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Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

41 National Rankings & 76 Metro Rankings | Website

Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provide them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

WilmerHale is top notch and a highly trusted law firm that we use for both the largest and smallest issues. They dedicate the same focus and time to both and always deliver the highest quality product. I not only feel comfortable recommending them to others, I have multiple times. I trust them with all my firm's needs.

Litigation - Intellectual Property

WilmerHale's Natalie Hanlon Leh has been a great partner to work with; she is responsive, budget-conscious, customer-oriented, business-oriented, pragmatic and focused on obtaining the right solution for our business.

Employment Law - Management

The WilmerHale lawyers we work with on employment matters are true professionals and have achieved excellent results on our behalf. We turn to WilmerHale for our most complicated and diverse employment matters.

Andy Viles, Esq. Canaccord Genuity, Inc.

Environmental Law

I've worked with WilmerHale for over ten years now. They are a key part of our environmental compliance efforts. The Boston team provides prompt and business practical advice in a sometimes complex area. Rob Kirsch has an excellent demeanor and inspires confidence. I value his counsel greatly. Bonnie Heiple is a rising star in the field. Her sensible and patient counsel provides us with a valuable sounding board for our attempts to address environmental compliance challenges.

Advertising Law

I have worked with Reed Freeman of WilmerHale on privacy and security matters for 5+ years. Reed's expertise is unmatched; he has excellent connections with the Federal Trade Commission and is a delight to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend Reed Freeman and WilmerHale to anyone looking for a privacy/security expert.

Information Technology Law

This firm is knowledgeable, responsive, and professional. WilmerHale did an excellent job representing our organization in an extremely complicated transaction.

Appellate Practice

The WilmerHale team has been excellent at handling our most complex and challenging pieces of litigation. They have an outstanding brain trust and a very strong bench that help us think through the various permutations of an issue and assure us that all aspects of the litigation are being competently handled.

Venture Capital Law

WilmerHale is excellent. They are very attentive and responsive, putting the interest of the venture always first as they advise me on all the potential ramifications of the actions I am considering.

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

WilmerHale represented me before the U.S. Supreme Court in Harris v. Viegelahn. Their professionalism and representation of my interests were beyond all expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend Craig Goldblatt, his team, and the firm to anyone in need of appellate counsel.

Mary Viegelahn Office of Mary Viegelahn

Venture Capital Law

I have found Jason Kropp at WilmerHale to be a reliable and trusted colleague whose counsel has high impact. I believe Jason to be amongst the very best of his peers and in an elite category of legal counsel in the venture world.

Campbell Murray Novartis Venture Fund

Venture Capital Law

I have had a very good experience with David Gammell from WilmerHale. We are an early stage startup and Dave has been a trusted counsel through our seed and Series A financing rounds. He is very responsive and his entire team to include associates and paralegal staff is professional and responsive.

Carl Vause Soft Robotics

Litigation - Patent

WilmerHale has fantastic lawyers who work very hard to win cases and to support their in-house clients.

Litigation - Intellectual Property

WilmerHale has fantastic lawyers who work very hard to win cases and to support their in-house clients.

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

The M&A lawyers at WilmerHale that I've worked with, Chris Rose and Eric Hwang, are extremely good, especially in the area of technology M&A. I highly recommend them. They've done lots of deals and are very experienced working with both large, established companies as well as smaller private companies and start-ups. They also practiced as in-house lawyers previously in their careers, so that background gives them better insight as to what their clients want/need and allows them to anticipate.

Banking and Finance Law

Quite frankly, I consider Daniel Chaudoin and his team in WilmerHale's DC office to be the best choice to represent large financial institutions in complex regulatory investigations. They have the right experience to deal with serious investigations whether they involve one regulator or the entire alphabet soup of regulators that lay claim to the financial services industry, outstanding judgment, and tremendous finesse in dealing with large and sometimes difficult clients.

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

The attorneys that I worked with at WilmerHale in the white-collar group were outstanding. Brent Gurney and Jeannie Rhee were well-prepared and dedicated. They are true professionals.

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

WilmerHale provided excellent guidance in helping us manage through issues. They also had a deep bench, so anytime we needed someone quickly a great lawyer was ready to go.

International Trade and Finance Law

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has deep trade and public policy expertise.

Energy Regulatory Law

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is very good at combining a strong understanding of black letter law with a commercial perspective to get deals done.

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

WilmerHale's advice on complex white collar and cyber issues is cutting edge.

David Snively Monsanto Company

Appellate Practice

Seth Waxman and his team at WilmerHale are world class.

