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Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area

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, banking and 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

2017 Best Intellectual Property Boutique Law Firms

1
% OF VOTES
36.59

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

2016 Rank
1
2
% OF VOTES
22.40

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

2016 Rank
3
3
% OF VOTES
21.16

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

2016 Rank
4
4
% OF VOTES
19.28

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

2016 Rank
NR
5
% OF VOTES
18.79

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

Kenyon and Kenyon attorneys are specialists in intellectual property law. With a legal team consisting of patent litigators and copyright law experts,...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
2
6
% OF VOTES
18.29

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
5
7
% OF VOTES
15.83

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

2016 Rank
7
8
% OF VOTES
11.40

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

2016 Rank
8
9
% OF VOTES
10.75

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

2016 Rank
6
10
% OF VOTES
9.68

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

2016 Rank
10
11
% OF VOTES
8.29

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

2016 Rank
9
12
% OF VOTES
6.15

Sughrue Mion PLLC

Intellectual property powerhouse boutique firm Sughrue Mion obtains more U.S. patents than any other firm. With a top-notch litigation practice, one of...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
13
% OF VOTES
5.82

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
11
13
% OF VOTES
5.82

Merchant & Gould P.C.

Headquartered in the Twin Cities with eight offices stretching nationwide in both directions, IP boutique Merchant & Gould covers clients on the East...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
12
15
% OF VOTES
5.09

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff is an intellectual property law firm with offices in Illinois, California and North Carolina. The firm's client...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
13