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

Slavitt, Andy

Andy Slavitt

Senior Advisor, Public Policy and Healthcare

+1 202 663 6119 (t)

andy.slavitt@wilmerhaleadvisor.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

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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May 23, 2018

8-in-8 Recent Trends in European Law and Policy Alert Series—The EU’s Data Protection Regulatory Big Bang: The GDPR Comes Into Force

This is the inaugural issue of WilmerHale's 8-in-8 Recent Trends in European Law and Policy Alert Series. Over the next eight weeks, our attorneys will share insights on current and emerging issues affecting companies doing business in Europe and across the Atlantic. In this first issue we discuss some of the background to the General Data Protection Regulation and its relevance to companies in all sectors that do business in or with Europe.

May 23, 2018

WilmerHale’s Robert Novick Interviewed by BBC About the WTO’s Boeing-Airbus Ruling

WilmerHale Co-Managing Partner Robert Novick spoke with BBC about the World Trade Organization's recent landmark ruling in a dispute over subsidies that pitted firm client Boeing Co. and the United States against Airbus SE and the European Union.

May 22, 2018

EU to Reactivate 1996 Blocking Regulation Against US Sanctions on Iran

On Friday, May 18, the EU Commission launched the formal process to reactivate a 1996 trade defense law in response to the US withdrawal from the JCPOA on Iran's nuclear program.

May 17, 2018

FDA Publishes List of Drug Companies Accused of Hindering Generic Entry: Antitrust Implications

Today, as part of the Trump Administration's stated goal to lower drug prices, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a list of pharmaceutical companies that have allegedly refused to sell samples of their drugs to generic manufacturers.

May 16, 2018

Banking Regulators' Examination Authority Does Not Override Attorney-Client Privilege

Notwithstanding the venerable status of the attorney-client privilege and the important purposes it serves, the federal banking regulators and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have taken the position that they have the legal authority to override the privilege and compel supervised institutions to produce information protected by the privilege.

May 15, 2018

Partner Jamie Gorelick Participates in Bioterror Simulation That Highlights Continued Readiness Gaps

Partner Jamie Gorelick, along with other former and current top federal policymakers, participated in a tabletop exercise meant to better understand the kinds of high-level decisions that would be necessary in the event of an actual pandemic global outbreak of a potentially deadly pathogen.

May 10, 2018

Iran Sanctions After the Trump Administration's JCPOA Withdrawal

On May 8, President Trump announced that the United States would end its participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

May 7, 2018

WilmerHale on Shortlist for Transatlantic Antitrust, Dispute Resolution Teams of the Year

WilmerHale has been named to the shortlist of law firms being considered for The American Lawyer's 2018 Transatlantic Legal Awards for Antitrust Team of the Year and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year.

May 3, 2018

Infrastructure Series: NAFTA Renegotiation: Energy Infrastructure and Investor-State Disputes

Negotiations to reshape the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among the United States, Canada and Mexico have recently intensified as various factors—upcoming elections in Mexico in July and in the United States in November; the prospects of a trade showdown between the United States and China—have the three nations pushing to reach an agreement in principle in the coming weeks (although talks are presently on hold until May 7). This client alert was also published by Law360.

May 3, 2018

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2018 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2018 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 95 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.