David Snively Monsanto Company

Venture Capital Law

I've worked with various lawyers at WilmerHale over eight years and have found them to be highly knowledgeable across several different legal fields and well-versed in my industry (biotech). I would recommend WilmerHale without hesitation.

David Watson Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

WilmerHale provides consistently excellent counsel and collaboration at all levels of its organization, from junior associates to senior partners.

Dorian Daley Oracle Corporation

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

I have always had the best experiences with WilmerHale's White Collar practice. They are attentive, understand the issues, and represent us well.

Litigation - Intellectual Property

I have worked with a team from WilmerHale for the last year and a half on a significant patent litigation matter. At all levels of seniority, the WilmerHale lawyers I've worked with have demonstrated expertise, excellent critical thinking and strategy, mastery of complex technology and complicated, ever-changing procedures in patent law and in inter partes review before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. They implemented crisp and persuasive writing, as well as effective case management.

Elena DiMuzio Oracle Corporation

Litigation - Intellectual Property

My experience with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr was nothing but positive. We retained the firm under unusual circumstances with high stakes and a very limited time window to represent us. The team willingly took on the challenge, quickly developed a strategy and path to resolution for us. The amount of information the team was able to absorb and act upon in the short time frame was truly amazing, and their insights were extremely valuable.

Litigation - Patent

WilmerHale is absolutely top-notch.

Litigation - Intellectual Property

WilmerHale has high technical skills with very knowledgeable and skilled litigators.

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Jay Holtmeier of WilmerHale is an absolute expert and a reliable partner.

Frank Bayer Lufthansa Technik

Patent Law

Ben Fernandez of WilmerHale is a pleasure to work with.

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Stephanie Evans of WilmerHale is one of our go-to attorneys for M&A work. She is knowledgeable, effective and responsive -- a pleasure to deal with.

Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

In my experience, the WilmerHale team provides the often-elusive combination of deep subject matter expertise and practical solutions. As a result, the team's approach provides value to corporations, their directors and management, and the inside legal team that serves them.

Tim Baer Target

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

The value WilmerHale brings is knowing our business. Kim Wethly anticipates problems and acts with expertise on the practical as well as the esoteric.

Banking and Finance Law

WilmerHale is an outstanding, full-service firm. They collaborate well across practice areas and have a deep group of experts.

Native American Law

WilmerHale has a very fine and well-respected litigation practice; Danielle Spinelli and her team are a pleasure to work with.

Heather Sibbison Dentons

Litigation - Intellectual Property

WilmerHale is one of the top IP litigation firms out there. They are trial ready and able to handle a "bet the company" IP case.

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is the "go-to" shop for high stakes FCPA work. They have been involved in most of the high-profile FCPA matters over the course of the past ten years and bring the experience gained from those matters to each new engagement.

Litigation - Securities

My experiences working with WilmerHale lawyers over the past 11 years have been uniformly excellent. Their knowledge of the life science industry makes them practically valuable partners.

Tamara Joseph InVivo Therapeutics Corp.

Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

WilmerHale's DC office is hands down the best in this business.

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

The WilmerHale Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights team, as far as I can tell, has the deepest appellate expertise of any firm. Its Bankruptcy Code advocacy persuaded the Supreme Court not only to grant certiorari and reverse, but to craft a decision recognized as needed by members of the bankruptcy bar in advancing the law. The partners in particular deserving credit are Craig Goldblatt and Danielle Spinelli.

Jack Raisner Outten & Golden LLP

Appellate Practice

WilmerHale is excellent. Its reputation as the best appellate shop in Washington DC is well-earned, according to my experience. WilmerHale took the case as appellant counsel at the Circuit reconsideration stage and drove the case to a Supreme Court reversal with a undreamed-of level of conviction, professionalism and dexterity.

Jack Raisner Outten & Golden LLP

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

WilmerHale is a "go to" firm when there are bet the company matters. There is never any question about having access to quality resources both in terms of legal strategy and tactics, as well as communication plans, practical advice, and the myriad other considerations that go into the handling of complex matters.

Government Relations Practice

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is a superb law firm; excellent knowledge of government players, practical advice and tremendous resources.

Steve Reynolds ARAMARK Corporation

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

WilmerHale provides top-notch service and lawyering. They are a one stop shop for our company; they do it all and with experts in all areas most important to our business. It is also nice that WilmerHale has around the globe offices, which come in handy with our international operations.

Venture Capital Law

Have done several deals with WilmerHale. Just a top notch group with smart and practical lawyers who know how to complete deals.

FDA Law

We continue to value WilmerHale's advice, proactive attitude and creative solutions.

Simona Levi Cell Signaling Technology

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Kim Parker of WilmerHale went out of her way to understand the business, including the culture and environment, and how the issues at hand could have developed. Her advice and guidance were unique to the business practices and strategies, so they were practicable and implementable.

