Offices

Boston

60 State Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02109   Map
+1 617 526 6000 (t)
+1 617 526 5000 (f)

Boston offices overlook historic Faneuil Hall, the Financial District, Boston Harbor and the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. The city of Boston is the economic and cultural hub of New England and the world-renowned home to many academic institutions. Boston and New England provide an atmosphere rich with cultural diversions, the beauty of New England seascapes, mountains and trails, and the home to a host of sports teams, including the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox and historic Fenway Park. Boston provides a wide range of opportunities, both from a legal practice perspective and in terms of the culture and history long associated with the city.

Established in 1918 our Boston office has grown—throughout its more than 85 year history—from a five-lawyer office to a diverse practice of more than 300 lawyers who serve an ever-expanding national and international client base. Our clients range from established industry leaders to emerging companies that reflect the New England region’s strength as one of the premier technology and life science centers in the country.

Our Boston office is a hub for the firm’s litigation, corporate, and intellectual property practices. Our corporate and securities litigation practice is a New England leader in the defense of technology companies and their officers and directors in complex shareholder and consumer class actions. Many of the core members of our renowned intellectual property litigation practice are based in Boston, and have served as lead counsel in hundreds of major patent and trademark litigations. Chambers USA 2012 acknowledges our Boston M&A practice with a first tier ranking, citing WilmerHale as the "top competitor in town" and that our "Boston team is terrific." The Boston intellectual property practice is also listed with a first tier ranking. A client said, "they provide a phenomenal service and achieve major successes; they manage their cases in a very organized fashion and are always communicating the progress of the issue at hand."

Clients of our Boston office benefit from our experience in other core practices such as bankruptcy and commercial, environmental, labor and employment, real estate and tax. In addition to actively contributing to our strong tradition of pro bono representation, our Boston office is a major center for the firm’s Youth and Education Initiative, a program of philanthropic outreach based on the creation of innovative partnerships with select nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving inner-city youth.


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By Car

By Subway

Our office is located at 60 State Street in the financial district of downtown Boston across the street from the State Street MBTA stop on the Blue and Orange lines. The main reception area is on the 26th floor.

By Car

From the West

Mass Pike (I -90)
Take Exit 24B into Liberty Tunnel, stay in right lane.
Take Exit 23, Government Center, stay in left lane.
At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Surface Road.
Turn right onto State Street from Surface Road.
Proceed up State Street to Merchants Row.
Take right onto Merchants Row and proceed to end of street.
Take a left into garage, take ticket, proceed to public parking area.

From the South

Route 93N (Fitzgerald/Southeast Expressway)
Proceed through Liberty Tunnel, stay in right lane.
Take Exit 23, Government Center, stay in left lane.
At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Surface Road.
Turn right onto State Street from Surface Road.
Proceed up State Street to Merchants Row.
Take right onto Merchants Row and proceed to end of street.
Take a left into garage, take ticket, proceed to public parking area.

From the North

Route 93S
From Route 93S proceed over Zakim Bridge into tunnel.
Take exit 24A, Government Center.
Follow signs for Aquarium/Financial District.
At end of exit bear left and proceed onto Surface Road.
Take right from Surface Road onto State Street.
Proceed up State Street to Merchants Row.
Take right onto Merchants Row and proceed to end of street.
Take a left into garage, take ticket, proceed to public parking area.

From Logan Airport

Exit airport following signs for Ted Williams Tunnel.
Take Exit 24 to I-93 North.
Take Exit 23, Government Center, stay in left lane.
At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Surface Road.
Turn right onto State Street from Surface Road.
Proceed up State Street to Merchants Row.
Take right onto Merchants Row and proceed to end of street.
Take a left into garage, take ticket, proceed to public parking area.

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.

April 9, 2014

Testify First, Know Why Later: Responding to Civil Investigative Demands for Testimony in False Claims Act Cases

An article by Karen Green and James Fauci, published in the April 2014 edition of Financial Fraud Law Report.

April 8, 2014

WilmerHale Shortlisted for Chambers USA Award for Excellence in IP, Securities and Financial Services Regulation

WilmerHale's Intellectual Property and Securities Departments, and its IP Litigation, Securities Litigation and Enforcement, Broker-Dealer and Financial Institutions Groups have received special recognition by Chambers USA as part of this year's Awards for Excellence program.

April 7, 2014

WilmerHale Provides Wide-Ranging Antitrust Insights at ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting

WilmerHale was a significant contributor to the 62nd Spring Meeting of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, an annual three-day event recognized as the largest antitrust and consumer protection conference in the world, with nearly 2,900 registered participants.

April 7, 2014

High Level Patent Reform

A guest post featured on Patently-O, written by Ken Salazar and Quentin Palfrey, published on April 7, 2014.

April 1, 2014

Born, Scozzafava and Thomas Named as 2014 ILO Client Choice Award Recipients

Partners Gary Born, Dr. Mary Rose Scozzafava, and Dr. Holger Thomas have been named exclusive recipients of the 2014 Client Choice Awards from International Law Office in the areas of Arbitration in the UK, Intellectual Property - Patents in Massachusetts, and Employment in Germany.

March 26, 2014

Managing IP Names WilmerHale as Patent Contentious Firm of the Year

Managing IP has recognized WilmerHale as the US Patent Contentious Firm of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. At its Annual North American Awards Ceremony held at the Willard InterContinental in DC on March 25, the firm was not only honored as the Patent Contentious Firm of the Year but was also named the Copyright Firm of the Year in the northeast, and the winner of the Milestone Case of the Year with Medtronic for their joint success in Medtronic v. Boston Scientific.

March 25, 2014

Minding the Monitor: Disclosure of Corporate Monitor Reports to Third Parties

An article by Karen Green and Timothy Saunders, published in the March 25, 2014 edition of Bloomberg BNA's The United States Law Week.

March 25, 2014

2014 IPO Report

Our 2014 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market. The report features regional breakdowns; useful IPO market metrics; an update on the pros, cons and recent rates of adoption of various elements of JOBS Act relief available to emerging growth companies; and a look at the expanded role CEOs now must play in the IPO process. We review important considerations around the inclusion of “flash results” in IPO prospectuses; present a quick primer on the characteristics of venture capital–backed and private equity–backed IPOs and their current market outlook; and provide an overview of “cross-border” IPOs by foreign companies in the United States.

March 14, 2014

Your Health Care Options: A Guide to Health Insurance in Massachusetts

Despite Massachusetts having the lowest percentage of uninsured individuals
in the US, many still remain without health insurance. This guide provides information to help individuals navigate through the highly complex system.

  • American Lawyer 200 Pro Bono Rankings – The firm is consistently ranked at or near the top of the annual pro bono rankings.
  • American Lawyer "A-List" (2013) – The firm is annually recognized in a compilation that lists the leading US firms and honors overall excellence, including financial success, commitment to pro bono work, workforce diversity and the training and development of younger lawyers.
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (2012) – Partner Mark Fleming was the recipient of the AILA’s 2012 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation in the field of immigration law for his pro bono service in Judulang v. Holder.
  • Benchmark Litigation (2012) – WilmerHale regularly appears as a top-tier US national firm. In 2012, twenty-one of the firm’s litigators garnered individual honors, and the Massachusetts office received the highest level of recommendation.
  • Boston Business Journal (2013, 2014) – For two consecutive years, WilmerHale has been selected as the “Most Admired Law Firm” in the Boston area in its annual survey of the top three companies, CEOs and brands, in numerous categories, that it considers to be among the most respected and admired.
  • Boston Business Journal (2012) – The firm was named the "Area's Largest IP Law Firm" in the 2012 edition of its annual survey, marking the seventh time WilmerHale has placed first in this listing.
  • Boston Business Journal (2013) – WilmerHale was again named as one of the “Top Charitable Contributors in Massachusetts” at the publication’s annual Corporate Citizenship Summit. The firm was the highest overall contributor among area law firms. 
  • Boston Business Journal (2010) – WilmerHale was named to the Boston Business Journal's list of the top 10 "Businesses of the Decade” in its most recent issue. The firm is identified as one of 10 area businesses that have distinguished themselves over the past decade.
  • Boston Lawyers Have a Heart 5K Road Race (2012) – Twenty-one WilmerHale lawyers and staff participated in the 5th Annual Boston Lawyers Have a Heart 5K Road Race and won, raising $2,770 in donations to aid in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
  • Chambers & Partners (2003-2014) – The firm is consistently and prominently ranked in Chambers' guidebooks to the legal profession, which includes significant accolades in the Asia, Europe, Global, USA and UK editions.
  • Corporate Equity Index (2008-2013) – The firm earned a 100 percent rating in the 2013 Corporate Equity Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). This is the fifth consecutive year that WilmerHale has received a perfect CEI score on the survey, which evaluates the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the workspace.
  • GCR 100 and GCR Global Elite (2008-2014) The firm is consistently ranked in the "Top 20 GCR Global Elite," and was ranked "elite" in GCR 100's Massachusetts category.
  • Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 (2013) – Named the firm as "best-in-class" in patent litigation and licensing in California, Massachusetts, New York and Washington DC.
  • Law360 “Practice Group of the Year” (2011-2013) – For four consecutive years, select WilmerHale practices were named to Law360’s “Practice Group of the Year” series which annually recognizes five firms per practice area that have played a key role in the significant matters that made headlines and changed the legal landscape within the past year.
  • Law360 (2012) – WilmerHale Partners Mark Fleming and Bill Lee were named an “MVP of the Year” for distinction in Appellate law and Intellectually Property Litigation, respectively, while Partner Lauren Fletcher was one of only five individuals named as a “Rising Star” in the practice of IP.
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (2012) – Senior Associate Peter Osborn was honored with the Civil Rights Pro Bono Recognition Award.
  • Legal 500 (2009-2013)– The firm is frequently ranked in this series of referral guides focusing on each of the Asia Pacific, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and US markets.
  • Managing IP (MIP) (2013) – WilmerHale is among the top nationally ranked firms for intellectually property, and is highly recommended in the category of "general intellectual property" in Massachusetts. Partners Michael Bavilacqua, William Lee, Lisa Pirozzolo, Donald Steinberg and Cynthia Vreeland were also named 2013 "IP Stars."
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2011) – Co-Managing Partner Susan Murley was honored as one of Boston’s “Top Women of Law.”
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2011) – Partner Louis Tompros was honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” as part of its annual “Excellence in the Law” feature.
  • MultiCultural Law Magazine (2012) - For the sixth year in a row, the firm ranked in “Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity .” In 2012, the firm ranked in the specialized areas of “Top 100 Law Firms for Women,” “Top 50 Law Firms for Partners,” “Top 50 Law Firms for Associates,” “Top 25 Law Firms for African-Americans,” and “Top 25 Law Firms for Asian-Americans.”
  • Practical Law Company (2012) – The firm was named in PLC’s Life Sciences Industry Super League and noted as boasting a “strong transatlantic life sciences practice with substantial offerings from offices in Frankfurt, Germany and both Boston and New York.”
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® (2012) – The annual Best Law Firms list named WilmerHale as “Law Firm of the Year” in International Arbitration and in Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation and Securities Litigation. The firm also received first-tier ranking in 29 national practice categories and first- and second-tier rankings in 76 metropolitan-area practices in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® (2013 and 2014) – The annual Best Law Firms list named WilmerHale as "Law Firm of the Year" in International Arbitration. In the most recent edition, the firm received first-tier rankings in 27 national and 60 metro-area practices in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.
  • Vault (2006-2013) - The Boston office is consistently ranked among the top five in the guide's annual list of top law firms in the region.
  • Working Mother magazine and Flex Time Lawyers (2012) – The firm has been included in the “Best Law Firms for Women” list in each of the five years the ranking has been published. The Best Law Firms for Women are recognized for having programs that encourage networking, training and mentoring for women, and for fostering environments that enable women to balance successful careers with motherhood.
  • Yale Law Women (2008-12) – For five consecutive years WilmerHale has been named to the Yale Law Women’s list of “Top Ten Family Friendly Firms.”
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