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Lisa J. Pirozzolo

Partner

Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group

Pirozzolo, Lisa J.

Lisa Pirozzolo is a partner in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group, a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice Group and a former member of the Executive Committee. She is also a co-chair of the firm’s Associates and Work Life Balance Committees. She joined the firm in 1993.

Practice

Ms. Pirozzolo has a general commercial litigation practice, with a particular emphasis on intellectual property litigation. She has represented clients in patent infringement, licensing, and contract disputes involving a wide variety of technologies including pharmaceutical products, gene expression and detection technology, medical devices, printing and photocopy equipment, and telephone services. She has experience handling all phases of litigation, in both the trial court and on appeal, as well as arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Ms. Pirozzolo received a JD, cum laude, from Cornell Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Cornell International Law Journal. She received a BA in classics from Yale College. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Franklin S. Billings, Jr., district judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont.

Ms. Pirozzolo is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 United States for intellectual property: patent litigation: ITC and full coverage
  • Recognized as an leader in intellectual property law in the 2008-2016 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. She is "praised by her clients for her courtroom skills" and is "held in high regard."
  • Selected as a 2013 "Top Women of Law" by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Named a 2013-2016 leading practitioner in patent law by IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners and listed as a leading patent litigator in the 2011 edition of IAM Patent Litigation 250
  • Selected as a 2013-2016 IP Star by Managing IP, a guidebook that identifies leading IP lawyers in the United States
  • Recognized as a 2013 "Top 250 Women in IP" by IP Stars, a Managing IP publication that identifies leading female IP attorneys in the US
  • Named a "Life Sciences Star" in the 2012-2016 editions of LMG Life Sciences for intellectual property
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in intellectual property litigation in the 2008 and 2009 issues of Boston Magazine
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2012-2017 editions of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of intellectual property litigation and was named the Boston Litigation - Patent Lawyer of the Year in 2016

Publications & News

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December 30, 2016

Federal Appeals Court Orders Trial in Discrimination Case Challenging Boston Police Department's Hair Drug Test

In the second judicial rebuke to the City of Boston's hair drug test this year, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Black police officers who were terminated as a result of the test should be allowed to proceed to trial on their discrimination claims.

November 30, 2016

The UK Decides to Ratify the UPC Agreement: The UPC and Unitary Patent to Proceed in 2017

Despite the Brexit vote, the UK has decided to ratify the UPC Agreement, and the UPC will now proceed in 2017. The opt-out sunrise period will likely commence in spring or summer 2017.

November 9, 2016

LMG Life Sciences Ranks WilmerHale and Attorneys Among the Best

The 2016 supplement highlights nine firm practices and 18 attorneys, recognizing work under three categories—Intellectual Property, Finance and Transactional, and Non-IP Litigation and Enforcement.

October 20, 2016

Adding Value to Client Relationships

Intellectual Property Litigation Group Co-Chair Lisa Pirozzolo discusses adding value to client relationships in this roundtable feature published by the ABA's Law Practice Today on October 13, 2016.  

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.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 17, 2016

WilmerHale Attorneys and Practices Recognized in 2016 edition of IP Stars Handbook

The fourth edition of the IP Stars Handbook—a Managing IP guide that identifies the leading IP firms and lawyers in the world—has been released and it prominently ranks WilmerHale and 19 of its partners.

March 15, 2016

Lisa Pirozzolo Joins the Boston Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows

Lisa Pirozzolo, co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice, has been welcomed as a member of the Boston Bar Foundation's Society of Fellows. The Society of Fellows is comprised of more than 400 of Boston's top attorneys, who are dedicated to leadership, pro bono and public service and promoting justice in the legal system.

March 9, 2016

WilmerHale Signs on for Inaugural Women in Law Hackathon Aimed at Tackling Gender Parity

WilmerHale is proud to be a participant in the Women in Law Hackathon—a new Shark Tank-style pitch competition established by Diversity Lab, in partnership with Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law, aimed at advancing women in the legal profession by generating innovative ideas to close the gender gap in law firms.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Boston Bar Foundation's Society of Fellows
  • Co-Chair, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association

Practices

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Education

JD, cum laude, Cornell University Law School, 1992, Editor-in-Chief, Cornell International Law Journal

BA, Classics, Yale University, 1986

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

Clerkships

The Hon. Franklin S. Billings Jr., US District Court for the District of Vermont, 1992 - 1993

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