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Fish & Richardson’s Melsheimer Joins International Academy of Trial Lawyers

February 9, 2012

Press Releases

Fish & Richardson’s Melsheimer Joins International Academy of Trial Lawyers

February 9, 2012

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DALLAS – Acclaimed trial attorney Tom Melsheimer of Fish & Richardson has earned selection as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), one of the nation’s most prestigious trial lawyer organizations. Mr. Melsheimer is the Managing Principal of Fish’s Dallas office.Melsheimer Joins International Academy of Trial Lawyers

IATL membership is limited to 500 active Fellows in the United States and 100 international members. Invitations to join the Academy follow a yearlong screening process that includes interviews with colleagues and judges throughout the country to evaluate an attorney’s integrity, character, intellect, trial skills and record.

“Throughout his career Tom has shown us that he is truly among the elite trial attorneys practicing today,” says Peter Devlin, President of Fish & Richardson. “His courtroom accomplishments are on par with those achieved by the top lawyers in the nation.”

In January, Mr. Melsheimer served as lead trial counsel for whistleblower Allen Jones in the landmark whistleblower case The State of Texas, ex rel Allen Jones v. Janssen, L.P., et al, No. D-1-GV-04-001288. The case concluded with a historic $158 million settlement against a division of Johnson & Johnson, marking the largest Medicaid fraud recovery in Texas history.

Mr. Melsheimer also earned recent honors for excellence in legal writing from The Green Bag Almanac & Reader based on a court filing described by one media outlet as the “Greatest Legal Brief in the History of Jurisprudence.” Mr. Melsheimer filed the summary judgment motion in response to claims that Dallas billionaire Mark Cuban had mismanaged the Dallas Mavericks. The filing included a large photo of Mr. Cuban and team members hoisting the 2011 NBA championship trophy. The claims against Mr. Cuban were later dismissed by a Dallas judge.

Mr. Melsheimer joins Tommy Jacks, his co-counsel in the Risperdal case, as the only two members of Fish & Richardson to be invited to join the Academy. Mr. Jacks is Of Counsel in the firm’s Austin office.

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