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Fish & Richardson P.C.

  • Designation: Boston
  • Head Count: 344
  • Gross Revenues: $362,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,055,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,305,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -13

Fish & Richardson is a national firm with eleven office locations including Boston and New York. On The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of firms based on revenue, the firm was ranked in 70th place with $383,500,000 in gross annual revenue in 2010. With respect to size, the firm placed 122nd on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings with 356 attorneys. The firm also ranked 88th on the 2011 Global 100 survey. Fish & Richardson specializes in intellectual property, complex litigation, and technology law.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 85 -13 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 85 -13 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 128 -6 Lawyer head count
The A-List 37 -1 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 106 18 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 35 3 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 24 10 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 76 -56 Summer programs

In the News

Dialysis Defendant Objects to 'Adverse Event' Discovery

Amaris Elliott-Engel : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

An operator of dialysis clinic argues it should not have to produce hard copies of information about “adverse events” involving its patients because it would require searching records at 2,100 clinics with a client base of 170,000 patients in 2013.

Settlement Ends Long-Rolling Skee-Ball TM Dispute

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 29, 2014

An intellectual property fight over the arcade game Skee-Ball has ended with a settlement and licensing agreement enabling the "Brewskee-Ball" league to continue its bar tourneys.

Texas Lawyer Announces Its Winning Women of 2014

Heather D. Nevitt : Texas Lawyer : January 29, 2014

We read each of the nearly 150 nominations we received and then conducted our own research to arrive at this list of 20 Winning Women and a lifetime achiever.

VOIR DIRE: Yada Yada Yada

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

A New York state court threw out a defamation suit by Kenny Kramer — the inspiration for the "Seinfeld" ­television show character Cosmo Kramer — against a ­former show writer and guest whose book dissed Kramer's "Seinfeld"-based bus tours. Plus: a lamentable situation in this week's column.

iRobot Corp.

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Donato Touches Patent Hot Spot in Sex-Toy Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

U.S. District Judge James Donato stayed litigation between two manufacturers of personal massagers pending inter partes review.

Apple, LG Beat Back Appeal in $180 Million Patent Row

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 17, 2014

Apple, LG Beat Back Appeal in $180 Million Patent Row

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 17, 2014

The decision by the Federal Circuit comes just one week after oral arguments that pitted the smartphone makers' heavyweight lawyers at Fish & Richardson and Jones Day against equally formidable counsel from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

Newsmakers: Week of July 14

: Texas Lawyer : January 14, 2014

Robert A. Jacobson, a tax attorney, has joined Bracewell & Giuliani in Houston as a partner.

Quinn's Sullivan Faces Tough Audience in Video Patent Appeal

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

In a Federal Circuit showdown between Alcatel-Lucent and Apple, veteran litigator Kathleen Sullivan found herself arguing a patent law precedent to the judge who wrote the dissent.

Replacing Rader: Sizing up the Short List for the Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

PTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee, a former Google lawyer, is an oft-mentioned candidate—and one who would add Silicon Valley perspective to the influential patent court.

Replacing Rader: The Short List for the Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

PTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee, a former Google lawyer, is an oft-mentioned candidate—and one who would add Silicon Valley perspective to the influential patent court.

Judge Halts Litigation Blitz Over Diet Planning Patent

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

For three years, the patent holder DietGoal Innovations has sued dozens of food and media companies all over the country, alleging infringment of its patent for a system of computerized meal planning—a patent Southern District Judge Paul Engelmayer now says is invalid.

More IP Work Going In-house, Less to Outside Firms

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 08, 2014

In-house counsel have gotten a lot more savvy about intellectual property, and law firms should not expect IP to be a growing source of revenue.

Judge Stomps Litigation Blitz Over Diet Planning Patent

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 08, 2014

For three years the patent holder DietGoal Innovations has hounded dozens of food and media companies in courts all over the country, alleging that everyone from NBCUniversal's Bravo Media unit to Dunkin' Donuts infringed its patent for a system of computerized meal planning.

One of a Kind

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

There's nothing quite like it—does that mean the name can't be trademarked?

Week of June 30

: Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Cassie Stinson has been named a shareholder in BoyarMiller in Houston.

For Aereo, a Failure of Innovation Through Litigation

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 25, 2014

For Aereo's lawyers, the company's copyright battle with the television broadcast industry both epitomized bet-the-company litigation and turned the formula inside out.

Federal Circuit Knocks Mediator's Ties to Fish & Richardson

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

The Federal Circuit ruled that a court-appointed mediator should have disclosed "an enduring social relationship" with a Fish partner but stopped short of ordering a new jury trial in the case.

Federal Circuit Says Mediator Should Have Disclosed Social Ties

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

But the panel stopped short of ordering a new trial in a patent suit over airline seat-selection software.

