Litigation/Controversy

WilmerHale represents clients in complex civil and criminal litigation, corporate investigations and international arbitrations. Our lawyers receive national and international recognition as top-rated practitioners. With a strong record of success as both trial and appellate lawyers, we have the insight to plan and execute a winning strategy from the outset of a case.

Clients rely on us for our clear understanding of their industries and business goals, our in-depth knowledge of the regulatory and political environments in which they operate, and our expertise in the technical and scientific disciplines at the core of many of their operations.

Contacts

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Shapiro, Howard

Howard M. Shapiro

Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department

+1 202 663 6606 (t)

howard.shapiro@wilmerhale.com

Cultice, Robert D.

Robert D. Cultice

Vice Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department

Co-Chair, Business Trial Group

+1 617 526 6021 (t)

robert.cultice@wilmerhale.com

Macdonald, Peter J.

Peter J. Macdonald

Vice Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department

Co-Chair, Business Trial Group

+1 212 937 7223 (t)

peter.macdonald@wilmerhale.com

Marcus, David C.

David C. Marcus

Vice Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department

+1 213 443 5312 (t)

david.marcus@wilmerhale.com

Wigmore, Amy Kreiger

Amy Kreiger Wigmore

Vice Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department

+1 202 663 6096 (t)

amy.wigmore@wilmerhale.com

Adegbile, Debo

Debo P. Adegbile

Partner

+1 212 295 6717 (t)

debo.adegbile@wilmerhale.com

Anderson, Thomas E.

Thomas E. Anderson

Partner

+1 202 663 6227 (t)

tom.anderson@wilmerhale.com

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Philip D. Anker

Partner

+1 212 230 8890 (t)

philip.anker@wilmerhale.com

Bassett, David B.

David B. Bassett

Partner

+1 212 230 8858 (t)

david.bassett@wilmerhale.com

Batter III, John F.

John F. Batter, III

Partner

+1 617 526 6754 (t)

john.batter@wilmerhale.com

Berman, Bruce M.

Bruce M. Berman

Partner

+1 202 663 6173 (t)

bruce.berman@wilmerhale.com

Boast, Molly S.

Molly S. Boast

Partner

+1 212 230 8887 (t)

molly.boast@wilmerhale.com

Born, Gary

Gary Born

Partner

+44 (0)20 7872 1020 (t)

gary.born@wilmerhale.com

Experience

Our cases and achievements cut across the litigation spectrum. Among our many practice highlights, we have:

  • Tried to verdict more than 75 complex civil cases since 2002
  • Argued before the Supreme Court of the United States 18 times over the last four Terms—placing WilmerHale among the higest ranked firms nationwide
  • Filed briefs in nearly one-third of the cases in which the Supreme Court heard oral argument during its most recent Term
  • Represented parties in over 50 federal and state appellate cases decided in 2012
  • Participated in more than 250 international arbitration proceedings in recent years, and successfully represented clients in four of the largest institutional arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations to arise in the past decade
  • Advised multinational companies in negotiations with governments throughout the world regarding litigation brought in US courts that raised issues of international law
  • Handled some of the most prominent internal and governmental investigations in recent years, including those conducted on behalf of the special committees of the boards of directors of both Enron and WorldCom
  • Served as lead litigation counsel in hundreds of major patent, copyright and trademark cases for clients in technology, life sciences, broadcasting and other industries
  • Handled many sensitive cases involving regulatory, governmental and public policy issues in which the litigation strategy was coordinated with the client's regulatory, legislative and other political objectives
  • Defended hundreds of lawsuits, including over 300 class actions, alleging securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other corporate misconduct over the last decade

We also have experience in multiple additional areas, including aviation; bankruptcy and commercial; communications; defense, national security and government contracts; environmental; financial institutions; labor and employment and trade.

Publications & News

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December 12, 2014

WilmerHale Recognized as Top Firm in Germany and the Americas

The German Federal Association of In-House Counsel (Bundesverband der Unternehmensjuristen e.V.) has recognized WilmerHale in its kanzleimonitor.de survey, which ranks law firms in Germany based on evaluations from in-house counsel.

