Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals INDUSTRIES

WilmerHale's lawyers offer exceptional experience assisting healthcare providers, healthcare insurers and the companies that supply them with specialized products and services across a broad range of specialties. These specialties include fraud investigations and litigation; data protection and privacy; patent and trademark prosecution and litigation; transactions; antitrust; regulatory, legislative and public policy counseling; and commercial litigation. Our lawyers also include leading healthcare practitioners in the EU and China.

The healthcare industry accounts for nearly one-fifth of the US economy. In the EU, healthcare spending is expected to rise to nearly 15% of GDP by 2030. Our lawyers—who include the former general counsel of one of the largest health insurers in the country and senior in-house lawyers from an array of life sciences companies—know the industry from the inside.  


With the adoption of the Affordable Care Act, the US healthcare system—and the legal regime governing it—are undergoing dramatic changes. Major regulatory innovations are also advancing overseas. Our lawyers bring experience serving in senior roles in government and hands-on knowledge of how the government works in advising clients on the many issues affecting healthcare companies that have a government component. Our group includes individuals who have served in the Justice Department, including in its Antitrust Division, the Federal Trade Commission, the White House and on the staffs of Senators who have been the leading voices on healthcare policy issues.

Our healthcare group brings together specialists in many fields of greatest use to companies and organizations in the healthcare sector:

  • Healthcare Investigations/Enforcement Litigation. WilmerHale has been involved in some of the most significant healthcare-related, criminal and civil investigations and litigation during the last decade. We frequently represent clients in investigations, leveraging the knowledge of our deep bench of former Justice Department officials, including two former Deputy Attorneys General, a former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Division, a former US Attorney and numerous Assistant US Attorneys.
  • Public Policy and Congressional & Executive Branch Investigations. Operating at the intersection of law, policy and politics, WilmerHale’s lawyers represent clients in high-stakes congressional and executive-branch investigations, help them shape legislation and regulations and guide them through the political and media mazes that often accompany public policy controversies.
  • Transactional and Corporate. WilmerHale’s lawyers are renowned for their work on mergers and acquisitions, IPO’s, private equity deals, strategic alliances and corporate governance matters both domestically and in the EU and China. We provide a one-stop source for solutions to the diverse array of corporate issues facing healthcare and life-sciences clients.
  • Patent and Trademark Prosecution and Litigation. WilmerHale’s patent litigation practice is second-to-none, garnering numerous national awards for consistently winning headline-grabbing cases. Our patent prosecution team has filed thousands of US and foreign patent applications. And our trademark lawyers are equally adept at registration and litigation.
  • Data Security and Privacy. Our firm offers significant experience navigating the complex waters of data security and privacy laws, including HIPAA, the HITECH Act and FTC medical data breach notification requirements. From advising on domestic and global regulatory issues to litigating nuanced questions of first impression, to shaping compliance regimes, our lawyers provide soup-to-nuts counsel to our clients.
  • Antitrust. Our antitrust and competition lawyers counsel companies on the full spectrum of antitrust issues in jurisdictions across the United States and around the globe. Our deep knowledge of securing merger clearance should put us at the top of the list for any healthcare company facing acquisition decisions.
  • Commercial Litigation. Our philosophy is simple: Consistent courtroom excellence is essential to client satisfaction in the resolution of high-stakes commercial disputes like the ones we litigate. We have extensive experience litigating a wide variety of complex civil cases, including ERISA matters.
  • EU/Germany. Advising on regulatory, public policy, and legal strategy questions in the German healthcare arena as well as in the rest of the European Union, our partners offer pharmaceutical companies, producers of medical devices, associations of physicians and other healthcare clients a full-services approach to tackling questions of public law, privacy, transactional, licensing, and other types of law as well as public policy and legal strategy advice.
  • China. WilmerHale offers companies around the world extensive experience and understanding of the Chinese legal and policy systems and their impact on the healthcare, pharmaceuticals and medical device industries. We also handle a wide range of acquisitions and other corporate transactions and provide unparalleled insight on market access questions.

Publications & News


October 12, 2016

Freedom to Utilize Genetic Resources? The Nagoya Protocol Two Years Later

Two years ago today, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity entered into international force. To date, 87 countries have ratified or acceded to the agreement, and that number is expected to reach 100 by the end of this year.

October 10, 2016

Technical and Scientific Experience

Our ability to provide superior legal representation to technology companies is greatly enhanced by the academic and industry experience of our lawyers in a wide variety of technical and scientific fields.    

October 6, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Catabasis Pharmaceuticals in Closing of $11.5M Offering of Common Stock

The WilmerHale deal team was led by Partner Rosemary Reilly and included Counsel Jeffries Oliver-Li, Associate Timothy Kulis, and Attorney Heidi Treiber.

September 29, 2016

Doryx: Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Product Hopping Claim

On September 28, 2016, in Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Warner Chilcott Public Limited Co. (Doryx), the Third Circuit affirmed the lower court's grant of summary judgment against antitrust claims by generic manufacturer Mylan regarding branded manufacturer Warner Chilcott's alleged “product hopping” activity with respect to its drug Doryx (delayed-release doxycycline hyclate). 

September 29, 2016

Brexit and Data Protection: The Impact on GDPR Compliance

As we wait for the UK to decide what arrangement it will seek with the European Union when it leaves, it may be useful to focus on what Brexit may mean for data protection.

September 22, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Agios Pharmaceuticals in $173M Public Offering and Full Exercise of Option to Purchase Additional Shares

The WilmerHale team was led by Partner Steven Singer and included Special Counsel Cynthia Mazareas, Senior Associate Mhairi Immermann and Associate Brett Bromann.

September 22, 2016

WilmerHale Reps Eleven Biotherapeutics in Acquisition of Viventia Bio

The acquisition creates a NASDAQ-listed company focused on the development of novel therapies based upon antibody fragments genetically fused to cytotoxic proteins, or targeted protein therapeutics, as new treatments in areas of oncology with significant unmet need.

September 21, 2016

WilmerHale Makes BTI’s IP Litigation Standout List, Fearsome Foursome Honor Roll

The rankings place WilmerHale among the top 20 IP Litigation firms in the industry.

September 15, 2016

New Book by Gary Born: International Arbitration and Forum Selection Agreements: Drafting and Enforcing

WilmerHale is pleased to announce the publication of Gary Born's most recent work on international arbitration and dispute resolution. The revised fifth edition of International Arbitration and Forum Selection Agreements: Drafting and Enforcing is a concise, practical primer on the fundamentals of drafting and enforcing international arbitration agreements and other dispute resolution clauses.

September 13, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Thermo Fisher Scientific in €1.6B Eurobond Public Offering

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced the completion of its public offering of €1 billion aggregate principal amount of 0.750% Senior Notes due 2024 and €600 million aggregate principal amount of 1.375% Senior Notes due 2028 at the issue prices of 99.122% of the principal amount and 99.748% of the principal amount, respectively.