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


+1 650 858 6036 (t)

Coates, Sam

Samuel S. Coates


+1 650 858 6000 (t)

Flanagan, Mark D.

Mark D. Flanagan


+1 650 858 6047 (t)

Galvin, Robert M.

Robert M. Galvin


+1 650 858 6017 (t)

Haag, Joseph F.

Joseph F. Haag


+1 650 858 6032 (t)

Khorana, Adit

Adit Khorana


+1 650 858 6164 (t)

Kipnis, Jason

Jason D. Kipnis


+1 650 600 5036 (t)

Mak, Evelyn C.

Evelyn C. Mak


+1 650 858 6102 (t)

Publications & News


November 24, 2015

The Gift Startups Should Definitely Not Give Their Employees

An article by John Demeter, WilmerHale counsel and a Wall Street Journal panelist, published by The Experts blog on on November 24, 2015.

November 23, 2015

WilmerHale Among Top 10 Largest Global Securities and White Collar Law Practices

Law360 has ranked WilmerHale number six in its 2015 Securities/White Collar Practice Group Partner Rankings, which recognize the 100 largest and most powerful securities and white collar practices in the nation.

November 2, 2015

WilmerHale Receives Top Rankings, Named “Law Firm of the Year” in Mutual Funds Law in 2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” List

U.S. News - Best Lawyers® has named WilmerHale "Law Firm of the Year" in Mutual Funds Law and recognizes the firm as a first-tier law firm in 21 national and 58 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 30 second- and third-tier rankings.

September 25, 2015

WilmerHale's Investigations Practice Ranks Second in GIR's "Top 30" Inaugural Listing

WilmerHale's investigations practice is named at the top of Global Investigations Review's inaugural listing of the 30 leading global investigations and compliance practices.

September 17, 2015

GoDaddy Victorious in $29M Trademark Dispute with Academy Awards

On September 10, 2015, WilmerHale secured a complete victory for, Inc. against a $29 million claim brought by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.

September 14, 2015

LMG Life Sciences Release 2015 Rankings, Again Names WilmerHale a "Life Cycle Firm"

In its latest edition, LMG Life Sciences recognizes eight WilmerHale practice areas and 16 attorneys, and for the fourth consecutive year names WilmerHale a "Life Cycle Firm."

August 31, 2015

The Best Times To Get A Grip On Your Startup's IP

An article by Partners Gary Schall and John Hobgood, posted on TechCrunch on August 31, 2015 and as a WilmerHale Launch blog post.

August 28, 2015

How Misunderstanding a Startup’s ‘Valuation Cap’ Can Get Expensive

John Demeter, WilmerHale counsel and a Wall Street Journal panelist, discusses the importance of understanding valuation caps in this article published by The Experts blog on, August 28, 2015.

August 17, 2015

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2016 Best Lawyers in America®, Seven Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America® recognizes 99 WilmerHale lawyers and names seven partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 22nd edition. Only one lawyer in each legal practice specialty within each region is honored as a Lawyer of the Year.

July 28, 2015

The American Lawyer A-List Names WilmerHale Among Nation's Top 20

WilmerHale has again earned its place among the nation's top 20 law firms in the 2015 edition of The American Lawyer's A-List.

  • 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” (2011-2013) – 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.
  • 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 and 2015) – In 2015, 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. WilmerHale was the eleventh biggest law firm in Silicon Valley in 2014.
  • 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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