phil Chase
    Adimab, LLC
    "Steve is one the premier biotechnology attorneys in the country and is our consistent first choice to work with on major transactions."
    - Phil Chase
    Adimab, LLC
    "Steve Singer is probably the best known corporate lawyer for biotech clients in the Boston area. I have worked with him at two different start-ups, and if I ever went to another start-up, there is no question in my mind who our corporate attorney would be -- it would be Steve."
    "Thomas Mueller has outstanding expertise and responsiveness. He is highly skilled in managing extremely sensitive issues; and has an excellent professional relationship with key antitrust authorities."
    - Henning zur Hausen
    Lufthansa Cargo AG
    "Thomas Mueller is very detailed and very attentive."
    "William Lee is an exceptional trial and appellate counsel."
    "Bill is steeped in the federal securities liability laws and is an outstanding tactician. He does not go out of his way to antagonize opposing counsel, so when it is time to try to resolve a case he is very effective."
    "Bill is the leading practitioner in his field. He is particularly adept at developing a sense of the client's goals, and recommending a strategy for achieving those goals."
    "William McLucas is the consummate counselor. He has a steady hand and expertise."
    "I received excellent service through Attorney William O'Reilly in the Boston Office. It takes time to get to know the client and to understand the landscape as well as the specific issues. Attorney O'Reilly's advice is not only legally sound, but is also incredibly practical and timely."
    "Bill O'Reilly is extremely thoughtful, very smart, and clarifies the heart of a matter. This gives people within a room the ability to negotiate around main issues instead of running off on rabbit trails."
    "Andrea is an incredibly astute and strategic litigator. But beyond that, she is a pleasure to work with -- responsive and practical at every turn."
    "Bruce is an excellent lawyer who understands his practice area extraordinarily well. He brings creativity and sound judgment to everything he works on and is a pleasure to deal with."
    "Bruce is a pleasure to work with. His low-key approach is appreciated by business clients, as is his deep understanding of broker-dealer regulatory issues. Bruce considers issues carefully, regularly providing advice with which both in-house counsel and business clients can be comfortable."
    "Bruce Newman is clearly one of the top broker-dealer regulatory attorneys in the country. His background as both a regulator and as an in-house regulatory lawyer is immensely helpful as he genuinely understands how the business works and how regulators think. He is strong across all products, but stands out for his deep experience in the fixed income space."

    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

    Contact Information

    14 offices in 5 countries

    Management

    Co-Managing Partner
    Co-Managing Partner

    Contacts

    Intellectual Property Department
    (617) 526-6453
    Litigation/Controversy Department
    (202) 663-6606
    Regulatory and Goverment Affairs Department
    (202) 663-6500
    Securities Department
    (202) 663-6622
    Transactional Department
    212 295 6307

    Practice Areas

    Administrative / Regulatory Law
    Antitrust Law
    Appellate Practice
    Arbitration
    Arbitration and Mediation
    Aviation Law
    Banking and Finance Law
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Bet-the-Company Litigation
    Biotechnology Law
    Commercial Litigation
    Communications Law
    Competition/Antitrust Law
    Copyright Law
    Corporate Compliance Law
    Corporate Governance Law
    Corporate Law
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    Derivatives and Futures Law
    Employee Share Schemes Law
    Employment Law - Management
    Energy Law
    Environmental Law
    FDA Law
    Financial Services
    Fraud
    Government Relations Practice
    Information Technology Law
    Insurance Law
    Intellectual Property Law
    International Arbitration
    International Arbitration - Commercial
    International Arbitration - Governmental
    International Trade and Finance Law
    Labor Law - Management
    Land Use and Zoning Law
    Litigation
    Litigation - Antitrust
    Litigation - Bankruptcy
    Litigation - First Amendment
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
    Litigation - Patent
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
    Litigation - Securities
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Mutual Funds Law
    Non-Profit / Charities Law
    Patent Law
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
    Real Estate Law
    Regulatory Practice
    Securities / Capital Markets Law
    Securities Regulation
    Securitization and Structured Finance Law
    Tax Law
    Technology Law
    Trade Law
    Trademark Law
    Venture Capital Law