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
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.
Mark D. Selwyn
Kevin S. Prussia
Nora Q.E. Passamaneck
Roger M. Witten
Cynthia T. Mazareas
Entry Level or Lateral AttorneysWe are committed to recruiting, retaining, developing and promoting the best legal talent. Accordingly, the total compensation package-base salary, bonus and benefits-for all lawyers at the firm is highly competitive with that of other major law firms.Learn More
We welcome applications from judicial clerks. Our lawyers have clerked both at trial and appellate levels and in the federal and state courts. Approximately one-third of our recent incoming classes have come to the firm after serving one or more judicial clerkships. We also have a significant number of former US Supreme Court clerks.
The firm values the experience of clerkships and gives credit for clerkships for compensation and seniority purposes. We also pay a competitive bonus to incoming clerks.
Patent Attorneys or Patent Agents
WilmerHale’s Intellectual Property Practices provide comprehensive solutions to the intellectual property business challenges that face companies at all stages of growth—from individual inventors to large companies—in every aspect of their business that involves the acquisition, exploitation or protection of intellectual property. We offer full-service IP coverage in virtually every technology and product category, ranging from green technology, consumer goods, electronics, medical devices and manufacturing, to media and publishing, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, genetics, chemical engineering, semiconductor processing and nanotechnology.
Clients turn to us because we combine the specialized legal and technical skills normally associated with boutique intellectual property firms with the broad business and litigation capabilities of a major general practice firm. Like boutique firms, we counsel inventors, R&D teams and management on patent drafting and prosecution, reexaminations and interferences, trademark, copyright and trade secret protection, and IP portfolio development. Unlike most patent practices, however, we also offer interdisciplinary experience in technology transfer and licensing, litigation, sponsored and collaborative research agreements, and IP-related due diligence. We understand how IP relates to a company’s business and recognize that IP is a valuable asset.
As a Patent Agent or Patent Attorney with WilmerHale, you will be involved in a wide variety of types of work, including patent prosecution, client counseling, opinions, and IP transactional matters. If you join us as a Patent Agent or Patent Attorney, you will be expected to attend a multi-week orientation program in our Boston or New York office where you will meet with and be trained by our Intellectual Property personnel in that office. This orientation introduces our practice and offers concrete advice about working effectively. You will also attend an orientation in your home office to assist you in familiarizing yourself with your location and resources.
Staff or Discovery Attorneys
The firm seeks to hire staff and discovery attorneys whose academic and personal record of achievement demonstrates a commitment to excellence. In addition, we are looking for individuals whose character, intelligence, judgment and training will inspire their colleagues and clients to have confidence in them. We also attempt to hire a diverse group of individuals because we believe our firm and our clients benefit from that diversity.
Technology SpecialistsThe firm seeks to hire technology specialists whose academic and personal record of achievement demonstrates a commitment to excellence. In addition, we are looking for individuals whose character, intelligence, judgment, and training will inspire their colleagues and clients to have confidence in them.Learn More
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
Office InterviewsIf you are invited to the firm, interviews will consist of a three hour visit, either morning or afternoon. Typically, you will be scheduled to meet with four to six attorneys for approximately 30 minutes each. If you have particular interests or concerns that might be best addressed by lawyers who share those interests—for example, parents, women lawyers, lawyers of color, openly gay lawyers or newly arrived lawyers—please let us know. We will make every effort to accommodate your request.
Out-of-town candidates: The firm will reimburse the interview expenses of out-of-town candidates who are invited in for a full round of interviews. Reimbursable expenses include reasonable air and train fare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations and reasonable cost of meals. For automobile travel, we will reimburse your mileage, tolls and parking fees. For more specific information, please contact our Legal Personnel and Development Department. We do not reimburse candidates for “prescreening” interviews.
Travel reimbursement form: Either prior to or during your visit to our office, you will receive an interview packet that contains a travel reimbursement form on which you should list your out-of-pocket expenses. Please provide all receipts when submitting your request for reimbursement.
Offer DecisionsWe make every effort to respond to each candidate as quickly as possible.
If you are a search firm, please submit your candidate’s application here.
Please note that we require all search firms to sign and return an executed fee agreement if your candidate is selected for an interview. We will send you a copy of our fee agreement, if we do not already have an executed agreement on file with your search firm. We honor the first resume properly submitted online for a period of six months from the date of submission. Please note that we do not accept judicial clerk or entry-level resumes from legal search firms.
In addition to the candidate resume, search firms should submit a copy of the candidate’s law school transcript. Search firms should also submit a writing sample for associate/senior associate and counsel candidates in litigation/controversy practices. After submission, please have your candidate request an official transcript if they are invited to our office for an interview. Search firms should only submit candidates who:
- Are members in good standing, or eligible to become a member, of the state bar of the jurisdiction in which the candidate will be practicing;
- Are not former employees in any capacity of the firm or its legacy firms;
- Are not a law student or judicial clerk;
- Have not submitted an application to the firm either directly or indirectly through another referral source and have not discussed employment with anyone at the firm during the preceding six months; and
- Have given the search firm express consent to be referred by the search firm to us.
US Office Contacts
Firmwide Lateral Partner Contact
Director, Professional Development and Training and Lateral Partner Recruitment
+1 202 247 3164
Firmwide Non-Partner Recruiting Contact
Director, Legal Recruitment
+1 617 526 5015
Firmwide Lateral Associate Contact
Lateral Recruitment Manager
+1 212 295 6371
Boston Legal Recruitment
Legal Recruitment Manager
+1 617 526 5065
Los Angeles Legal Recruitment
Legal Recruitment Manager
+1 213 443 5373
New York Legal Recruitment
Legal Recruitment Manager
+1 212 230 8870
Northern California Legal Recruitment
Legal Recruitment Manager
+1 650 858 6139
Washington DC Legal Recruitment
Legal Recruitment Manager
+1 202 247 2067
International Office Contacts
Dr. Oliver Fleischmann
+49 30 20 22 63 56 or
+32 2 285 49 53 or
Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kamann
+49 69 27 10 78 204 or
John A. Trenor
+1 202 663 6222 or
How to Apply
We are committed to recruiting, retaining, developing and promoting the best legal talent. Learn More
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