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

    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

TRENDING

2013 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
25.85

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

2013 Rank
3
4
% OF VOTES
22.27

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

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 shared amongst law students of starting their own firm together can become a reality. Founding partners Daralyn...

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 in sunny California. Since then, the medium-sized IP firm has worked on behalf of...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
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