Hon. Arthur J. Gajarsa

Senior Counsel, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Arthur Gajarsa is a senior counsel in the Litigation/Controversy Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. He joined the firm in 2012. 

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Judge Gajarsa had a long and distinguished career in the judiciary. He was nominated to the Federal Circuit in 1996 by President Clinton, confirmed by the US Senate in 1997 and served for 15 years, retiring in June 2012. Prior to his appointment, Judge Gajarsa was a well-recognized litigator who also practiced corporate law, intellectual property, securities law and general litigation with various law firms as a partner or principal officer. His career includes service at the Department of Commerce, Department of the Interior and Department of Defense. 

Judge Gajarsa has represented Native American tribal interests for whom he made several appearances before the US Supreme Court. In 1987, he joined the firm of Joseph, Gajarsa, McDermott & Reiner, P.C., where he continued his international and corporate law interests, including an expansive representation of Native American tribal interests. 

After graduation from law school, Judge Gajarsa served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph J. McGarraghy of the US District Court in Washington DC. In 1968, he became an associate in the office of the General Counsel of Aetna Life & Casualty. Secretary of the Interior, Walter J. Hickle, and Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Louis R. Bruce, subsequently appointed him as a special counsel to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior. He remained in that position until 1971.

  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1967
  • MA, Catholic University of America, 1968
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1962

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Publications and Multimedia
Is the Patent System Working or Broken? A Discussion with Four Distinguished Federal Judges - Event Audio/Video
Intellectual Property Practice Group and the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at George Mason University School of Law
May 14, 2013