Regulatory and Government Affairs

WilmerHale's Regulatory and Government Affairs Department comprises approximately 150 lawyers and other professionals whose practices focus on advising clients and litigating matters where governmental regulation, public policy and business intersect. The department's capabilities are global, extending from the United States to Europe, Asia and beyond.

We have lawyers admitted to practice in 10 countries. Our clients include major multinational corporations and financial institutions, trade associations and government entities across a range of industries, with particular focus on the aviation, defense, communications, education, energy, financial services, high tech and pharmaceutical sectors.

The department's professionals have an intimate knowledge of how government works in the countries where we practice. Not surprisingly, more than 100 of our lawyers have served in senior government positions in the United States, in Europe and in multilateral organizations. These include the White House, independent agencies and Departments of the Federal Government, the United States Congress, the European Commission, the German Federal Government and the World Trade Organization. See a detailed list of all firm professionals with government service. 

Clients turn to us to handle complex, visible and critically-important controversy and counseling matters, whether to achieve a particular business objective, such as merger or other regulatory agency approvals or licensing authority; to ensure regulatory compliance and manage governmental investigations, often when the client's reputation is at stake; to devise and implement policy and political strategies in anticipation of future government activity or to litigate before agencies, the courts and international institutions in the United States, the EU and elsewhere. Recent representative matters include:

  • Advise major pharmaceutical companies and major trade and business associations about Justice Department and HHS enforcement policies in the area of the False Claims Act and FDCA enforcement;
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company in a House Energy and Commerce Committee investigation related to the passage of the Affordable Care Act;
  • Secured for Lucent approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for its merger with Alcatel;
  • Representing the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in its application to the Federal Reserve Board and New York State Banking department to open a branch in New York;
  • Secured approval for Statoil's merger with Norsk Hydro's petroleum business, a merger that created the world's largest offshore production group;
  • Obtained for The Hartford Financial Group dismissal of all antitrust claims in the Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Multidistrict Litigation;
  • Obtained a grant of immunity from US antitrust laws from the US Department of Transportation for alliance agreements among nine members of the Star Alliance, including United Airlines and Lufthansa German Airlines;
  • Representing The Boeing Company in the United States' challenge to EU subsidies to Airbus before the World Trade Organization;
  • Secured for United Airlines from the Department of Transportation authority to introduce non-stop service between Washington, DC and Beijing;
  • Representing Verizon in its suits arising out of the National Security Wiretap program;
  • Represented an international consortium of telecommunications carriers in negotiating a sensitive national security agreement with the FBI and the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and Defense, concerning the operation and ownership of a new, undersea cable between the United States and several Asian countries;
  • Advised PhRMA during negotiations and Congressional passage of landmark FDA reform legislation;
  • Negotiated on behalf of Textrona first-in-the-nation settlement simultaneously resolving environmental and government contract claims relating to contamination at an active military base; and
  • Advised Cisco and Google in House International Relations Committee hearings on Chinese Internet censorship.

While the department is organized along the nine listed practice groups, our clients benefit from the diverse capabilities, perspectives and nationalities of professionals across practice groups and across departments.

WilmerHale's Regulatory and Government Affairs Department comprises approximately 150 lawyers and other professionals whose practices focus on advising clients and litigating matters where governmental regulation, public policy and business intersect. The department's capabilities are global, extending from the United States to Europe, Asia and beyond.

We have lawyers admitted to practice in 10 countries. Our clients include major multinational corporations and financial institutions, trade associations and government entities across a range of industries, with particular focus on the aviation, defense, communications, education, energy, financial services, high tech and pharmaceutical sectors.

The department's professionals have an intimate knowledge of how government works in the countries where we practice. Not surprisingly, more than 100 of our lawyers have served in senior government positions in the United States, in Europe and in multilateral organizations. These include the White House, independent agencies and Departments of the Federal Government, the United States Congress, the European Commission, the German Federal Government and the World Trade Organization. See a detailed list of all firm professionals with government service. 

