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Fish & Richardson Principal Sheryl Koval Garko Named 2015 “Top Women of Law” Honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

September 8, 2015

Press Release

Fish & Richardson Principal Sheryl Koval Garko Named 2015 “Top Women of Law” Honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

September 8, 2015

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Fish & Richardson announced today that principal Sheryl Koval Garko has been named a 2015 "Top Women of Law" honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for her impressive legal accomplishments.  An elite group of "exceptional" women who are pioneers, educators, trailblazers, and role models are singled out each year for this award.  Garko will receive her award on October 28, 2015. 

At Fish, Garko focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation with a particular emphasis on trademark, copyright, trade secret, and media litigation.  She has worked with some of the most recognizable brands in the world, as well as assisting start-up companies.  Most recently, she represented New Balance in one of Law360‘s "3 Trademark Cases to Watch in the 2nd Half of 2015."  She also has experience in patent cases in diverse areas of technology, including pharmaceutical products, prepaid wireless telephones, VoIP telephony, athletic shoes, medical devices, manufacturing processes, and genetic sequencing.  She has handled numerous lawsuits in federal and state courts nationwide, and has experience practicing before the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. 

In 2008, Garko served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County.  She was also part of the team appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to conduct an investigation into patronage hiring and related wrongdoing within the Massachusetts Probation Department.

Outside of the office, Garko has handled pro bono cases for the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR), which works to secure safety and freedom for asylum-seekers who have fled from persecution throughout the world and to promote the rights of immigrants unjustly detained.  Garko also has worked with the New England Innocence Project and was on the team that won a $3.2 million settlement from the city of Boston in a compensation case that was filed on behalf of an individual who had been wrongfully convicted and then officially exonerated through DNA testing.

Garko received her J.D., with pro bono honors, from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2003, where she was executive editor for the Journal of Law and Politics.  She received her A.B., cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 1999.

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