Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto at a Glance


  • “Exciting, challenging cases"
  • “The people are easy to get along with"
  • “Deep involvement in cases from the moment you walk in the door"


  • “No mentoring system in place"
  • “Work assignment process"
  • “No transparency"

The Buzz

  • “IP powerhouse”
  • “Typical New York lawyers”
  • “Quality”
  • “Gunners”

About Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Fitzpatrick, Cella is a highly-decorated boutique which has made intellectual property its sole focus (as perhaps made obvious by the "We are IP" motto gracing its website). With offices in New York, Washington, DC and California, the firm provides patent and trademark counsel for a wide array of industries, including pharmaceuticals, energy, biotechnology, computers and electronics, transportation and telecommunications.

Patents, Trademarks and Squaring Off with the ITC

Founded in 1971 as a six-partner firm, Fitzpatrick, Cella has grown to employ a legal team of about 175 attorneys and has claimed its place as one of the country's top IP firms. Fitzpatrick attracted high-profile clients early in its history, securing patents for Canon and Bristol-Meyers and defending DuPont in International Trade Commission proceedings within the first two decades of its founding. Since then, the firm has worked with other heavy-hitters like IBM, Calvin Klein, Phillips-Van Heusen, Bausch & Lomb, PepsiCo, Prudential, MTV Networks and BigPharma companies like AstraZeneca, Pfizer and UCB.

Fitzpatrick, Cella surpasses many other IP firms in the sheer number of patents issued, ranking in Intellectual Property Today's annual Top Patent Firm survey, and, according to the firm, prosecutes twice the number of patents as any other New York-based practice. Although its offices are U.S.-based, Fitzpatrick also helps clients coordinate international IP and litigation strategies.

Such IP expertise does not come without years of hard labor in the academia mines-many Fitzpatrick attorneys hold PhDs, and almost all have some form of technical or scientific degree and experience in chemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronics, physics, computers and the mechanical arts, in addition to their JDs.

E-Commerce IP Pioneers

In the 1990s, Fitzpatrick also became an early leader in electronics and computer-related IP work, in its words, "drafting and prosecuting patent applications on internet business methods even before the term 'e-commerce' was coined." The firm has handled IP disputes regarding printers, video games, wireless technology and GPS systems.


May 2016
Justin Oliver Named to Second Annual List of Intellectual Property Trailblazers

Justin Oliver, partner at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto and head of the firm's PTO Contested Proceedings practice, has been named one of only 50 Intellectual Property Trailblazers by The National Law Journal. The award celebrates the achievements of attorneys who are innovators playing a role in changing copyright, patent, trademark and licensing law. 

Fitzpatrick Recognized In The National Law Journal's 2016 Midsize Hot List

Fitzpatrick is recognized in The National Law Journal's Midsize Hot List as one of 20 firms that excel at deal making, litigation, counseling and other legal services.

April 2016
Fitzpatrick's Post-Grant HQ

Fitzpatrick's Post-Grant HQ website has been updated to include a new statistical report on PTAB trials. The new report is even more comprehensive than Fitzpatrick's previous analysis. The report includes data culled from all final written decisions on the merits through 2015 and all decisions denying institution through 2014. Final decisions typically issue about one year after the decisions to institute. Accounting for that one year differential avoids an improper skewing toward the outcomes of decisions not to institute and provides a more accurate picture of the state of PTAB trials.

November 2015
Fitzpatrick Recognized as "National Tier 1" and "New York Tier 1"

Fitzpatrick has been recognized as National Tier 1 in Litigation - Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law and Copyright Law and New York Tier 1 in Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law and Copyright Law by U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers 2016. Clients say, "Fitzpatrick attorneys have exceptional experience in a variety of patent areas like prosecution, litigation and contracts. They are responsive and knowledgeable. As in house counsel, they are my go-to firm when I need a quick opinion on an issue, as well as for complex long term matters. They are cost-effective and sophisticated; I would trust them to handle any of our patent matters."

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Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104
Phone: (212) 218-2100
Fax: (212) 218-2200


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Colleen Tracy
  • Total No. Attorneys 2012: 163

  • Base Salary
    BASE SALARY (2012)
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,076/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    13 out of 13 (2Ls); 1 out of 1 (1Ls) (2011)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Patent Prosecution
    Licensing & Transactions
    PTO Contested Proceedings
    Due Diligence
    Aerospace, Automotive and Marine
    Consumer Goods
    Electronics, Computers and Software
    Financial Services
    Industrial Equipment and Manufacturing
    Medical Devices
    Semiconductor Technologies
    Telecommunications and Networks

Major Office Locations

  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • New York, NY