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Public Policy and Strategy - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLPPartner David Ogden Participates in Annual Legal Reform Summit


WilmerHale Partner, David Ogden, chair of the Government and Regulatory Litigation Group, recently participated in the US Chamber of Commerce's annual Legal Reform Summit. During the summit, the Chamber officially released Ogden's recent article, “The Exclusion Illusion: Fixing a Flawed Health Care Fraud Enforcement System.” The article was co-authored by former WilmerHale Counsel Elisebeth Collins Cook.

The US Chamber of Commerce's yearly Legal Reform Summit is recognized as the nation's paramount comprehensive legal reform symposium.

Ogden participated in this year's summit on a panel entitled, “Federal Regulatory Overreach: Fresh Approaches.” The members of the panel addressed federal regulatory and prosecution policies, focusing on the false claims act, exclusion authority, foreign corrupt practices act, and other Department of Justice activities.

The topic of Ogden's paper led the panel in a discussion about the federal government's efforts to prosecute fraud against the government in health care. By examining the problems with current enforcement of anti-fraud statues, the paper illustrates that the current enforcement method does not reliably accomplish the basic goals to create a rational, effective, and fair health care fraud enforcement system. It argues that dysfunctions in the present enforcement system derive from a core flaw: the way the threat of “exclusion” from federal health care programs is utilized. The three part paper discusses the background of the current system, describes the problems, and, finally, explores solutions and sets forth a proposal to correct the system flaws.


Ogden (second from left) speaks during the 2012 Legal Reform Summit held at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC.

Jamie Gorelick and Jennifer O’Connor Named Among Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation


Partners Jamie Gorelick and Jennifer O’Connor were selected for inclusion in Benchmark Litigation’s first edition of “Top 250 Women in Litigation.” Inaugurated in June 2012, the guide honors 250 female litigators across the US for their achievements in the field.

Gorelick was noted for her “extensive government career.” She represents individuals and companies in some of the most important legal and policy debates of our time. Gorelick has been a pioneer as a leading criminal and civil litigator, one of the first women partners in Washington DC, and has since been a leader in pro bono service, President of the DC Bar, and a senior lawyer in the public sector helping to lead the two largest law firms in the world—at the Departments of Defense and Justice. She was one of the longest serving Deputy Attorneys General of the US. Having dedicated her professional life to pro bono efforts, service to our clients and service to our country, Gorelick embodies the core values of the legal profession.

O’Connor was recognized for her “strategic counsel on white-collar and securities matters, as well as trying cases at the appellate level.” Her practice typically involves defense and advising in high-profile litigation and investigations. She has garnered much of her success representing clients in fraud, securities and other criminal litigation with a special emphasis in False Claims Act litigation. Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. O’Connor served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the United States Department of Labor.

The women featured in “Top 250 Women in Litigation” were selected based on extensive client and peer interviews by the publication’s editorial team. The guide will be distributed with Benchmark Litigation book in September, and at key events such as the National Association of Women Lawyers Annual Meeting in New York on July 18-19 and the ABA Annual Meeting on August 3-4 in Chicago.

Seth Waxman Honored as Legal Visionary by The National Law Journal


Just weeks after receiving the exclusive Outstanding Achievement Award from Chambers USA Awards for Excellence, Seth Waxman has been named a “Visionary” by The National Law Journal. Twenty lawyers, whose business foresight or legal acumen has been pivotal to improving government or advancing the law, were selected to receive this honorary award.

The National Law Journal recognized Waxman for his 60-plus oral arguments before the Supreme Court, several of which have reshaped the legal landscape, including Boumediene v. Bush, which found that Guantánamo Bay detainees have rights under the Constitution, and Roper v. Simmons, in which the Court decided that the death penalty was an unconstitutional punishment for children who commit crimes.

Champions and Visionaries were selected based on nominations from the legal community and research conducted by The National Law Journal. They will be celebrated at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington DC on September 20, 2012.

Visit The National Law Journal website to read more about the 2012 Champions and Visionaries.

Seth Waxman Receives Chambers USA 2012 Award for Excellence


On June 7, Seth Waxman was honored at the annual Chambers USA Awards for Excellence for his outstanding contribution to the legal profession. He was one of only two to receive the exclusive Outstanding Achievement Award.

Waxman, a former Solicitor General, was recognized by Chambers as one of the finest appellate lawyers in the United States. With an impressive list of more than 60 Supreme Court appearances, his work on some of the most important legal issues of the era has also established him as a leading light in the American justice system. His career includes many successful, groundbreaking arguments for historic cases including Boumediene v. Bush and Roper v. Simmons, as well as high-profile commercial appeals for clients like Disney, ABC, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto, Medtronic, and AT&T.

In announcing the Outstanding Achievement Award, Chambers described Waxman as “the Michael Jordan of lawyers” and “a startlingly good advocate.” Over his 35 years of practice, clients ranging from private individuals to multinational corporations have benefited from his tremendous intelligence, outstanding work ethic and legendary rapport with the courts.

Visit the Chambers USA website for more information on this year’s Awards for Excellence event in New York.


From left: Representative with Chambers USA, Partner Seth Waxman, and Chambers USA Editor Laura Mills at the 2012 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence.

Firm Helps Assault Victims Pass Historic Peace Corps Reform Legislation


On November 1, the United States House of Representatives passed the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011, enacting historic reforms to the Peace Corps' policies for prevention of rape and sexual assault of its volunteers and for providing assistance to volunteers who experience sexual assault during their service.

Firm Client Plays Critical Role in Successful Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell


WilmerHale client Center for American Progress (CAP) played a critical role in the successful legislative effort to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law, which has been on the books since 1993. With passage of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, gays and lesbians will be able to serve openly in the military.

WilmerHale Elects Managing Partners for Three-Year Term


WilmerHale announces its next generation of co-managing partners. Susan W. Murley and Robert T. Novick will serve as co-managing partners of the firm for a three-year term, commencing January 1, 2012.

90 WilmerHale Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2011


Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of lawyers in their practice areas.

Dieter Lange, Respected WilmerHale Partner and Friend, Dies at 67


We are saddened to announce the death of our longtime colleague and partner, Dieter G. Lange. Mr. Lange passed away on July 15, 2010 at age 67.

Mr. Lange began his legal career 40 years ago as the first German lawyer in our firm in Washington DC, where he worked closely with Lloyd N. Cutler, one of the firm’s founders. He was first introduced to Mr. Cutler when working as a young lawyer in the United States. Years later, after opening Wilmer Cutler Pickering’s first new office in London in 1972, Mr. Lange led our expansion to Europe with the addition of offices in Brussels, Berlin and Frankfurt. In every case, he was the leader of the move and the person most identified with the firm’s growth throughout Europe.

Mr. Lange was a partner in the firm’s Regulatory and Government Affairs Department, a member of the Aviation Practice Group and the European Regulatory Group, and a former member of the firm’s Management and Executive Committees. His engaging personality, varied interests, tireless commitment and high professional reputation enabled him to gain the confidence of important leaders in economics, politics and the arts.

We have lost a great lawyer, a wise mentor and a wonderful friend, who, in his almost 40 years with the firm, had a strong impact on everyone at WilmerHale. We owe Dieter G. Lange an enormous debt of gratitude and will continue to build on the strong foundation he helped create.

Gorelick and Barshefsky Named Washington's Most Influential Women


The National Law Journal recently published a list of the 33 Most Influential Women in Washington and WilmerHale Partners Jamie Gorelick and Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky were included among the elite. These women, selected by editors of The National Law Journal, were recognized for their distinguished work and respectful influence.