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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 trial and appellate lawyers.  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.  He has been selected as one of The National Law Journal's 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America; one of The American Lawyer’s Litigators of the Year; the outstanding U.S. IP Practitioner by Managing IP; and one of the 50 most powerful people in Boston by Boston Business Journal.   

He has acted as lead trial counsel for Apple in its worldwide litigation with Samsung, trying three cases to victory in 15 months.  He was lead trial counsel for Broadcom in the highly publicized cases between Broadcom and Qualcomm and also litigated his client to victory three times in 15 months.  And, in 2013 he represented Pfizer in a trial which, after seven days, resulted in a settlement of $2.15 billion.

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 Massachusetts. 

He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has served as the John A. Reilly Visiting Professor and the Eli Goldston Lecturer at Harvard Law School.  He is Senior Fellow of the Harvard Corporation and has served on the Harvard Board of Overseers.


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