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)

Macdonald, Peter J.

Peter J. Macdonald

Vice Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department

Co-Chair, Business Trial Group

+1 212 937 7223 (t)

Shapiro, Howard

Howard M. Shapiro

Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department

+1 202 663 6606 (t)

Marcus, David C.

David C. Marcus

Vice Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department

+1 213 443 5312 (t)

Publications & News


December 4, 2015

Washingtonian Magazine Names Eight WilmerHale Partners Top Attorneys in Washington DC

Washingtonian magazine has released its list of 2015 Top Attorneys, recognizing Washington's top legal talent based on peer review. The 2015 list is the Washingtonian's largest ever and ranks the top one percent of the nation's capital's 80,000 lawyers across 21 different practices.

October 27, 2015

John Pierce Discusses Restatement of the US Law of International Commercial Arbitration During Bench-Bar Dialogue Session

Partner John Pierce led a Bench-Bar Dialogue at the United States Courthouse in Manhattan with Professor George A. Bermann of Columbia Law School, the chief reporter of the first-ever Restatement of the US Law of International Commercial Arbitration.

September 28, 2015

Colombian Companies Face New Compliance Challenges as Nation Ascends to World Economic Stage

An article by Ronald Meltzer, Brent Gurney, David Horn and Sarah Ganslein published in Just Anti-Corruption on October 1, 2015.

September 17, 2015

Diversity Journal Recognizes Two Partners Among Women Worth Watching

Partners Elizabeth Mitchell and Heather Zachary have been named to Diversity Journal's annual list of Women Worth Watching, which recognizes professional women for their passion, potential and positive influence both inside and outside the workplace.

July 1, 2015

WilmerHale Named a Leading National Firm in the United States by The Legal 500

The Legal 500 United States has released its annual rankings, selecting WilmerHale as one of the preeminent law firms in the country.

May 21, 2015

Felicia Ellsworth Recognized Among Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyers

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has recognized Partner Felicia Ellsworth in its 2015 Excellence in the Law edition.

May 11, 2015

Preparing Witnesses for Cross-Examination at Trial

An article by Calvin Walden and Lawrence Stierhoff, published in the May 11, 2015 issue of the New York Law Journal.

May 6, 2015

The 5th Amendment In Civil Practice: 3 Big Considerations

An article by Christopher Casamassima and Gregory Boden, published in the May 5, 2015 edition of Law360.

March 3, 2015

New Tips for Examining Your Own Witnesses and Using Their Depositions at Trial

An article co-authored by Ari Savitzky, published in the Winter 2015 edition of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation Trial Practice newsletter, Vol. 29 No. 2.

February 4, 2015

Christopher Casamassima Named to the Daily Journal’s Top 20 Under 40 List

Partner Christopher Casamassima was named to the Daily Journal’s prestigious Top 20 Under 40 list.


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"