William F. Lee

Lecturer on Law

Winter 2022


Assistant: Zoe Brown / 617-496-0683


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 200 cases and has argued more than 75 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.

Ben W. Heineman, Jr., William F. Lee & David B. Wilkins, Lawyers as Professionals and Citizens: Key Roles and Responsibilities in the 21st Century (Harv. Law Sch. Ctr. on the Legal Profession 2014).
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This essay presents a practical vision of the responsibilities of lawyers as both professionals and as citizens at the beginning of the 21st century. Specifically, we seek to define and give content to four ethical responsibilities that we believe are of signal importance to lawyers in their fundamental roles as expert technicians, wise counselors, and effective leaders: responsibilities to their clients and stakeholders; responsibilities to the legal system; responsibilities to their institutions; and responsibilities to society at large. Our fundamental point is that the ethical dimensions of lawyering for this era must be given equal attention to—and must be highlighted and integrated with—the significant economic, political, and cultural changes affecting major legal institutions and the people and institutions lawyers serve.

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Assistant: Zoe Brown / 617-496-0683