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WilmerHale Women: Trial Lawyers

More than 100 of the firm’s female lawyers—including 23 partners—have trial experience.

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2018 Edition of Chambers USA



  • Achieving a significant victory for Intel Corporation in a $2 billion patent infringement suit brought by AVM Technologies. The six-day jury trial held in the US District Court for the District of Delaware resulted in a finding of no infringement on eight asserted claims.

  • Defending former Thornburg Mortgage CEO Larry Goldstone and CFO Clarence Simmons III against claims that they schemed to defraud investors and mislead their auditors. Following a three-week trial, the jury cleared both on half of the 10 claims they faced, and deadlocked in the defendants’ favor on the remaining five, resulting in the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s first loss at trial since 2014. The SEC then dismissed the remaining claims, rather than face a retrial.
  • Achieving a significant victory for the National Collegiate Athletic Association when a jury in Massachusetts returned a defense verdict after a seven-day libel trial in which the plaintiff sought $25 million in damages.
  • Achieving a victory in the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals for The Boeing Company and United Launch Services LLC. Following three weeks of trial and substantial post-trial briefing, the board agreed with petitioners on all litigated issues and held that the Air Force was obligated to pay new prices for the launch of three GPS satellites into space.
  • Achieving a complete victory for TransUnion Risk and Alternative Data Solutions after six days of trial when the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida issued a declaratory judgment holding that TRADS owns all the intellectual property it paid $154 million to acquire, enjoining the defendants from using TRADS’ IP, and awarding attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • Representing Ford Motor Company in a four-patent trial related to collision avoidance and infotainment technology in the Western District of Washington (the jury found in favor of our client and found the plaintiffs and their CEO had misappropriated Ford’s trade secrets).
  • Obtaining a win for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Takeda) when a Federal Circuit panel held that a Delaware federal court had erred in ruling that a Millennium cancer drug patent was invalid as obvious over prior art in its infringement litigation against a number of generic-drug companies. This Hatch-Waxman matter involved a patent owned by the US government and exclusively licensed to Takeda covering the latter’s blockbuster oncology drug Velcade®. Generic drug manufacturers including Sandoz filed ANDAs seeking to market generic versions of Velcade and Takeda filed suit for patent infringement in the US District Court for the District of Delaware. In reversing the lower court's ruling, the appeals court found that the asserted claims were directed to the mannitol ester of bortezomib—“a new compound with distinct chemical properties”—and that these claims were not obvious.
  • Obtaining a significant victory in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey for Braintree Laboratories, Inc. Following a three-day bench trial, US District Judge Peter Sheridan found that Braintree proved by a preponderance of the evidence that the proposed generic product of defendant Novel Laboratories, Inc. would infringe the five asserted claims of Braintree’s patent if marketed and sold.
  • Securing a complete victory for when the US District Court for the Central District of California concluded that GoDaddy acted with a good faith belief that its use of multiple challenged domain names by the plaintiff was a fair use or otherwise lawful.
  • Securing, after only one partial day of testimony, a full dismissal of all criminal charges against client David Ard, a regional sales manager for Stryker Biotech. Ard had been charged with conspiracy to defraud the FDA and commit wire fraud, as well as wire fraud, in connection with the alleged off-label promotion of medical devices distributed by his former employer. The government moved to dismiss all charges against Ard with prejudice, stating that it was “in the interest of justice” to do so. The government also stated on record that it did not consider Ard a co-conspirator.


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    Litigation Department of the Year Finalist  

    The American Lawyer


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    Washington DC Litigation Department of the Year

    The National Law Journal

    2017; General Litigation Category

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    “The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business”

    Chambers Global

    2018; 33 WilmerHale Lawyers ranked

  • Best Lawyers in America 2016 – Recognized 100 WilmerHale partners, naming six “Lawyer of the Year,” including David Ogden as “Washington DC Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Lawyer of the Year” and James Carter as “New York Arbitration Lawyer of the Year.” In the 2015 edition, nine partners were named “Lawyers of the year,” including Bill Lee as “Boston Litigation: Patent Lawyer of the Year” and Seth Waxman as “Washington DC Litigation-First Amendment and Regulatory Enforcement Lawyer of the Year.”
  • Chambers Global 2018 – Named 33 WilmerHale lawyers among “The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business,” including Bill Lee, who was ranked in the area of Litigation: Trial Lawyers USA.
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012-2017 – Recognized WilmerHale as a leading law firm in multiple litigation practice areas, including antitrust, appellate, FCPA, intellectual property, international arbitration, Native American law, securities and white-collar crime, and government investigations. In 2017, 86 WilmerHale lawyers were recognized for their respective practices.
  • Global Arbitration Review – Named WilmerHale among the world’s top international arbitration practices since the 2008 inception of its GAR 30 list.
  • International Law Office – Named Gary Born the exclusive recipient of the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Client Choice Award for Arbitration in the UK. John Pierce was the exclusive recipient of the 2016 Client Choice Award for Arbitration in the US.
  • Law Week Colorado – Named Mindy Sooter one of the state’s most talented and accomplished litigation attorneys. The recognition, part of the publication's annual Top Litigators awards, recognizes “the leading trial attorneys in the state who had the biggest wins—and saves—in the courtroom.” Sooter was selected based on her courtroom work for clients Comcast and Medtronic.
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – Included Felicia Ellsworth on its annual Top Women of Law list, which honors outstanding women lawyers whose contributions are invaluable to the legal profession.
  • The American Lawyer – Named WilmerHale a finalist in its 2018 Litigation Department of the Year contest. The magazine also recognized the firm with its IP Litigation Department of the Year title twice (in 2014 and 2008) and named it a finalist in the category six times since the publication first awarded it in 2004.
  • The American Lawyer – Selected WilmerHale’s successful representation of Swatch Group in Swatch Group v. Tiffany as the Global Dispute of the Year in the field of commercial arbitration for its 2014 Global Legal Awards.
  • The Legal 500 United States in 2017 – Recognized 125 WilmerHale lawyers across 28 practice areas—including 12 who were named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two named to its “Next Generation Lawyers” list.
  • The National Law Journal – Named WilmerHale the 2017 Washington DC Litigation Department of the Year in the General Litigation category. WilmerHale was named to NLJ’s Appellate Hot List, which honors firms that have achieved significant appellate wins during the past year and have an impressive track record overall, for nine consecutive years (2009-2016).
  • The National Law Journal – Recognized Matthew Martens in its 2017 list of Litigation Trailblazers based on significant career accomplishments and innovations in the fight for justice.
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers – In its 2017 “Best Law Firms” list, ranked several of WilmerHale’s litigation practices in the first tier nationally as well as in Boston, New York and Washington DC. These practices include administrative/regulatory, antitrust, appellate, bankruptcy, commercial, criminal defense: white collar, eminent domain & condemnation, first amendment, intellectual property, patent, regulatory enforcement and securities litigation. WilmerHale was recognized as “Law Firm of the Year” in international arbitration on the 2015 list.

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