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Background

John Farrell is Of Counsel in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson. He is a veteran trial attorney, having tried over 120 jury trials to verdict. He has been recognized as a top lawyer in intellectual property litigation. His practice focuses on intellectual property trial work, including patent cases and Hatch-Waxman cases. In recent years, Mr. Farrell has focused on pharma practice, including case management and extensive trial work on behalf of Gilead. Since joining Fish, Mr. Farrell has served as trial counsel on cases for Gilead, Adobe, Microsoft, Allergan, Volcano Corporation, Power Integrations, Nuvasive, Cephalon, SRI International, Asylum Research, and Fresenius Medical Care, among others. In addition to his trial skills, Mr. Farrell is often asked by other trial lawyers in the firm to assist in preparing witnesses for trial.

Mr. Farrell previously worked at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office as a Head Attorney in the Homicide Unit, after working in the Narcotics and General Felony Trial Units and managing the Misdemeanor Trial Unit. He was a law clerk to the Hon S. Hugh Dillin, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana.

Mr. Farrell is a sought after instructor on trial advocacy, deposition skills, and rules of evidence. He directs in house training within the firm and serves on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He has led in house training programs for law firms throughout the country and is an instructor at the Microsoft Advocacy Academy.

Education

J.D., University of Chicago Law School 1979


B.A., Indiana University 1976
with highest distinction

Admissions

  • California 1981

Clerkships

United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, The Honorable S. Hugh Dillin, 1979 - 1981

Other Distinctions

​Selected as a Super Lawyer since 2012
Selected as a Top Attorney in Intellectual Property Litigation since 2011

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