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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 2017 edition of The Legal 500 United States for intellectual property: patent litigation: full coverage and industry focus: healthcare: life sciences
  • Recognized as an leader in intellectual property law in the 2008-2017 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 2013-2017 leading practitioner in patent law by IAM Patent 1000 and listed as a leading patent litigator in the 2011 edition of IAM Patent Litigation 250
  • Selected as a 2013-2017 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
  • Honored as New England General Patent Litigator of the Year in 2017 and named a "Life Sciences Star" for intellectual property in the 2012-2016 editions of LMG Life Sciences
  • 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 peers for inclusion in the 2012-2018 editions of the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of biotechnology law, commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation and patent litigation. She was also named the Boston Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year for 2018 and Boston Litigation - Patent Lawyer of the Year for 2016.

Publications & News

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September 19, 2017

LMG Life Sciences Names WilmerHale Life Cycle Firm of the Year and Lisa Pirozzolo General Patent Litigator of the Year

Lawyers from across the United States and Canada gathered on September 13 at the Essex House in New York to celebrate the annual LMG Life Sciences Awards, recognizing the 2017 top firms and legal professionals in the life science industry.

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.

July 24, 2017

WilmerHale Recognized in IAM Patent 1000 2017

The firm and several of its partners are ranked in IAM Patent 1000 2017 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals.

July 20, 2017

LMG Life Sciences Recognizes WilmerHale in 13 Categories on 2017 Award Shortlist

In its annual recognition of the top law firms, lawyers and in-house counsel in the life sciences industry, LMG Life Sciences named WilmerHale to its 2017 award shortlist in 13 categories.

July 20, 2017

WilmerHale Earns Win at Federal Circuit on Behalf of Takeda in Hatch-Waxman Litigation

The appeals court reversed a district court finding of patent invalidity based on obviousness and remanded the case with instructions to enter judgment in favor of Takeda.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

June 8, 2017

WilmerHale Partners and Practices Named Among Managing Intellectual Property's 2017 IP Stars

IP Stars identifies lawyers based on their practice and industry experience, and recommendations from their peers and clients.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

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.

Professional Activities

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

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Education

JD, cum laude, Cornell 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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