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William Jay

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Partner Co-Chair, Appellate Litigation


William Jay WILLIAM M. JAY Partner Co-Chair, Appellate Litigation moc.retcorpniwdoog@yajw Washington DC | +1 202 346 4190 Download vCard Visit WILLIAM JAY's profile in Linkedin Willy Jay is a partner in and co-chair of Goodwin Procter’s Appellate Litigation Practice and is head of the Litigation Department in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. A former Assistant to the Solicitor General, Mr. Jay has extensive experience with litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He has argued 13 cases before the Supreme Court, briefed more than 30 cases on the merits and briefed more than 150 cases at the certiorari stage. In the 2014 Term, he argued and won two significant intellectual-property cases before the Supreme Court, both by a vote of 7-2: Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., a landmark patent case setting a new standard of review for claim construction, and B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., an important decision on the intersection between agency decisions and IP litigation. Mr. Jay also has significant experience with cases in the Court’s original jurisdiction.


J.D., 2001 Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) A.B., 1998 Harvard College (magna cum laude)

United States: Dispute resolution


Within: Leading lawyers

William Jay - Goodwin

Within: Appellate

Goodwin’s ‘tactical and strategically superior’ team provides ‘great client service, high commercial acumen, quality of work and attention’ in cases involving intellectual property, consumer lending and regulatory matters. Co-chair William Jay obtained a victory in the US Supreme Court for respondents in Star Athletica, LLC v Varsity Brands, Inc. On the courts of appeals level, Jay led a team representing Unwired Planet at the Federal Circuit appeal concerning the scope of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s ability to invalidate patents. Meanwhile, co-head Kevin Martin, who is an ‘excellent writer, advocate and strategist’, is representing the Massachusetts High Technology Council in appellate proceedings challenging compliance of the proposed increase of income taxes with constitutional restrictions on ballot initiatives. The group also assisted Alkermes as the intervenor-appellee at the DC Circuit case Otsuka v Burwell, in addition to representing Hewlett-Packard at the Federal Circuit appeal concerning constitutionality of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s inter partes review; the team successfully opposed MCM Portfolio’s subsequent certiorari petition in the latter. Thomas Hefferon and Brian Burgess are also recommended. Greenberg Traurig LLP’s ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ group ‘swiftly provides pertinent opinions necessary to make real time decisions’. The team is representing Town of Ponce Inlet in an appeal stemming from a dispute with a would-be developer, who claimed unlawful deprivation of development opportunities. Dale Wainwright, who is ‘persuasive and concise in his argumentation’, represented the City of Lubbock in the Texas Supreme Court case stemming from the city’s water development plan conflicting with underground water rights of Coyote Lake Ranch. Elliot Scherker (Miami), Mark Solomons, Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick (New York) and Susan Phillips Read (Albany) head the practice. Barry Richard splits his time between Tallahassee, New York and Washington DC.

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United States: Industry focus

Environment: litigation

Within: Environment: litigation

Goodwin’s ‘outstanding team has an exemplary reputation for environmental litigation’. The practice served as counsel to Morton International in a water-body Superfund matter. The team was also retained by an industrial products manufacturer to provide defense and counsel in two separate matters, including multiple environmental violations identified in a post-closing audit of an acquired facility in New York State. Boston’s Elise Zoli, who ‘knows how to develop a strategy and make it work’, and Gregory Bibler are key advisers, as are Washington DC-based William Jay, Laurence Kirsch and Michael Giannotto.

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Environment: regulatory

Within: Environment: regulatory

Goodwin’s expertise includes contaminated sediment sites; hard rock mining; Superfund mega-sites; natural resource damage claims; multimedia environmental enforcement proceedings and settlements; vapor intrusion issues; and complex compliance settlements. For over 40 years, the practice has served as regular outside counsel to Newmont Mining and its subsidiaries on environmental, public lands, and energy matters. Washington DC-based Laurence Kirsch chairs the practice; and Michael Giannotto and William Jay are also widely praised. In Boston, Elise Zoli ‘inspires trust in everybody’. Gregory Bibler is another key practitioner.

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