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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 Boston-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Fish & Richardson has 344 attorneys and is the 128th largest firm in the United States.  With $362,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 85th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2012 Global 100 survey, Fish & Richardson ranked as the 93rd highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, DE, GA, MA, MN, NY and TX.

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

Was 2014 The Twilight of the Patent Trolls?

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : March 30, 2015

The litigation ground shifted as contests between business competitors produced large verdicts.

Federal Circuit Won't Ease Willful Infringement Standard … For Now

Scott Graham : The Recorder : March 23, 2015

In a dissent, Judge Kathleen O'Malley and Todd Hughes wrote district judges should have more discretion to award enhanced damages.

Ballard Spahr's Revenue Up 4.3 Percent

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : February 26, 2015

For Ballard Spahr, after seeing a slight decline in revenue in 2013, 2014 was about discipline. And it seemed to pay off, with the firm posting healthy gains in revenue and profits per equity partner.

Kilpatrick Townsend's PPP Spikes Due to Change in Equity Compensation System

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : February 25, 2015

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton had a good 2014, posting a solid 5.9 percent revenue increase of $411.5 million. Profit per partner (PPP) shot up from $700,000 to $925,000 because the firm changed its equity partnership structure at the beginning of the year.

Startups Occupy CodeX Pavilion at Legaltech

Jesse Londin : Law Technology News : February 17, 2015

Legaltech New York showcased new companies that may soon add to the disruption in legal services.

$540K in Damages Upheld Against Feds Over Korean War Stamp

Marcia Coyle : Legal Times : February 04, 2015

A federal appellate court on Wednesday affirmed more than half a million dollars in damages against the United States for its unauthorized use on a postage stamp of the distinctive copyrighted image of The Column in the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.

To Cut Expenses, More Firms Are Opening Back Offices

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2015

A stumbling block for some has been the up-front costs; it can take four years to see a return on investment.

Littler Recruits Four Partners From Ogletree

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 27, 2015

Littler Mendelson, the nation's largest labor and employment firm, has recruited four shareholders from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, the nation's second-largest labor and employment firm.

Microsoft Corp.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

The innovative approach that Microsoft Corp.'s legal department takes when working with outside counsel and its success in promoting diversity, juggling massive deals, handling litigation and assisting in product development place it in the top spot among Seattle's in-house legal departments.

After Long Careers, Am Law Luminaries Look to New Horizons

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2015

From Akin's John Dowd to Vinson & Elkins' Joe Dilg, the start of 2015 has led some lions of the bar to retire. Some, like Dilg, are leaving Am Law 100 life early to try their hand on the business side, while others, such as Baker Botts' Robert Jordan and McGuireWoods' Richard Lieberman, are preparing for book tours.

Kirkland Scores Again for Bard in $1.9 Billion Patent Fight

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2015

The firm cemented a hard-fought patent victory for client C. R. Bard on Tuesday, fending off the latest appeal in a case that's already cost rival medical device maker W.L. Gore $1.25 billion—and could cost it nearly $800 million more over the next five years.

Conflict Of Interest Is Alleged

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2015

Randall Rader's sudden resignation from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit last June is playing a cameo role in a petition now before the U.S. Supreme Court on the duty of mediators to disclose conflicts of interest.

General-Service Firms Going Headhunting for IP Specialists

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2015

General-service firms sharpened the competition in intellectual property law throughout 2014, hiring lawyers away from smaller firms and staking claims to an emerging practice area inside the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Rader's Resignation Cited in Ethics Dispute Before U.S. Supreme Court

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 07, 2015

Randall Rader's sudden resignation from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit last June is playing a cameo role in a petition now before the U.S. Supreme Court on the duty of mediators to disclose conflicts of interest.

The Big Boys Make $10 Million—How About You?

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2015

As rainmakers rake it in, there are implications for everyone working in Big Law, 
from other equity partners to back office workers, new data shows.

ITC Continues to Lose Steam as IP Forum

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : December 31, 2014

The number of intellectual property disputes filed at the International Trade Commission dropped slightly in 2014, with IP boutiques led by Fish & Richardson bringing many of the cases.

Patent Lawyers Forecast More Flux in 2015

Scott Graham : The Recorder : December 31, 2014

With rule changes in the works, big questions pending on appeal, and patent reform on Washington's agenda, some are urging caution. "The chess board is moving as we speak," says Foley & Lardner special counsel Andrew Baluch.

The Year's Most Interesting Litigation

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : December 30, 2014

Changing technology sparked a range of memorable lawsuits—but so did some timeless (and thorny) legal issues.

Voir Dire

: The National Law Journal : December 29, 2014

The boldface-name set got into the usual legal scrapes last year, typically involving intellectual property disputes. Here are a few highlights.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : December 26, 2014

Akerman has added partners Yariv Ben-Ari, Andrew Berman and Lisa Lim in its real estate group.

More Myriad Gene Patents Bite the Dust

Scott Graham : The Recorder : December 17, 2014

Applying recent Supreme Court rulings, the Federal Circuit struck down patents on synthetic genes engineered to be identical to human DNA.

What Were the Big Lateral Moves in 2014?

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : December 15, 2014

A number of firms headquartered outside Texas opened offices in the Lone Star State during 2014, spurring lateral moves.

Innovators: Josh Becker, Lex Machina

: The Recorder : December 08, 2014

The CEO has helped grow the legal analytics company from having just a handful of clients to boasting more than 100.

Judge Nixes $105M Award, Citing New IP Case Law

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : December 01, 2014

A California federal judge has set aside a $105 million award to electronics component maker Power Integrations Inc. based on a recent appellate court ruling on royalty damages.

Law Firms Help Push For Pardons

Nate Beck : The National Law Journal : December 01, 2014

More than a thousand lawyers at advocacy groups and in private and government service are participating in a first-of-its kind program to secure mass commutations for federal prisoners.


: The National Law Journal : November 24, 2014

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

Aereo Bankruptcy Ends One Chapter, Starts Another

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : November 21, 2014

Five months after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Aereo's business model was in direct conflict with copyright law, the online television company announced Friday that it filed for bankruptcy protection. But Aereo says its lawyers still have plenty of work to do.


Mary Welch : Daily Report : November 20, 2014

Neither an Emory law degree nor a successful litigation record at Alston & Bird were enough for Courtney Fletcher to infiltrate the boys' club that was Doosan Group, a South Korean company that purchased the American farm equipment firm Bobcat Co. in 2007.

Atlanta Firms Among Top Scorers in LGBT Friendliness Survey

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 19, 2014

Law firms again led the top scorers in this year's Corporate Equality Index rating by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Of Atlanta's six largest firms, four scored 100 percent and two scored 90 percent in the rating, which measures how supportive the nation's top law firms and corporations are of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

The 2014 Appellate Hot List

: The National Law Journal : November 17, 2014

We've identified 20 firms with outstanding achievements before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts and state courts of last resort.