2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Interesting work, interesting clients.”
“Flexibility in telecommuting.”
“Long, unpredictable hours, but that is just the nature of the job.”
“Lack of clear bonus structure.”
“Lack of real one-on-one training.”
About Fish & Richardson
An influential player in the development of American intellectual property law, Fish & Richardson has evolved with the inventions of its clients: From the days of the Industrial Revolution through the dot-com boom (and subsequent subprime-propelled economic bust), the firm has remained a leader in patent law while adding other targeted practice areas as the years have rolled by.
Founded in Boston in 1878, Fish & Richardson’s early days were marked by its representation of giants of American innovation. The firm spent some of its first years advising the likes of Alexander Graham Bell and, later, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers. Fish & Richardson played integral roles in the acquisition and defense of patents for such seminal concepts as the telephone, the radio, the automobile, and the steam turbine. At the time of his death in 1930, it was reported that name partner Frederick P. Fish had appeared in more Supreme Court patent cases than any other lawyer to date.
Donning the IP Crown
Fish is an IP shop through and through, focusing mainly on IP litigation and counseling, as well as post-grant matters—but its breadth is reflected in the list of industries it serves. The firm handles IP matters for clients in more than a dozen industries, including biotechnology, energy, clean tech, consumer products, financial services, aerospace and defense, new media, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and more.
A go-to firm for all types of IP issues, Fish attorneys filed more than 7,000 patent applications and more than 2,000 U.S. and foreign trademark applications in 2018 alone. The firm is well known for its patent litigation experience, and regularly hits home runs when it goes up to bat for clients. Look no further than the firm’s representation of Gilead Sciences, Inc. against Merck & Co. in which the firm won a motion to reverse a $2.5 billion jury verdict against Gilead for patent infringement—the biggest patent verdict ever at that point.
In addition to its 350-plus attorneys, the firm is home to around 70 technology specialists. Nearly 100 of those among the firm’s ranks hold PhDs, and the firm is home to dozens of former clerks. In other words, Fish is stacked with the brains and experience to deliver its wide range of counsel in everything from ITC litigation and Hatch Waxman matters to trademark and copyright issues to post-grant proceedings and cybersecurity—plus so much more.
Fish has made diversity and inclusion one of its fundamental values. The firm hosts a variety of affinity groups for minority and LGBT+ attorneys. Its Women’s Initiative, EMPOWER, regularly hosts programs focused on building leadership and business development skills. And in recent years, Fish has updated its parental leave policies to include 18 weeks of leave for primary caregivers, a “phased hours” program for the weeks before and after parental leave, a breastmilk delivery service for attorneys who travel while nursing, and various programs for coaching and childcare.
News & Awards
Fish entered 2019 by opening a new office in Shenzhen, China, in February. Fish attorneys help Chinese companies obtain patent and trademark protection in the U.S. and Europe and represent Chinese companies in federal district and appeals courts, at the International Trade Commission, and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Fish was named “IP Practice Group of the Year” by Law360 in recognition of the firm’s outstanding IP work, including for the landmark reversal of a $2.5 billion jury verdict against client Gilead Sciences. Over the past year, Fish won 15 cases in district court and 27 cases at the Federal Circuit, and successfully resolved over 200 other cases.
Fish had a banner year in pro bono. In the fall of 2018, Fish, along with the AALDEF, won a large fee award on behalf of OCA Greater Houston for an important voting rights case, done pro bono. Fish’s was also honored to receive both the “Champions for Children” award from the Children’s Law Center and the “Allegiance Award” from Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) for its ongoing pro bono work.
Fish announced a threefold increase to its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program award, raising the stipend to $30,000. Diversity Fellows at Fish receive a combination of mentoring, a paid summer associate position, participation in the Legal Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program, a financial stipend, and—of course—the chance to work alongside the brightest in the business.
- Fish represented Gilead Sciences and obtained denial of cert at U.S. Supreme Court in long-running patent battle with Merck over Hepatitis C drugs. (January 2019)
- Fish represented Power Integrations and won two jury verdicts in Delaware federal court in successive weeks. (November 2018)
- Fish represented USAA in a Federal Circuit case brought by Asghari-Kamrani, affirming that a patent asserted against USAA is invalid. (September 2018)
- Fish represented the Chamberlain Group and won a permanent injunction against Ryobi and Techtronic Industries. (May 2018)
- Top “Band 1” National Rankings for Intellectual Property and ITC Practices, 2019 (Chambers USA)
- “Intellectual Property Firm of the Year” in the U.S. and “National Impact Case” winner, 2019 (Benchmark Litigation)
- Named a “Best Law Firm for Women,” 2019 (Working Mother)
- Specialty IP Firm & ITC Firm of the Year in U.S., 2019 (Managing Intellectual Property)
- Named Top Trademark Law Firm for Eighth Straight Year, 2018 (World Trademark Review)
One Marina Park Drive
Boston, MA 02210-1878
Phone: (617) 542-5070
President & CEO: Peter J. Devlin
Hiring Partner: Betty Chen
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
250 - 500
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
Summer associate: $3,654/week
Summer Associate Offers:
18 out of 18 (2Ls) (2019)
No. of Summer Associates:
29 total (18 2Ls; 11 1Ls) (2019)
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