December 12, 2014

Gary Born Appointed Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing

Gary Born, Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and the world’s preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation, has been appointed a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing.

December 11, 2014

Inter Partes Review And A Soon-To-Expire Patent

An article by Don Steinberg, Yung-Hoon Ha and Natalie Pous, published by Law360 on December 11, 2014.

December 10, 2014

Seth Waxman Named Among Law360’s Appellate MVPs of the Year

Law360 named Partner and Former Solicitor General Seth Waxman as an Appellate MVP of the Year. Law360's annual MVP contest recognizes the most elite attorneys in a wide range of practice areas who have had the most impressive successes in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters.

December 10, 2014

Limiting the Background Noise: Investor Motivation and Identity in Bankruptcy

An article by Allison Hester-Haddad and Danielle D’Onfro, published in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXIII, No. 12, December 2014.

December 5, 2014

Firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group Helps Obtain Victory in Landmark Free Speech Case at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The firm's international arbitration and litigation practice obtained a significant judgment from the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights—the highest court in the African Union—in the first freedom of expression case in the Court's history.

December 3, 2014

Statistical sampling on the rise in False Claims Act cases

An article by Matthew Benedetto published in the November 20, 2014 edition of the Daily Journal.

December 3, 2014

WilmerHale Partner Mark Cahn Discusses Securities Litigation Trends

WilmerHale Partner Mark Cahn appeared in a series of videos hosted by PwC outlining 2014 trends in securities litigation.

December 2, 2014

Global Arbitration Review Interview with Gary Born Addresses Future of International Arbitration

We are delighted to provide access to an interview of Gary Born by Dr. Michael Moser, Honorary Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, at GAR Live Hong Kong.

December 2, 2014

Arbitration: Big Pharma, Big Player

An article by Franz Schwartz and Santiago Bejarano published in the November–December 2014 edition of Commercial Dispute Resolution.

Recognition

The excellence of WilmerHale’s litigation practice is recognized across all of our practice areas.

Recognition for our department:

