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 2015 acknowledges our Boston Corporate Practice with a first tier ranking, citing WilmerHale’s outstanding track record with respect to a vast array of corporate matters. The Boston Intellectual Property Practice has also been ranked in Band 1 in Massachusetts for the past 12 years (2003-2015). 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.


By Subway
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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May 3, 2016

Selected 2016 Life Sciences Transactions

Recognized both globally and nationally for its leading life sciences practice, WilmerHale has more than four decades of experience representing biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies at all stages of growth, as well as venture capitalists and investment banks.

May 3, 2016

Selected 2016 Strategic Alliances, Joint Venture and Licensing Transactions

Our corporate, licensing, intellectual property and regulatory lawyers regularly handle a broad range of strategic alliance, joint venture, licensing,
collaboration, product development, outsourcing, manufacturing, distribution and similar agreements, including many significant deals that are helping to shape the future of science, technology and commerce.

May 3, 2016

Selected 2016 Technology Transactions

For more than four decades, we have represented technology clients in venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions; handled their licensing, outsourcing, services, joint venture, development and distribution transactions throughout the world; protected their innovations through patent prosecution and portfolio development; defended their interests in enterprise-critical patent litigation; and navigated regulatory issues vital to their success.

May 3, 2016

WilmerHale Represents MKS Instruments in Acquiring Newport Corporation and Securing $980 Million Acquisition Financing

WilmerHale represented its long-time client MKS Instruments, Inc., a global technology provider, in closing its acquisition of Newport Corporation, a worldwide leader in photonics solutions, for approximately $905 million.

April 28, 2016

Broadest Reasonable Interpretation and Claim Amendments in Post-Grant Patent Challenges

Monica Grewal and Michael Smith, in an article published in the American Constitution Society's (ACS) blog, discuss the recent debate over whether the Patent Office should apply BRI or Phillips constructions in post-grant proceedings.

April 27, 2016

WilmerHale Announces 2016 Pickering Fellow

Senior Associate Fred Kemper has been selected as WilmerHale's 2016 Pickering Fellow. Kemper, based in Boston, is a member of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement and Business Trial Groups.

April 22, 2016

Felicia Ellsworth Named a Trial Rising Star by Law360

WilmerHale Partner Felicia Ellsworth is one of only five attorneys nationwide named a 2016 Trial Rising Star by Law360. This annual competition honors the top legal talent under 40 years old.

April 15, 2016

Kala Pharmaceuticals Announces Closing of $68 Million Series C Financing

On April 13, 2016, Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative ophthalmic products based on its proprietary mucus-penetrating particle technology, announced that it closed a $68 million Series C preferred stock financing.

April 14, 2016

Keith Barnett Joins American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Members are elected to the fellowship for their outstanding legal ability, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law.

March 31, 2016

Amended California FEHA Regulations Take Effect on April 1 and Impose New Requirements on Employers

On April 1, 2016, amendments to California's Fair Employment and Housing Act regulations, dealing with the prevention of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, go into effect.

  • 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" (2015) - 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 (2015, 2016) - The firm ranked as the 14th Largest Private Company out of 100 private companies in Massachusetts based on revenue.
  • Boston Business Journal (2014) - 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 (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 (2012-2016) - The firm has been consistently ranked as the "Largest IP Law Firm" in Massachusetts.
  • 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.
  • 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 (2003-2015) - 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” (2011-2015) - For five 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 (2009-2015)- 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) (2013-2015) - WilmerHale is among the top nationally ranked firms for intellectual property, and is highly recommended in the category of "general intellectual property" in Massachusetts.
  • 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.”
  • The Boston Globe (2015) - Recognized WilmerHale among its Top Places to Work in Boston. The firm ranked within the top 25 and is one of only two law firms on the list.
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® (2012-2016) - In the 2016 Best Law Firms list, the firm was named "Law Firm of the Year" in Mutual Funds Law, and received first-tier rankings in 21 national and 58 metro-area practices in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, WilmerHale was "Law Firm of the Year" in International Arbitration, and in 2012, WilmerHale was named "Law Firm of the Year" in Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation and Securities Litigation.
  • 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 (2008-2012, 2015) - For six years, WilmerHale has been named to the Yale Law Women's list of “Top Ten Family Friendly Firms.”
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