Fish & Richardson P.C. at a Glance


  • “Opportunities to do meaningful and interesting work”
  • “People here care about each other”
  • “Pay is great”


  • “Not much out of work socialization”
  • “Law firms expect you to work long hours, and F&R is no exception”
  • “Overall workload is low in the prosecution group making it difficult to meet billable goals”

The Buzz

  • “Best in IP”
  • “Good work/life balance”
  • “Overrated”
  • “Techie”

About Fish & Richardson P.C.

An influential player in the development of American intellectual property law, Fish & Richardson has evolved with the inventions of its clients: from the days of the Industrial Revolution through the dot-com boom (and subsequent subprime-propelled economic bust), the firm has remained a leader in patent law while adding a slew of other practice areas as the years have rolled by.

Fish First

Founded in Boston in 1878, Fish & Richardson's early days were marked by its representation of giants of American innovation. The firm spent some of its first years advising the likes of Alexander Graham Bell and, later, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers. Fish & Richardson played integral roles in the acquisition and defense of patents for such seminal concepts as the telephone, the radio, the automobile and the steam turbine.

Name partner and firm founder Frederick P. Fish went into business with former U.S. Senator Bainbridge Wadleigh of New Hampshire, forming a firm called Wadleigh & Fish. Laying the firm's IP foundation, Fish-who also served as president of AT&T in the early 1900s-not only represented Alexander Graham Bell in over 600 patent cases but also argued his fair share of patent cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. William K. Richardson, who went on to have his name added to the stationery, joined Fish in 1889. A few years later the firm opened a branch office in New York.

Go Your Own Way

Frederick Fish died in 1930-at the time of his death, it was reported that he had appeared in more Supreme Court patent cases than did any other lawyer to date. Richardson passed away two decades later in 1951. In 1969, the firm's New York office spun off, and the Boston headquarters took the moniker Fish & Richardson.

Through the 1970s and 1980s, Fish continued to lead the way in patent law, helping clients like Bose to patent acoustic equipment and delving into medical sciences work with clients like Dyonics, which obtained the first patent for an arthroscopic surgery instrument. But the address remained Boston: by the late 1980s, the firm still had just one office.

Growth Spurt

That didn't last for long, however. Fish opened its DC office in 1989, followed by an office in Silicon Valley in 1993, the better to handle patent matters for major tech companies like Adobe Systems.

The rest of the 1990s into the 21st century brought continued growth for the firm, with offices in Delaware, Georgia, Minneapolis, New York, Southern California and Texas sprouting up. Its first international location in Munich, Germany opened in 2007.

Focused but Not Boring

Fish's focus remains tight to this day. It sticks to what it knows best-intellectual property strategy and counseling, intellectual property litigation and business litigation-but its breadth is reflected in the list of industries it serves. The firm handles IP matters for clients in over a dozen industries, including academic research, transportation, energy, clean tech, consumer products, financial services, aerospace and defense, new media, manufacturing, telecommunications and more. As a result, its client list covers companies as diverse as Calvin Klein, Microsoft, Boston Scientific, Bank of America and Carnegie Mellon University.

From IP Springs Commercial Litigation

Expanding its expertise, Fish has continued to grow its commercial litigation practice-and it's no wonder, the firm's commercial litigation group goes hand in hand with the firm's intellectual property litigation practice. The two are related, in that the knowledge and experience that come from a long history of IP work gives Fish an advantage in trying intricate, complex, high-profile and high-stakes commercial cases. The firm has been significantly involved in the three largest litigations-in terms of amount in controversy-in U.S. history: Enron, WorldCom and the 9/11 litigation. The firm has also represented clients such as Mark Cuban, businessman and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, and video game legend and space tourist Richard Garriott.


April 2014

Number One in IP
Fish & Richardson has received "Tier 1" IP rankings in every national category-Patent Prosecution, Patent Litigation, Life Sciences and ITC-in Managing Intellectual Property magazine's annual ranking of the top IP law firms in the U.S. This is the fourth year in a row that Fish has swept the Tier 1 national U.S. rankings. Fish also received top tier rankings in the Trademark Prosecution, Trademark Contentious and Copyright categories.

Prevailing in Patent Law Litigation
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed that Fish & Richardson's client Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated did not infringe the '707 patent owned by International Securities Exchange (ISE). The Federal Circuit's ruling came after nearly eight years of fierce litigation that included two district court cases, two Federal Circuit appeals and ISE's request for over $400 million in damages plus trebling.

March 2014

Inter Partes Review Hat Trick
Fish & Richardson achieved complete victories in three inter partes reviews (IPRs) filed against three University of Illinois patents on behalf of Micron Technology, Inc. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) held each claim of the University of Illinois' semiconductor patents unpatentable, and as a result, ordered each claim cancelled. The PTAB also found in Micron's favor on every instituted ground of rejection, including a four-way obviousness rejection of one of the claims in a challenged patent.  Fish filed Micron's three IPRs against the University patents on October 2, 2012, which were among the first petitions filed under the new post-grant review procedures-and the first filed by Fish on behalf of a client.

Winning Big, Again and Again
Fish & Richardson won a fourth victory on behalf of client Power Integrations against Fairchild Semiconductor and Fairchild's System General (SG) subsidiary. Power Integrations is a Silicon Valley-based innovator of high-performance, energy-efficient integrated circuits used for power conversion in a range of consumer electronic products, including everything from mobile phones to LCD monitors to LED lighting. Power Integrations originally called upon Fish & Richardson to take action against Fairchild and SG in 2004, and Fish has secured victories against these defendants in a series of litigations in a number of courts over the years, including obtaining injunctions against over 100 infringing products.

With the most recent verdict, the jury found that Fairchild willfully infringed Power Integrations' patents and awarded damages of $105 million.

November 2013

IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Fish & Richardson has been named an elite "National Tier 1" law firm in five practice areas-Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law, Technology Law and Trademark Law-in U.S. News & Best Lawyers® 2014 "Best Law Firms" rankings. Fish was also recognized as the "IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year." Only one law firm in each practice area, from among thousands of firms nationally, is selected to receive "Law Firm of the Year" honors. The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes collecting client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field.

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Fish & Richardson P.C.

One Marina Park Drive
Boston, MA 02210-1878
Phone: (617) 542-5070
Fax: (617) 542-8906


  • Employer Type: Private
  • President & CEO: Peter J. Devlin
  • Hiring Attorney: Michael Headley
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 368

  • Employment Contact
    Kelly Mixon Morgan
    National Director of Attorney Hiring
    Phone: (214) 747-5070
    Fax: (214) 747-2091

    Recruiting contacts for all locations can be found at

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

    The firm says: Associate base salary (excluding bonuses) is determined by a combination lock-step merit system. Advancement at every level is based exclusively on merit. Our bonus system is a merit based system, rewarding associates for dedication and high quality work. We consider factors such as substantive legal work, practice-building efforts, teamwork, substantial non-billable contributions, hours billed, and dedication and sacrifice in meeting client needs.

  • Summer Associate Offers
    21 out of 22 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Patent Litigation
    Commercial Litigation
    Patent Prosecution

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New York, NY
  • San Diego, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Munich
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