Fish & Richardson Shifts Back-Office Functions to Minneapolis

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

The Twin Cities will soon be home to the latest Am Law 100 firm to consolidate its administrative operations, with national IP firm Fish & Richardson expecting to save $3 million per year by moving its accounting, finance, human resources and information technology functions to its Minneapolis office.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2014

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Cooley Prevails at Trial for Facebook Again

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

The social media giant was accused of infringing patents that belonged to now-deceased Dutch computer programmer Joannes Van Der Meer, who was tinkering with a social networking website called SurfBook before his 2004 death.

New Apps for IP, Parking, Romance and Soccer

Jesse Londin : Law Technology News : January 05, 2014

Leave it to Fish & Richardson to invent an app that delivers for patent counsel on the go.

On The Move: Defense Lawyer Flips to Plaintiffs' Side to Feed 'The Spark in Me'

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 04, 2014

Plaintiffs lawyer Lance Cooper of The Cooper Firm has recruited Drew Ashby, an associate from Cruser & Mitchell. Ashby said he will help Cooper with suits in the offing against General Motors over a faulty ignition switch and other litigation.

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

McDermott Will & Emery

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

The 2014 IP Hot List: Life on the Cutting Edge

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

The NLJ received dozens of nominations for our annual list of the hottest IP firms, and many of our chosen 20 rank among the most venerable in the country.

Fish & Richardson

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Fish & Richardson Shoots, Scores

Mary Alice Robbins : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2014

On Oct. 16, 2013, a Dallas federal jury found that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had failed to prove that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban engaged in insider trading. That finding was due largely to the efforts of a Fish & Richardson team.

Texas Lawyer's 2014 Litigation Departments of the Year

: Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2014

This year, our Litigation Departments of the Year award has two distinct categories: one for the top department in general litigation and one for the top specialty litigation practice groups. We also have included a lifetime achievement award for an individual who has made his or her mark on Texas litigation.

The Churn: Squire Patton Boggs Fallout, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Which German Cities Are Best—or Worst—for Law Firms?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 15, 2014

The answer depends on your firm's strategy, strongest practice areas and client base.

Apple, Amazon Top Patent Targets in 2013

Sean Doherty : Law Technology News : January 13, 2014

"Lex Machina 2013 Patent Litigation Year in Review" is a free report on U.S. patent litigation.

Texas Lawyer Announces Its 2014 Litigation Departments of the Year

Heather D. Nevitt : Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2014

This year, our Litigation Departments of the Year award has two distinct categories: one for the top department in general litigation and one for the top specialty litigation practice groups. We also have included a lifetime achievement award for an individual who has made his or her mark on Texas litigation.

Skee-Ball Makers Work to Fend Off 'Brewskee-Ball'

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 12, 2014

Arcade games conjure up images of amusement parks and family fun, but there's nothing amusing about the courtroom battle that's been brewing over the 105-year-old game Skee-Ball.

Skee-Ball Rolls Into a Big Trademark Fight

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 09, 2014

There's nothing amusing about the courtroom battle that's been brewing over the 105-year-old arcade game Skee-Ball.

Pay Up, Patent Case Loser

Craig Countryman and Alex Gelberg : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

The Supreme Court's fee-shifting rulings put a little more power in the hands of defendants, write Craig Countryman and Alex Gelberg.

Sutherland Barely Falls Off Am Law 100 National Firm Rankings

Meredith hobbs : Daily Report : January 02, 2014

Twenty-five firms that appear in this year's Am Law 100 ranking of the nation's top-grossing law firms have an office in Atlanta. That is a net gain of one firm from last year.

Fifth Court Tosses Suit Against Lawyers, Arbitrator

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2014

"Therefore, on this record, we conclude appellants' complaints are 'about' the arbitration in the underlying business dispute," wrote Justice Douglas Lang for the Fifth Court. "Consequently, because appellants' complaints in this case did not present 'a statutory ground to vacate or modify an arbitration award,' the trial court lacked jurisdiction to review those complaints."

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 25, 2014

Six firms announce new hires, while two others announce promotions.

Fraud on U.S. Patent Office Leads to $26M Verdict Against 3M Company

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 22, 2014

Violating antitrust law through a fraud on the Patent Office will cost 3M Company more than $26 million in damages, almost all of it in legal fees to its adversary in the patent litigation.

3M Docked $26 Million Over Conduct in TransWeb Patent Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 22, 2014

A federal judge in New Jersey put 3M on the hook for millions of dollars that TransWeb LLC spent on attorneys at Quinn Emanuel—plus millions more for good measure.

SAP, Versata Clash Over Endgame in $391 Million Patent Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 22, 2014

Versata's lawyers at McKool Smith are accusing SAP of postponing the inevitable in a long, hard-fought battle over software patents.

PTO Postgrant Proceedings? There's an App for That

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

A Q&A with Fish & Richardson partner Karl Renner about the firm's new app, Fish Post-Grant.

