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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October 18, 2014

People: Debo Adegbile

An interview and profile featuring WilmerHale Partner Debo Adegbile, published by National Journal on October 18, 2014.

October 17, 2014

Manufacturing Trouble: Is cGMP the Next Enforcement Frontier?

An article by Emily Schulman, Michael Bayer and Joshua Sharp, published in the October 17, 2014 edition of Bloomberg BNA's Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report, Vol. 12, No. 41.

October 17, 2014

Q&A with Gary Born Featured in the Legal Business Disputes Yearbook 2014

Gary Born, chair of the firm's International Arbitration Practice Group and the world's preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation, discusses his career and his passion for his practice in a profile piece that was first published in the Legal Business Disputes Yearbook 2014.

October 15, 2014

Inventing Solutions to Global Disease & Poverty

A guest post featured on Patently-O, written by Quentin Palfrey, published on October 15, 2014.

October 13, 2014

Firm Achieves Landmark Victory in Texas Voting Rights Case

On October 9, 2014, WilmerHale and its co-counsel, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF), secured a landmark civil rights victory when the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas struck down Texas’s highly restrictive voter photo identification law on the grounds that it violated the federal Voting Rights Act and the US Constitution.

October 13, 2014

WilmerHale Named Best Patent Litigation Firm by The Legal 500 US

WilmerHale has been named the nation's best law firm in the category of IP: Patent Litigation by The Legal 500 United States as part of its inaugural awards program.

October 9, 2014

SEC Enforcement Actions Emphasize Importance of Stock Ownership Reporting Obligations for Public Companies and Insiders

On September 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against 28 officers, directors and major stockholders of public companies for violating Section 16(a) and/or Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

October 7, 2014

Boston Business Journal Again Recognizes WilmerHale As Top Charitable Contributor

The Boston Business Journal again named WilmerHale to its annual list of Top Charitable Contributors, meant to showcase the region's top corporate community contributors by 2013 Massachusetts cash and in-kind contributions. Seventy-three companies were ranked and out of the four law firms listed, WilmerHale was number one.

October 6, 2014

Claim Constructions In PTAB Vs. District Court

An article written by Jacob Oyloe, James Dowd and David Cavanaugh published by Law360 on October 6, 2014.

October 3, 2014

The Legal 500 UK Honors WilmerHale with Top Rankings in 2014 Edition

The Legal 500, the United Kingdom's guide to outstanding lawyers, has again selected WilmerHale as a top-tier law firm in dispute resolution - international arbitration, and highly recommends the firm in nine other categories. The guide also names three lawyers to its "leading individuals" list, and recognizes a total of eight of the firm’s London-based lawyers

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 U.S. News and Best Lawyers' 2014 Best Law Firm rankings, 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.