WilmerHale Partner Bill Lee has been named Litigator of the Week by The Am Law Litigation Daily, an American Lawyer affiliate providing breaking news, for his lead role representing Apple in its $1.05 billion trial victory against Samsung. This is the second time Lee has been recognized by Litigation Daily as a Litigator of the Week.
Litigation Daily notes that Lee played a key role in defending Apple against Samsung’s counterclaims, cross-examined a key Samsung witness, and delivered the final rebuttal. Also recognized as Litigators of the Week are Lee’s co-lead counsel, Harold McElhinny, Michael Jacobs and Rachel Krevans of Morrison & Foerster. These attorneys, with WilmerHale Partners Joe Mueller and Mark Selwyn, led an impressive and strategic three-week trial, with a complexity of matters presented, that ended in 21 hours of jury deliberation. After the verdict, one of the jurors told The Wall Street Journal, “The Apple lawyers were better at presenting their case.”
Lauded for his reputation as one of the country’s best IP Litigation lawyers, in January of this year, Lee was one of eight finalists selected by The American Lawyer as “Litigator of the Year.” Prior to that, he was recognized twice by The National Law Journal as one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," named an "Outstanding US IP Practitioner of the Year" by Managing IP magazine, and recognized as one of Boston’s top 50 most powerful people by the Boston Business Journal, among other notable awards.