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Life at WilmerHale

Investing in Your Future

We are committed to a collaborative style of practice that emphasizes the value of individual lawyers and the importance of each lawyer’s development. Learn More

Work and Life Balance

We cultivate a work environment that encourages lawyers to practice law in a manner consistent with the firm’s core values of quality, excellence and service to clients, while maintaining rewarding family and personal lives. Learn More

Well-Being

As an inaugural signatory of the American Bar Association Well-Being Pledge for Legal Employers, we are committed to helping lawyers maintain positive mental health and combat substance abuse.

Meet the Mentors

“One of the things that sets our firm apart is the emphasis on mentoring and on training. I’ve been with the firm my entire career and I’ve certainly been a beneficiary of that mentoring and training.”

Read Mark Selwyn’s biography.

“I try to use the network I’ve built to help younger lawyers find opportunities. At a firm like WilmerHale, you have so many opportunities to create networks and find colleagues who can walk with you throughout your career.”

Read Kevin Prussia's biography.

“Mentorship is the most rewarding part of my job. In the same way that partners created opportunities for me, I look for opportunities for my team members. I also make diversity and inclusiveness part of the conversation and look to bring attorneys together to find peers and mentors for support. And I am always more than willing to share my moments of self-doubt to let junior attorneys know that such thoughts are normal yet not worthy of validation.”

Read Nora Passamaneck’s biography.

“The mentoring I received at the firm made a huge difference for me, and I take my own role as a mentor very seriously. I also encourage other senior lawyers to take on mentoring relationships and try to foster a sense of community at the firm through my work with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team.”

Read Dino Wu's biography.

“We strive at WilmerHale to give younger lawyers the same opportunities, in terms of training and learning, that we who have been here for a long time had ourselves ... That includes an effort to teach people how to do it right and to teach people why excellence is important.”

Read Roger Witten’s biography.

“I always appreciate opportunities to mentor newer lawyers, in part because I learn so much in the process. Working with associates reminds me of the importance of giving the reins to others so they have room to take risks and learn, and also of the importance of listening and being generous with my knowledge.”

Read Cynthia Mazareas' biography.

“I’m honored that people want my advice. I give it freely ... I’ve done a lot, and if I can share that with others while listening to what they would really like to achieve in their careers and in their lives, that’s great.”

Read Jamie Gorelick’s biography.

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Mark D. Selwyn

Partner

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Kevin S. Prussia

Partner

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Nora Q.E. Passamaneck

Partner

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Dino Wu

Partner

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Roger M. Witten

Senior Counsel

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Cynthia T. Mazareas

Partner

Gorelick_Jamie

Jamie Gorelick

Partner

Positions at WilmerHale

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What We Do

Legal excellence. Dedication to clients.

WilmerHale provides legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to the success of our clients. Learn More

Public Service and Pro Bono

WilmerHale maintains a steadfast commitment to pro bono representation and public service, and believes in an inherent obligation to ensure equal access to justice for underserved communities around the world. Learn More

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We are committed to fostering an environment that embraces each individual’s unique background, experience and perspective. Our goal is to reflect the diversity of our clients and the communities in which we practice. Learn More

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How to Apply

We are committed to recruiting, retaining, developing and promoting the best legal talent. Learn More

NALP Forms

These excerpts from the NALP Directory of Legal Employers offer information about WilmerHale lawyer demographics, practice areas, compensation and benefits, diversity and inclusion practices, and more. Learn More

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Securities Litigation Associates or Senior Associates

Our Securities and Financial Services Department is interested in discussing Securities Litigation positions in our San Francisco and Palo Alto offices with attorneys who have three to seven years post-JD experience (not including clerkships) and who have experience handling securities litigation matters including representation of corporations or individuals in federal securities class actions and derivative suits. Candidates are expected to have a thorough knowledge of the substantive and procedural laws applicable to these claims and excellent litigation and writing skills. Candidates are required to be able to effectively manage these types of engagements in state and federal courts throughout California and across the country. Trial experience a plus.  . 

WilmerHale represents clients in complex civil and criminal litigation; in international and domestic arbitrations; and in criminal, congressional, civil, regulatory and corporate investigations. Our lawyers receive national and international recognition as top-rated practitioners and have a strong record of success as both trial and appellate lawyers. Our 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 experience in the technical and scientific disciplines at the core of their operations.

The position is open in WilmerHale’s Palo Alto and San Francisco offices.

WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.

Palo Alto | San Francisco

Broker-Dealer Compliance and Regulation Associate

The Broker-Dealer Compliance and Regulation Group of our Securities and Financial Services Department  is interested in discussing positions with attorneys who have one to five years of relevant post-JD experience. Our practice in this area involves providing advice to multinational and US securities firms, investment banks, securities exchanges and other trading platforms, financial services firms, fintech firms and other market players regarding federal securities and futures/derivatives laws, rules and regulations, and self-regulatory organization rules. Our diverse practice includes working on a range of cutting edge matters such as: advising on complex regulatory requirements and developments in both advisory and enforcement contexts; assisting major financial institutions in integrating regulatory requirements into their business practices; conducting internal investigations and reviews; responding to requests from regulators and government agencies; advising on cross-border issues; reviewing business practices for compliance with regulatory requirements; participating in the administrative law rulemaking process; and obtaining regulatory approvals for acquisitions, novel products and other transactions. Substantive topics vary, including: trading issues; sales practice issues; product development; futures and derivatives; financing, prime brokerage and clearance matters; regulatory reporting; capital requirements; anti-money laundering and privacy issues; information barriers; and conflicts of interest; cryptocurrency and digital assets. Prior Broker Dealer experience or  working with the SEC or FINRA would be helpful but is not required.

WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.

If you are a candidate, please submit your online application here.

If you are a search firm, please submit your candidate’s online application here.

New York | Washington DC

Technology Specialist

We are seeking a Technology Specialist candidate with a degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.

Technology Specialists in WilmerHale’s Intellectual Property (“IP”) practice are involved in a wide variety of types of work, including patent prosecution, client counseling, opinions, patent litigation and IP transactional matters. For example, Technology Specialists typically:

  • assist lawyers in working with inventors;
  • prepare patent applications and reply to communications from patent offices during the patent application process; 
  • assist lawyers in conducting scientific journal and patent searching on Internet databases; 
  • assist lawyers in preparing letters of instruction to foreign counsel for foreign counterparts to US patent applications; 
  • assist lawyers in the preparation of patentability, validity, freedom to operate and infringement opinions; 
  • assist lawyers in reviewing file histories of patents; 
  • assist lawyers with analyses of issues that arise in patent litigation; and
  • participate in special projects and other duties assigned.

As part of WilmerHale’s Technology Specialist Program, a Technology Specialist is expected to attend an ABA accredited law school in its evening division, obtain a law degree in four years, and take and pass the USPTO patent examination to become registered as a patent agent. A Technology Specialist is also expected to apply for and, if offered a position, participate in WilmerHale’s summer associate program during the summer after his/her third year of law school. If WilmerHale extends an offer for an associate position, a Technology Specialist is then expected to take the appropriate state bar exam and become an associate at WilmerHale. Technology Specialists are eligible to participate in the firm’s tuition reimbursement program for law school. Learn more about Technology Specialists at WilmerHale.

Candidates should have strong academic credentials and/or prior work experience as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. Candidates do not need to have prior patent law experience and do not need to be registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. 

WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.

Boston | New York | Washington DC

Financial Institutions Associates

We are interested in mid-level associates (3–5 years) with experience in bank regulatory, financial services, cryptocurrency, AML/sanctions, or payments matters. Experience working at or representing clients before the OCC, CFPB, Federal Reserve, FDIC, FinCEN, or state banking agencies is important. Transactional experience is also relevant.

The associates would join WilmerHale’s growing financial services regulatory practice, which is experiencing increased demand from clients in several regulatory areas including consumer protection; anti-money laundering; payments regulation, registration, and licensing; operational risk management, including anti-fraud controls; scenario planning for climate risks; and other issues. 

Candidates should have strong subject matter expertise in one or more areas that are current enforcement priorities of the regulatory agencies. The should have experience in either rulemaking, supervision, or enforcement in these areas, but this experience could be gained either by working within a regulatory agency and/or representing clients as external counsel or in house counsel before the agencies. Strong analytic, writing, and communication skills are required.

While we are primarily looking for candidates to join our Washington DC office, but candidates could be located in other WilmerHale’s offices if appropriate.

WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.

Washington DC

Corporate Associate or Senior Associate

Our Corporate Practice seeks an associate or senior associate with three to five years of post-JD experience. Our practice in this area includes capital markets, public company and securities law counseling, debt financings, mergers and acquisitions and startups and venture capital financing. Our Corporate Practice is widely recognized for our representation of technology, life sciences, financial services, defense and other regulated industry clients.

WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.

Boston | Dayton | Denver | New York | Palo Alto | Washington DC

Litigation Associates or Senior Associates

Los Angeles | Palo Alto | Washington DC

Securities Litigation and Enforcement Associates or Senior Associates

Our Securities and Financial Services Department is interested in discussing positions with attorneys who have three to six years post-JD experience (not including clerkships) and who have experience handling SEC Enforcement and other government investigations, internal investigations and other white collar and regulatory enforcement as well as related or parallel securities litigation matters. 

Experience in regulatory (e.g., the SEC, CFTC) or criminal (e.g., DOJ, a USAO, District Attorney, Office of the Attorney General) enforcement organization would be helpful but is not required. 

WilmerHale represents clients in complex civil and criminal litigation; in international and domestic arbitrations; and in criminal, congressional, civil, regulatory and corporate investigations. Our lawyers receive national and international recognition as top-rated practitioners and have a strong record of success as both trial and appellate lawyers. Our 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 experience in the technical and scientific disciplines at the core of their operations.

The position is open in WilmerHale’s Palo Alto, San Francisco, Washington DC or New York offices.

WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.