High Court Heavyweights Girding for Aereo Battle

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 will hear arguments in — what some observers have called the most important copyright challenge to reach the high court in a decade.

Prominent Litigators Lining Up on Either Side of Aereo Battle

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 will hear arguments in — what some observers have called the most important copyright challenge to reach the high court in a decade.

Three Lawyers Nominated to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 11, 2014

President Barack Obama nominated three lawyers to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Thursday, including a partner at Fish & Richardson in Delaware and a Senate Judiciary Committee counsel for privacy and information policy.

Notice of Claim Not Sufficient in Health Care Escrow Litigation

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 09, 2014

A health care network provider must release $1.8 million held in escrow after the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled that it did not have a pending claim against a company it acquired subsidiaries from in 2011. The court held that the defendant had not raised a claim until after the deadline for alleging claims passed under the stock purchase agreement.

Fee Tracker: Big Legal Bills for Gibson Dunn

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

The Am Law Daily's periodic tabulation of notable fees earned—or owed—to Am Law 200 firms on a variety of engagements starts off with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which is reaping the benefits from its work in New Jersey's Bridgegate scandal. The firm is also representing the Garden State in a sports gambling case and counseling the American Foundation for Equal Rights in a high-profile gay marriage fight in California. And that's not even including what the firm is seeking for advising energy giant Chevron.

SAP Shuffles Legal Line-Up to Fight $391 Million Judgment

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

SAP has brought on Weil Gotshal's Edward Reines to argue that a 2013 decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board shields the softwar giant from having to satisfy a $391 million judgment.

SAP Shuffles Legal Lineup to Defend First-of-its-Kind PTO Ruling

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

The software giant has brought on Weil Gotshal partner Edward Reines to argue a 2013 decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board shields SAP from having to satisfy a $391 million judgment.

In-House Counsel Profile: Adobe Systems Inc.'s Mike Dillon

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Mike Dillon joined Adobe in 2012, attracted by what he describes as its culture of creativity and openness. "I feel like one of the guys who goes to Reno and pulls the lever and hits five cherries," he said.

District Court Applies Chancery Precedent to Dismiss Compensation Suits

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 19, 2014

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware applied Court of Chancery precedent to dismiss two shareholder lawsuits filed against the boards of ConocoPhillips Co. and Allergan Inc. In both cases, shareholders alleged that the corporations wasted resources by approving employee compensation plans, but the federal court dismissed the litigation because the shareholders had not made a demand on the board prior to initiating the lawsuits.

Building Business at SXSW: Festival-Going Lawyers Mix and Mingle With People in Tech and Entertainment Biz

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Festival-going lawyers share how to build business at Austin's entertainment and technology extravaganza.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

The Churn: Akin, Simpson Add Houston Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

Akin picks up Baker & McKenzie's former North America oil and gas chair and Simpson hires an M&A partner from Baker Botts, both in Houston; Reed Smith welcomes two regulatory partners, in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and K&L Gates lands new partners in Milan and Washington, D.C.

Another Patent Setback for Myriad Genetics

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2014

Myriad Genetics Inc. failed to convince a federal court to block a competitor from selling its own genetic tests while another patent-infringement case is pending.

The Clients Are Real, the Pitches Are Just for Practice

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

In-house IP counsel from the likes of Apple, Cisco, Nike and Facebook teamed up to help junior women lawyers learn the art of selling themselves.

Microsoft Beats Sanction Ahead of Web Patent Trial

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 25, 2014

Two weeks before trial in a case alleging that Microsoft infringes a patent for Web browsing, Fish & Richardson won a ruling that nixes adverse inference findings against the company.

Can an Arbitrator Be Sued for Failing to Disclose Gifts From a Lawyer?

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

"If lawyers are allowed to wine and dine arbitrators [and not disclose that information], some pressure comes to bear," Susan Hays, an Austin solo who represents the plaintiffs in , told the court.

Can an Arbitrator Be Sued for Failing to Disclose Gifts From a Lawyer?

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2014

"If lawyers are allowed to wine and dine arbitrators [and not disclose that information], some pressure comes to bear," Susan Hays, an Austin solo who represents the plaintiffs in , told the court.

Week of Feb. 10

: Texas Lawyer : January 10, 2014

Catherine H. Goodman and Cynthia L. Hill have become equity partners in Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller in Fort Worth. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Aereo Rival to Supreme Court: What About Us?

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

The TV streaming start-ups Aereo Inc. and FilmOn have a lot in common, including the tiny antennas they use to transmit programming to subscribers. But when it comes to their record in the courts, FilmOn and its lawyers have some catching up to do.

2013 LTN Innovation Awards

Fredric Lederer : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

Our latest innovation awards evidence the symbiosis of legal practice and technology.

2013 LTN Awards

Fredric Lederer : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

Our latest innovation awards evidence the symbiosis of legal practice and technology.