Nora Q.E. Passamaneck


Passamaneck, Nora

Nora Passamaneck represents clients in complex intellectual property litigations, including patent litigations and licensing disputes. She has developed strategies for pre-litigation, initiation, response to filing of suit, theories of relief, discovery, motions practice and settlement.

Most recently, Ms. Passamaneck was the Honorable J. Michael Seabright's career judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. In that role, she regularly analyzed all facets of federal practice (pleadings, jurisdiction, venue, motions practice and trial) covering a wide range of substantive law including civil rights, employment and disability discrimination, contracts, intellectual property and criminal law.

In 2010 and 2011, Ms. Passamaneck was a lecturer in law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa where she taught a first-year spring semester legal writing course.

From 2003 to 2007, Ms. Passamaneck was an associate at WilmerHale.

Prior to law school, Ms. Passamaneck was a research technician at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. 

Publications & News


July 31, 2017

Denver Co-Partner-in-Charge Natalie Hanlon Leh Edits Leading Book on Discovery Issues in Colorado

Natalie Hanlon Leh served as co-managing editor of Discovery in Colorado, a practical guide to the application of the Colorado and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure governing the discovery process in the state.

October 12, 2016

Ken Salazar Honored With Federico Pena Lifetime Achievement Award

The Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization has recognized Partner Ken Salazar with its Federico Pena Lifetime Achievement Award. Salazar accepted the accolade on September 23 at the organization's annual Bernie Valdez Awards Luncheon in Denver.

March 28, 2016

WilmerHale Continues Expansion in Denver with Addition of Two Attorneys

WilmerHale announced that it has added two attorneys to its Denver office—Michael J.P. Hazel as counsel and Nora Q.E. Passamaneck as senior associate. The addition of Mr. Hazel and Ms. Passamaneck further bolsters the Denver office's strengths in natural resources, complex government and internal investigations, and intellectual property litigation, and underscores the importance of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region to WilmerHale.

March 23, 2016

Here We Go Round the Merry-Go-Round: How a § 101 Denial May Inform a Subsequent Motion

An article by Natalie Hanlon Leh and Nora Passamaneck, published in the March 18, 2016 issue of Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, discusses the increase of 35 U.S.C. § 101 challenges since Alice v. CLS Bank.

Speaking Engagements

July 28, 2017

Discovering Discovery

Denver, Colorado


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JD, magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 2003, Executive Editor, Boston University Law Review

BA, Biology, cum laude, New York University, 1998

Bar Admissions



New York


The Hon. J. Michael Seabright, US District Court for the District of Hawaii, 2007 - 2015

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