"One of the most impressive law firms I have ever worked with," a client remarks about WilmerHale, an industry leader in a number of practice areas. "Our relationship with them has been expanding and they have such a deep bench, it is hard to match their expertise."
|Life Science Stars|
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTYDavid B Bassett, New York & Boston
Robert J Gunther, New York
William F Lee, Boston
Lisa J Pirozzolo, Boston
Mark D Selwyn, Palo Alto
Colleen Superko, Boston
Michael J Twomey, Boston
Emily Whelan, Boston
FINANCE & TRANSACTIONALSteven D Barrett, Boston
David E Redlick, Boston & Waltham
Alfred C Server, Boston
Steven D Singer, New York
NON-IP LITIGATION AND ENFORCEMENTKaren F Green, Boston
Brent J Gurney, Washington, DC
Stephen A Jonas, Boston
Emily R Schulman, Boston
Howard M Shapiro, Washington, DC
The firm boasts a top-tier intellectual property practice stocked with industry leaders running the entire gamut of patent services. Notably, the firm has one of the deepest and most accomplished IP litigation teams operating in the life sciences market. Having a superstar trial attorney like William Lee is one of the reasons the firm is revered for its litigation prowess. In an industry where high-stakes litigation is almost becoming the norm, having the depth and experience that WilmerHale can provide to clients is an asset most firms would love to have.
Lee works with an outstanding supporting cast that includes partner Robert Gunther, who has made a name for himself with his significant litigation work on behalf of pharmaceutical clients. In the past, Gunther counseled Abbott Laboratories in a case asserting infringement of two antibody patents held by the company. He also helped Cephalon in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in ANDA litigation regarding a proposed generic version of Provigil.
With the help of the firm's proficient patent management team, clients can feel a sense of calm in an environment that is generally less placid. The firm's "soup-to-nuts" IP practice strengthens its industry team by complementing its other outstanding practice areas.
Outside of the IP realm, the firm has a powerful corporate and transactional team based in the active Boston market. The firm's stars include Steven Barrett, David Redlick, Steven Singer, and Alfred Server. Singer is co-chair of the firm's Life Sciences Group and has handled a number of public and follow-on offerings on behalf of Achillion, Alnylam, Critical Therapeutics, Curis, Idenix, Infinity, Momenta and NitroMed. In the past, the firm has represented industry leaders in important merger and acquisition deals, including Millennium in an $8.8 billion sale to Takeda and Transkaryotic in its $1.6 billion sale to Shire Pharmaceutical.
One area that really stands out is the firm's capacity to handle complex government investigation work on behalf of industry actors. Brent Gurney, based out of the firm's Washington, DC office represented David Ard, the former regional manager for Stryker Biotech, in a closely-watched trial. The manager was alleged to have participated in an off-label marketing scheme, but the case was dismissed shortly after opening statements.
Gerney is joined by the well-respected Howard Shapiro in Washington, DC and a number of colleagues situated in Boston, including Karen Green, Stephen Jonas, and Emily Schulman. Jonas, the chair of the firm's Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Group, has counseled a number of pharmaceutical and medical device companies being investigated by the DOJ.
|Practice group breakdown of Life Science Stars|