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Fish & Richardson P.C.

At a Glance

“The best place to learn and practice intellectual property.”

“Collaborative nature of attorneys”

“Flexibility of hours”


“Work intensity can get stressful at times”

“Insane work load”

“Bonus compensation”

About Fish & Richardson P.C.

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 a slew of other practice areas as the years have rolled by.

Fish First

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. Name partner and firm founder Frederick P. Fish went into business with former U.S. Senator Bainbridge Wadleigh of New Hampshire, forming a firm called Wadleigh & Fish. Laying the firm’s IP foundation, Fish—who also served as president of AT&T in the early 1900s—not only represented Alexander Graham Bell in over 600 patent cases but also argued his fair share of patent cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. William K. Richardson, who went on to have his name added to the stationery, joined Fish in 1889. A few years, later the firm opened a branch office in New York.

Go Your Own Way

Frederick Fish died in 1930—at the time of his death, it was reported that he had appeared in more Supreme Court patent cases than did any other lawyer to date. Richardson passed away two decades later in 1951. In 1969, the firm's New York office spun off, and the Boston headquarters took the moniker Fish & Richardson. Through the 1970s and 1980s, Fish continued to lead the way in patent law, helping clients like Bose to patent acoustic equipment and delving into medical sciences work.

Growth Spurt

By the late 1980s, the firm was still just a single office in Beantown, but not for long. Fish opened its DC office in 1989, followed by an office in Silicon Valley in 1993, the better to handle patent matters for major tech companies like Adobe Systems. The rest of the 1990s into the 21st century brought continued growth for the firm, with offices in Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, New York, Southern California, and Texas sprouting up. Its first international location in Munich opened in 2007.

Focused but Not Boring

Fish's focus remains tight to this day. It sticks to what it knows best—intellectual property strategy and counseling, intellectual property litigation, and business litigation—but its breadth is reflected in the list of industries it serves. The firm handles IP matters for clients in over a dozen industries, including academic research, transportation, energy, clean tech, consumer products, financial services, aerospace and defense, new media, manufacturing, telecommunications and more. As a result, its client list covers companies as diverse as Google, Calvin Klein, Microsoft, Amazon, Bose, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Fish & Richardson P.C.

One Marina Park Drive
Boston, MA 02210-1878
Phone: (617) 542-5070


President & CEO: Peter J. Devlin
Hiring Partner: Betty Chen

Base Salary

All offices
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: $3,500/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
26 out of 27 (2Ls) (2017)

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Minneapolis, MN
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC
Wilmington, DE

Major Departments & Practices

Patent Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Patent Prosecution