Paul R.Q. Wolfson
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Paul R.Q. Wolfson
Firm: Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Address: 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 663-6390
Fax: (202) 663-6363
E-mail: Contact Us
Web site: http://www.wilmerhale.com

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Mr. Wolfson's practice focuses on Supreme Court and appellate litigation, and on advising clients on complex issues of federal law.

Mr. Wolfson has argued 21 cases in the United States Supreme Court and has also argued before seven federal courts of appeals. He is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements, and served for two years as a member of an ABA Presidential Task Force on Federal Pleading Standards, examining the effect of the Twombly and Iqbal decisions. He also served two terms on the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility. Before rejoining the firm, Mr. Wolfson worked for eight years in the Solicitor General's Office, where he received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award for "exemplary representation of the United States before the Supreme Court." After law school, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Byron White.

Since returning to WilmerHale, Mr. Wolfson has represented parties and amici curiae in dozens of Supreme Court cases, including Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District (Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment); Messerschmidt v. Millender (Fourth Amendment); FCC v. Fox Broadcasting Co. (First Amendment challenge to FCC's indecency policy); Bowman v. Monsanto Co. (patent exhaustion);Bates v. Dow Agrosciences LLC (preemption under FIFRA); Watson v. Philip Morris Companies (federal removal jurisdiction); McConnell v. FEC (constitutionality of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act), and Boumediene v. Bush (challenging the detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay).

In the courts of appeals and district courts, Mr. Wolfson has a diverse practice, including several universities and governmental entities. He has represented a leading university against efforts to attach antiquities in its collection, another leading university against challenges to its plans for expansion of its campus, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in defending its landmark fiscal-stabilization program, the State of Georgia in litigation over the water supply for the metropolitan Atlanta region, and a federal agency in challenging sanctions imposed under Rule 11.

Mr. Wolfson has also represented numerous parties in patent litigation, including Monsanto Company in several successful defenses against challenges to its patents on genetically modified soybeans. He successfully represented Rambus Inc. in its challenge to a ruling of the Federal Trade Commission that Rambus had violated the antitrust laws. And, he represented a Washington DC real estate developer in litigation in the DC trial and appellate courts over a shopping mall in Georgetown.

Mr. Wolfson is active in pro bono matters. In recent Supreme Court cases he has represented a Los Angeles family whose house was searched pursuant to an invalid warrant, and a group of scientists challenging a government background investigation. He successfully represented Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina in a challenge to a state statute that barred funding to that organization, and obtained withholding of deportation for a Cameroonian dissident. He also represented the Texas chapter of the NAACP defending the constitutionality of the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.

Current Employment Position(s):
Partner

Year Joined Organization:
2002
Areas of Practice:
Litigation/Controversy
Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation
Government and Regulatory Litigation
Bar Admissions:
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
Education:
Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut, 1987
J.D.
Law Journal: Yale Law Journal, Notes Editor

University of Cambridge, Trinity College, 1984
M.Phil.

Harvard University, 1982
A.B.
Honors: magna cum laude

Representative Cases:
Federal Circuit Finds for Targus on Infringement and Interference Claims
Korein Tillery / Altria v. Good Amicus Brief
WilmerHale Client Rambus Wins Ruling vs FTC (US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit)
Past Employment Positions:
Solicitor General's Office

Supreme Court Justice Byron White, Clerk

District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility

West Practice Categories:
Bankruptcy Litigation, Class Actions, Complex Litigation, Federal Appellate Practice, Federal Claims Court, Federal Trial Practice, International Trade Litigation, Litigation & Appeals, Multidistrict Litigation, Patent Litigation, State Appellate Practice, State Trial Practice, Tax Litigation, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, US Supreme Court
Profile Last Updated:
11/23/2013

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