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BOSTON �� Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr said a range of strong practice areas pushed revenue per lawyer up 9.1% in 2007 and profits per equity partner up 8.6% to $1,064,688. Keeping lawyer hiring in check also helped WilmerHale boost its revenue per lawyer gain above its overall 5.2% revenue increase, said co-managing partner and Boston-based intellectual property litigator Bill Lee. “We didn’t over hire, so we generated more revenue with relatively fewer people,” Lee said. “When you get to times like now, when the economy is challenging, it’s important that you keep your eye on hiring lawyers to ensure you’re hiring to demand for services.” Lee also noted that the firm is increasingly more integrated since its 2004 merger, which frees up attorneys to focus on revenue generating activity. WilmerHale also touted the firmwide expansion of its corporate, intellectual property and regulatory practice and a new Los Angeles office with former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regional director Randall Lee as key additions to the firm’s existing strengths. The firm said a blend of litigation, securities, corporate, intellectual property and regulatory practices underpins its strength. “When the economy gets bumpier the diversification helps,” Lee said. “It allowed us to keep our revenues up pretty well.” WilmerHale said it worked on more than 25 M&A deals worth over $100 million last year and its intellectual property practice filed nearly 2,000 patent applications and more than 920 trademark applications around the globe. On the litigation front, WilmerHale claimed several major victories: a $51 million jury verdict for Loral Space and Communications in breach of contract case against Cablevision Systems Corp.; a $103 million False Claims Act verdict as part of a U.S. government case against companies that rigged bids of U.S. government construction projects in the Middle East; and a series of wins in Broadcom Corp.’s ongoing intellectual property litigation against Qualcomm Inc. for its licensing activity in the wireless telecommunications sector.

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