Top Ranked

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, 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

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

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
11
% OF VOTES
6.80

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

2013 Rank
13
12
% OF VOTES
6.35

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

2013 Rank
9
13
% OF VOTES
6.08

Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP

Houston-based "super" IP boutique Novak Druce is renowned for its expertise in patent law, to which clients ING DIRECT, Astra Zeneca, L'Oreal, Pfizer...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
12
14
% OF VOTES
5.81

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

2013 Rank
10
15
% OF VOTES
5.19

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

2013 Rank
14

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