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


  • “Wide variety of IP work”
  • “High-profile cases and appeals”
  • “Great work environment”


  • “Very long hours”
  • “Lack of true transparency in management”
  • “The way work is allocated”

The Buzz

  • “IP stars”
  • “Smart attorneys”
  • “Cutthroat”
  • “Associates overworked”

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 350 attorneys and, befitting its role as an IP giant, 375 professionals with scientific degrees, including 90 professionals with Ph.D.'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 Palo Alto, Atlanta, Boston, Reston, London, Taipei and Shanghai.

As one would imagine, a firm like Finnegan has an A-list roster of regular clients, including AbbVie Inc., AOL, AstraZeneca Group, BlackBerry, Caterpillar, Cephalon, Inc., Eisai, Eli Lilly and Company, Ferring, Grünenthal GmbH, InterDigital Communications, LG Electronics, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Philips Electronics, Pronova BioPharma, SAP, 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 350 attorneys, more than 90% 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, and has briefed and argued more patent appeals at the Federal Circuit than any other law firm. Adding to the firm's bench strength, 250+ of Finnegan's professionals are registered to practice before the USPTO, 80 professionals have their Ph.D., and the firm boasts 50 former PTO examiners.  The firm is also home to 50 former Federal Circuit and US Court of Customs and Patent Appeals clerks.

Finnegan's trademark practice is also strong-it is involved in over 28,000 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


February 2014

A Jury Verdict for the Defendant
In its roundup of the top verdicts for 2013, the Daily Journal featured Finnegan's defense victory on behalf of ABBYY. Following a two-week trial, a jury in the Northern District of California returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of Finnegan client ABBYY. Nuance Communications had accused ABBYY of patent infringement and alleged that ABBYY infringed its trade dress for software packaging used for retail and internet sales. Prior to trial, Nuance sought more than $260 million in damages from the defendants. Nuance also alleged willful infringement and sought treble damages and attorneys' fees from the defendants. The jury rejected Nuance's infringement allegations in their entirety, returning a verdict of no infringement for all three Nuance patents and that Nuance's alleged trade dress was not protectable.

January 2014

IP Group of the Year
Law360 again honored Finnegan as a top intellectual property group on its list of the 2013 Practice Groups of the Year, highlighting Finnegan's groundbreaking work before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and diverse litigation wins across many areas of IP law and a range of technologies.

November 2013

A New Office Across the Pond
Finnegan Europe LLP officially launched, with a new London office to strengthen and expand the firm's  European patent practice. "We are thrilled to announce the opening of our London office. We are focused on the expansion of our European patent practice and having a strong presence in London is a definitive sign of our commitment to the market," stated London office managing partner, Anthony Tridico.

September 2013

A Wonderful Firm for Working Moms (and Dads)
Working Mother magazine named Finnegan one of the 2013 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, marking the second consecutive year Finnegan has been recognized for its commitment to family-friendly workplace programs. Companies were selected based on an extensive application that considers companies' policies for child care, flexibility, advancement and paid family leave.

Ahead of the Crowd

Finnegan became the first law firm to file a petition for post-grant review of a business method patent under the new provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). On behalf of client SAP, Finnegan petitioned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, to review a business method patent related to product pricing methods. On June 11, 2013, SAP received a favorable ruling from the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. The Board found all of the challenged claims of a patent owned by Versata Software unpatentable under section 101 of the Patent Act. In September 2013, the PTO denied Versata's request for reconsideration of a ruling invalidating its product pricing method patent, thus closing the case.

June 2013

Supporting the Troops
The Fisher House Foundation presented Finnegan with the Fisher House Patriot Award. Established in 2002, the award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of individuals and organizations supporting the quality of life of military service men, women and their families.

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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
  • Hiring Partners: Robert Shaffer (Washington, DC); William Dyer, III (Atlanta); Jen Swan (Palo Alto); Leslie McDonell (Cambridge); Steven O’Connor (Reston)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 350

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

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

  • Summer Associate Offers
    21 out of 21 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Intellectual Property

Major Office Locations

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