2021 Vault Rankings
About Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
Bookoff McAndrews is a DC-based patent law firm focused on non-litigation patent services—including patent counseling and prosecution—for technology companies. In just a handful of years since it first opened its doors, BoMc has grown to more than 35 attorneys, attracted scores of high-technology startups and Fortune 500 companies as clients, and attained nationwide recognition typically reserved for much more established, larger firms.
Making Its Mark in DC
The firm was founded by former Finnegan partners Les Bookoff and Roland McAndrews in 2012 to focus on "everything patents that's outside the courtroom" to cut down on the overhead costs associated with maintaining an in-house litigation practice and provide clients with more certainty as to staffing on their matters. The firm opened a small office on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, and within months, BoMc (as the firm would soon be called) outgrew its space. Since then, six other partners have joined Les and Roland at the helm—Chris Agrawal, Kirsten Johnson, Dinesh Melwani, Jameson Ma, Elizabeth Shah, and Jessica Winchester—and the firm has grown to the nationally recognized name that it is today.
BoMc is wholly focused on everything patent—from patent prosecution to patent disputes to IP transactions to counseling on patent issues. The firm is a trusted advisor to clients in analyzing patents, evaluating patent enforceability, and assessing competitors. Lawyers at BoMc also monitor clients’ patent portfolios. The firm has been recognized by such publications as Chambers USA and IAM Patent 1000 and has also been on Forbes’ “Legal Black Book” list for Top IP Firms in the U.S.
Some firms tout their commitment to work-life balance, but BoMc actually embraces it. Partners are invested in associate well-being, and associates, and associates are encouraged to turn down work if they’re overloaded. The firm is proud of its lawyers’ talents outside of billables, sharing that the firm is home to 19 musicians, 7 green thumbs, and 7 marathoners, and that collectively, the team speaks 15 languages.
Bookoff McAndrews has treated the coronavirus pandemic with the utmost care and caution. We want to convey to our attorney and staff candidates that we are both extremely accommodating of your individual circumstances during this time of crisis and incredibly mindful of your safety and emotional well-being. For the past year, everything has shifted to a virtual work-from-home setting, with the office currently not in use. Outside of providing resources to our team members, one crucial way we support them in an inclusive and equitable manner is by giving them back their time. Through reduced hours options (e.g., the ability to work at 90 percent, 80 percent, or 70 percent of your normal workload) and flexible scheduling (i.e., the ability to largely dictate your own schedule to fit your personal and familial needs), BoMc has strived to thoughtfully cater to its team.
News & Awards
BoMc is grateful to be named the 2020 Inclusive Firm of the Year (USA) by Chambers and Partners. BoMc emerged from a crowded field of 19 notable finalists to earn the distinguished national honor.
Earning the second overall highest score, BoMc continues to top Law360’s annual list of diverse firms. For firms of 100 or fewer attorneys, BoMc comes in at No. 2 for Minority Attorneys and No. 3 for Minority Equity Partners. BoMc continues to markedly outpace an industry where racial and ethnic minorities only account for 17 percent of all attorneys and about 9% of all equity partners.
BoMc earns national recognition as a leading patent prosecution firm in The Legal 500, 2020. BoMc is one of only 31 firms across the United States to earn this prestigious distinction. The publication describes BoMc as, “one of the most diverse patent prosecution benches in the country.” Clients applaud BoMc attorneys as “always proactive [with] great work product.”
In its 2020 rankings, IAM Patent 1000 names BoMc one of its top 16 patent prosecution firms in the country. In addition, for the second year in a row, the publication places BoMc in the topmost tier of leading patent firms in the DC Metro Area, one of just five firms to be “Highly Recommended” for patent prosecution. IAM lauds BoMc as an “inclusive team with an even more diverse look,” reflected in “the sheer quality of work being produced.”
2020 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 808-3550
Managing Partners and Recruiting Chairs: Les Bookoff, Roland McAndrews, Dinesh Melwani, Chris Agrawal, Kirsten Johnson, Jameson Ma, Elizabeth Shah, and Jessica Winchester
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
1 - 50
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Salary not disclosed.
Director of Firm Operations
No. of U.S. Offices: 1
No. of International Offices: 0
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.