Offices

Palo Alto

950 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, California 94304   Map
+1 650 858 6000 (t)
+1 650 858 6100 (f)

Opened in 2005, WilmerHale’s Palo Alto office has grown to more than 65 attorneys in a wide range of practice areas, including litigation, corporate, securities, intellectual property, technology licensing and fund formation.

The clients serviced by our office range from Fortune 50 corporations to venture-backed startup companies. Our work for these clients focuses on areas that match the requirements of Silicon Valley companies with the firm’s core strengths: corporate finance and M&A; intellectual property litigation, counseling and transactions; patent prosecution; securities enforcement and litigation; cross-border transactions and litigation; and government investigations and white collar criminal litigation.

Our corporate group regularly represents venture capital firms in fund formations and complex financings, and serves as general counsel to numerous emerging growth companies in several significant market segments, including clean tech and life sciences. Members of our corporate group also advise companies on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

The firm’s intellectual property practice is regarded among the elite practices internationally and our Palo Alto office is deeply integrated into that practice. Our experience includes high profile patent litigation cases throughout the country; international arbitrations involving technology issues, copyright, Lanham Act and trade secret disputes; intellectual property counseling; patent prosecution; and technology transactions. Consistently ranked among the best IP litigation practices in the United States by industry analysts such as Chambers and the American Lawyer, we strive to fully understand our clients’ goals in order to provide a comprehensive global strategy that maximizes and protects the value of intellectual property assets.

The Palo Alto office also offers deep expertise in securities litigation and enforcement, and independent Board and other internal investigations, for which WilmerHale "remains super—a top firm for clients" and is the "place to go for high-profile matters that cover large potential liabilities" (Chambers USA 2012). We have brought our experience and pragmatism to our defense of issuers, investment advisers and broker-dealers in hundreds of SEC, FINRA and regulatory actions, and on a wide array of class and shareholder litigation, including on behalf of emerging growth technology clients, nearly every major investment bank, and the directors of Enron, Qwest, WorldCom and UnitedHealth.  

 

The office is easily accessible from the San Jose International Airport and the San Francisco International Airport.

If traveling by public transportion, limited bus transportation is available in Palo Alto and is provided by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. There is also the Cal Train Station located on California Street, and is a 15 to 20 minute walk to the office.

Buckland, Peter

Peter Buckland

Partner

+1 650 858 6036 (t)

peter.buckland@wilmerhale.com

Coates, Sam

Samuel S. Coates

Partner

+1 650 858 6000 (t)

samuel.coates@wilmerhale.com

Flanagan, Mark D.

Mark D. Flanagan

Partner

+1 650 858 6047 (t)

mark.flanagan@wilmerhale.com

Galvin, Robert M.

Robert M. Galvin

Partner

+1 650 858 6017 (t)

robert.galvin@wilmerhale.com

Gokhale, Ashwin

Ashwin Gokhale

Partner

+1 650 858 6071 (t)

ashwin.gokhale@wilmerhale.com

Haag, Joseph F.

Joseph F. Haag

Partner

+1 650 858 6032 (t)

joseph.haag@wilmerhale.com

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Eric Hwang

Partner

+1 650 600 5114 (t)

eric.hwang@wilmerhale.com

Khorana, Adit

Adit Khorana

Partner

+1 650 858 6164 (t)

adit.khorana@wilmerhale.com

Kipnis, Jason

Jason D. Kipnis

Partner

+1 650 600 5036 (t)

jason.kipnis@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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May 2, 2016

WilmerHale Expands West Coast Corporate Practice With Two Partner Hires

WilmerHale is pleased to welcome Partners Christopher Rose and Eric Hwang to the firm's Los Angeles and Palo Alto offices, respectively.

April 12, 2016

Context Is Everything: Evaluating Different Approaches Toward Attorneys’ Fees Awards Under Copyright Act in Light of Supreme Court Review

An article by Natalie Hanlon Leh and Laura Goodall, published in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, looks at relevant data for attorneys' fees awards in copyright law and provides a comparison and contrast to the attorneys' fees award standards and considerations in patent and trademark law.

March 31, 2016

Amended California FEHA Regulations Take Effect on April 1 and Impose New Requirements on Employers

On April 1, 2016, amendments to California's Fair Employment and Housing Act regulations, dealing with the prevention of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, go into effect.

March 24, 2016

2016 Corporate Reports

WilmerHale's annual IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports offer insights into market conditions and provide comprehensive statistics and analysis that are hard to find elsewhere.

