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Intellectual property

Bill Lee is a leading trial and appellate lawyer and intellectual property litigator who has represented a variety of technology-focused clients for more than 40 years. Mr. Lee has tried more than 200 cases to verdict and argued more than 100 cases to the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit and other appellate courts. Those have included some of the highest profile cases of the last decade. 

Mr. Lee has acted as lead trial counsel for Apple Inc. in the “smart phone war” litigations; in several cases between Apple, Intel and Qualcomm; and in a number of other federal court cases involving genetically engineered products, laser optics, video compression, cellular communications, remote data storage, secure Internet communications, pharmaceutical products, high-speed chromatography and medical devices. Mr. Lee also achieved a victory as lead trial counsel for Harvard in the case challenging its admissions policies as discriminatory. 

Mr. Lee was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017. He was named a 2016 Intellectual Property Trailblazer & Pioneer by The National Law Journal, the 2015 Boston Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America, the 2014 Distinguished Law Firm Leader by The American Lawyer, and was one of eight finalists selected by The American Lawyer as “Litigator of the Year” in 2012. He has been named “Litigator of the Week” on six occasions by The American Lawyer. 

From July 1987 through June 1989, Mr. Lee served as associate counsel to Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh in the Iran-Contra investigation. In that capacity, Mr. Lee was responsible for certain portions of the grand jury investigation and resulting indictments. 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. 


Updated Sep 2022