Offices

New York

7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, New York 10007   Map
+1 212 230 8800 (t)
+1 212 230 8888 (f)

WilmerHale’s New York office relocated to 7 World Trade Center (7 WTC) in July 2012. The offices include more technologically advanced and collaborative space, enabling the firm to further enhance its ability to provide clients with the highest quality services. The new office is at the forefront of environmental sustainability initiatives and demonstrates the firm’s commitment to the revitalization of Lower Manhattan.

The firm’s move to 7 WTC made history as the first lease in the city to allow the tenant and the owner to benefit from energy efficient improvements while sharing in the costs to make the improvement attainable. The lease promotes enhanced energy efficiency and sustainability, and complements theLEED Gold Certification Mark firm's LEED® Gold certification for its space—one of the few firms in the city to have that honor. WilmerHale is also the first major law firm to move from Midtown to Downtown since 9/11.  

Having grown to nearly 200 lawyers since our New York practice opened in 1999, our New York office has developed a premier practice founded on many of the firm's core strengths. Across all practice areas, the New York office has been built on the firm's guiding principles of collegiality, diversity, commitment to public service, and dedication to our clients and the practice of law.

As an office integrated within a global firm of more than 1,000 lawyers, we benefit from the breadth of experience and expertise of our talented colleagues throughout the firm. We frequently work with lawyers from other offices to insure that our clients are able to draw seamlessly upon the resources and expertise of the entire firm.

The primary practice areas of the New York office include securities regulation and enforcement, intellectual property, patent and trademark litigation, trial and appellate litigation, white collar defense, corporate, bankruptcy and financial institutions. Our clients consist of a broad array of companies, including major financial, investment management and investment banking firms, pharmaceutical and life-sciences companies, venture-backed corporate start-ups and technology firms. Our work on behalf of these clients often involves novel and interesting issues of first impression, many of which raise important questions of public policy.

Consistent with our firm's rich tradition of public service, the office has developed a vibrant pro bono program. Lawyers within the office are encouraged to work on significant pro bono matters of interest to them and do so routinely. Recent examples of our pro bono work include two successful wrongful conviction cases, a successful 1983 action for wrongful arrest and imprisonment, several cases that were briefed or argued by the firm before the US Supreme Court, the successful defense at trial of a nonprofit social services organization, and a series of immigrant rights cases and a free speech case that have been argued by our associates before federal courts of appeals.

Our practice in the New York office is enriched by an unusually talented and interesting group of colleagues. Our lawyers include PhDs in English literature, electrical engineering, molecular biology, and organic chemistry. As is the case throughout the firm, many of our lawyers in the New York office had significant government, regulatory or public interest careers prior to joining the firm, and many of our colleagues had one or more federal court clerkships before entering private practice.

Our firm’s strong commitment to the training and development of our attorneys is evidenced in the exciting opportunities that our alumni have pursued when they left our firm, including several Assistant US Attorneys in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the General Counsel of the Dallas Cowboys, and tenure track positions at the University of Chicago, Cardozo Law School, the University of Michigan, and the University of South Carolina.

 

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Located in Lower Manhattan, at 7 World Trade Center (250 Greenwich Street), the New York office is bounded by Greenwich, Vesey, Washington and Barclay streets. It is easily accessible from local airports, trains and subways.

In addition to the regular airlines and routes to LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports, Delta and US Airways offer shuttles with frequent departures between LaGuardia and Boston and Washington. By car, the office is 20 miles or less from LaGuardia, JFK or Newark. Cabs are easily accessible at the terminals.

Amtrak provides transportation into Penn Station. Visitors can take a short cab ride to the office or the E Train from Penn Station to World Trade Center.

The trains that run to 7 WTC are A, E , 2, 3, 4, 5, J, Z and N. The PATH Rail is also accessible from the nearby World Trade Center PATH station.

Publications & News

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July 23, 2014

New York Counsel Alan Schoenfeld Honored with Thurgood Marshall Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service

Alan Schoenfeld has been selected as the recipient of the Federal Bar Council's inaugural Thurgood Marshall Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service. This prestigious award recognizes and celebrates lawyers in private practice who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to pro bono legal services.

July 14, 2014

WilmerHale Among Nation’s Top Law Firms for Commitment to Pro Bono Work

Each year The American Lawyer ranks the Am Law 200—the nation’s 200 highest-grossing law firms—by their pro bono score for work done by lawyers based in the US.

July 7, 2014

WilmerHale Event Features New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton

WilmerHale hosted New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton as the featured speaker during the monthly Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association (DLMA) meeting held in the firm's New York office on Tuesday, June 24.

July 2, 2014

The American Lawyer A-List Ranks WilmerHale Among the Top Five Law Firms in the Nation

WilmerHale has again been honored among the nation's stand-out law firms, earning its place among the top five firms in the 2014 edition of The American Lawyer's A-List.

June 27, 2014

BrooklynSpeaks Community Groups and Local Residents Reach Historic Accord with New York State and Developers of Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards Project

Today, following weeks of intense negotiations, BrooklynSpeaks sponsor organizations and local residents announced they have reached a landmark settlement with Forest City Ratner Corporation (FCRC), the developer of the Atlantic Yards Project in Brooklyn, and the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), with the support of the City of New York.

June 27, 2014

Erin Sloane Named a “Rising Star” by New York Law Journal

Partner Erin Sloane is one of 42 attorneys named a 2014 New York Law Journal “Rising Star.” This annual competition honors the top legal talent under 40 years old.

June 25, 2014

WilmerHale Secures String of Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Wins

Two US Supreme Court decisions handed down on June 12 mark the latest in a string of victories secured by WilmerHale's Appellate and Supreme Litigation Court Practice during the 2013-2014 term.

June 23, 2014

Sarah Pfuhl Named a “Rising Star” by New York Law Journal

Partner Sarah Pfuhl is one of 42 attorneys named a 2014 New York Law Journal “Rising Star.” This annual competition honors the top legal talent under 40 years old.

June 23, 2014

Four Important Strategic Consideration for Inter Partes Review Proceedings

An article by David Cavanaugh, Michael Twomey, Vic Souto, Christopher O'Brien, Heather Schafroth and Michael Smith, published in the May/June 2014 edition of IP Litigator, Vol. 20, No. 3.

June 12, 2014

WilmerHale and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) Partner to Honor the Late John A. Payton

WilmerHale and LDF honor Mr. Payton's enduring legacy through the creation of the John A. Payton Summer Associate Fellowship, which will provide one summer associate in WilmerHale's Washington DC office the opportunity to spend half of their summer at LDF in New York City.

  • American Lawyer 200 Pro Bono Rankings – WilmerHale is consistently ranked at or near the top of the annual pro bono rankings.
  • American Lawyer "A-List" (2014) – 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.
  • BTI Consulting Group (2015) - WilmerHale was recognized 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 & 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 (2013) – The firm earned a 100 percent rating in the 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). This is the fifth consecutive year WilmerHale has received a perfect CEI score on the survey, which evaluates the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the workplace.
  • Crain's New York (2009) – WilmerHale was named to their 2009 list of “New York City’s Best Places to Work.” The firm, referred to as “progressive and prestigious,” came in at #19 on the list of the 40 companies featured by Crain’s in its second annual ranking of the city’s top employers. WilmerHale is one of only six law firms recognized in the list.
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association (2012) – Senior Associate Omar Khan was selected by the Federal Circuit Bar Association as the recipient of its 2012 Pro Bono Leadership Award.
  • 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.
  •  The Lawyer (2013) WilmerHale is ranked among the top 10 litigation practices in the world in the list of the Global Litigation Top 50.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • New York Law Journal (2012-2014) – Ranked among the “Top 100 Law Firms” in this survey of the largest private law firms in New York State.
  • 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.”
  • Sanctuary for Families Award (2012) –Partner Sarah Pfuhl was the recipient of the Sanctuary for Families Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy, for her outstanding contributions to Sanctuary of Families and pro bono work for their clients.
  •  U.S. Green Building Council (2012) – Awarded the firm's New York office with LEED® Gold certification, the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® (2012) – The annual Best Law Firm 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.
  • 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 (2008-2012) – 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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