Robert D. Cultice

Retired Partner

Bob Cultice is a former vice chair of the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department and former co-chair of the Business Trial Group. He joined the firm in 2000 and retired in 2020. Mr. Cultice maintained an active trial practice in complex commercial litigation, having tried a substantial number of cases and arbitrations in numerous jurisdictions throughout the United States. Mr. Cultice had more than 80 published decisions to his credit.


Mr. Cultice litigated and arbitrated in various industries covering a wide range of complex commercial matters, including multiple jury and bench trials, and arbitrations, in finance and banking, securities, automotive, petroleum marketing, intellectual property and numerous other commercial subjects. He also served as national counsel for distribution, marketing, trade and franchise disputes for a major automotive manufacturer.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association


    • Lead counsel in defense of case against a major pharmaceutical company involving alleged breach of licensing and research collaboration agreements and theft of trade secrets relating to the development and clinical testing of complex gene silencing and delivery technology. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $300 million.
    • Member of trial team defending against smartphone patent infringement claims involving two industry leaders in what some have called the "patent trial of the century"
    • Lead counsel in defense of major automotive manufacturer in the hundreds of AAA arbitrations filed against the company in the wake of its well-publicized bankruptcy. WilmerHale was responsible for the defense of approximately 250 arbitrations filed throughout the US under a special federal statute passed by Congress granting an arbitration right to the more than 700 dealers nationwide whose dealer agreements were terminated in the bankruptcy. WilmerHale tried approximately 70 arbitrations to conclusion and defended the client in follow-on litigation challenging the many successful arbitration results. Mr. Cultice personally tried nine arbitrations.
    • Lead counsel in defense of major high tech company involving alleged breach of licensing and collaboration agreements and theft of trade secrets relating to the development of complex location technology. The plaintiff sought in excess of $50 million in damages.
    • Lead counsel in prosecuting breach of non-competition and non-disclosure covenants and theft of trade secret claims for a large bank and financial services company. The claims related to the “lift-out” by a competitor of an asset management team responsible for the management of billions of dollars.
    • Lead trial counsel representing a plaintiff in a seven week federal court jury trial resulting in a favorable verdict and award of $104 million in damages under the False Claims Act. The case involved false claims submitted to the US Government by a group of international and domestic construction companies that had rigged bids in connection with infrastructure projects in Egypt born of the Camp David Peace Accords. The award was among the three largest damage assessments ever made under the False Claims Act and among the largest damage awards of any case tried in 2007.
    • Lead trial counsel for the defendant in a lengthy federal court jury trial in a case involving fraud claims and violations of state and federal franchise and trade statutes.
    • Lead trial counsel for the defendant in a lengthy federal court bench trial in a case involving trade dress infringement and theft of trade secrets relating to the famous Dodge Viper sports car.
    • Lead trial counsel for the defendant in a lengthy Delaware state court jury trial in a case involving claims arising from the termination of a Lamborghini distributor for the U.K.
    • Lead trial counsel in multiple arbitrations and related federal court case involving claims of fraud and unfair trade practices in the pricing of parts.
    • Appearances in various state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits and appellate courts of Delaware, Illinois, Vermont, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Mexico.


  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2013–2021 editions of Best Lawyers in America for his commercial litigation practice
  • Recommended in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 United States for his general commercial dispute resolution practice
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in general litigation in the 2004–2017 issues of Boston Magazine and commercial litigation in 2018
  • Recognized as a Massachusetts leader in the general commercial litigation field in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business

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  • Education

    • JD, Boston University School of Law, 1978

    • BA, University of Virginia, 1974

      with High Distinction Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts