Top Ranked

Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area

These firms were voted strongest in each practice area by associates working in that area at peer firms.

  • Survey Methodology

    To determine the Vault Practice Area Rankings, associates vote for the strongest firms in their self-didentified practice area(s). Associates are able to vote for up to three firms but are not permitted to vote for their own firm. Our rankings indicate the top firms in each area, as well as the total percentage of votes.

  • Ranking History

2018 Best Intellectual Property Boutique Law Firms

1
% OF VOTES
37.72

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

2017 Rank
1
2
% OF VOTES
23.66

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Fitzpatrick is a highly-decorated boutique which has made intellectual property its sole focus (as perhaps made obvious by the "We are IP" motto gracing...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
21.79

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

2017 Rank
3
4
% OF VOTES
21.14

Keker & Van Nest LLP

Headquartered in San Francisco, Keker & Van Nest is perhaps best known for handling major intellectual property disputes for some of the country's...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
4
5
% OF VOTES
20.49

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

2017 Rank
6
6
% OF VOTES
20.00

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

2017 Rank
7
7
% OF VOTES
16.34

Desmarais LLP

In 2010, John Desmarais left a successful patent litigation practice with Kirkland & Ellis to hang his own shingle, Desmarais LLP, with some of his...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
8
8
% OF VOTES
11.22

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

2017 Rank
11
9
% OF VOTES
8.70

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

2017 Rank
9
10
% OF VOTES
7.56

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

Founded in 1927, Boston's Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C. has grown to be one of the preeminent intellectual property firms in the Northeast, and has...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
10
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