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 to 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. Click here to 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 to 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.

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Gorelick, Jamie

Jamie Gorelick

Chair, Regulatory and Government Affairs Department

Chair, Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice Group

Co-Chair, Strategic Response Group

+1 202 663 6500 (t)

jamie.gorelick@wilmerhale.com

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. Please click here to see a detailed list of our lawyers' experience in government services.

Publications & News

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July 22, 2015

Department of Defense Issues Final Rule Expanding Military Lending Act to Credit Cards and Other Consumer Lending Products

On July 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the final rule amending the Military Lending Act’s implementing regulations.

July 15, 2015

Final Deal Reached on Iran Sanctions Relief

On July 14, 2015, the United States and its P5+1 negotiating partners, together with Iran, announced the final terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concerning Iran’s nuclear program.

July 14, 2015

Bisnow Names Privacy Partner Heather Zachary Among Top 40 Under 40

Bisnow named WilmerHale Partner Heather Zachary to its Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys list, a selection of Washington DC-area lawyers under 40 who have distinguished themselves within the industry.

July 6, 2015

Reed Freeman Recognized as a Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer

Partner Reed Freeman has been selected as one of 45 lawyers on The National Law Journal’s list of Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazers.

July 6, 2015

TCPA Do’s and Don’ts: Lessons Learned From the Recent Litigation Wave and FCC Order

An article by Bradley Baglien, Heather Zachary and Reed Freeman, published in Bloomberg BNA's Privacy and Security Law Report on July 6, 2015.

July 2, 2015

Jamie Gorelick Honored as a Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer

Partner Jamie Gorelick has been selected as one of 45 lawyers on The National Law Journal's list of Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazers. Those recognized have "devised new strategies and decisively altered the playing field."

July 2, 2015

WilmerHale Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in Germany 2015

Nine WilmerHale lawyers from the Berlin and Frankfurt offices were listed in Best Lawyers in Germany, ranking in a recent edition of Handelsblatt.

July 1, 2015

Federal Trade Commission Issues “Start with Security” Guidance

On June 30, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its first guidance document as part of its Start with Security initiative.

July 1, 2015

WilmerHale Named a Leading National Firm in the United States by The Legal 500

The Legal 500 United States has released its annual rankings, selecting WilmerHale as one of the preeminent law firms in the country.

June 30, 2015

Supreme Court Rejects EPA Rulemaking Process for Power Plant Emissions Standards

The US Supreme Court held yesterday that the Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably failed to consider costs when it made the initial decision to regulate emissions of hazardous air pollutants from power plants.