William F. Lee is a leading trial 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 75 cases to the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit and other appellate courts. Those cases have included some of the highest profile patent 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 represented Harvard in the case challenging its affirmative action admissions policy.
He has been a member of the faculty at Harvard Law School for more than 15 years. He 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 Lawyeras “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.
A resident of Wellesley, Mr. Lee has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tenacre Country Day School. Mr. Lee is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Lee has served as the John A. Reilly Visiting Professor and the Eli Goldston Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.
Mr. Lee has served on the Advisory Committee of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has also served on the Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts on its local rules; its Committee to Evaluate Administration of the Criminal Justice Act; and the Merit Selection Panel on Magistrate Judges.
The Governor of Massachusetts appointed Mr. Lee to serve on a special Judicial Nominating Committee for the selection of judges for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He has also served as a member of the Visiting Committee at Cornell Law School. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Broad Institute.
- JD, Cornell Law School, 1976
- MBA, Cornell University, 1976
- AB, Harvard University, 1972
ADMISSIONS : Massachusetts, United States Supreme Court
GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE :
- Special Investigations: Independent Counsel to the Federal Government
- Associate Counsel to Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, Iran-Contra investigation
- State and Local Government
- Special Assistant to the Massachusetts Attorney General
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