WilmerHale at a Glance


  • “Extremely generous parental leave policy for both mothers and fathers”
  • “Partners invest major hours in providing detailed written feedback twice a year”
  • “Work is plentiful and cutting-edge”


  • “Deferred compensation”
  • “Slim prospects for partnership”
  • “The hierarchy can be frustrating”

The Buzz

  • “DC powerhouse”
  • “Securities stars”
  • “Workaholics”
  • “Stuffy”

About WilmerHale

Since Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP and Hale and Dorr LLP merged to become WilmerHale in 2004, the firm has established itself as one of the preeminent litigation shops in the nation. In addition to a renowned IP trial practice, the firm is known for its securities enforcement and white collar work, as well as for its emphasis on regulatory advice and litigation. Moreover, it has nationally recognized practices in Antitrust and Competition, Appellate Litigation, Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Commercial Litigation, Financial Services, Government Law, Intellectual Property, International Arbitration, International Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, and Tax.

A Happy Union

Richard Hale joined Dudley Dorr and several other Boston lawyers to open a practice in 1918. By the time three Washington, DC attorneys opened shop as Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering five decades later, Hale and Dorr had established its place amongst the true blue New England law firms. Hale and Dorr-led by Joe Welch and assisted by Jim St. Clair-also helped bring down Joseph McCarthy before a national television audience in the legendary U.S. Army-McCarthy congressional proceedings.

The men behind (relative) upstart Wilmer, however, were also making their presence known. Founder John Pickering got off to a particularly audacious start-his first case was before the Supreme Court-and all three founders had 20-plus years under their belts by the time they set out on their own. Within a decade of opening, the firm had added a former SEC chair to develop its securities practice, structured a progressive pro bono policy and established an office in London. Meanwhile, Hale and Dorr maintained its very public image as partner Jim St. Clair-while temporarily disassociating himself with the firm-advised President Nixon during his Watergate travails, even appearing on a Time magazine cover for his efforts. Both firms would achieve increasing fame and fortune as the years passed, with IPOs, civil rights cases, governmental investigations, corporate defense and other high-profile work fueling payroll growth and international expansion.

Post-merger, WilmerHale serves as primary outside counsel for approximately 100 publicly-traded companies while focusing a diverse range of practices, including securities defense, investment management, securities regulatory issues, and issues arising from the newly-passed Dodd-Frank Act.

IP Excellence

The foundation of WilmerHale's success is its IP practice. The firm combines technical expertise-more than 160 of its IP lawyers and technology specialists hold scientific and technical degrees-with BigLaw firepower. Annually, the firm secures hundreds of patents and trademark registrations worldwide. One factor behind the department's excellence has been the firm's sophisticated multi-jurisdictional representation of an all-star roster of high-profile IP clients, including Apple, Abbott Laboratories, Intel, Broadcom Corp., Boeing, Boston Scientific, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Monsanto, Novartis, Oracle, Pfizer and Wyeth.

Outside the Lines

WilmerHale is near the top of virtually every "who's who" list of prestigious BigLaw firms, but it also prides itself on qualities beyond profits per partner. The firm has been quick to embrace alternative fee arrangements for its clients, offering flexible fee options for its clients for matters handled by the Regulatory, Intellectual Property, Corporate, Labor and Employment, and Litigation practice groups. Continuing its progressive thinking, WilmerHale has undertaken numerous green initiatives, ranging from using recycled paper and water pitchers to installing bicycle racks and light sensors in certain offices.


June 2013

Express Yourself
WilmerHale secured a victory for clients Alliance for Open Society International, Inc., Pathfinder International, InterAction, and Global Health Council in a significant First Amendment case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. By a 6-2 vote, the court held in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc., et al. that the federal government may not condition federal funding on restrictions of speech that require recipients of government funds to adopt and express the government's viewpoint as their own and prohibit recipients from engaging in speech-even if privately funded-that the government deems inconsistent with its views.

