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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February 25, 2015

In Search of an Effective Defense to Litigation Fishing Expeditions Into Private, Associational Political Speech

An article co-authored by Jeffrey P. Schomig, along with Reagan E. Bradford of Chesapeake Energy Corp., published in Bloomberg BNA's The United States Law Week on February 24, 2015.

February 19, 2015

Ten Major Financial Institutions Sign up to Share Information on Suspicious Activity With UK Authorities

Keith Bristow, Director General of the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), has announced a far-reaching information sharing agreement between 10 major financial institutions and the NCA aimed at tackling money laundering within the UK financial services industry.

February 13, 2015

CFPB Analysis of Consumer Complaints on Reverse Mortgages

The CFPB’s February 2015 report entitled “Snapshot of Reverse Mortgage Complaints” highlights the key trends in the 1,200 complaints made to the CFPB about reverse mortgages from December 2011 through December 2014.

February 6, 2015

Patents, Standard Setting, and Antitrust – New Insight from the Department of Justice

On February 2, 2015, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) took another step towards clarifying the antitrust rules applicable to standard essential patents (SEPs).

February 5, 2015

SEC and FINRA Release Cybersecurity Sweep Reports, Promise Increased Scrutiny of Regulated Firms

Continuing their heightened focus on the information security practices of regulated firms, both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released reports Tuesday summarizing the results of their cybersecurity sweeps.

February 4, 2015

REMIT – Implementing Measures Clarifying Data Reporting Obligations

In 2011, the EU adopted Regulation 1227/2011 on “wholesale energy market integrity and transparency”, known as “REMIT”.

February 4, 2015

Christopher Casamassima Named to the Daily Journal’s Top 20 Under 40 List

Partner Christopher Casamassima was named to the Daily Journal’s prestigious Top 20 Under 40 list.

February 3, 2015

The CFPB’s Enforcement of the Prohibition on Abusive Acts and Practices

An article by Eric J. Mogilnicki and Eamonn K. Moran published in Bloomberg BNA's Banking Report on February 3, 2015.

January 30, 2015

Intellectual Ventures v. Capital One: Can Antitrust Law and Economics Get Us Past the Trolls?

An article co-written by Michelle Miller, published in the January 2015 edition of CPI Antitrust Chronicle.

January 28, 2015

MOFCOM’s Interim Rules on Restrictive Conditions for Concentrations of Undertakings

China’s Ministry of Commerce on December 17, 2014 issued an interpretation on its December 4 Interim Rules on Restrictive Conditions for Concentrations of Undertakings (Interim Remedy Rules) which became effective on January 5, 2015.