William G. McElwain

Retired Partner

William (Bill) McElwain was a partner in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Groups. He joined the firm in 1982 and retired in 2020. Mr. McElwain focused his practice on intellectual property litigation. He tried cases in courts nationwide and before the US International Trade Commission.

In patent litigation, Mr. McElwain represented clients in matters involving a wide variety of technologies, ranging from genetic engineering to integrated circuit manufacturing to textile finishing. He also maintains a general commercial litigation practice.

Mr. McElwain received a JD degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and an AB, cum laude, from Yale University.

Mr. McElwain was admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


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  • Education

    • JD, Harvard Law School, 1982

      magna cum laude
    • BA, Yale University, 1978

      cum laude
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Massachusetts

    • Virginia



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