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

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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January 2, 2017

Some Tweaks to Build Employee Loyalty

Daniel Zimmermann, in this article published by TechCrunch, takes a close look at some of the vesting schedules and exercise periods that companies are debuting and weighs their risks and rewards.

December 15, 2016

WilmerHale Partners Molly Boast and Heather Tewksbury Named Top Women in Antitrust Law by GCR

Partners Molly Boast and Heather Tewksbury have been named to Global Competition Review's (GCR) list of top Women in Antitrust 2016.

December 13, 2016

Civil Rights Groups Sue Caltrans to Stop Illegal Raids Against California's Homeless

According to a lawsuit filed today by civil rights groups, the California Department of Transportation is violating the constitutional rights of homeless people by confiscating and destroying their property in ongoing sweeps.

December 9, 2016

WilmerHale Listed Among Top Thought Leaders in Life Sciences Law Firm Index

Lake Whillans evaluated firms based on the strength of elements such as white papers, contributions to third-party media and speaking engagements.

December 7, 2016

Human Rights Campaign Rates WilmerHale a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality

For the ninth consecutive year, WilmerHale has earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

December 2, 2016

Civis Analytics Raises $22 Million in Series A Funding Led by Drive Capital

Partner Peter Buckland and Associate Jessica Wade represented Civis in this transaction.

November 9, 2016

LMG Life Sciences Ranks WilmerHale and Attorneys Among the Best

The 2016 supplement highlights nine firm practices and 18 attorneys, recognizing work under three categories—Intellectual Property, Finance and Transactional, and Non-IP Litigation and Enforcement.

November 9, 2016

Cape Analytics Raises $14M in Series A Financing

Partner Peter Buckland and Associate Jaclyn Ammon represented Cape Analytics in this transaction.

October 25, 2016

Design Patent Post-Grant: Is Anticipation Easier to Prove Than Obviousness?

An article by Ben Fernandez and Mark Selwyn, published by Bloomberg BNA's Patent Trademark & Copyright Journal, introduces and compares the standards for design patent anticipation and obviousness, explores the interplay between anticipation and obviousness at the PTAB, and summarizes practical takeaways from the current design patent IPR landscape.

October 3, 2016

SEC Drops Centerpiece Of Case Against WilmerHale Clients

WilmerHale recently achieved a major victory after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dropped the centerpiece of its lawsuit against two former mortgage executives.

  • 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" - 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 (2015-2016) - In 2016, WilmerHale was recognized for its strength of client relationships and its work in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. Calling the ideal state of a client relationship “Clientopia,” BTI Consulting named WilmerHale among the select group of only 24 firms to achieve this standard. In 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 (2008-2016) - WilmerHale earned a 100 percent rating in the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). This is the eighth 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 (2009-2016) - 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) (2013-2016)- 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 "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® (2012-2017) - In the 2017 Best Law Firms list, the firm received first-tier law firm in 21 national and 56 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts 40 second- and third-tier rankings. In 2016, the firm was named "Law Firm of the Year" in Mutual Funds Law, and received first-tier rankings in 21 national and 58 metro-area practices in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, WilmerHale was "Law Firm of the Year" in International Arbitration, and in 2012, WilmerHale was named "Law Firm of the Year" in Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation and Securities Litigation.
  • Working Mother magazine and Flex Time Lawyers (2007-2016) - The firm has been included in the “Best Law Firms for Women” list every year since the list came out in 2007. 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, 2015-2016) - For seven years, WilmerHale has been named to the Yale Law Women's list of "Top Ten Family Friendly Firms." 
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