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Rebecca Bact

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Bact, Rebecca

Counsel Rebecca Bact focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation as well as appellate and Supreme Court matters. She has represented clients in patent disputes involving a variety of technologies, including medical devices, smartphones and content delivery networks. Ms. Bact handles matters at every stage of litigation, including conducting pre-suit investigations, drafting pleadings and motions, participating in all aspects of fact and expert discovery, taking depositions, and drafting briefs for appeals at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. She also has experience with matters at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission. Additionally, Ms. Bact has advised clients on matters of policy and legislation related to intellectual property.

While at WilmerHale, Ms. Bact has also represented clients in other complex litigation matters, including representing a major university in Title IX cases and representing a government entity in regulatory and administrative proceedings.

Ms. Bact is committed to pro bono work, focusing her practice on GLBT rights and immigration matters. Ms. Bact represents a transgender inmate seeking adequate medical care, has represented immigrants seeking relief from removal in the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States, and has represented various amici in Supreme Court appeals related to same-sex marriage and transgender rights.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Bact was a law clerk for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Before beginning law school, she was an investigator with the Office of the Bar Counsel of the Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Bact has served as a judicial intern with the Supreme Court of the United States, and also completed internships for the Honorable Nancy Gertner of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and for the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ms. Bact is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the United States Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit, Second Circuit, Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit.

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October 13, 2017

WilmerHale Secures $40M Win for Akamai Technologies Against Limelight Networks at Delaware Supreme Court

WilmerHale earned a significant victory for Akamai Technologies, Inc. when the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Delaware Chancery Court's dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Limelight Networks, Inc. that asserted breach of a settlement agreement between the parties, insuring that Akamai will continue to receive the remaining $40 million due in license payments.

June 26, 2013

WilmerHale Plays Key Role in Historic Supreme Court Ruling Favoring Marriage Equality

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued two long-awaited decisions affecting the legality of same-sex marriage. The law firm WilmerHale played a significant role in both cases, which involved challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8.

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Education

JD, magna cum laude, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2011, Order of the Coif, Editor in Chief, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

BA, English Language and Literature and French Studies, cum laude, Smith College, 2005

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

Clerkships

The Hon. Norman H. Stahl, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2011 - 2012

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