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Fish Named Texas Powerhouse by Law360

June 19, 2014

Media Coverage

Fish Named Texas Powerhouse by Law360

June 19, 2014

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This article is reprinted with permission and was originally published on law360.com.

Fish & Richardson PC found itself in the right place at the right time in 2000, having recently launched a small Dallas outpost. Riding a tidal wave of patent litigation cascading out of the Eastern District of Texas, the firm has become the gold standard among the state’s intellectual property boutiques.

Starting with just six lawyers statewide, Fish & Richardson’s Texas footprint has grown to 64 attorneys spread across offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin who have landed eye-popping verdicts and pulled off high-stakes defenses for clients like Sabre Holdings Corp., BlackBerry Ltd., Travelocity.com LP and billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

The firm’s impressive victory streak and unparalleled patent practice have earned it a well-deserved spot on Law360’s inaugural list of Texas Powerhouses.

Long before venturing into the Lone Star State, Fish & Richardson, founded in 1878, had forged a national reputation as a top patent firm dating back to its days as counsel to visionary inventors Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and Orville and Wilbur Wright.

By 2000, the firm was looking to make inroads in Texas and persuaded star litigators Tom Melsheimer and Steve Stodgehill to help start Fish & Richardson’s Dallas office, which Melsheimer currently manages.

Fish & Richardson’s timing proved impeccable, as former U.S. District Judge T. John Ward had taken the bench just a few months earlier and had begun adopting procedures that would drive the Eastern District of Texas to the national forefront of patent litigation.

“We grew very rapidly,” Melsheimer said. “People were beating down our door with resumes. The Mercedes-like quality of the Fish brand and the workflow combined to create a really hot property.”

Complementing the Dallas office’s burgeoning intellectual property practice is a substantial commercial litigation business Melsheimer and Stodgehill had cultivated before joining the firm, giving Fish & Richardson an effective one-two punch.

Though Fish & Richardson is highly regarded for its patent work, Melsheimer says that the Dallas office handles just as much traditional litigation and is the firm’s most broadly focused branch nationwide.

The Texas Powerhouse profile on Fish can be read in full, here.

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