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William F. Lee

William F. Lee

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Boston, MA, USA

William F. Lee is a partner at WilmerHale and is one of the country’s foremost intellectual property and commercial litigation attorneys.  He has tried more than 200 cases, both jury and jury waived, to judgment and argued more than 75 appeals before the Court of Appeals.  In 2013, he was selected as one of The National Law Journal's “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”  In 2012, he was one of eight finalists selected by The American Lawyer as “Litigator of the Year.” 

He has acted as lead trial counsel for Apple in its worldwide litigation with Nokia, Qualcomm, Ericsson and Samsung.  He also was lead trial counsel for Broadcom in the highly publicized cases between Broadcom and Qualcomm and litigated his client to victory three times in the span of 15 months.   The American Lawyer featured this representation in an extensive piece titled Under Siege.  And, in 2013 he represented Pfizer in a trial which, after seven days, resulted in a settlement of $2.15 billion.

Mr. Lee served as the managing partner of Hale and Dorr and then the co-managing partner of WilmerHale during the period 2000 through 2012. He was managing partner at the time that Hale and Dorr and Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering merged to form WilmerHale.

From July 1987 through June 1989, Mr. Lee served as associate counsel to Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh in the Iran-Contra investigation and he has also served as a special assistant to the Massachusetts Attorney General for the purpose of investigating alleged incidents of racial bias in the Commonwealth’s courts.  He has served on the Advisory Committee of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and on the Advisory Committee of the United States District Court of the District of Delaware. 

Mr. Lee is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He has served as the John A. Reilly Visiting Professor and the Eli Goldston Lecturer at Harvard Law School.  He has served as a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers, is currently a member of the Harvard Corporation and serves as the Senior Fellow of the Harvard Corporation.


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