Offices

New York

7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, New York 10007   Map
+1 212 230 8800 (t)
+1 212 230 8888 (f)

WilmerHale’s New York office relocated to 7 World Trade Center (7 WTC) in July 2012. The offices include more technologically advanced and collaborative space, enabling the firm to further enhance its ability to provide clients with the highest quality services. The new office is at the forefront of environmental sustainability initiatives and demonstrates the firm’s commitment to the revitalization of Lower Manhattan.

The firm’s move to 7 WTC made history as the first lease in the city to allow the tenant and the owner to benefit from energy efficient improvements while sharing in the costs to make the improvement attainable. The lease promotes enhanced energy efficiency and sustainability, and complements theLEED Gold Certification Mark firm's LEED® Gold certification for its space—one of the few firms in the city to have that honor. WilmerHale is also the first major law firm to move from Midtown to Downtown since 9/11.  

Having grown to nearly 200 lawyers since our New York practice opened in 1999, our New York office has developed a premier practice founded on many of the firm's core strengths. Across all practice areas, the New York office has been built on the firm's guiding principles of collegiality, diversity, commitment to public service, and dedication to our clients and the practice of law.

As an office integrated within a global firm of 1,000 lawyers, we benefit from the breadth of experience of our talented colleagues throughout the firm. We frequently work with lawyers from other offices to ensure that our clients are able to draw seamlessly upon the resources and knowledge of the entire firm.

The primary practice areas of the New York office include securities regulation and enforcement, intellectual property, patent and trademark litigation, trial and appellate litigation, white collar defense, corporate, bankruptcy and financial institutions. Our clients consist of a broad array of companies, including major financial, investment management and investment banking firms, pharmaceutical and life-sciences companies, venture-backed corporate startups and technology firms. Our work on behalf of these clients often involves novel and interesting issues of first impression, many of which raise important questions of public policy.

Consistent with our firm's rich tradition of public service, the office has developed a vibrant pro bono program. Lawyers within the office are encouraged to work on significant pro bono matters of interest to them and do so routinely. Recent examples of our pro bono work include two successful wrongful conviction cases, a successful 1983 action for wrongful arrest and imprisonment, several cases that were briefed or argued by the firm before the US Supreme Court, the successful defense at trial of a nonprofit social services organization, and a series of immigrant rights cases and a free speech case that have been argued by our associates before federal courts of appeals.

Our practice in the New York office is enriched by an unusually talented and interesting group of colleagues. Our lawyers include PhDs in English literature, electrical engineering, molecular biology, and organic chemistry. As is the case throughout the firm, many of our lawyers in the New York office had significant government, regulatory or public interest careers prior to joining the firm, and many of our colleagues had one or more federal court clerkships before entering private practice.

Our firm’s strong commitment to the training and development of our attorneys is evidenced in the exciting opportunities that our alumni have pursued when they left our firm, including several Assistant US Attorneys in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the General Counsel of the Dallas Cowboys, and tenure track positions at the University of Chicago, Cardozo Law School, the University of Michigan, and the University of South Carolina.

 

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Located in Lower Manhattan, at 7 World Trade Center (250 Greenwich Street), the New York office is bounded by Greenwich, Vesey, Washington and Barclay streets. It is easily accessible from local airports, trains and subways.

In addition to the regular airlines and routes to LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports, Delta and US Airways offer shuttles with frequent departures between LaGuardia and Boston and Washington. By car, the office is 20 miles or less from LaGuardia, JFK or Newark. Cabs are easily accessible at the terminals.

Amtrak provides transportation into Penn Station. Visitors can take a short cab ride to the office or the E Train from Penn Station to World Trade Center.

The trains that run to 7 WTC are A, E , 2, 3, 4, 5, J, Z and N. The PATH Rail is also accessible from the nearby World Trade Center PATH station.
Adegbile, Debo

Debo P. Adegbile

Partner

+1 212 295 6717 (t)

debo.adegbile@wilmerhale.com

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Philip D. Anker

Partner

+1 212 230 8890 (t)

philip.anker@wilmerhale.com

Bassett, David B.

David B. Bassett

Partner

+1 212 230 8858 (t)

david.bassett@wilmerhale.com

Boast, Molly S.

