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Fish Principals Juanita Brooks and Thomas Melsheimer Named 2013 “Leading Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon

January 29, 2014

Press Releases

Fish Principals Juanita Brooks and Thomas Melsheimer Named 2013 “Leading Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon

January 29, 2014

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Boston, MA, February 29, 2014 – Fish & Richardson today announced that principals Juanita Brooks and Thomas Melsheimer have been included in Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” an annual guide to the best in the profession.

Juanita Brooks, a principal in Fish’s Southern California office, has been first chair on over 150 career trials and manages an average caseload of nearly 30 active patent infringement cases annually.  Juanita Brooks 500 Leading Lawyers in AmericaIn the past year, Brooks went to trial as lead counsel two times in federal courts across the U.S., handled three high stakes appeals before the Federal Circuit, and successfully settled a sixth matter one month before trial – scoring big victories for her clients in every case.  This is a blistering pace in the field of patent litigation, where there are only about 75 trials in the U.S. each year and the complexity of the cases means that discovery can take years.  In January 2014, Brooks was named “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer for her impressive wins over the past two years.

Thomas Melsheimer is the managing principal of the firm’s Dallas office, which he opened in 2001.  Tom Melsheimer 500 Leading Lawyers in AmericaHis courtroom victories have been recognized five different times among the nation’s top verdicts of the year.  In 2013, Melsheimer was lead trial counsel for billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban in an insider trading case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The jury cleared Mr. Cuban of any wrongdoing following a three-week trial.  Other recent high-profile cases include winning a take-nothing defense verdict for a group of airlines and online ticketing companies that were targeted for more than $285 million in alleged existing and future damages.

Inclusion in Lawdragon’s “most elite guide in the legal profession” is based on primarily on editorial research and online voting.

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