May 2014

One Week, Five Federal Circuit Victories
WilmerHale secured favorable decisions in five patent cases concerning various legal issues during the week of May 5th at the Federal Circuit. The victories included a ruling in favor of Monsanto when the Federal Circuit affirmed a sanctions award against DuPont, an affirmed judgment that our client VGo Communications did not infringe three patents owned by its competitor InTouch Technologies, Inc., a favorable ruling for General Electric in an inventorship dispute with a former GE employee, as well as rulings in favor of our clients Hologic and Broadcom Corporation.

December 2013

Don't Mess with My Joint Venture
WilmerHale's premier International Arbitration Practice scored a major victory for Swatch Group in which the Netherlands Arbitration Institute ordered Tiffany & Co. to pay our client approximately $450 million for undermining a joint venture between the two companies.

January 2014

OK, I'll Sell You My Cells
WilmerHale represented Thermo Fisher Scientific in a transaction with GE Healthcare. In the transaction, Thermo Fisher has agreed to sell its cell culture (sera and media), gene modulation and magnetic beads businesses to GE Healthcare for approximately $1.06 billion. The businesses will become part of GE Healthcare's Life Sciences division.

Trusted Advisers to JPMorgan
In a high-profile and complex matter, WilmerHale led JPMorgan's response to law enforcement and regulatory investigations, including from the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve, and UK's Financial Conduct Authority, arising from the so-called "London Whale" trading losses incurred by JPMorgan's Chief Investment Office in 2012.

November 2013

Proud to be a Pro Bono Leading Firm
Who's Who Legal selected WilmerHale to its 2013 "Pro Bono Leading Firm" list, honoring the firm for committing significant time and resources to strengthen local communities. The list includes seven international firms who are positively influencing the industry by raising the standard through participation and expectation of pro bono work. As stated by Who's Who Legal, "WilmerHale's pro bono contribution is highly impressive. The firm ensures pro bono participation by support and leadership from top level management which is backed by a structured and well-staffed pro bono team."

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1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 663-6000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Co-Managing Partners: Susan W. Murley and Robert T. Novick
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 1,136

  • Employment Contact
    Washington, DC
    Melissa Grossman
    Legal Recruitment Manager
    Phone: (202) 247-3259 Boston and Waltham
    Karen Rameika
    Legal Recruitment Manager
    Phone: (617) 526-5565 New York
    Nancy Gray
    Legal Recruitment Manager
    Phone: (212) 295-6439 Palo Alto
    Nancy Lam
    Legal Personnel and Recruitment Manager
    Phone: (650) 858-6139 Los Angeles
    Terri Janezeck
    Legal Recruitment Specialist
    Phone: (213) 443-5373

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    Summer associate: $3,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    119 out of 121 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Alternative Investment
    Antitrust and Competition
    Antitrust Litigation
    Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation
    Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights Litigation
    Broker-Dealer Compliance and Regulation
    Business Trial Group
    China Corporate
    Communications, Privacy and Internet Law
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Working Group
    Defense, National Security and Government Contracts
    Due Diligence and Opinions
    European Union Regulatory Group
    Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits
    False Claims Act
    Financial Institutions
    Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corporation
    Fund Formation
    Futures and Derivatives
    German Corporate
    Government and Regulatory Litigation
    Government Contracts Litigation
    Intellectual Property
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    International Arbitration
    International Litigation
    International Trade, Investment and Market Access
    International Transactions
    Investment Management
    Investigations and Criminal Litigation
    Labor & Employment
    Licensing and Technology Transfer
    Litigation Alternatives
    Litigation and Enforcement
    Propriety Information and Trade Secrets
    Protecting Intellectual Property in International Markets
    Real Estate
    Securities Litigation
    Technology Transactions and Licensing
    Trademark, Trade Dress and Domain Names
    UK Corporate
    UK Investigations and Criminal Litigation ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIES
    Capital Markets
    Cleantech and Energy
    Financial Services
    Health Care and Pharmaceuticals
    Life Sciences
    Media and Entertainment
    National Security: Defense and Intelligence
    Professional Services
    Subprime Market
    Venture Capital

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA
  • Denver, CO
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Waltham, MA
  • Washington, DC
  • Beijing
  • Berlin
  • Brussels
  • Frankfurt
  • London
  • Oxford
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