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


  • “Talented IP lawyers”
  • “Interesting projects”
  • “Autonomy of work selection”


  • “Pressure of trying to make my hours”
  • “2000 hour billable requirement”
  • “Long hours”

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 750 people, including over 350 IP professionals, of which nearly 80 professionals have PhD's, befitting its role as an IP giant.

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 five 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, London, Palo Alto, Reston, Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei.

As one would imagine, a firm like Finnegan has an A-list roster of regular clients, including: Asetek Danmark A/S; AstraZeneca; Caterpillar; Eli Lilly and Company; FedEx; Ferring BV; Google; Grünenthal GmbH; Illumina, Inc.; LG Electronics; Otsuka Pharmaceuticals; Philips; SK Innovations; Sony Corp.; Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.; Toshiba Corp.; Toyota Motor Corp.; and Under Armour.

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: more than 90 percent of Finnegan attorneys 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 16 percent of the recent cases in the International Trade Commission and well over 500 cases at the PTAB, and has briefed and argued more patent appeals at the Federal Circuit than any other law firm. Adding to the firm's bench strength, 200+ of Finnegan's professionals are registered to practice before the USPTO, nearly 80 professionals have their Ph.D., and the firm boasts nearly 35+ former PTO examiners. The firm is also home to 40+ former Federal Circuit and US 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 USPTO'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.

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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Mark D. Sweet
  • Recruiting Chairs: L. Scott Burwell (Washington, DC, Reston, VA), Jason E. Stach (Atlanta), Erik R. Puknys (Palo Alto), Christopher S. Schultz (Boston)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 303

  • Base Salary
    Washington, DC 1st year: $180,000 2nd year: $190,000 3rd year: $210,000 Summer associate: $3,500/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    23 out of 23 (2Ls) (2016)

  • 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