Business Trial Group LITIGATION/CONTROVERSY
We have extensive experience litigating complex civil cases in such areas as franchise and distribution arrangements, commercial contract disputes, bankruptcy, business torts, consumer fraud, sports, employment, real estate and insurance. Our litigators also regularly handle class actions. In addition to our extensive trial experience, we resolve cases through arbitration, mediation and complex settlements.

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Cultice, Robert D.

Robert D. Cultice

Vice Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department

Co-Chair, Business Trial Group

+1 617 526 6021 (t)

robert.cultice@wilmerhale.com

Macdonald, Peter J.

Peter J. Macdonald

Vice Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department

Co-Chair, Business Trial Group

+1 212 937 7223 (t)

peter.macdonald@wilmerhale.com

Shapiro, Howard

Howard M. Shapiro

Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department

+1 202 663 6606 (t)

howard.shapiro@wilmerhale.com

Marcus, David C.

David C. Marcus

Vice Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department

+1 213 443 5312 (t)

david.marcus@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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December 8, 2016

New Life for Opinions of Counsel in Patent Litigation

An article by Todd Zubler and George Brell, published in Law360, discusses recent trial cases and the Supreme Court's latest case law suggesting that the value of obtaining opinions of counsel is on the rise.

November 1, 2016

Hallie B. Levin Joins WilmerHale as a Partner in the Firm’s New York Office

WilmerHale is pleased to announce that Hallie B. Levin has joined the firm as a partner in the New York office and member of the Litigation/Controversy Department. Ms. Levin is a highly accomplished trial lawyer who has handled complex financial and commercial trials, earning the respect of her clients, judges and opposing lawyers alike.

August 8, 2016

Three Things To Know About New California Labor Trafficking Law

In this article published by Law360, Chris Casamassima, Sonia Fleury and Kelsey McGregor detail recent changes to California's labor trafficking policy, and three key compliance steps that companies should be aware of.

July 13, 2016

Civil Fines Jump Across Agencies Under Inflation Adjustment Act

Civil fines across federal agencies have recently been increased dramatically under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (Sec. 701 of Public Law 114-74), with some more than doubling. Companies violating the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Improvements Act, the Securities and Exchange Act, or the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), among others, could soon face civil monetary penalties that are up to 150% higher than the existing levels. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 2015 Act would increase the federal government's revenue by $1.3 billion over the next ten years.

June 29, 2016

National LGBT Bar Association Recognizes Matthew Benedetto as a Best Lawyer Under 40

The list includes young lawyers who have distinguished themselves in their fields and have demonstrated a commitment to LGBT equality.

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.

April 27, 2016

WilmerHale Announces 2016 Pickering Fellow

Senior Associate Fred Kemper has been selected as WilmerHale's 2016 Pickering Fellow. Kemper, based in Boston, is a member of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement and Business Trial Groups.

April 22, 2016

Felicia Ellsworth Named a Trial Rising Star by Law360

WilmerHale Partner Felicia Ellsworth is one of only five attorneys nationwide named a 2016 Trial Rising Star by Law360. This annual competition honors the top legal talent under 40 years old.

April 19, 2016

The Price Of Mortality: Cost-Of-Life-Insurance Cases

In this article published by Law360, Charles Platt outlines the most recent cases where plaintiff lawyers have challenged cost-of-insurance charges, with mixed results.

Experience

In recent matters, we:

  • Secured a jury verdict for IGEN International that allowed the termination of a licensing agreement, awarded the company $505 million in damages, and ultimately resulted in the sale of the business at issue to IGEN’s former adversary for more than $1.25 billion
  • Obtained a verdict, after a jury trial, entitling our client Fusion Lighting to $32.7 million in damages for the defendant's misappropriation of intellectual property
  • Won summary judgment in federal court in Virginia’s "rocket docket” for the estate of Jack Kent Cooke and others in litigation brought by a disappointed bidder for the Washington Redskins—a judgment that we successfully defended on appeal in the Fourth Circuit
  • Represented Nationwide affiliates in complex cases, including an ERISA class action alleging breach of fiduciary duties in connection with 401(k) plans, a class action alleging fraud in connection with the sale of annuities into tax deferred retirement plans, a class and derivative action arising out of a change-of-control transaction, and a major case involving "churning"