New York | Palo Alto | San Francisco | Washington DC

Financial Institutions Senior Associates and/or Counsel

We are interested in mid-level associates (3–5 years) or counsel with experience in bank regulatory, financial services or payments matters. Experience working at or representing clients before the OCC, CFPB, Federal Reserve, FDIC, FinCEN, or state banking agencies is important. Transactional experience is also relevant.

The associates and/or counsel would join WilmerHale’s growing financial services regulatory practice, which is experiencing increased demand from clients in several regulatory areas including consumer protection; anti-money laundering; payments regulation, registration, and licensing; operational risk management, including anti-fraud controls; scenario planning for climate risks; and other issues. 

Candidates should have strong subject matter expertise in one or more areas that are current enforcement priorities of the regulatory agencies. The should have experience in either rulemaking, supervision, or enforcement in these areas, but this experience could be gained either by working within a regulatory agency and/or representing clients as external counsel or in house counsel before the agencies. Strong analytic, writing, and communication skills are required.

While we are primarily looking for candidates to join our Washington DC office, candidates could be located in other WilmerHale’s offices if they have relevant experience with state regulators. For example, a candidate with experience with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston or the Massachusetts Division of Banks could be a good candidate for our Boston office, if that is their preferred location.

WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.

Washington DC

IP Litigation Associates or Senior Associates

Our Litigation Department is looking for candidates with strong writing, analytical and legal research skills as well as 3–4 years' litigation experience managing the discovery process and teams, involvement in taking/defending depositions, and motion practice. Ideal candidates will also have a technical background and/or experience in litigation in the life sciences, computer sciences or electrical engineering areas. Experience with inter partes review and/or ITC proceedings is also a plus.

Our IP Litigation Practice features a premier litigation team backed by the academic and industry experience of more than 120 lawyers and technology specialists with scientific or technical degrees.

WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.

Boston | Denver | Los Angeles | New York | Palo Alto | Washington DC

Discovery Attorney

With more than 400 litigators in offices around the globe, WilmerHale is an industry leader in representing clients in all aspects of litigation. Our litigation practice is diverse geographically (across continents), substantively (covering a broad range of practice areas) and procedurally (we appear in many different types of proceedings with various pretrial, trial and appellate objectives). WilmerHale’s Securities practice numbers nearly 200 lawyers and is recognized as the “‘place to go’ for high-profile matters that carry large potential liabilities” (Chambers USA). WilmerHale regularly represents clients in the full range of investigations and proceedings initiated by the SEC, Department of Justice, FINRA, Congress, state regulators and attorneys general and other government agencies. Our Antitrust practice has approximately 75 lawyers and is ranked among the best litigation firms in the United States by the American Lawyer. We have successfully represented clients in major antitrust litigation throughout the country and have compiled a remarkable record of winning cases through summary disposition, at trial and on appeal.

To support these practices and our clients, we have developed an extensive eDiscovery counseling, document review and litigation support services function. The firm has committed significant resources to these efforts, purchasing a “next-generation” document review tool and developing a WilmerHale methodology to deliver discovery services efficiently and effectively. Our document review service operation, part of WilmerHale DiscoverySolutions and based in the Dayton Business Services Center, is a key component of our leadership in the delivery of electronic discovery and document review services. Attorneys working in the Dayton Business Services Center enable the firm to provide high quality legal services to clients at a competitive cost. It also provides our case teams with consistent staffing and maintains client-focused centers of knowledge that persist after document review and discovery are complete on an individual matter. 

Function: Assist with discovery activities, primarily document analysis, review, and production. From time to time, may also take on other tasks. 

Duties:

  • Conducts legal review and codes documents (both electronic and paper) for relevancy, responsiveness, and privilege.
  • Prepares logs of privileged and/or redacted documents
  • Participates in special projects and other duties as assigned
Dayton

Intellectual Property Associate and Senior Associate

WilmerHale’s Intellectual Property (IP) Department is interested in discussing positions with attorneys who have degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or other engineering disciplines or physics, along with work experience or an aptitude in computer architecture, computer science, or signal processing fields.

WilmerHale's IP Department offers a broad platform and includes: post-grant proceedings and interferences and strategic IP advice in the United States and worldwide. The IP Department counsels clients on IP portfolio development, drafts and prosecutes patents, copyrights and trademarks, and conducts IP audits. The transactional side of the IP Department works with the Corporate Practice in our Transactional Department and assesses risks and opportunities associated with IP licensing, technology transfer, sponsored and collaborative research agreements, joint ventures, strategic alliance and similar matters. The IP Department also works with the Litigation/Controversy Department in IP litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels, including international arbitration and ITC proceedings.

WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.

Boston | Denver | New York | Palo Alto | San Francisco | Washington DC

Debt Finance

WilmerHale is currently seeking highly qualified attorneys to join its Debt Finance Practice. The ideal candidate would have two to five years of experience representing borrowers and/or lenders in the negotiation, documentation and closing of secured and unsecured financing transactions, including acquisition and other leveraged financings. Working knowledge of debt securities offerings and general corporate law is also preferred. Candidates must possess strong analytical, writing and organization skills.

WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.

Boston | New York | Washington DC

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