People

John J. Regan

Partner

Co-Chair, Pro Bono and Community Service Committee

Regan, John J.

Jack Regan is a partner in the firm’s Litigation/Controversy Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Business Trial Practice Groups. He is the co-chair of the firm's Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, has chaired the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group and recently served as the President of the Boston Bar Association. Mr. Regan joined the firm in 1978.

Practice

Mr. Regan's practice concentrates on pretrial, trial and appellate aspects of intellectual property and commercial litigation in federal and state courts and in administrative agencies. He has been involved with a wide range of legal matters relating to patents, trade secrets, computers, copyrights, trade dress, trademarks, contracts, licenses, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices cases.

Mr. Regan has litigated cases in such high technology areas as pharmaceuticals, cell phones, digital cameras, PDA devices, noise-cancelling headphones, electronic commerce, Internet routers, enzyme electrodes, blood analyzers, glucose monitoring devices, electronic pre-press publishing, DNA amplification systems, videoconferencing, semiconductors, golf balls, ultrasound transducers, document imaging, electronic storage, paging and voice mail. In the patent area, he has litigated biotechnology, drug, chemical, electrical, mechanical, medical device, software and Internet patents.

Mr. Regan has been counsel to such clients as: Apple, Bose, Intel, Research in Motion (RIM Blackberry), Eastman Kodak, Wyeth, Analog Devices, Bottomline Technologies, Broadcom, JPMorgan Chase, Braintree Laboratories, Juniper Networks, Nova Biomedical, Harvest Technologies, Wolfson Microelectronics, Campanelli Companies, SoundBite Communications, Inc., Art Technology Group, Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), American Superconductor, Roxbury Latin School, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Penwest Pharmaceuticals, Nitromed, Webloyalty.com and Thorn EMI, N.A.

The US District Court for the District of Massachusetts appointed Mr. Regan as the trustee in bankruptcy for Rare Coin Galleries of America, Inc. He has also served as an appointed arbitrator in complex commercial dispute proceedings before the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Regan has an active and diverse pro bono practice, ranging from the representation of nonprofits in the arts, urban education, low income housing and international development to minority-owned businesses, a parole hearing in a murder case, and veterans’ disability claims. His pro bono clients have included the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, Seed Global Health, and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.

During the year following law school, Mr. Regan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew A. Caffrey, former chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He has also worked as a legal intern in the Special Criminal Prosecutions Division and in the Civil Division of the US Attorneys' Offices in Newark, New Jersey, and the Southern District of New York, respectively.

Prior to his legal studies, Mr. Regan served as a lieutenant in the US Navy aboard a destroyer escort, the USS Bagley, which was homeported in San Diego, California, and deployed to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, Gulf of Tonkin and Persian Gulf areas.

Honors & Awards

Most recently, Mr. Regan was honored with the Shelter Legal Services' Distinguished Service Award for his contributions in achieving SLS's mission of promoting self-sufficiency, financial security and the stability of military veterans and the homeless.

Mr. Regan received WilmerHale's Reginald Heber Smith Award for his contributions to community service. He has also received awards from the US Department for Housing and Urban Development and the American Association of Housing for the Aging for his work in providing housing for low-income elderly persons.

Mr. Regan was honored with the prestigious "Good Guys" Award from the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. The award is presented to men who have made significant contributions to their community and to the cause of equal political, economic and social rights for women.

Mr. Regan was named a “New England Super Lawyer (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in intellectual property litigation in the 2004 through 2013 editions of Boston Magazine. He was also recognized as a lead lawyer in the 2012 edition of Benchmark Litigation for his work in commercial and intellectual property litigation.

Publications & News

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April 15, 2014

WilmerHale and Cathedral High School Come Together to Organize Career Day

WilmerHale organized a biennial morning Career Day for Cathedral High School students on April 10. Professionals from a wide variety of career fields and industries spoke in small group panels across 15 classrooms at the school's South End campus.

June 19, 2013

Braintree Labs Wins Patent Infringement Case Against Novel

On June 19, WilmerHale obtained a favorable final judgment in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey for Braintree Laboratories, Inc. (Braintree) in its patent infringement case against Novel Laboratories (Novel).

