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Fish Attorneys Named Finalists for San Diego Business Journal “Leaders in Law” Award

November 5, 2021

Fish Attorneys Named Finalists for San Diego Business Journal “Leaders in Law” Award

November 5, 2021

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San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ) recently named Fish & Richardson Principal Michael Amon and Associate Crystal Culhane, Ph.D., as finalists for the publication’s 2021 “Leaders in Law” award. According to SDBJ, the awards “honor San Diego’s top lawyers and in-house general counsel attorneys,” based on both professional accomplishments and community achievement.

Michael Amon has devoted his career to helping clients resolve their highest-stakes patent infringement disputes. His clients include the world’s leading technology, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies, including many based in San Diego. In recent years, he has led the day-to-day on a high-profile case for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, which led to a nine-figure verdict in their favor.

In addition to his litigation work, Amon serves as vice managing principal and pro bono coordinator of Fish’s San Diego office. He also serves on the board of directors of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program.

With a focus on protecting innovations in chemistry and related fields, Crystal Culhane, Ph.D., has established herself as a go-to attorney for pharmaceutical, chemistry, biotechnology, and nanotechnology clients who depend on her to help bring their life-saving drugs and inventions to market. With clients around the globe and across the U.S, Culhane is a key advisor on patent prosecution, due diligence and patentability, and freedom-to-operate matters. Recently, she has worked with a multinational pharmaceutical company to develop and manage a growing global patent portfolio comprised of more than 400 patent families.

Culhane leads Fish’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center Space Camp scholarship program, which seeks to engage underrepresented middle school students in the STEM field. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and as a site coordinator of the Juvenile Court Book Club, which provides literacy services to San Diego County’s incarcerated youth.