Molly S. Boast

Partner

+1 212 230 8887 (t)

molly.boast@wilmerhale.com

Boot, Jeannette K.

Jeannette K. Boot

Partner

+1 212 295 6507 (t)

jeannette.boot@wilmerhale.com

Cook, Trevor

Trevor Cook

Partner

+1 212 230 8826 (t)

trevor.cook@wilmerhale.com

Finkel, Robert M.

Robert M. Finkel

Partner

+1 212 295 6555 (t)

robert.finkel@wilmerhale.com

Firenze, Lisa

Lisa Firenze

Partner

+1 212 937 7263 (t)

lisa.firenze@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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June 7, 2017

Selected 2017 Life Sciences Transactions

Recognized both globally and nationally for its leading life sciences practice, WilmerHale has more than four decades of experience representing biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies at all stages of growth, as well as venture capitalists and investment banks.

June 7, 2017

Selected 2017 Strategic Alliances, Joint Venture and Licensing Transactions

Our corporate, licensing, intellectual property and regulatory lawyers regularly handle a broad range of strategic alliance, joint venture, licensing,
collaboration, product development, outsourcing, manufacturing, distribution and similar agreements, including many significant deals that are helping to shape the future of science, technology and commerce.

June 7, 2017

Selected 2017 Technology Transactions

For more than four decades, we have represented technology clients in venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions; handled their licensing, outsourcing, services, joint venture, development and distribution transactions throughout the world; protected their innovations through patent prosecution, portfolio development and litigation; defended their interests in enterprise-critical litigation; and navigated regulatory issues vital to their success.

June 6, 2017

WilmerHale Represents UNTUCKit in $30M Fundraising

UNTUCKit, a leading direct-to-consumer apparel brand, announced that Kleiner Perkins invested $30 million into the business. The company will use this funding to accelerate growth by opening 15 new stores, expanding its women's line and launching children's apparel.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 17, 2017

WilmerHale Ranks Among Top Three Life Sciences Law Firms for Second Consecutive Year

The index—launched last year by Lake Whillans and Breaking Media (publisher of MedCity News and Above the Law)—identifies which law firms are the most active and relevant for life sciences companies.

May 2, 2017

Coming to America?—Applying Bankruptcy Code Section 109(a) to Vet Foreign Companies Filing US Bankruptcy Cases Under Chapter 15

Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code provides a doorway for non-US companies to obtain creditor protection and other benefits of a US bankruptcy in support of insolvency proceedings for those companies in their “home” jurisdictions. But how wide open is that doorway? Recent decisions interpreting section 109(a) of the US Bankruptcy Code in the chapter 15 context provide answers—but not necessarily consistent ones—to this question.

April 28, 2017

2017 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.

April 28, 2017

2017 IPO Report

Our 2017 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, the potential impact of the new presidential administration on policy and direction at the US Securities and Exchange Commission and much more.

April 28, 2017

2017 M&A Report

Our 2017 M&A Report provides a detailed global M&A market review and outlook. Other highlights include takeover defenses for public companies; key lessons for buyers and sellers considering earnouts; recent developments in merger control regulation; common interest privilege protection among deal parties; special considerations in California M&A deals; acquisition financial statement requirements for IPO companies; a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions; and key terms and issues in sales of VC-backed companies.

  • 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 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.
  • 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 (2003-2017) - 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.
  • City Bar Justice Center (2015) - WilmerHale was honored for its leadership and dedication to public service by the City Bar Justice Center, which increases access to justice by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal community.
  • 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.
  • Crain's New York (2014-2016) - WilmerHale was consecutively named to the annual Crain's New York list of New York City's Best Places to Work.
  • 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” (2011-2016) - For six 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 (2009-2017) - 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.
  • 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.”
  • New York Law Journal (2012-2014) - Ranked among the “Top 100 Law Firms” in this survey of the largest private law firms in New York State.
  • 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.”
  • Sanctuary for Families (2015) - Sanctuary, a leading service provider for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and other related forms of gender violence, honored a group of WilmerHale lawyers for the third consecutive year with an Above & Beyond Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy.
  •  U.S. Green Building Council (2012) - Awarded the firm's New York office with LEED® Gold certification, the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
  • 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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