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At a Glance


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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 other targeted 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. 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

The No. 1 firm in Vault’s Intellectual Property Practice Area ranking, Fish is an IP shop through and through. The firm focuses mainly on IP litigation and counseling, as well as post-grant matters—but its breadth is reflected in the list of industries it serves. Fish 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 9,100 U.S. patent applications, more than 9,900 foreign patent applications, and more than 1,700 U.S. and foreign trademark applications in 2019 alone. The firm is well known for its patent litigation experience, and regularly hits homeruns 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 just over 80 technology specialists. Around 100 of those among the firm’s ranks hold Ph.D.’s, 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 employees who travel while nursing, and various programs for coaching and childcare.

COVID-19 Update

Fish continues to actively recruit for open positions. We utilize zoom for interviews and have successfully on-boarded new hires during the coronavirus pandemic. While we all continue to work from home, the firm provides a laptop, monitor, keyboard and mouse to new employees.

News & Awards



Fish entered 2020 with the promotion of John Adkisson as the firm’s new President & CEO. Over the last year, Fish was recognized for its workplace culture, including a “Best Place to Work” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The HRC’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index assessed 1,059 U.S. companies on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. The firm was also named one of the 2019 “Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother magazine for the second consecutive year. The firm also signed the ABA’s Pledge on Well-Being in the Legal Profession.

In addition, over the past year, from July 1 to June 30, Fish won 10 cases in district court and nine cases at the Federal Circuit, and successfully resolved over 278 others. 

October 2019

Fish’s pro bono group continues to make great strides. The firm received the 2019 Human Trafficking Litigation Firm of the Year Award for its victory in Alfaro v. Gandy – winning a $1.43 million civil award on behalf of plaintiff Jose Alfaro, a teen survivor of sex trafficking.

October 2019

Fish & Richardson was named the Most Innovative Law Firm Operations Team of the Year by The Recorder. The inaugural award was based, in part, that firm teams allowed Fish to do 31 percent of its work in connection with alternative fee arrangements, including innovative pricing plans.

September 2019

The firm’s diversity initiatives were highlighted, including by The Recorder California Leaders in Tech Law and Innovation Awards for Innovation in Diversity, the first time for a law firm. Fish was named one of 50 “trailblazing” U.S. firms to earn the highest designation of Mansfield 2.0 Certified Plus from Diversity Lab for meeting or exceeding the pipeline consideration requirements for Certification and for successfully reaching at least 30 percent diverse lawyer representation in a number of current leadership roles and committees.

  • Fish represented JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. in a patent infringement case brought by Hanwha Q CELLS, obtaining a major ITC ruling for our client. (June 2020)
  • Fish represented ACLU of Massachusetts in a pro bono lawsuit challenging unlawful "Return to Mexico" policy for asylum-seekers (May 2020)
  • Fish represented Wasica Finance GmbH and BlueArc Finance AG in their long-running patent battle against Schrader International Inc. and three other Schrader companies, winning a $31.2 million jury verdict in Delaware federal court. (February 2020)
  • Fish represented Power Integrations against Fairchild Semiconductor obtaining a $175 million settlement after 15 years of litigation. (October 2019)
  • Top "Band 1" National Rankings for Intellectual Property and ITC Practices in Chambers USA, June 2020
  • Named to The National Law Journal's 2020 Pro Bono Hot List, May 2020
  • U.S. Patent Elite's Top Law Firm for Litigation Over the Past Decade, December 2019
  • Named Top Trademark Law Firm for 10th Straight Year by World Trademark Review, March 2020
  • Named Law360 Life Sciences Practice Group of the Year, January 2020
Fish & Richardson P.C.

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

Firm Stats

President & CEO: John Adkisson
Hiring Partner: Betty Chen
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

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: $3,654/week

Employment Contact

Kristine McKinney
Chief Legal Talent & Inclusion Officer
(612) 278-4556
Recruiting contacts for all locations can be found on the firm website.

No. of U.S. Offices: 11

No. of International Offices: 2

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

Commercial Litigation
Patent Litigation
Patent Prosecution
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.