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

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

Carome, Patrick J.

Patrick J. Carome

Partner

+1 202 663 6610 (t)

patrick.carome@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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January 20, 2017

China Requires Registration of App Stores

The Cyberspace Administration of China on January 13, 2017 issued a notice concerning registration of Internet app stores. The notice requires that, effective January 16, all app stores must register with the provincial-level cyberspace authority.

January 19, 2017

Sudan Embargo Lifted

On January 13, the US Department of the Treasury's OFAC issued a general license that authorizes all transactions with Sudan that were previously prohibited by the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations.

January 17, 2017

POLITICO Pro Q&A: Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas spoke with POLITICO about his experience at the Department of Homeland Security and what he sees as the biggest cybersecurity challenges.

December 30, 2016

President Obama Sanctions Russia Over Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities

President Obama amended a previously-issued executive order designed to address cyber-enabled activities yesterday in response to “Russia's cyber activities [that] were intended to influence the election, erode faith in US democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine confidence in the institutions of the US government.”

December 21, 2016

Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement: The Rise of Individual Liability for Compliance Professionals

Partner Sharon Cohen Levin, Counsel Elizabeth J. Hogan and Senior Associate Tamar Kaplan-Marans, in an article published by The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, highlight the increased individual liability risks faced by anti-money laundering compliance officers.

December 19, 2016

The Regulatory Transition: How the Trump Administration is Likely to Try to Block and Undo Obama Administration Regulations

In this Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives article, Jonathan Cedarbaum discusses the likelihood of President Trump suspending and undoing regulatory initiatives undertaken by the Obama Administration.

December 16, 2016

What to Expect From a Trump Administration Trade Policy: Revisiting NAFTA

In this alert, the authors discuss one of President-elect Trump's priority initiatives: the pledge to renegotiate, or withdraw from, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to get a better deal for US workers. This WilmerHale Client Alert was also published by Law360.

December 16, 2016

WilmerHale Applauds Debo P. Adegbile’s Presidential Appointment to US Commission on Civil Rights

The White House announced on December 15 that President Obama tapped Debo Adegbile to serve a six-year term on the commission.

December 15, 2016

WilmerHale ENsights: With Energy-Related Cabinet Nearly Filled, Nominations Foreshadow New Direction

President-elect Donald Trump's nominees to lead his energy, environment and natural resources teams are proving the old adage “Personnel is policy” true.

December 15, 2016

WilmerHale Partners Molly Boast and Heather Tewksbury Named Top Women in Antitrust Law by GCR

Partners Molly Boast and Heather Tewksbury have been named to Global Competition Review's (GCR) list of top Women in Antitrust 2016.