Recognizing the enormous talent and major recent victories of WilmerHale lawyers, The American Lawyer placed the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department in the small group of finalists for the legal publication's 2017 Litigation Department of the Year contest.
WilmerHale was one of seven firms, out of scores carefully considered, that made it into the final round for one of the legal industry's most sought-after honors. In a story about the firm being a finalist, The American Lawyer writes:
"Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is distinctive for its patent litigation prowess. In the last two years, the firm, whose large intellectual property practice grew out of legacy firm Hale and Dorr, defeated a $2 billion infringement claim against Intel and convinced a federal appeals court to reinstate a $120 million jury verdict for Apple.
But it's not only IP litigation wins that make (WilmerHale) stand out. From total dismissals of cases brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission to deft handling of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters, Wilmer has won a string of victories in regulatory and enforcement litigation, setting records that few firms can match."
Howard Shapiro, chair of WilmerHale's Litigation/Controversy Department, says: "We're honored that The American Lawyer, one of the most knowledgeable publications covering our industry, was impressed enough by our work to put us on its short list of top litigation departments in the nation."
"Our focus is always on achieving the best results for our clients," adds Shapiro. "We are extremely proud of our track record of success. We strive to be the best litigators in any courtroom, in any arbitration, and in all our interactions with the government. We owe that to our clients, and we deliver."