New York

7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, New York 10007   Map
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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 startups 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


November 25, 2014

2014 IBA Guidelines On Conflicts of Interest In International Arbitration

An article by John Pierce and James Carter, published in the New York Law Journal on November 17, 2014.

November 19, 2014

WilmerHale Earns Perfect Score in Corporate Equality Index for Seventh Consecutive Year

For the seventh consecutive year, WilmerHale has earned a 100 percent rating in the annual Corporate Equality Index.

November 12, 2014

FRAND Royalty Disputes: A New Challenge for International Arbitration?

A chapter authored by James H. Carter in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation, The Fordham Papers 2013.

November 7, 2014

Sanctuary for Families Honors Attorneys for Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy

For the second consecutive year, Sanctuary for Families honored a team of WilmerHale attorneys during the 12th Annual Above And Beyond event, meant to celebrate attorneys who have successfully impacted domestic violence and sex trafficking victims through pro bono representation.

November 4, 2014

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Release 2015 “Best Law Firms” List, Names WilmerHale International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list includes WilmerHale being named a first-tier law firm in 24 national and 62 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 20 second- and third-tier rankings in several national and metro-area rankings.

October 18, 2014

A National Journal Profile on Partner Debo Adegbile

Debo Adegbile, who joined WilmerHale from the Senate Judiciary Committee and prior to that was acting president and director-counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc., was profiled by National Journal on October 18, 2014.

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 2, 2014

Crain's New York Names WilmerHale Among City's Best Places to Work

The firm's New York office has been named as a Best Place to Work by Crain's New York in its annual survey of the city's employers. WilmerHale is one of only eight law firms on this year's list, which includes a total of 100 winners.

October 1, 2014

Revised LCIA Arbitration Rules

The London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) has revised its international arbitration rules. The LCIA's revised rules, came into force on 1 October 2014.

September 15, 2014

WilmerHale Attorney Robert J. Gunther, Jr. Inducted into American College of Trial Lawyers

Robert J. Gunther, Jr., a partner in WilmerHale's Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group, has been inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

  • 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 (2014) – WilmerHale was named to their 2014 list of New York City’s Best Places to Work. WilmerHale was one of only eight law firms on the list, which included a total of 100 winners. In 2009, 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.
  • 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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