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Sheryl Koval Garko

Principal

Boston, MA
617-521-7043
garko@fr.com
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Background

Sheryl Koval Garko is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses on trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation. Clients hire Sheryl for her creative, strategic, business-focused advice enriched by her extensive courtroom experience and working knowledge of a wide range of technologies. For almost 15 years, she has represented clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to start-ups in high stakes litigation and at trial. She has worked with leading technology companies and some of the most recognizable brands in the world, including New Balance, Samsung, and Microsoft. She has tried cases to both judges and juries in federal courts across the United States and is experienced practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission.

Sheryl honed her skills in high profile, precedent setting cases. She represented New Balance at trial in the International Trade Commission in the successful defense of trade dress claims brought by Nike/Converse in a case that IP Law360 named it the top trademark ruling of 2016. Sheryl also represented Aereo against the major U.S. television networks in defense of its novel, industry-disrupting system for providing internet access to over-the-air broadcast television. That case ultimately went to the Supreme Court, which addressed copyright law issues of first impression.

Having prepared countless cases for trial, Sheryl has a clear understanding of the importance of identifying litigation strategy early on to direct the case in a cost- effective and efficient manner. Sheryl also leverages her wealth of experience to counsel clients on strategies to protect intellectual property when avoiding litigation is a strategic business priority.

Having also litigated a number of patent cases throughout her career, she brings to each matter a unique understanding of the intersection of copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent law. A superb communicator, she is able to explain diverse areas of complex technology to a judge or jury.

In 2017, World Trademark Review 1000, a peer and client survey, named Sheryl as one of the leading intellectual property litigators in the world, describing her as “‘highly recommended’ for her ‘helpful and creative advice,’ which is ‘always of first-rate quality.’” She was named a 2017 Woman Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Sheryl was also singled out for Metropolitan Corporate Counsel’s Women in Business and the Law 2017 edition. In 2015, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named her one of the Top Women of Law and she received a 2015 Leadership Excellence Award from the National Diversity Council.

Sheryl served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County from March to September 2008. In that capacity, she prosecuted hundreds of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases and tried over twenty jury and non-jury cases. Sheryl argued dozens of dispositive and evidentiary motions, many of which involved constitutional issues. She also worked for Independent Counsel representing the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in an internal investigation into corruption in the state probation department, resulting in the resignation and criminal conviction of members of the department’s senior leadership.

Outside of her day-to-day practice, Sheryl shows her passion for mentorship through her role in the EMPOWER women’s initiative, where she is involved in crafting strategies to support the advancement and retention of women at Fish. In 2016, Sheryl was appointed head of the Litigation Marketing Leaders group. In this role, she directs the firm’s nationwide initiatives related to business development and marketing.

Education

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law 2003
Executive Editor, University of Virginia School of Law Journal of Law and Politics
Pro bono honors


A.B., Dartmouth College 1999
cum laude

Admissions

  • Massachusetts 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts 2004
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 2009

Memberships & Affiliations

​Boston Bar Association and Boston Intellectual Property Inn of Court.

Other Distinctions

Named to Best Lawyers Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2018

2017 Listed in World Trademark Review 1000, Massachusetts

2015 “Top Women of Law” honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

2015 Leadership Excellence Award, New England Business & Leadership Summit

Selected Presentations and Publications

Interviewed in “Empowered by IP,” Special Edition Women in Business & Law Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (May 2017).

“The ITC as an Essential Tool in the IP Enforcement Toolkit,” Practicing Law Institute Advanc​ed Trademark Law Annual Review (March 2016).

“The ITC as an Essential Tool in the IP Enforcement Toolkit,” AIPLA 2016 Mid-Winter Institute (January 2016).​

Co-author, “Protecting Your IP Against Infringement on the Internet,” IP Frontline (2006).

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