2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The associates are given responsibility early on.”
“Freedom to work on my own schedule.”
“Expectation to work lots of hours.”
“The slow ramp-up to a full workload as a first-year associate.”
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 nearly 60 professionals have PhDs, befitting its role as an IP giant.
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, copyright, and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, portfolio management and litigation. The firm now boasts five U.S. offices and five international offices. From the opening of 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; Sony Corp.; Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.; Toshiba Corp.; Toyota Motor Corp.; Vertex Pharmaceuticals; and Under Armour.
While it’s true that the firm’s professionals handle the full array of IP legal issues, there’s 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 650 cases at the PTAB, and has briefed and argued more patent appeals at the Federal Circuit than any other law firm. Adding to the firm’s bench strength, 230+ of Finnegan’s professionals are registered to practice before the USPTO, nearly 60 professionals have their Ph.D., and the firm boasts more than 40 + former PTO examiners. The firm is also home to 40+ former Federal Circuit and US Court of Customs and Patent Appeals clerks.
Finnegan’s trademark practice is also strong—it is involved in more than 25,000 trademark applications and registrations around the world. The trademark litigation practice 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.
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 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Finnegan’s attorneys have handled approximately 900 such appeals.
901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 408-4000
Managing Partner: Mark D. Sweet
Recruiting Chairs: David K. Mroz (Washington, DC; Reston, VA), Jason E. Stach (Atlanta), Jacob A. Schroeder (Palo Alto), Christopher S. Schultz (Boston)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
250 - 500
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
Summer associate: $3,700/week
No. of Summer Associates:
30 total (25 2Ls; 5 1Ls) (2019)
Laurie D. Taylor
Senior Recruitment Manager
See firm website for more information.
Palo Alto, CA
Washington, DC (HQ) I London