Boston-based WilmerHale is a national general practice firm with six domestic offices and more than 160 IP lawyers in the US. Across the country, IP professionals routinely describe WilmerHale as one of the preeminent patent ligation firms, known for securing victories on behalf of heavyweight clients in the electronics and life sciences industries. Case in point: In 2012, the firm represented Apple along with Morrison & Foerster in a widely reported infringement battle with Samsung that some media commentators dubbed "the patent trial of the century". Led by litigator Bill Lee, who is referred to alternately by peers as "king of the hill" and "a patent litigation god", WilmerHale's team of lawyers obtained a landmark $1 billion jury award from Samsung and defeated Samsung's counterclaims.
The firm is also highly respected for its work in front of the ITC. In early 2012, a team of WilmerHale attorneys secured a significant win before the commission, representing client MediTek against the plaintiff's claims of patent infringement involving semiconductor technology. One longtime client enthuses: "What WilmerHale brings to the table that no one else can is Bill Lee. He's never failed to impress me. He has the street smarts and ability to articulate cases to juries in a way they can understand. On the IP side, the Wilmer team as a whole is very good but it's captained by Bill Lee and that's what distinguishes them from other firms."