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Not every firm is created equal. Find out how top firms stack up when it comes to specific practice areas.

  • Survey Methodology

    In order to determine the Vault Practice Area Rankings, associates were able to vote for up to three firms in their own practice area, but were not permitted to vote for their own firm. Self-identified corporate associates were allowed to vote only in the corporate-related categories (securities, financial services, etc.); litigators were allowed to vote in the litigation categories, and so on. Our rankings indicate the top firms in each area, as well as the total percentage of votes.

  • Ranking History

2014 Best Intellectual Property Boutique Law Firms

1
% OF VOTES
36.05

Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

Knobbe Martens is a full-service intellectual property firm with an attorney roster that boasts a wealth of diverse backgrounds in science and...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
1
2
% OF VOTES
30.95

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

Editor's note: In August 2016, Andrews Kurth hired all of Kenyon & Kenyon's attorneys and the firm wound down. Kenyon and Kenyon attorneys are...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
25.85

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...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
3
4
% OF VOTES
22.27

McKool Smith

McKool Smith began in 1991 with 13 trial lawyers in Dallas. Since then, it's grown into a firm with more than 170 trial lawyers with offices in Austin,...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
4
5
% OF VOTES
16.99

Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

Virginia-based IP boutique Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. has one foot in the U.S. and one in Japan but both are strategically...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
5
6
% OF VOTES
15.92

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C.

Founded in 1978 by Robert Greene Sterne and Ronald Snider as Snider & Sterne, now, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox has grown through the ensuing...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
6
7
% OF VOTES
11.72

Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

Chicago-based IP boutique firm Banner & Witcoff is unique not only for its status as a top firm in its field, but also for its role in shaping IP law...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
8
8
% OF VOTES
11.18

Durie Tangri

Durie Tangri is proof that the daydreams often shared amongst law students of starting their own firm can become a reality. Founding partners Mark...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
9
% OF VOTES
10.73

Brinks Gilson & Lione

From its perch atop Chicago's NBC tower, Brinks Gilson & Lione is an intellectual property shop with a particularly firm grasp on the ins and outs of...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
7
10
% OF VOTES
8.05

Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP

Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman has roots that date back to 1975. Since then, the firm has worked on behalf of many of the largest technology...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR

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