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Former Eastern District of Texas Federal Judge Leonard Davis Joins Fish & Richardson

May 18, 2015

Press Releases

Former Eastern District of Texas Federal Judge Leonard Davis Joins Fish & Richardson

May 18, 2015

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Dallas/Tyler, Texas, May 18, 2015 – Judge Leonard Davis, former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, joined Fish & Richardson today. He will provide the firm’s worldwide clients with strategic consulting in patent litigation and complex commercial litigation, in addition to handling case evaluations, settlement strategies, mock trials, and mock Markman hearings for both plaintiff and defense clients.

Judge Davis was appointed to the Eastern District bench in 2002 and served as Chief Judge from 2012 until early 2015. During this time, he handled more than 1,700 individual cases involving intellectual property law. He announced his plans to join Fish earlier this year.

“We are thrilled that Judge Davis is here, and look forward to utilizing his vast expertise to continually maximize value for our clients,” said Ann Cathcart Chaplin, Litigation Practice Group Leader at Fish & Richardson. “Fish handles more patent litigation than any other law firm in the country and Judge Davis managed one of the nation’s busiest patent dockets, so he is a perfect addition to our very efficient team.”

Prior to his service on the bench, Judge Davis maintained a successful private practice as a trial lawyer for 23 years. He has tried as many as nine jury trials to verdict in a single calendar year.

“I am excited to be working with my new colleagues at Fish & Richardson,” said Judge Davis. “They are true innovators in litigation and client service, and I am proud to be part of this incredible group of leaders. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”

During Judge Davis’ tenure on the federal bench, the Eastern District’s patent docket grew from fewer than 10 cases in 2002 to more than 1,000 pending actions in 2015. He personally has presided over as many as 11 patent jury trials in a 12-month period. He has sat by designation on both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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