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Peter J. Devlin

Senior Principal

Boston, MA
617-521-7018
[email protected]
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Background

Peter J. Devlin held Fish’s top management role as President and CEO from 2000-2020. Under his leadership, the firm solidified its position as the premier global intellectual property law firm, nearly doubling its size and geographic footprint. Mr. Devlin fostered a culture of innovation and teamwork, enabling Fish to lead the industry in offering clients cost savings through fixed and other alternative fee arrangements. Quadrupling its revenue over the past 20 years, Fish has ranked on the Am Law 100 list since 2005 and delivered record financial results in 2019.

Mr. Devlin is a strong supporter of the firm’s pro bono and diversity and inclusion programs. During his term as the firm’s leader, Fish was recognized as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and earned the Diversity Lab’s top Mansfield 2.0 Certified Plus designation for successfully considering at least 30 percent diverse lawyer representation in current leadership roles and committees. With Mr. Devlin’s support, Fish was one of the 26 inaugural law firms to become Mansfield 1.0 Certified Plus and is participating in the current Mansfield 3.0 program. Fish was named a 2019 “Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother magazine for the second consecutive year.

Prior to becoming the firm’s President and CEO, Mr. Devlin provided patent, IP licensing, and due diligence services to clients in the electrical and computer technology, medical device, and software industries. He is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Devlin is a member of the Board of Trustees of Clarkson University, where he serves on the Audit Committee and People Priorities Committee.

Education

Suffolk University Law School 1985
J.D.
magna cum laude


Clarkson College 1980
Electrical and Computer Engineering, B.S.

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1985
  • Massachusetts 1985

Other Distinctions

​Contributing author, “Inside the Minds: The Innovative Lawyer” (Aspatore Books 2003).

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019, 2020, and 2021 in Patent Law and recognized as a 2013 Top Rated – AV® Preeminent™ Lawyers in Intellectual Property Law.

Selected to Super Lawyers Massachusetts, Intellectual Property 2004-2005, 2007, 2010-2013.

IAM 250, The World’s Leading Patent Litigator, 2011.

Quoted in, “ IP Boutiques Tick Down As AIA Settles In,” Law360 (April 15, 2018).

Quoted in, “Fish & Richardson Sees Revenue and Profits Jump as Head Count Slips,” Law.com (March 13, 2020).

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