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Gorelick, Jamie

Jamie Gorelick

Chair, Regulatory and Government Affairs Department

Co-Chair, Strategic Response Group

+1 202 663 6500 (t)

jamie.gorelick@wilmerhale.com

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Rob Lehman

Senior Public Policy Advisor

+1 202 663 6907 (t)

rob.lehman@wilmerhale.com

Timothy Martin

Timothy G. Martin

Public Policy Attorney

+1 202 663 6539 (t)

timothy.martin@wilmerhale.com

Adegbile, Debo

Debo P. Adegbile

Partner

+1 212 295 6717 (t)

debo.adegbile@wilmerhale.com

Berkovitz, Dan

Dan M. Berkovitz

Partner

+1 202 663 6352 (t)

dan.berkovitz@wilmerhale.com

Berman, Bruce M.

Bruce M. Berman

Partner

+1 202 663 6173 (t)

bruce.berman@wilmerhale.com

Boast, Molly S.

Molly S. Boast

Partner

+1 212 230 8887 (t)

molly.boast@wilmerhale.com

Braun, Martin

Dr. Martin Braun

Partner

+49 69 27 10 78 207 (t)

martin.braun@wilmerhale.com

Brown, Reginald J.

Reginald J. Brown

Partner

+1 202 663 6430 (t)

reginald.brown@wilmerhale.com

Industry Experience

More than 100 of our lawyers have served in senior government positions in the United States, in Europe and in multilateral organizations. These include the White House, independent agencies and Departments of the Federal Government, the United States Congress, the European Commission, the German Federal Government and the World Trade Organization. See a detailed list of our lawyers' experience in government services.

Publications & News

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October 18, 2017

Ninth Circuit Requires US to Pay Defense Contractor Cleanup Costs

On October 4, the Ninth Circuit reversed the District Court for the Southern District of California's decision to allocate to a government contractor 100 percent of cleanup costs for hazardous contamination at a manufacturing facility for failure to consider the involvement of the United States in contributing to that contamination, and remanded the case for additional proceedings.

October 16, 2017

DOJ Civil Rights Division Intensifies Efforts to Investigate Discrimination Against US Workers

October 11, 2017

Brexit and Data Protection: The UK Government's New Data Protection Bill

The UK government has taken an additional step in its attempts to find a way to ensure uninterrupted data flows between the UK and the EU after Brexit. On 13 September 2017, the UK government introduced a draft Data Protection Bill to the UK Parliament, accompanied by explanatory notes.

October 2, 2017

Wait, I Thought We Were Done? DOJ Challenges $4B Merger Months After HSR Filing and Expiration of the HSR Waiting Period

Earlier this week, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit seeking to unwind Parker-Hannifin's $4.3 billion consummated acquisition of Clarcor.

September 27, 2017

The National Law Journal Recognizes Thomas Mueller as an Antitrust Trailblazer

Mueller was chosen based on his significant career accomplishments and innovations in the field of antitrust and competition law.

September 26, 2017

Trump Administration Imposes Broad New Sanctions Against North Korea

Over the past several years, as North Korea has increased the capability of its nuclear and ballistic missile program, there has been a steady increase in sanctions pressure against North Korea by the United States and the broader international community. In response to the latest provocations from North Korea, late last week President Trump declared that it was time to “maximize pressure” on North Korea and signed a new Executive Order.

September 25, 2017

Court Holds Project Construction Constitutes “Mining” on Tribal Lands

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that excavation work performed by a private company when installing wind turbines constituted “mining” under the federal regulation governing mineral development on tribal land. This is an interesting and noteworthy decision for anyone involved in developing energy projects (both renewable and conventional) on tribal lands.

September 22, 2017

David Cohen Explains How US North Korea Sanctions Pressure Chinese Banks on PBS NewsHour

Following the Trump Administration's announcement of increased economic sanctions on North Korea on September 21, Partner David Cohen explained on PBS NewsHour that the move placed particular pressure on Chinese financial institutions.

September 19, 2017

A Guide to the Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

In this article published by Law360, Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown describe the key steps in the path to nomination for federal officials and provide tips on how to navigate them.

September 18, 2017

EU to Establish a Framework for Screening Foreign Direct Investment

On September 13, 2017, the European Commission issued a proposal for a Regulation establishing a framework for screening foreign direct investment in the European Union.