Offices

Boston

60 State Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02109   Map
+1 617 526 6000 (t)
+1 617 526 5000 (f)

Boston offices overlook historic Faneuil Hall, the Financial District, Boston Harbor and the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. The city of Boston is the economic and cultural hub of New England and the world-renowned home to many academic institutions. Boston and New England provide an atmosphere rich with cultural diversions, the beauty of New England seascapes, mountains and trails, and the home to a host of sports teams, including the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox and historic Fenway Park. Boston provides a wide range of opportunities, both from a legal practice perspective and in terms of the culture and history long associated with the city.

Established in 1918 our Boston office has grown—throughout its more than 85 year history—from a five-lawyer office to a diverse practice of more than 300 lawyers who serve an ever-expanding national and international client base. Our clients range from established industry leaders to emerging companies that reflect the New England region’s strength as one of the premier technology and life science centers in the country.

Our Boston office is a hub for the firm’s litigation, corporate, and intellectual property practices. Our corporate and securities litigation practice is a New England leader in the defense of technology companies and their officers and directors in complex shareholder and consumer class actions. Many of the core members of our renowned intellectual property litigation practice are based in Boston, and have served as lead counsel in hundreds of major patent and trademark litigations. Chambers USA 2012 acknowledges our Boston M&A practice with a first tier ranking, citing WilmerHale as the "top competitor in town" and that our "Boston team is terrific." The Boston intellectual property practice is also listed with a first tier ranking. A client said, "they provide a phenomenal service and achieve major successes; they manage their cases in a very organized fashion and are always communicating the progress of the issue at hand."

Clients of our Boston office benefit from our experience in other core practices such as bankruptcy and commercial, environmental, labor and employment, real estate and tax. In addition to actively contributing to our strong tradition of pro bono representation, our Boston office is a major center for the firm’s Youth and Education Initiative, a program of philanthropic outreach based on the creation of innovative partnerships with select nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving inner-city youth.


By Subway
By Car

By Subway

Our office is located at 60 State Street in the financial district of downtown Boston across the street from the State Street MBTA stop on the Blue and Orange lines. The main reception area is on the 26th floor.

By Car

From the West

Mass Pike (I -90)
Take Exit 24B into Liberty Tunnel, stay in right lane.
Take Exit 23, Government Center, stay in left lane.
At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Surface Road.
Turn right onto State Street from Surface Road.
Proceed up State Street to Merchants Row.
Take right onto Merchants Row and proceed to end of street.
Take a left into garage, take ticket, proceed to public parking area.

From the South

Route 93N (Fitzgerald/Southeast Expressway)
Proceed through Liberty Tunnel, stay in right lane.
Take Exit 23, Government Center, stay in left lane.
At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Surface Road.
Turn right onto State Street from Surface Road.
Proceed up State Street to Merchants Row.
Take right onto Merchants Row and proceed to end of street.
Take a left into garage, take ticket, proceed to public parking area.

From the North

Route 93S
From Route 93S proceed over Zakim Bridge into tunnel.
Take exit 24A, Government Center.
Follow signs for Aquarium/Financial District.
At end of exit bear left and proceed onto Surface Road.
Take right from Surface Road onto State Street.
Proceed up State Street to Merchants Row.
Take right onto Merchants Row and proceed to end of street.
Take a left into garage, take ticket, proceed to public parking area.

From Logan Airport

Exit airport following signs for Ted Williams Tunnel.
Take Exit 24 to I-93 North.
Take Exit 23, Government Center, stay in left lane.
At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Surface Road.
Turn right onto State Street from Surface Road.
Proceed up State Street to Merchants Row.
Take right onto Merchants Row and proceed to end of street.
Take a left into garage, take ticket, proceed to public parking area.

Bain, Mick

Mick Bain

Partner

+1 617 526 6158 (t)

michael.bain@wilmerhale.com

Barnett, Keith R.

Keith R. Barnett

Partner

+1 617 526 6930 (t)

keith.barnett@wilmerhale.com

Barrett, Steven D.

Steven D. Barrett

Partner

+1 617 526 6238 (t)

steven.barrett@wilmerhale.com

Bassett, David B.

David B. Bassett

Partner

+1 212 230 8858 (t)

david.bassett@wilmerhale.com

Batter III, John F.

