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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

At a Glance

Uppers

“Overall, the people at Finnegan are awesome.”

“Responsibility is handed down pretty quickly.”

“Good compensation.”

Downers

“Lots of work, high expectations.”

“Unpredictability of workload.”

“The hours (although they're no different than any other large law firm).”

About Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Finnegan is synonymous with intellectual property—a true full-service IP firm with experts in every area of IP and every technology. Considered one of the world’s top intellectual property law firms, Finnegan employs more than 700 people, including nearly 350 IP professionals, of which more than 65 professionals have Ph.D.s, befitting its role as an IP giant. 

IP Vision

Marc Finnegan and Douglas Henderson teamed up in 1965 to open a shop in Washington, DC, that practiced only intellectual property law. The firm’s focus has not changed, although its scope has expanded to cover virtually every aspect of patent, trademark, and copyright law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, portfolio management, and litigation. Finnegan also represents clients in IP issues relating to advertising, trade secrets, European patents and trademarks, international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust, and unfair competition. The firm now boasts five U.S. offices and five international offices. Since opening its Tokyo office in 1988, when it became one of the first U.S. patent firms to have a lawyer actively practicing in Japan, the firm has staked a position in some of the world’s leading technology and innovation centers, including Atlanta, Boston, London, Palo Alto, Reston, Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei. 

As one would imagine, a firm like Finnegan has an A-list roster of regular clients, including Asetek Danmark A/S, AstraZeneca, Caterpillar, Eli Lilly and Company, FedEx, Ferring BV, Grünenthal GmbH, LG Electronics, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Philips, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Toshiba Corp., Toyota Motor Corp., Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and Under Armour.

Patents Rule

While it’s true that the firm’s professionals handle the full array of IP legal issues, there is no question that patent law is where the firm reigns supreme: more than 90 percent of Finnegan attorneys work primarily on patent matters. The firm has filed thousands of patent applications, is widely recognized as a go-to firm for representing both defendants and plaintiffs in district court patent disputes, has been counsel of record in approximately 15 percent of the cases in the International Trade Commission and well over 900 cases at the Patent Trial Appeal Board (PTAB), and has briefed and argued hundreds of cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Adding to the firm’s bench strength, more than 230 of Finnegan’s professionals are registered to practice before the USPTO, over 65 professionals have a Ph.D., and the firm boasts more than 40 former USPTO examiners. The firm is also home to more than 40 former clerks at the Federal Circuit or U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals. 

Finnegan’s trademark practice is renowned in its own right, involved in more than 25,000 trademark applications and registrations around the world. The trademark team litigates high-profile cases involving a range of iconic brands and is at the forefront of the domain-name business, having handled more than 500 Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy arbitrations and litigating nearly 100 civil domain name matters. Annually, the firm files or defends as many as 200 new U.S. oppositions and cancellations at the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and at any given time, has approximately 300 to 400 active U.S. oppositions and cancellations. 

Assisting Veterans

Finnegan works on a wide variety of pro bono matters, including civil, criminal, and asylum representation. In addition, through its Veteran’s Assistance Program, the firm handles appeals in the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), and the Federal Circuit. Finnegan’s attorneys have handled approximately 900 such appeals. 

Why Work Here

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 408-4000

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Anand K. Sharma
Recruiting Chairs: David K. Mroz (Reston, VA and Washington, DC), Jason E. Stach (Atlanta), Eric P. Raciti (Boston), Jacob A. Schroeder (Palo Alto)
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2020:
7
Billable-Hour Requirement:
2,000

Base Salary

All offices
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
Summer Associate: $3,700/week

Employment Contact

Washington, DC
Laurie Taylor
Senior Recruitment Manager
(202) 408-4000
laurie.taylor@finnegan.com
See firm website for more information.

No. of U.S. Offices: 5

No. of International Offices: 5

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Boston, MA
Palo Alto, CA
Reston, VA
Washington, DC (HQ)
London
Seoul
Shanghai
Taipei
Tokyo

Major Departments

Intellectual Property