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Quentin Palfrey Joins WilmerHale’s IP Litigation Practice in Boston

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

WilmerHale is pleased to announce that Quentin Palfrey has joined the firm’s Boston office as special counsel in the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. Mr. Palfrey, whose practice focuses on complex intellectual property litigation matters, brings with him a decade of varied experience gained from positions in the private and public sectors.

For two years, beginning in 2011, Mr. Palfrey was Senior Advisor for Jobs & Competitiveness in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, serving as lead White House policy staffer on a successful patent reform effort that led to the signing of the America Invents Act. He also coordinated White House input into a report to Congress on the national strategy for innovation and competitiveness, and was involved in a wide range of global development initiatives, including Patents for Humanity. Mr. Palfrey managed agency activities and provided policy advice to the President’s Science Adviser, US Chief Technology Officer and other senior White House officials on a variety of issues involving intellectual property and other technology issues.

“We are very pleased to welcome Quentin to the firm,” said Lisa Pirozzolo, co-chair of WilmerHale’s IP Litigation Practice. “He has valuable experience and a breadth of knowledge that will be a great benefit to his colleagues and clients.”

Mr. Palfrey arrives at the firm from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, where he was Senior Counsel to the Secretary for Policy & Operations.

Prior to joining the White House, Mr. Palfrey was the Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives at the US Department of Commerce. From 2007 to 2009, he was Chief of the Health Care Division in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General and, prior to his position as Chief, he was an Assistant Attorney General in the Insurance Division. He began his career as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York.

“WilmerHale presents a wonderful opportunity for me to be part of a team that is handling some of today’s most complex and significant IP issues,” said Mr. Palfrey. “The firm’s capabilities are well-known on a global level, and WilmerHale boasts a deep bench of talent.”

WilmerHale's IP Litigation Practice features a premier team of litigators backed by the academic and industry experience of more than 140 lawyers and technology specialists with scientific or technical degrees. Named an Intellectual Property Litigation Group of the Year finalist by The American Lawyer in 2012, the firm’s lawyers have tried major cases in federal district courts from coast to coast, the US International Trade Commission and abroad, and regularly represent clients in patent appeals before the US Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Palfrey earned his AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and his JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Max Rosenn of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Palfrey is admitted to the Massachusetts and New York Bars.

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 Corporate 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

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