William H. Paine - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

William H. Paine

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 617-526-6134

Bill Paine is a partner in the Securities and Litigation/Controversy Departments, and a member of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1987.


Mr. Paine represents public companies, financial services companies and financial institutions, and their officers and directors, with respect to securities, derivative and ERISA litigation in state and federal courts, internal investigations, and SEC investigations and civil enforcement actions.

Litigation: Mr. Paine has defended more than 50 securities class actions brought in federal and state courts. Reported cases include the dismissal of securities class actions brought against numerous companies, including: The First Marblehead Corporation, Medtronic, Art Technology Group, Boston Scientific, Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc., Shiva Corporation, Boston Technology, and Chipcom Corporation. He has comparable experience defending derivative actions and ERISA class actions.

Investigations: Mr. Paine represents technology and financial services companies, financial institutions and their officers and directors with respect to SEC investigations and internal investigations, including investigations concerning accounting matters (e.g., revenue recognition and stock option compensation), FCPA, corporate governance, internal controls and insider trading.

Amherst CollegeBA 1983Boston University School of LawJ.D. 1987

Client Comments

"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."

Office Location

60 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Securities
Securities Regulation