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WilmerHale Welcomes Intellectual Property Partner James Hill to Los Angeles Office

LOS ANGELES, July 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The law firm WilmerHale today announced the arrival of Partner James Hill to its Los Angeles office. Dr. Hill, who earned his MD from the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine, joins the firm in the Intellectual Property Department and will also be a member of the IP Litigation and Life Sciences Practices.

"We are thrilled to welcome James to the firm," said Randall R. Lee, partner-in-charge of WilmerHale's LA office. "James' expertise in intellectual property—one of the firm's core strengths—will be of tremendous value as we continue to grow our Los Angeles office, and will enhance our IP capabilities nationwide."

Dr. Hill joins WilmerHale from the Southern California office of an Am Law 100 firm, where he was a partner for nearly a decade. A Chambers USA-ranked life sciences practitioner, Dr. Hill focuses his practice on strategic counseling and litigation, IP due diligence, and patent prosecution and licensing in the areas of medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, software, and signal and imaging processing. With his medical degree and related experience, Dr. Hill is especially skilled at serving clients in the medical device, biology and genetics fields.

"James will add further depth to our IP practice on the West Coast, especially in the life sciences and medical device areas," said Don Steinberg, chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Department. "James' experience and knowledge will enhance our ability to serve clients in counseling, prosecution and litigation matters."

"With its leading life sciences practice, WilmerHale is an ideal fit with my background and experience, and I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues to further expand the firm's IP practice, to grow the LA office, and to use my skills to serve the firm's impressive roster of clients facing complex issues," said Dr. Hill.

WilmerHale's LA office is dedicated to handling its clients' most significant and complex trials, business disputes, internal investigations and government enforcement matters. The office consists of more than 25 lawyers who focus on several practice areas that are key strengths of the firm—including IP litigation; SEC enforcement defense; government investigations and white-collar defense; antitrust litigation; and other complex litigation. WilmerHale consistently receives recognition for its excellence in IP and IP litigation, having been honored in 2014 as The American Lawyer's IP Litigation Department of the Year, and among Law360's IP Practices of the Year.

Dr. Hill received his MD from the University of Southern California – Keck School of Medicine, and his JD from Boston University School of Law. Before law school, Dr. Hill practiced medicine in the Boston area at hospitals including Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hill is a member of the California State Bar and is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

About Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

WilmerHale provides legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to the success of its clients. The law firm's leading Intellectual Property, Litigation/Controversy, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Securities, and Transactional Departments participate in some of the highest-profile legal and policy matters. With a staunch commitment to public service, the firm is renowned as a leader in pro bono representation. WilmerHale is 1,000 lawyers strong with 14 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.wilmerhale.com.

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Source:WilmerHale LLP(Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP)