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Fish & Richardson Elevates 12 Attorneys to Principal

January 22, 2015

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Fish & Richardson Elevates 12 Attorneys to Principal

January 22, 2015

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Fish & Richardson today announced that 12 attorneys have been named principals at the firm. The new Fish Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation Group principals are Brian Boyd, Corrin Drakulich, and Aamir Kazi (Atlanta); Sheryl Garko (Boston); David Conrad and John Sanders (Dallas); Karolina Jesien (New York); Ryan O’Connor (San Diego); and Linhong Zhang (Washington, D.C.). The new principals in the Patent Group are Tracy Hitt (Atlanta); and Dr. Joseph Koipally and Christina McDonough (Boston).

Brian Boyd continues his patent litigation practice across a wide range of high-tech and telecommunications industries. He has also appeared before the International Trade Commission on several matters. He received his J.D., Order of the Coif, from Vanderbilt University in 2007 and his B.S., with highest honors, in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003.

David Conrad continues his business litigation, patent litigation, and trade secret litigation practice with extensive experience in computers, software, and engineering. He received his J.D., with honors, in 2007 and his B.S. in electrical engineering in 2001 from the University of Texas, Austin.

Corrin Drakulich has represented plaintiffs and defendants in cases spanning a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, life sciences, healthcare and manufacturing. She received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2007, and graduated first in her class from the University of Georgia, receiving her B.S., summa cum laude, in microbiology and her B.A., summa cum laude, in comparative religion in 2004.

Sheryl Garko continues her intellectual property litigation practice with a particular emphasis on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and false advertising litigation. She has experience in patent cases involving diverse technologies including life sciences, medical devices, telecommunications, and manufacturing processes. She received her J.D., with pro bono honors, from the University of Virginia in 2003 and graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1999.

Tracy Hitt focuses his practice on client counseling, patent prosecution, due diligence, patent post-grant proceedings, and patent-related opinions. Much of his practice is in the area of electrical engineering, and he has experience with Internet technologies, wireless communications systems, semiconductor devices, and cable/satellite systems. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 2007, his M.B.A. from Georgia State University in 2004, and his B.S., with honors, in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998.

Karolina Jesien continues her practice of patent litigation, intellectual property litigation, as well as IP counseling. Her patent litigation experience encompasses a range of technologies, both hardware and software, including semiconductor fabrication, Flash/DRAM memory, mobile communication, client-server communication, digital imaging, database technologies, web-based collaboration software, remote access, and data transfer/security. She received her J.D., with an intellectual property concentration, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2007 and her B.S. in electrical & computer engineering from McGill University in 2002.

Aamir Kazi will continue to focus his litigation practice on patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation, high-tech commercial litigation, due diligence, licensing, and intellectual property counseling. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University in 2007 and his B.S., with high honors, in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2002.

Dr. Joseph Koipally continues his patent prosecution practice with a focus on biotechnology and medical sciences. He is regularly involved in managing clients’ global patent portfolios, counseling clients regarding their patent strategy, conducting due diligence analysis, and providing opinions, as well as patent preparation and patent prosecution. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Suffolk University (graduating at the top of his class) in 2010, both his Ph.D. (2001) and A.M. (2000) in biochemistry from Harvard University, and his B.S., with university honors, in biological sciences from Carnegie Mellon University (graduating at the top of his class) in 1993.

Christina McDonough focuses her practice on patent prosecution, portfolio management, reexamination, counseling, and due diligence in the areas of electrical engineering, materials, software, and business methods. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Boston College in 2007 and her B.S. in computer science and engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002.

Ryan O’Connor represents plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property litigations throughout the country in a wide variety of technology areas, including life sciences, medical devices, specialty chemicals, Internet advertising, and computer hardware/software. He received his J.D. and LL.M. in intellectual property from the University of New Hampshire in 2007 and his B.S. in chemical engineering and B.A. in biochemistry from the University of Colorado in 2004.

John Sanders will continue to focus his practice on complex business litigation. He has tried cases involving partnership disputes, theft of intellectual property, breaches of contract and fiduciary duties, business torts, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, corporate espionage, whistleblowing, and securities fraud. He received his J.D., highest honors, Order of the Coif, from University of Texas in 2007, and his B.S. in political science from Texas A&M in 2002.

Linhong Zhang will continue his patent litigation and intellectual property litigation practice. He has experience litigating patents in federal courts across the country, including the International Trade Commission. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2007, his M.S. in computer science from Johns Hopkins University in 2004, and his B.S. in finance and computer science from the University of Maryland in 2002.

Fish & Richardson is a global patent, intellectual property (IP) litigation, and commercial litigation law firm with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists across the U.S. and Europe. Fish has been named the #1 patent litigation firm in the U.S. for 11 consecutive years. Fish has been winning cases worth billions in controversy – often by making new law – for the most innovative clients and influential industry leaders since 1878. For more information, visit

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