John F. Batter, III

Partner

+1 617 526 6754 (t)

john.batter@wilmerhale.com

Borden, Mark G.

Mark G. Borden

Partner

+1 617 526 6675 (t)

mark.borden@wilmerhale.com

Bothwick, Jay E.

Jay E. Bothwick

Partner

+1 617 526 6526 (t)

jay.bothwick@wilmerhale.com

Boulger, Sean T.

Sean T. Boulger

Partner

+1 617 526 6870 (t)

sean.boulger@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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February 18, 2015

Selected 2015 M&A Transactions

In 2014, we advised clients throughout the United States and Europe on more than 75 M&A transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $50 billion, providing guidance in areas including corporate, securities, antitrust and tax.

February 18, 2015

Selected 2015 Venture Financings As Company Counsel

In 2014, we served as counsel in more than 300 venture financings raising in excess of $8 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year.

February 18, 2015

Selected 2015 Public Offerings and Rule 144A Placements

In 2014, we handled more than 50 public offerings and Rule 144A placements raising approximately $13 billion, for leading companies in life sciences, technology, financial services, communications and other industries.

February 4, 2015

Staples, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Office Depot, Inc.

Staples, Inc. and Office Depot, Inc. announced today that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Staples will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Office Depot.

January 29, 2015

H-1B Cap Opens on April 1, 2015

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, US Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting cap-subject H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2016, with an employment start date of October 1, 2015.

January 5, 2015

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners and special counsel.

December 31, 2014

Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipment Comes to Massachusetts on January 1

This holiday season brings an extra reason to celebrate for Massachusetts wine enthusiasts.

December 22, 2014

Keeping Current with Form 8-K: A Practical Guide 2014

We have prepared this Guide to assist public companies in understanding and complying with the Form 8-K reporting requirements. This Guide describes Form 8-K primarily from the perspective of a US operating company that has a class of securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and that is not a shell company, a smaller reporting company, a foreign private issuer, an asset-backed issuer or an investment company.

December 8, 2014

A Prescription for the New Massachusetts Sick Leave Law

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters decisively approved a ballot question requiring employers to provide sick leave to employees, adding Massachusetts to a growing list of states (including Connecticut and California) and municipalities (including New York City, San Francisco and Seattle) requiring such leave.

November 21, 2014

CFPB Calls for Changes to Mortgage Servicing with Proposed Rule

On November 20, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed changes to the rules governing mortgage servicing and foreclosures—Regulation X, which implements the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and Regulation Z, the implementing regulation for the Truth in Lending Act.

