Wayne L. Stoner


Stoner, Wayne L.

Wayne Stoner is a partner in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice Groups. He joined the firm in 1986 and was Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group from 2000 to 2007.


Mr. Stoner's practice focuses on patent litigation and strategy, including leading many jury and bench trials and appeals. He has represented a broad range of clients of all sizes in numerous cases involving diverse technologies such as lasers, medical devices, semiconductor processing, integrated circuits, banking, electrochemistry, separation technology, and telecommunications. He practices in courts nationwide and before the US International Trade Commission.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of the Best Lawyers in America for his litigation - patent practice
  • Named a 2013 leading practitioner in patent law by IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners and listed in the 2011 edition of IAM 250: The World's Leading Patent Litigators
  • Highly recommended in the PLC Cross-border IP in Business Transactions Handbook 2008/09
  • Highly Recommended for his intellectual property practice in the 2007-08 edition of the PLC IP & IT Cross-Border Handbook
  • Recognized as a Massachusetts leader in the intellectual property field in the 2005, 2006, 2008-2014 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in intellectual property litigation in Boston Magazine, 2004-2014 editions

Publications & News


May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

August 15, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Eight “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced

September 30, 2011

WilmerHale Settles Two Patent Infringement Suits for Palomar Against Candela and Syneron

March 15, 2011

Chambers USA 2011 Preliminary Results Announced

June 11, 2010

Chambers USA 2010 Reveals Final Results Ranking 101 WilmerHale Lawyers and Dozens of Practices

March 18, 2010

Chambers USA 2010 Honors WilmerHale, Ranking Over 100 Lawyers and Dozens of Practices

June 12, 2009

Chambers USA 2009 Reveals Complete Rankings

Recent Highlights

  • Successful representation of the prevailing party in a case of first impression in the Federal Circuit
  • Successful representation of a publicly-traded company in litigation involving 18 patents before the US International Trade Commission and United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Representation of a publicly-traded company in a case involving 11 patents in the Eastern District of Texas
  • Representation of a publicly-traded company in a case involving 11 patents in the District of Delaware

Professional Activities

  • Faculty, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Program


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JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1986, Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review

BA, Economics, University of Denver, 1983, Phi Beta Kappa

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