William F. Lee

Eli Goldston Visiting Lecturer on Law

Winter 2017

Assistant: Maura McGovern / 617-496-1124


Bill Lee is a partner at WilmerHale and is one of the country’s foremost intellectual property and commercial litigation attorneys. His trial and appellate experience is extensive. Mr. Lee has tried more than 60 cases before federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission and has argued more than 50 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other appellate courts. He recently served as co-lead trial counsel for Apple in the highly publicized cases between Apple and Samsung.

From July 1987 through June 1989, Mr. Lee served as associate counsel to Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh in the Iran-Contra investigation. He also has served as a special assistant to the Massachusetts Attorney General to investigate alleged incidents of racial bias in the Commonwealth’s courts.

Mr. Lee received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1972, an M.B.A. from Cornell Business School in 1976, and a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1976.

Mr. Lee has served on the Board of Overseers for Harvard University, the Visiting Committee at Cornell Law School, and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. As a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Mr. Lee has taught intellectual property litigation and the Problem Solving Workshop for first-year students. In July 2010, Mr. Lee was appointed a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation and became the Senior Fellow in June 2014.

Assistant: Maura McGovern / 617-496-1124