  • American Lawyer 200 Pro Bono Rankings – The firm is consistently ranked at or near the top of the annual pro bono rankings.
  • American Lawyer "A-List" (2014) – The firm is annually recognized in a compilation that lists the leading US firms and honors overall excellence, including financial success, commitment to pro bono work, workforce diversity and the training and development of younger lawyers.
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (2012) – Partner Mark Fleming was the recipient of the AILA’s 2012 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation in the field of immigration law for his pro bono service in Judulang v. Holder.
  • Benchmark Litigation (2012) – WilmerHale regularly appears as a top-tier US national firm. In 2012, twenty-one of the firm’s litigators garnered individual honors, and the Massachusetts office received the highest level of recommendation.
  • Boston Business Journal (2013, 2014) – For two consecutive years, WilmerHale has been selected as the “Most Admired Law Firm” in the Boston area in its annual survey of the top three companies, CEOs and brands, in numerous categories, that it considers to be among the most respected and admired.
  • Boston Business Journal (2012) – The firm was named the "Area's Largest IP Law Firm" in the 2012 edition of its annual survey, marking the seventh time WilmerHale has placed first in this listing.
  • Boston Business Journal (2014) – WilmerHale was again named as one of the “Top Charitable Contributors in Massachusetts” at the publication’s annual Corporate Citizenship Summit. The firm was the highest overall contributor among area law firms. 
  • Boston Business Journal (2010) – WilmerHale was named to the Boston Business Journal's list of the top 10 "Businesses of the Decade” in its most recent issue. The firm is identified as one of 10 area businesses that have distinguished themselves over the past decade.
  • Boston Lawyers Have a Heart 5K Road Race (2012) – Twenty-one WilmerHale lawyers and staff participated in the 5th Annual Boston Lawyers Have a Heart 5K Road Race and won, raising $2,770 in donations to aid in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
  • BTI Consulting Group (2015) - WilmerHale was recognized as the "Most-Favored IP Department" in the nation, one of two firms that are the "Best at Complex IP Litigation," one of six firms identified as "Go To IP Litigation Firms," and one of five firms called out as "Go To IP Firms" (for non-litigation IP work) in the BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation report.
  • Chambers & Partners (2003-2014) – The firm is consistently and prominently ranked in Chambers' guidebooks to the legal profession, which includes significant accolades in the Asia, Europe, Global, USA and UK editions.
  • Corporate Equity Index (2008-2013) – The firm earned a 100 percent rating in the 2013 Corporate Equity Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). This is the fifth consecutive year that WilmerHale has received a perfect CEI score on the survey, which evaluates the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the workspace.
  • GCR 100 and GCR Global Elite (2008-2014) The firm is consistently ranked in the "Top 20 GCR Global Elite," and was ranked "elite" in GCR 100's Massachusetts category.
  • Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 (2013) – Named the firm as "best-in-class" in patent litigation and licensing in California, Massachusetts, New York and Washington DC.
  • Law360 “Practice Group of the Year” (2011-2013) – For four consecutive years, select WilmerHale practices were named to Law360’s “Practice Group of the Year” series which annually recognizes five firms per practice area that have played a key role in the significant matters that made headlines and changed the legal landscape within the past year.
  • Law360 (2012) – WilmerHale Partners Mark Fleming and Bill Lee were named an “MVP of the Year” for distinction in Appellate law and Intellectually Property Litigation, respectively, while Partner Lauren Fletcher was one of only five individuals named as a “Rising Star” in the practice of IP.
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (2012) – Senior Associate Peter Osborn was honored with the Civil Rights Pro Bono Recognition Award.
  • Legal 500 (2009-2013)– The firm is frequently ranked in this series of referral guides focusing on each of the Asia Pacific, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and US markets.
  • Managing IP (MIP) (2013) – WilmerHale is among the top nationally ranked firms for intellectually property, and is highly recommended in the category of "general intellectual property" in Massachusetts. Partners Michael Bavilacqua, William Lee, Lisa Pirozzolo, Donald Steinberg and Cynthia Vreeland were also named 2013 "IP Stars."
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2011) – Co-Managing Partner Susan Murley was honored as one of Boston’s “Top Women of Law.”
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2011) – Partner Louis Tompros was honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” as part of its annual “Excellence in the Law” feature.
  • MultiCultural Law Magazine (2012) - For the sixth year in a row, the firm ranked in “Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity .” In 2012, the firm ranked in the specialized areas of “Top 100 Law Firms for Women,” “Top 50 Law Firms for Partners,” “Top 50 Law Firms for Associates,” “Top 25 Law Firms for African-Americans,” and “Top 25 Law Firms for Asian-Americans.”
  • Practical Law Company (2012) – The firm was named in PLC’s Life Sciences Industry Super League and noted as boasting a “strong transatlantic life sciences practice with substantial offerings from offices in Frankfurt, Germany and both Boston and New York.”
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® (2012) – The annual Best Law Firms list named WilmerHale as “Law Firm of the Year” in International Arbitration and in Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation and Securities Litigation. The firm also received first-tier ranking in 29 national practice categories and first- and second-tier rankings in 76 metropolitan-area practices in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® (2013 and 2014) – The annual Best Law Firms list named WilmerHale as "Law Firm of the Year" in International Arbitration. In the most recent edition, the firm received first-tier rankings in 27 national and 60 metro-area practices in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.
  • Vault (2006-2013) - The Boston office is consistently ranked among the top five in the guide's annual list of top law firms in the region.
  • Working Mother magazine and Flex Time Lawyers (2012) – The firm has been included in the “Best Law Firms for Women” list in each of the five years the ranking has been published. The Best Law Firms for Women are recognized for having programs that encourage networking, training and mentoring for women, and for fostering environments that enable women to balance successful careers with motherhood.
  • Yale Law Women (2008-12) – For five consecutive years WilmerHale has been named to the Yale Law Women’s list of “Top Ten Family Friendly Firms.”
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