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  • “Making important contributions to Fish’s success in life sciences litigations—as well as in medical devices and electrical cases—is Ahmed Davis… He is integral to broader firm life, too, being a member of the management committee and diversity leader.”—2019 IAM Patent 1000

Practice Distinctions

  • Exceptional knowledge and experience in the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Outstanding rapport and communication skills before judges and diverse, layperson juries.
  • Tireless advocate for and mentor to diverse attorneys, as well as devotion to training the next generation of IP litigators.

About Ahmed

Ahmed is an intellectual property trial lawyer with 20 years’ experience serving clients who need a practical, forthright counselor to handle complex patent litigation matters within highly technical industries, such as chemistry, biotechnology, medical devices, and mechanical and electrical engineering.

Ahmed is the firm’s go-to attorney for litigation matters in the “rocket docket” that is the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he has unmatched expertise and intimate knowledge of that court system—and where he has earned a respected reputation as a skillful advocate who excels at explaining complex technologies to jurors. Additionally, he has been lead trial counsel in numerous federal district courts, the International Trade Commission and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Ahmed also has significant experience before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, arguing more IP cases before the Court than any other African-American private practitioner.

While Ahmed is experienced at bench trials, his forte is jury trials—and his value in the courtroom extends beyond his eloquence and commanding presence as a litigator. Clients praise him for being a great team leader who positions each member of the trial team to maximize their individual strengths. And his real-world experiences and awareness provide invaluable insight into the psyche of increasingly diverse juries. He is known for his effective, clear and understandable communication in front of diverse, layperson juries, as well as with court staff and judges. While his chemistry background allows him to “speak the language” of science and technology, Ahmed never lets technology override the human element in every case.

His talents have been repeatedly recognized by the legal industry and his peers. He was named an “IP Star” multiple times by Managing Intellectual Property and Savoy magazine named him a “Most Influential Black Attorney of 2015.” He was also featured as a “Minority Power Broker” by Law360, and he was named one of Profiles in Diversity’s “Diversity Leaders” for 2015.

Speaking Truth to Power

As the National Chair of the firm’s Diversity Initiative and the firm’s first Black full-equity principal, Ahmed is a vocal and influential advocate behind Fish’s longstanding commitment to building a more diverse workforce through recruiting and developing the careers of diverse attorneys.

He is also a prolific speaker and lecturer on issues relevant to diversity and the patent bar. He is a long-time instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Ahmed also has been a faculty member, guest lecturer and presenter at Howard University Law School, Catholic University Columbus School of Law, Temple Law School, Fordham Law School, and numerous seminars and conferences.


Georgetown University Law Center 1999

Emory University 1996
Chemistry, M.S.

Morehouse College 1994
Chemistry, B.S.
cum laude


  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin


United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, The Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema, 1999 - 2000

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable Paul R. Michel, 2001 - 2002

Memberships & Affiliations

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Board of Visitors, National Judicial College

Other Distinctions

Recent Accolades

“The Best Lawyers in America,” The Best Lawyers in America© (2019-2021)

“IP Star,” Managing Intellectual Property (2017, 2019-2020)

Presentations and Publications

Recent Publications

  1. Ahmed Davis, “Trailblazers in the Fight for Racial Justice and Diversity,” Corporate Counsel Business Journal, September 2020.
  2. Ahmed Davis, “Changing IP Laws, Changing Litigation Strategies: Understanding evolving IP trends is necessary for effective advocacy,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, April 4, 2016.
  3. Ahmed Davis and Priyam Bhargava, “How Globalization has Shifted the Paradigm of Diversity Inclusion in Intellectual Property Law,” Landslide Magazine, October 2015.

Recent Speaking Engagements/Lectures

  1. “Constitution Day: Protests and Freedom of Speech,” speaker, American Bar Association (Virtual Meeting, September 2020)
  2. “Effective Communication between In-House and Outside Counsel – Teaming for Success,” panelist, IPO Annual Meeting (Virtual Meeting, September 2020)
  3.  “Patent Litigation 2018: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices,” speaker, Practising Law Institute (Chicago, October 2018)
  4. “Diversity in Practice,” panelist, 1L LCLD Scholars Summit (Philadelphia, May 2018)
  5. “Live Demonstrations: Delivering an Effective Opening Statement in Patent Cases,” panelist, PLI’s Patent Litigation 2017: Advanced Techniques and Best Practices (Chicago, October 2017)
  6. “Leveraging IP,” National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference (Naples, FL, February 2015)
  7. ABA Litigation Roundtable Webinar (Washington, DC February 2015) (Reasonable Royalties and Damages)
  8. The 15th Annual Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation (New Orleans, LA, November 2014)
  9. Association of Corporate Patent Counsel Summer Meeting (Chicago, June 2014) (“Hot Topics In Patent Law”)


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