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Best Law Firms by 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

2019 Best Intellectual Property Boutique Law Firms

1
% OF VOTES
43.52

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

2018 Rank
1
2
% OF VOTES
22.48

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

2018 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
20.16

McKool Smith

As old as millennials, McKool Smith really embodies the culture of late 20th and early 21st century in terms of growth and matching market trends, having...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
3
4
% OF VOTES
18.48

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

2018 Rank
4
5
% OF VOTES
18.16

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

2018 Rank
5
6
% OF VOTES
18.00

Durie Tangri

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

TRENDING

2018 Rank
6
7
% OF VOTES
17.28

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

2018 Rank
7
8
% OF VOTES
9.36

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

2018 Rank
8
9
% OF VOTES
9.20

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

2018 Rank
9
10
% OF VOTES
8.72

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

2018 Rank
10
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