March 24, 2016

2016 IPO Report

Our 2016 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market, plus useful IPO market metrics. We look at rates of adoption of JOBS Act relief by emerging growth companies, recent FAST Act amendments that further streamline the IPO process and much more.

March 24, 2016

2016 M&A Report

Our 2016 M&A Report offers a detailed review of, and outlook for, the global M&A market. Other highlights include a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions; updates on takeover defenses and public company deal litigation; practical guidance on avoiding antitrust violations in pre-merger integration planning; a look at what buyers need to know about appraisal claims in private company mergers; and a survey of key terms and issues in sales of VC-backed companies.

March 24, 2016

2016 Venture Capital Report

The 2016 Venture Capital Report provides an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, and a look at trends in venture capital financing, convertible debt and VC-backed company M&A deal terms. We also highlight two new funding techniques that have expanded the pre-IPO financing toolkit; five common mistakes made by fledging entrepreneurs; and four things you need to know about doing business in California.

March 21, 2016

Mark Selwyn Joins the California Bar Foundation's Board of Directors

The foundation is comprised of California's top legal minds and influential donors who are dedicated to bettering the California justice system.

March 14, 2016

WilmerHale Named a Top IP Law Firm From Coast to Coast

Both the Boston Business Journal and Silicon Valley Business Journal have ranked WilmerHale a Top Intellectual Property Firm, based on local attorney headcount.

March 9, 2016

WilmerHale Signs on for Inaugural Women in Law Hackathon Aimed at Tackling Gender Parity

WilmerHale is proud to be a participant in the Women in Law Hackathon—a new Shark Tank-style pitch competition established by Diversity Lab, in partnership with Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law, aimed at advancing women in the legal profession by generating innovative ideas to close the gender gap in law firms.

  • 2014 Corporate INTL Magazine Global Award (2013) - Chosen as the Securities Litigation Law Firm of the Year in California.
  • American Lawyer 200 Pro Bono Rankings - WilmerHale is consistently ranked at or near the top of the annual pro bono rankings.
  • American Lawyer "A-List" (2014) - The firm is recognized in an annual 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.
  • Bay Area News (2013 and 2014) - The firm has been recognized among the Bay Area's "Top Workplaces" in its annual survey of the top companies in the area. 
  • 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 - 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 Equality Index (2013) - The firm earned a 100 percent rating in the 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). This is the fifth consecutive year WilmerHale has received a perfect CEI score on the survey, which evaluates the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the workplace.
  • Daily Journal (2014) - For the second consecutive year, the Daily Journal included WilmerHale in its "Top Verdicts" list, an annual list that recaps Californica's most significant verdicts over the past 12 months.
  • Daily Journal (2015) - Partner Mark Selwyn, for the eighth consecutive year, and Partner Keith Slenkovich, for the second consecutive year, were named among the Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California.
  • Daily Journal (2013) - Michael Mugmon was named to the prestigious “Top 20 Under 40” list, featuring California lawyers under the age of 40, selected for his service to clients and impact on the legal industry.
  • Daily Journal (2013) - WilmerHale ranked as one of the “Top 10 Largest Silicon Valley Law Firms” for the second year in a row, a ranking based on the number of attorneys working out of the firm's Palo Alto office.
  • Daily Journal (2012) - Christine Duh was named to its 2012 list of "Top Five Associates to Watch."
  • 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” (2011-2015) - For five 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.
  • The Lawyer  (2013) - WilmerHale is ranked among the top 10 litigation practices in the world in the list of the Global Litigation Top 50.
  • 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) - WilmerHale is among the top nationally ranked firms for intellectually property, and is recommended in the category of "patent contentious" in the State of California. Partners Mark Selwyn and Joseph Haag were also named 2013 "IP Stars."
  • MultiCultural Law Magazine (2012) - For the sixth year in a row, the firm ranked in “Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity.” Additionally, 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.”
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2013) - Twenty-two WilmerHale attorneys were ranked in the annual guide, including 12 who were selected as "Rising Stars."
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal (2014-2016) - In 2016, WilmerHale ranked as the ninth biggest IP law firm in Silicon Valley, a ranking based on the number of attorneys working out of the firm's Palo Alto office.
  • 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.
  • Working Mother magazine and Flex Time Lawyers (2013) - The firm has been included in the “Best Law Firms for Women” list in each of the six 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 (2008-2012, 2015) - For six years, WilmerHale has been named to the Yale Law Women's list of "Top Ten Family Friendly Firms." 
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