Commercial Litigation

Stephen Jonas at WilmerHale is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with. The knowledge and client perspective is best.

Shelly Singh

Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

WilmerHale has an incredible team of people; frankly unrivaled in this space. There is WilmerHale and then there is a huge drop to anyone else; but they are not inexpensive.

International Trade and Finance Law

WilmerHale has, hands down, the best international trade practice in Washington, DC. Their work is excellent, reliable and top-quality. No other firm comes close.

Commercial Litigation

The talent and quality of the lawyers with whom I've worked directly in WilmerHale's commercial litigation group are absolutely top-notch. They are extremely talented and creative commercial litigators, with excellent client understanding, and of the highest integrity and civility. They are extremely expensive, but I would definitely refer a colleague to this firm for a litigation matter where the stakes justified the expense.

Banking and Finance Law

WilmerHale is the best.

Litigation - Securities

We use Andrea Robinson of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr for complex SEC enforcement actions. She is a fabulous lawyer, who is at the top of the class. She has no weaknesses. She is also an excellent tactician and writer. Andrea is practical and deals with business clients and regulators with just the right touch. She has had tremendous outcomes for us. WilmerHale has a strong bench.

Joe Zwicker PNC

Biotechnology Law

The team at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr are highly professional and experienced. I have worked with the transactions team, corporate, tax and others within the organization and have found them all to be exceptional.

Russ Herndon Hydra Biosciences, Inc.

Securities Regulation

WilmerHale's securities practice is informed, practical and easy to work with. They provide good answers and thoughtful advice. Unlike certain firms that can give highly academic answers, WilmerHale gives advice that we can use. They are very responsive and willing to listen to the client to understand our needs.

Technology Law

Mike Bevilacqua WilmerHale is a fantastic lawyer.

Native American Law

WilmerHale has worked closely with us on a difficult and controversial project for the past 5 years or so. They have been extremely helpful and competent, prompt to respond to our questions and inquiries, and have provided excellent service overall.

John Wernet Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Native American Law

I worked as co-counsel with WilmerHale. This law firm consists of true professionals. They provided excellent advice with regard to every project I had the pleasure of working on with them, and they work well with co-counsel.

Rob Rosette Rosette, LLP

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Stephanie Evans at WilmerHale is very practical and is a top notch M&A lawyer.

Rob Lavet Social Finance

Corporate Law

WilmerHale has done wonderful work for us. Our work is headed by Susan Murley and Cynthia Mazareas. Both are amazing. They provide great practical advice. We did a large transaction in 2016 and Susan, Cynthia, and many other WilmerHale lawyers worked day and night to get the transaction under a very short deadline. I expect to use WilmerHale going forward as my corporate counsel for a long time.

Mutual Funds Law

WilmerHale offers practical solutions to complex cutting edge legal problems. They have a willingness to be an advocate for clients in regulatory gray areas.

Litigation - Tax

WillmerHale is an excellent firm with great bench strength. I have recently worked closely with Matt Schnall to resolve a complex state tax matter in a mediation setting. He is brilliant tax lawyer who is highly respected by taxing authorities which helps to make him highly effective. Matt can quickly identify the central or underlying issues in a complex tax matter and provide practical advice on how to move forward. He is an extremely talented tax lawyer.

Philip Graham FMR LLC

Litigation - Intellectual Property

WilmerHale is highly experienced, results oriented, and client focused.

Litigation - Patent

WilmerHale is highly experienced, results oriented, and client focused.

Banking and Finance Law

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr attorneys are experts and very responsive; they have a good client-first culture.

Lou Brenner Navy Federal Credit Union

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Michael Summersgill at WilmerHale is my go-to counsel on significant IP matters. Not only smart, he has terrific judgment and a real trial lawyer's mentality. He is one of the very best lawyers with whom I've worked across all disciplines. I have deep confidence in his ability to handle bet-the-company matters.

Venture Capital Law

WilmerHale has primarily assisted us with general corporate work. Specifically, they worked on our most recent Series B fundraiser. David Gammell is our primary attorney at WilmerHale. We have found him to be extremely practical and knowledgeable in the field. We engaged him right around the time we began the Series B fundraiser, and he was able to get up to speed very quickly and give sound advice and guidance.

Real Estate Law

WilmerHale's knowledge and insight on market terms is invaluable.

Kathy Sweeney Blue Moon Capital Partners

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

George Shuster of WilmerHale has been our company's go-to resource in bankruptcy matters for many years now. He is a leader in the field and consistently delivers excellent results. His combination of expertise and efficiency is difficult to match.