May 24, 2013

Firm Receives Pro Bono Award From Women’s Bar Foundation

On May 14, the firm was recognized during a Women’s Bar Foundation (WBF) event in Boston for its longstanding dedication to representing survivors of domestic violence and assisting seniors in need of end-of-life documents.

January 23, 2013

Jack Regan Honored by Shelter Legal With Distinguished Service Award

On January 18, Partner Jack Regan was honored with the Shelter Legal Services’ (SLS) Distinguished Service Award at its annual gala—an award presented to an individual for his or her contributions to achieving SLS’s mission of promoting self-sufficiency, financial security and the stability of military veterans and the homeless.

November 21, 2011

WilmerHale Recognized in 2012 Editions of Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Appellate

March 1, 2010

A Bar Association With An Illustrious History

An interview with John Regan by the Editor of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

January 28, 2010

City Year Honors WilmerHale for 20 Years of Pro Bono Service

February 26, 2009

Teen Empowerment Celebration Honors Community Heroes

August 23, 2007

Three Important Victories for Broadcom in Litigation with Qualcomm

Bush Administration Upholds the ITC’s Ban On Imports of New Cell Phones Containing Some Qualcomm Microchips; Two Additional Qualcomm Patents Found Unenforceable; and Damages in Previous Case Are Doubled

February 1, 2007

WilmerHale Secures Patent Infringement Victory for Broadcom

Professional Activities

Before becoming President of the Boston Bar Association (BBA), Mr. Regan chaired the BBA’S Intellectual Property Litigation Committee, was co-chair of the BBA's Litigation Section, chaired the BBA's Nominating Committee, was a member of the BBA Council and the Task Force on Children's Outreach, and served as a trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) and chair of its Community Projects Committee. He currently is a member of the BBF's Grants Committee.

Mr. Regan currently is a member of the BBA’s Military and Veterans Legal Services and Health Law Committees. He is also a member of the Civil Litigation and Business Law Sections of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections of the American Bar Association, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Boston Patent Law Association.

The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court appointed Mr. Regan in 2011 to the Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. The Chief Justice for Administration and Management of the Massachusetts Trial Court appointed Mr. Regan to a committee studying the consolidation of the Trial Court’s operations.

Mr. Regan has spoken on seminar panels at programs sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Boston Bar Association, the Boston Patent Law Association, the American Arbitration Association, the PricewaterhouseCoopers Intellectual Property Leadership Forum and the Pro Bono Institute. He also has presented on patent law at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Mr. Regan has participated as an advisor in the Trial Practice Program at Harvard Law School. He also has been a member of the Subcommittee for Patent Litigation of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Community Involvement

Mr. Regan is currently a member of Citizen Schools Massachusetts Board of Advisors and the Advisory Council of Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.

Mr. Regan has served for more than 20 years as an officer of the Catholic Schools Foundation Board of Trustees, including as its President. The Foundation raises scholarship funds for 6,000 students at 60 inner city elementary and high schools. Mr. Regan also serves on the Catholic Schools Finance Council.

Mr. Regan chaired the Board of Regents at LaSalle Academy, a 1,400-student middle and high school in Providence, Rhode Island. He also served as the board chair of Discovering Justice: The James D. St. Clair Court Public Education Project, which provides educational programs for children and adults about the Constitution, the judiciary, and our democracy and received its Champion of Democracy award.

Mr. Regan has also been a trustee of the Roxbury Latin School; and a director of Young Audiences of Massachusetts, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that promotes the arts in schools. Mr. Regan is the former president and a director of Milton Residences for the Elderly, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that provides low-income housing for elderly and handicapped persons.

Mr. Regan is co-chair of WilmerHale's Pro Bono Committee, which manages the firm's extensive pro bono legal services and community service programs, and its relationship with Harvard Law School's Legal Services Center.

Mr. Regan chaired the task force that created the firm's innovative Youth and Education Initiative, a partnership with four organizations that offer educational opportunities to elementary, middle school and teenage children in Boston’s inner city. The Youth and Education Initiative was featured in Common Interest, Common Good, a book published by the Harvard Business School Press that described creative models of corporate philanthropy.

Practices

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Education

JD, New York University School of Law, 1977, Root-Tilden Scholar; Articles Editor, NYU Law Review

BA, summa cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 1971, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

Clerkships

The Hon. Andrew A. Caffrey, US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1977 - 1978