Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP at a Glance


  • “Cooperative environment”
  • “Ability to specialize”
  • “Dealing with the most cutting-edge topics in my field”


  • “Unpredictability of the workflow”
  • “Long hours”
  • “Heavy workload”

The Buzz

  • “IP powerhouse”
  • “Appellate experts”
  • “Ruthless”
  • “Hard partying”

About Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

The current composition of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP prompts one of the great existential questions of 21st-century law: when does a boutique firm officially outgrow its boutique status? Founded in 1965, the DC-headquartered firm has almost certainly crossed that philosophical line. Considered one of the world's top intellectual property law firms, Finnegan employs more than 900 people, including over 320 attorneys and, befitting its role as an IP giant, over 300 professionals with scientific degrees, including nearly 80 professionals with PhD's.

IP Vision

Marc Finnegan and Douglas Henderson teamed up in 1965 to open a shop in Washington, DC that practiced only intellectual property law. The firm's singular focus has not changed, although its scope has expanded to cover virtually every aspect of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing and portfolio management and litigation. The firm now boasts five U.S. offices and four international offices. From the opening of its Tokyo office in 1988, when it became one of the first U.S. patent firms to have a lawyer actively practicing in Japan, the firm has staked a position in some of the world's leading technology and innovation centers, including Atlanta, Boston, Palo Alto,  Reston, London, Taipei and Shanghai.

As one would imagine, a firm like Finnegan has an A-list roster of regular clients, including AOL, Caterpillar, Eli Lilly and Company, Ferring BV, FIS, Grünenthal GmbH, Helssin Healthcare, LG Electronics, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Philips Electronics, POSCO, SK Innovations, Sony Corp., Starbucks, Toshiba Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp.

Patents Rule

While it's true that the firm's professionals handle the full array of IP legal issues, there's no question that patent law is where the firm reigns supreme: of its 320+ attorneys, more than 90 percent work primarily on patent matters. The firm has filed thousands of patent applications, is widely recognized as a go-to firm for representing both defendants and plaintiffs in district court patent disputes, has been counsel of record in approximately 10 percent of the recent cases in the International Trade Commission, been involved in more than 275 PTAB trials, securing key wins at every stage of the proceedings and has briefed and argued more patent appeals at the Federal Circuit than any other law firm. Adding to the firm's bench strength, 225 of Finnegan's professionals are registered to practice before the USPTO, nearly 80 professionals have their Ph.D. and the firm boasts nearly 50 former PTO examiners.  The firm is also home to 60+ former Federal Circuit and U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals clerks.

Finnegan's trademark practice is also strong-it is involved in over 25,000 trademark applications and registrations around the world. The trademark litigation practice is at the forefront of the domain-name business, having handled more than 500 Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy arbitrations and litigating nearly 100 civil domain name matters. Annually, the firm files or defends as many as 200 new U.S. oppositions and cancellations at the PTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and at any given time has approximately 300 to 400 active U.S. oppositions and cancellations. The firm's trademark practice has been recognized as a top-tier firm by leading legal and industry publications such as The Legal 500 U.S., Managing Intellectual Property and World Trademark Review.


April 2015

Finnegan's Got Seoul

Finnegan announced that it has received a license from the South Korean government to open an office in Seoul. "Finnegan is the first 'IP-Only' firm in Korea with a world-renowned reputation in U.S. IP law. Our decision to open a Seoul Office demonstrates the firm's continued commitment to Korea-based IP clients," said Seoul office managing partner, Charles Suh.

Jumping for Joy

In a complete victory for Finnegan client Vuly Trampolines, the International Trade Commission issued a final determination of no violation in the ITC investigation Certain Soft-Edged Trampolines and Components Thereof, No. 337-TA-908. Springfree Trampolines filed its complaint on Christmas Eve, 2013, alleging Vuly's Thunder trampoline infringed its patent, just as Vuly was entering the U.S. market after a successful launch of the Thunder trampoline in Vuly's native Australia. After a full evidentiary hearing, the administrative law judge issued an initial determination finding no violation by Vuly. The ITC reviewed the decision and confirmed no violation. Of the two claims Springfree asserted against Vuly, the ITC found one claim not infringed and the other invalid. The ITC also found that Springfree failed to establish the economic prong of domestic industry, resulting in a separate and independent basis for the finding of no violation.

An Across the Board Victory

Finnegan successfully represented Neste Oil Oyj as petitioner in an inter partes review proceeding against patent owner REG Synthetic Fuels, LLC. Neste established that prior art anticipated the claimed phase-change material composition and countered REG's attempt to antedate the prior art. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board also denied REG's motion to amend, agreeing with Neste that the proposed substitute claims were impermissibly broader than the original claims. In addition, the PTAB excluded a number of documents offered by REG to corroborate its inventor's testimony, holding that the documents lacked authentication or were hearsay. All challenged claims were held unpatentable.

March 2015

IP Firm of the Decade

Managing Intellectual Property recognized Finnegan with the distinct honor of being named its first-ever U.S. IP Firm of the Decade. This follows a year of Tier 1 MIP rankings across every U.S. intellectual property category: patent prosecution, patent contentious, ITC, bio/life sciences, PTAB litigation (USPTO), trademark prosecution and trademark contentious. The firm also received top rankings in Japan and England.

December 2014

Push for Pardons

Finnegan is one of several Washington, DC-based law firms participating in The Clemency Project 2014, a first-of-its-kind pro bono program to secure mass commutations for federal prisoners. For the initiative, the Justice Department sought help from the private sector to find inmates who meet eligibility criteria for a sentence commutation or a pardon. Lawyers participating in the project expect to review nearly 20,000 clemency surveys, primarily from prisoners who are serving sentences for federal drug offenses. No president or U.S. Department of Justice pardon attorney has ever assessed this number of commutation requests at once, making this a unique and significant opportunity.

September 2014

Female Friendly

Working Mother magazine recognized Finnegan as one of the 2014 Working Mother "100 Best Companies." This is the third consecutive year Finnegan has been recognized for its leadership in work/life integration policies and programs and for its commitment to a culture that supports the advancement of women. Working Mother magazine, along with Flex-Time Lawyers, also named Finnegan one of the "50 Best Law firms for Women."

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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413
Phone: (202) 408-4000
Fax: (202) 408-4400


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: James B. Monroe
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 320

  • Employment Contact
    Washington, DC
    Laurie D. Taylor
    Recruitment Manager
    Phone: (202) 408-4000
    Fax: (202) 408-4400
    Tara L. Anglin
    Regional Recruitment & Professional Development Manager
    Phone: (404) 653-6400
    Fax: (404) 653-6444
    Christine A. Brennan
    Recruitment & Professional Development Specialist
    Phone: (617) 452-1616
    Fax: (617) 452-1666
    Palo Alto
    Meave C. Cox
    Recruitment & Professional Development Specialist
    Phone: (650) 849-6600
    Fax: (650) 849-6666
    E-mail: Reston
    Tara L. Anglin
    Regional Recruitment & Professional Development Manager
    Phone: (571) 203-2700
    Fax: (571) 203-2777

  • Base Salary
    Washington, DC
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,00
    Summer associate: $3,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    10 out of 11 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Intellectual Property

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC (HQ)
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boston, MA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Reston, VA
  • London
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Taipei
  • Tokyo
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