Kurt Wm. Hemr

Kurt Wm. Hemr

Partner, Litigation
Kurt Hemr’s practice focuses on securities and insurance product litigation, intellectual property litigation, corporate governance disputes, and other forms of complex civil litigation.


Mr. Hemr, a member of the Skadden team selected as a finalist for The American Lawyer’s 2018 Litigation Department of the Year, also has represented individual and corporate clients in internal investigations and in proceedings before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators.

Mr. Hemr’s experience includes representing:

  • ZeniMax Media Inc. in litigation, co-leading a team that won a $500 million verdict on copyright infringement, breach of nondisclosure agreement and other claims relating to misappropriated virtual reality technology;
  • the directors of EMC Corporation in post-merger litigation that resulted in a landmark Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision establishing the standard for such litigation in Massachusetts;
  • Aspen Technology, Inc. in litigation in Texas, co-leading a team that won an $11 million verdict on trade secret misappropriation and other intellectual property claims, and successfully defending that verdict on appeal before the Fifth Circuit;
  • MassMutual in a putative class action challenging that company’s payment of dividends and retention of policyholder surplus under Massachusetts statutes;
  • MassMutual in a putative class action involving deferred compensation plans for its senior sales personnel, which resulted in a complete victory for the client that was subsequently affirmed on appeal by the First Circuit;
  • AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, Pacific Life Insurance Company, and other life insurance companies in product litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States, both in individual actions and in purported class actions;
  • a global financial services firm in obtaining summary judgment on antitrust claims in an action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts;
  • a mutual fund complex in SEC and state regulatory proceedings involving allegations of improper “market timing” trading, and in related civil litigation;
  • a major shareholder of a significant New England private company in disputes with the company’s other shareholders; and
  • Massachusetts businesses in suits enforcing non-competition and non-solicitation agreements with key employees, including by obtaining preliminary injunctions enforcing those agreements.

From 2000 to 2017, Mr. Hemr headed the Boston office’s pro bono program. In 2007, he represented the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in a widely publicized dispute with an artist who had stopped work on an artistic installation in the museum’s largest gallery. He also has successfully represented refugees seeking asylum, prisoners seeking protection of their civil rights, and nonprofit groups trying to avoid regulatory pitfalls.

In addition to courts in Massachusetts, Mr. Hemr is admitted to practice in federal and state courts in New York, and in federal district and appellate courts across the country. He is a director of the Boston Public Market Association, a nonprofit civic organization that brought a permanent, year-round farmers’ market to downtown Boston.



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1994 (cum laude)
  • A.B., University of Michigan, 1991 (with distinction, and with highest honors in Classical Languages and Literatures)


  • Massachusetts
  • New York


  • Member, Board of Directors, Boston Public Market Association (2008-Present)
  • Standing Committee, First Church in Jamaica Plain (Unitarian Universalist) (2008-2015)

Kurt Wm. Hemr