Intellectual Property Partner David E. Weslow Joins Wiley Rein; Partners Honored

Monday, January 31, 2011 - 01:00

Wiley Rein LLP is pleased to announce the expansion of its Intellectual Property Practice with the addition of new partner David E. Weslow. A former software and web developer, Mr. Weslow regularly handles cutting-edge issues involving law and technology. He has a broad practice that includes litigating, prosecuting and licensing of trademarks and copyrights, and has represented parties in record-setting domain name transactions and disputes. Mr. Weslow joins the firm from the DC office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.

With a strategic focus on new technologies and dedicated specialists in patent, copyright and trademark law, Wiley Rein's Intellectual Property Group has built a strong track record of notable successes. Chambers USA rates the group as one of Washington, DC's best, and, in its inaugural rankings of the nation's law firms, U.S. News & World Report rated the group among the best in the nation, a recognition that reflects the group's notable work for high-profile clients across a range of industries, including communications, Internet, semiconductors and pharmaceuticals.

Helgi C. Walker, co-chair of Wiley Rein's Appellate Practice, has been named by the American Lawyer magazine to its nationwide list of "45 Under 45" - a select group of "the best of the best" young women lawyers in the Am Law 200.

Profiled in the magazine as among a "remarkable" group of lawyers "who have ... arrived" on the national legal scene, American Lawyer highlights Ms. Walker's recent victory on behalf of Comcast Corp. in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. That case concerned the Federal Communications Commission's authority to regulate Internet broadband service providers; last April, a three-judge panel ruled against the FCC and found that the agency lacked statutory authority to regulate Comcast's network management practices. Clients described her in the article as "coupl[ing] a staggering intellect with incredible judgment." The article also noted Ms. Walker has argued 11 appeals, winning six.

A former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Ms. Walker was also chief of staff to FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth. Later, Ms. Walker served in George W. Bush's administration as associate White House counsel and recently was appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to serve on the court's Advisory Committee on Procedures. She also served, by appointment of President George W. Bush, on the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission from 2006 to 2010.

Wiley Rein proudly announces the election of its newest partners: Michael D. Bloomquist, Megan L. Brown, Scott A. Felder and Gary P. Seligman. As managing partner Richard E. Wiley noted, "The promotions reflect the hard-earned achievements of these outstanding lawyers. They have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their clients and the firm, and we applaud each of them on this well-deserved accomplishment."

Wiley Rein partner Lawrence H. Mirel, co-chair of Wiley Rein's Insurance Regulation & Legislation Group, was honored on December 21 by the Council of the District of Columbia for his role in drafting a complete revision of the District's laws on business organizations.

Mr. Mirel served as co-chair of the Legislative Committee of the DC Affairs Section and also was a member of the ad hoc drafting committee. He testified on behalf of the legislation at the Council's hearing in March, 2010. Mr. Mirel is the former commissioner of Insurance, Securities and Banking for the District of Columbia and has been involved with insurance matters for more than 25 years. He works on a wide range of major and emerging issues, including terrorism risk and natural catastrophe insurance, health insurance policy, privacy compliance and McCarran-Ferguson reform.