This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Tracing its history back to 1918, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is defined by its commitment to quality, client service and the recruitment of exceptionally talented lawyers. Its guiding principles have served it well and the firm – more commonly referred to as WilmerHale – has played a leading role in historic cases and landmark events. including the legal defence of civil rights and involvement in the foundation of legal aid work. Despite its rich heritage, the firm has not rested on its laurels: expansion over the years has been such that it now boasts around 1,000 lawyers, as well as offices in 14 locations in the US, Europe and Asia. The firm’s international reputation is reflected in our research and WilmerHale garners 51 listings across 17 practice areas.
|WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE and DORR LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 51|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Arbitration||6||Internet & e-Commerce||1|
|Banking||1||M & A||3|
|Business Crime Defence||7||Patents||1|
|Commercial Litigation||2||Private Funds||2|
|Corporate Governance||4||Trade & Customs||4|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||1|
Competition emerges as the firm’s strongest practice with 10 lawyers selected for inclusion - a testament to its “remarkable” litigation expertise. Co-chair of the antitrust and competition group, Thomas Mueller in DC is “renowned” for his cartels work and is praised for his “great insight” by clients. His representative work includes representing one of the world’s largest auto parts manufacturers in resolving its criminal liability in the US and representing JPMorgan Chase in the Department of Justice’s investigation of the municipal derivatives market. Former chair of the group, William Kolasky has “unrivalled” experience of dealing with competition authorities throughout the world from his time spent at the US DoJ as a deputy assistant attorney general in the antitrust division. His practice encompasses the full range of antitrust litigation and counselling. The Brussels office fields five practitioners including Claus-Dieter Ehlermann, who is also noted for his trade and customs expertise. Ehlermann is a senior counsel at the firm and has a “longstanding reputation” for competition and WTO work. He is joined by Sven Völcker, a “highly notable” practitioner in the legal market with a focus on merger clearance, cartel, behavioural cases and state aid. He is particularly knowledgeable in the aviation sector and is recognised in the corresponding chapter for his work in that field. John Ratliff has a “wealth of expertise” in competition law and is recognised for his “outstanding work” in relation to cases such as the Boeing/McDonnel Douglas phase two merger and the proceedings to reinstate England’s Football League in the UEFA Cup. In Berlin, Ulrich Quack advises German and international clients in proceedings before the European Commission and German Federal Cartel Office. He is noted for his “unwavering commitment to clients”. In Boston, James Burling’s practice emphasises merger clearance and antitrust litigation for clients in the hi-tech space.
WilmerHale has built an impressive reputation for representing multinational companies, executive and high-ranking public officials in investigations and criminal trials. The firm’s expertise covers insider trading, money laundering, healthcare fraud, securities fraud, accounting fraud, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and criminal environmental violations among others. In February 2012, the firm secured a full dismissal of all criminal charges against client David Ard, who had been charged with conspiracy to defraud the FDA and commit wire fraud in relation to the alleged off-label promotion of medical devices distributed by his former employer Stryker Biotech. Seven lawyers feature prominently in the business crime defence chapter including chair of the investigations and criminal litigation practice group Stephen Jonas. Jonas focuses on representing companies and individuals in investigations, criminal defence and grand jury matters. He is particularly renowned for his work in healthcare fraud, securities fraud, economic espionage and environmental crimes. Also in Boston, Robert Keefe has extensive experience in white-collar criminal defence work and recently represented a company under federal investigation for violation of tax laws and money laundering statutes. In DC, Howard Shapiro chairs the litigation/controversy department at the firm and has over 20 years of courtroom experience as a trial lawyer. London-based Stephen Pollard is a recent addition to the firm, having joined in 2012, and brings enviable experience in financial services fraud; he represented former Barings trader Nick Leeson as well as a defendant in the FSA’s first criminal prosecution for market manipulation.
WilmerHale prides itself on its premier arbitration practice and has been involved in more than 600 proceedings in recent years, a position confirmed by our research which singles out six individuals at the firm in our arbitration chapter. London-based Gary Born chairs the international arbitration practice group and is consistently highly ranked in our research. His expertise includes joint venture, investor-state, M&A, investment banking, project finance, energy, intellectual property and insurance disputes. Alongside him, the “distinguished” Steven Finizio advises clients on matters arising under the rules of all the major international arbitration institutions and in both common law and civil law jurisdictions. In New York, James Carter is a “time-honoured” lawyer with considerable expertise as arbitrator or counsel in disputes concerning joint ventures, international trade and investment disputes. Rachael Kent in DC is vice chair of the international arbitration practice group and has represented clients in commercial and investment arbitrations in Bermuda, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, The Hague, Vienna and Zurich.
Further recognition goes to William Lee, who features in our commercial litigation, life sciences: IP and patents chapters for his “outstanding IP knowledge” and “talent” as a litigator. Last year saw him take a lead role in representing Apple in its $1.05 billion trial victory against Samsung. Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky is also a “stand-out” practitioner at the firm and chairs the international trade, investment and market access practice group. She is one of the most highly regarded individuals in our trade and customs research.
The practice of pro bono work is fully entrenched in the firm and lawyers are encouraged to participate in government service, service to the bar and teaching as well as supporting charitable organisations. In recognition of the firm’s outstanding service to the Legal Aid Society and its clients, it was among 43 law firms to be awarded the 2012 Pro Bono Publico Award. Furthermore, WilmerHale recently entered into a further three-year partnership with Bread for the City, a not-for-profit organisation which provides services to the homeless. The firm’s partnership with the organisation began in 2008 and will continue through to 2015.
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