Two Fish Principals Named 2024 Client Service All-Stars by BTI Consulting Group

Fish & Richardson Principals David Barkan and Timothy Riffe have been named 2024 Client Service All-Stars in BTI Consulting Group's survey of general counsel from the world's largest corporations. The prestigious All-Stars list highlights lawyers who deliver "the absolute best client service."  

According to BTI, Client Service All-Stars are known for being remarkably practical, savvy, and resourceful, as well as possessing a deep working understanding of their clients’ business and culture.  

Barkan is a trial lawyer who handles highly complex, global, competitor-to-competitor litigation for multibillion-dollar national and international corporations. He is a well-known thought leader in issues related to standard essential patents, including portfolio-level valuations, damages for individual SEPs, licensing rules, and strategic management of global litigation. Barkan has handled more than 100 cases across technology fields, including serving as lead counsel in dozens of semiconductor and software patent cases. Many of his client partnerships have spanned more than two decades, and he has held numerous leadership roles at the firm over the years. 

Riffe’s practice emphasizes complex patent litigation in U.S. District Courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He also advises clients in strategic patent counseling and prosecuting. At the ITC, Riffe is a first-chair litigator and has led numerous litigations to victory. At the PTAB, he has appeared in approximately 150 proceedings for both patent owners and petitioners across a multitude of technology areas. Combining extensive litigation and prosecution/counseling experience with his post-grant practice, Riffe draws on a wealth of knowledge across multiple disciplines within the intellectual property field when advocating for his clients. 

BTI Client Service All-Stars are selected for recognition based on data collected in BTI’s ongoing Survey of General Counsel, an in-depth interview series involving hundreds of high-level legal decision-makers representing a wide range of industries. These legal decision-makers single out each All-Star — by name and unprompted — as delivering the absolute best client service. Law firms and their attorneys have no influence on the rankings.