  • Acquisition International recognized WilmerHale as "Antitrust Litigation Law Firm of the Year" in California and "Antitrust Litigation Legal Practice of the Year" in Washington DC in 2013.
  • The American Lawyer named WilmerHale its 2014 "IP Litigation Department of the Year." This is the third time that WilmerHale has been named a winner and the fourth time the firm has been named a finalist since the contest's inception in 2002.
  • The American Lawyer selected WilmerHale's successful representation of Swatch Group in Swatch Group v. Tiffany as the Global Dispute of the Year in the field "Commercial Arbitration" in its 2014 Global Legal Awards.
  • Best Lawyers in America 2015 recognized nearly 100 WilmerHale partners, naming nine "Lawyer of the Year," including Bill Lee as Boston Litigation: Patent "Lawyer of the Year" and Seth Waxman as Washington DC Litigation-First Amendment and Regulatory Enforcement "Lawyer of the Year."
  • BTI Consulting Group recognized WilmerHale as the "Most-Favored IP Department" in the nation, one of two firms that are the "Best at Complex IP Litigation," one of six firms identified as "Go To IP Litigation Firms," and one of five firms called out as "Go To IP Firms" (for non-litigation IP work) in the BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation report.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2012, 2013 and 2014 recognized WilmerHale as a leading law firm in multiple litigation practice areas, including antitrust, appellate, FCPA, intellectual property, international arbitration, Native American law, securities and white-collar crime and government investigations. In 2014, 86 WilmerHale lawyers were recognized for their respective practices.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2014 named WilmerHale's intellectual property practice among the top in Massachusetts and recognized Lisa Pirozzolo, Mark Selwyn, David Bassett, Michael Bevilacqua, Peter Dichiara, Robert Gunther and Wayne Stoner for their intellectual property litigation practices. Bill Lee is also recognized as a "star individual" and is described as "one of the pillars of IP here in Boston."
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business consistently recognizes the firm's appellate practice with a top tier national ranking, and clients praise the group by saying, "they are available, they understand the problems so deeply and the client service is impeccable. They are client-sensitive and the product they deliver is fantastic—they are the dream team." In 2014, Seth Waxman is cited as a star individual. Clients say he is "supremely talented, from the clear thinking and thorough dedication that go into his preparation to his unrivaled demeanor in the courtroom," and Paul Wolfson is described as a "very bright, strong lawyer."
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 and 2014 named WilmerHale a leading law firm in the areas of international arbitration and intellectual property.
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2012 recognized WilmerHale as a leading law firm in the US and in Germany in the area of intellectual property and praised our IP practice as "an absolutely outstanding team that gives everything you want from a law firm."
  • Chambers UK consistently recognizes our International Arbitration practice and most recently ranked the firm in tier one of their 2014 edition.
  •  Daily Journal named two of WilmerHale’s IP litigation victories to their “Top Verdicts” in 2012 list, calling attention to California’s most widely-watched rulings of the year. Recognized for being closely followed and examined across the nation, the cases, Apple v. Samsung and Mformation v. Research in Motion were featured.
  • The Lawyer has ranked WilmerHale among the top 10 litigation practices in the world in the 2013 list of the Global Litigation Top 50—an annual analysis of which of the world's largest firms are generating the most fee income from disputes.
  • In 2013, for the sixth consecutive year, WilmerHale was named to The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List, honoring firms that have achieved significant appellate wins during the past year and have an impressive track record overall.
  •  Named amongst the world's top five international arbitration practices by Global Arbitration Review in their GAR30 list of the world's top 30 arbitration firms in 2012.
  • The Legal 500 United States named WilmerHale the nation's best law firm for patent litigation at their inaugural 2014 awards program
  • The Legal 500 United States has ranked WilmerHale's litigation practice in the "Top Tier" in the 2012 and 2013 editions of its annual guidebook. Our patent litigation, appellate and supreme court litigation, international arbitration, securities litigation and our criminal defense: white collar practices are also ranked.
  • The Legal 500 UK ranked the firm in the top tier for our International Arbitration and praised the firm for its "excellent service and analysis of cases."
  • Main Justice selected the firm's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corruption Group as the recipient of its most prestigious honor, "Practice Group of the Year" in 2012.
  • Managing IP Magazine selected WilmerHale as the "Patent Contentious Firm of the Year" in 2012 and 2011, and recognized the firm as both a regional and national finalist for this honor in 2009. The magazine also selected WilmerHale as the "ITC Litigation Firm of the Year" in 2011.
  • In the U.S. News Best Lawyers' 2015 "Best Law Firms" list, WilmerHale is recognized as "Law Firm of the Year" in international arbitration, and several of its litigation practices are ranked in the first tier nationally, as well as in Boston, New York and Washington DC. These practices include antitrust, appellate, bankruptcy, commercial, criminal defense: white collar, eminent domain & condemnation, first amendment, intellectual property, patent, regulatory enforcement and securities litigation.
  • Benchmark Litigation 2013 recognized 20 of our litigators with individual honors, and nationally recommended our antitrust, appellate, bankruptcy, general commercial, intellectual property and white-collar crime practices. In addition, Benchmark Appellate 2013 specifically praised our appellate and supreme court litigation practice with a first-tier national ranking, and highly-recommended our group in Washington DC and the First and Federal Circuits.
  • Law360 named WilmerHale as a 2011 "IP Group of the Year" and "Appellate Group of the Year," recognitions that honor only five firms per practice area.
  • WilmerHale earned a place among the top ten law firms in Practical Law Company's 2012 Life Sciences Industry Super League and is noted as boasting "a strong transatlantic life sciences practice with substantial offerings."
  • The Practical Law Company’s Global 50 listed the firm among the top 50 law firms in the world in 2010, and recommended WilmerHale in 15 key practice areas in Europe and the US.
  • PLC Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook 2011/2012 lists WilmerHale as a leading law firm in the US for life sciences in patent litigation; highly recommended for patent counseling. 
  • Boston Business Journal named WilmerHale the "Area's Largest IP Law Firm" in the 2012 edition of its annual survey, marking the seventh time the firm has placed first in this listing. 
  • The BTI Consulting Group Inc. named WilmerHale among the 2014 "IP Litigation Standouts" in their BTI Litigation Outlook Report.