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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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.

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.

November 23, 2015

2nd Circ. Provides Some Clarity On Legal Advice Protections

An article by Jonathan Cedarbaum, Charles Platt, Alan Schoenfeld, Jeffrey Schomig and Rachel Shapiro, published in the November 23, 2015 issue of Law360. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently ruled that the “common interest” doctrine protects legal and tax liability analysis prepared for a client and subsequently shared with a consortium of banks providing financing for the client. Schaeffler v. United States, No. 14-1965, slip op. (2d Cir. Nov. 10, 2015).

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.

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"