Nine Fish & Richardson Women Named "IP Stars" by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine

Nine women principals at Fish & Richardson were among the firm's 36 attorneys recently recognized as IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) magazine. The "IP Stars USA" list highlights the country's leading intellectual property attorneys who have been highly recommended by their clients and peers.

Juanita Brooks, who is a member of the firm's Management Committee, was named an IP Star in both the patent and trademark categories. An "excellent advocate," Brooks is well known as one of the most powerful IP litigators in the country. In 2014, she was named "Litigator of the Year" by The American Lawyer. Brooks has been called "a titan of the patent bar," and has handled more than 150 trials in her career. Just this year, Brooks obtained a full defense verdict for her client Microsoft and a $235,000,000 verdict for her client Glaxo Smith Kline.

Dorothy Whelan, Dr. Janis Fraser, Dr. Teresa Lavoie, Jolynn Lussier, and Franceska O. Schroeder were all named IP Stars in the patent category. Whelan, who co-chairs Fish's Post-Grant Practice Group, has handled well over 100 inter partes review and covered business method matters involving both challenging and defending patents. Whelan was noted for representing "clients across a range of technologies including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and polymer processing." An "excellent strategist and communicator," Dr. Fraser was lauded for her impressive work as a strategic patent advisor "on issues concerning personalized medicine and biosimilars."

Dr. Lavoie's national practice focuses on strategic patent counseling, prosecution, and portfolio development advice. She chairs Fish's EMPOWER Initiative, which addresses issues of unique importance to women in the legal profession, and is a member of the firm's Compensation Committee. Lussier represents a broad array of clients in patent and trade secret matters, and has served as a Litigation Group Leader for more than a decade. Schroeder is highly regarded for her work helping clients in the space, defense, and technology sectors navigate complex regulatory issues, including those that affect national security and international trade.

Cynthia Johnson Walden, Kristen McCallion, and Lisa Greenwald-Swire were named IP Stars in the trademark category. Walden, who is the firm's Trademark and Copyright Practice Group Leader, was called "superb in every way and not only a top-notch practitioner, but a real pleasure to work with." McCallion, who chairs the firm's Copyright Group, was commended for her work "representing clients in consumer products, Internet, media and interactive entertainment" and "outstanding" guidance "assisting in our trademark opposition and litigation matters," which "has been crucial in assisting our business achieve its IP objectives." Greenwald-Swire was selected for her high-profile global trademark counseling and prosecution practice, which includes brand strategy, strategic portfolio development, licensing, and trademark rights on the Internet.

MIP's independent research is based on a weighted system of peer and client feedback, combined with a review of information obtained from surveys conducted with law firms and their clients in over 80 jurisdictions around the world. Inclusion is based solely on merit; no individual has paid to be included in the list.