John F. Batter, III


Batter III, John F.

John Batter's practice focuses on the defense of public and private companies and their directors and management against breach of fiduciary duty claims and securities fraud allegations, including those arising out of mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. He also has extensive experience handling the defense of SEC investigations and the unique issues presented by class actions. Mr. Batter joined the firm in 1982 and is a member of the firm's Senior Associates Committee.


Mr. Batter represents high technology and other public and private companies, which have included a national NYSE retailer, Raytheon, Canaccord Genuity, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Gulf Oil, Cumberland Farms, Vonage, Discovery Communications, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Babcock Power, Aspect Medical Systems, Sonus Networks, Peritus Software Services, Akamai Technologies, BioSphere Medical, Inc., Copley Pharmaceuticals, Fallbrook Technologies, Storage Technology, Avid and Michaels Stores. Clients rely on Mr. Batter to defend securities claims as well as to provide counsel on corporate governance matters and in connection with SEC, FINRA and state regulatory investigations.

In addition to advising clients in securities matters, Mr. Batter represents companies involved in litigation arising from consumer class actions and software or other technology licensing disputes.

Mr. Batter also supervises numerous pro bono cases involving veterans seeking benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs and individuals seeking housing and Social Security Administration assistance. 

Honors & Awards

  • Selected among the Best Lawyers in America in the 2014-2018 editions for commercial litigation and securities litigation
  • Recommended in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 United States for securities litigation: defense
  • Recognized as a Massachusetts leader in the Litigation: Securities field in the 2006-2015 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized as a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in securities litigation in Boston Magazine's annual listing
  • In a 2012 survey by Best Lawyers, clients cited Mr. Batter as “a first-rate advisor and litigator,” and a “consummate professional with deep expertise, a terrific bedside manner, and the kind of confidence that puts a client at ease even when addressing complex sensitive matters with significant potential consequences”

Publications & News


August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced

March 15, 2011

Chambers USA 2011 Preliminary Results Announced

June 11, 2010

Chambers USA 2010 Reveals Final Results Ranking 101 WilmerHale Lawyers and Dozens of Practices

One-hundred and one WilmerHale lawyers are recognized in the eighth edition of the guide and the firm is listed as among the best in dozens of practice areas throughout its six US locations.

March 18, 2010

Chambers USA 2010 Honors WilmerHale, Ranking Over 100 Lawyers and Dozens of Practices

One-hundred and two WilmerHale lawyers will be recognized in the eighth edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

June 12, 2009

Chambers USA 2009 Reveals Complete Rankings

Professional Activities

Mr. Batter has served as a panelist for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education programs entitled "Securities Litigation Demystified," "The Private Securities Reform Act of 1995" and "Fundamentals of Civil Litigation Preparation." He is a primary author of the chapter entitled "Federal Securities Litigation in the First Circuit" in MCLE Massachusetts Business Lawyer, and has addressed a Boston Bar Association forum on "Important Developments Since the Enactment of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995."

Mr. Batter is a visiting teacher at MIT's Sloan School of Management, where since 1984 he has co-taught each fall and spring semester a course he helped design for second year MBA students entitled "Essential Law for Business."

Mr. Batter has also served as a guest lecturer at the Harvard Business School for many years in both first and second year courses, including in Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship, the Founders' Journey and the Entrepreneurial Manager.

He also serves on the Marine Biological Laboratory Council in Woods Hole and is a member of the Board of Directors of the New England Legal Foundation, a non-profit public interest firm addressing policy concerns related to free enterprise.

Community Involvement

Mr. Batter is a former member of the Finance Committee for the Town of Weston, and served as chair of the town's Committee to Study Uses and Space Needs for Public Lands and Buildings.

Mr. Batter is a former Regional Chair of the Harvard College Parents Fund.


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JD, Harvard Law School, 1982

SB, Management Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978

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