2024 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#16
- Firm Culture#30
At a Glance
“The work, the people, and the advancement opportunities.”
“The culture, and the control an associate has over their own practice and career development.”
“Managing your workflow can be hard.”
“Transparency with respect to payment and policy has been an issue previously.”
Finnegan is synonymous with intellectual property—a true full-service IP firm with experts in every industry and technology. Considered one of the world’s top intellectual property law firms, Finnegan employs more than 700 people, including more than 300 IP professionals, befitting its role as an IP giant.
Marc Finnegan and Douglas Henderson teamed up in 1965 to open a shop in Washington, DC, that practiced only intellectual property law. The firm’s focus has not changed, although its scope has expanded to cover virtually every aspect of patent, trademark, and copyright law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, portfolio management, and litigation. Finnegan also represents clients in IP issues relating to advertising, privacy, trade secrets, European patents and trademarks, international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust, and unfair competition. In 2023, the firm launched a privacy practice, leveraging the spectrum of IP practices to deliver practical legal advice on specific and distinct privacy issues.
The firm now boasts five U.S. offices and six international offices. Since opening its Tokyo office in 1988, when it became one of the first U.S. patent firms to have a lawyer actively practicing in Japan, the firm has staked a position in some of the world’s leading technology and innovation centers, including Atlanta, Boston, London, Munich, Palo Alto, Reston, Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei. As one would imagine, a firm like Finnegan has an A-list roster of regular clients, including: Caterpillar; BMW; Eli Lilly and Company; FedEx; Google; IBM; Nestlé; Otsuka Pharmaceuticals; Samsung; Toshiba Corp.; Toyota Motor Corp.; Vertex Pharmaceuticals; and Under Armour.
While it’s true that the firm’s professionals handle the full array of IP legal issues, there is no question that patent law is where the firm reigns supreme: more than 90 percent of Finnegan attorneys work primarily on patent matters. With a practice centered on intellectual property, the firm has had over 630 IP-related district court cases filed in the past five years, has over 250 litigators—including career trial attorneys—and over 275 of the firm’s legal professionals hold degrees in scientific disciplines—including more than 60 PhDs. Moreover, over 215 of Finnegan’s legal professionals are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), European Patent Office (EPO), the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), the U.K. Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
Finnegan’s trademark practice is renowned in its own right, involved in more than 25,000 trademark applications and registrations around the world. The trademark team litigates high-profile cases involving a range of iconic brands and is at the forefront of the domain-name business, having handled more than 600 Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy arbitrations and litigating nearly 100 civil domain name matters. Annually, the firm files or defends as many as 200 new U.S. oppositions and cancellations at the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and at any given time has approximately 300 to 400 active U.S. oppositions and cancellations.
Finnegan works on a wide variety of pro bono matters, including civil, criminal, and asylum representation. In addition, through its Veteran’s Assistance Program, the firm handles appeals in the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), and the Federal Circuit. Finnegan’s attorneys have handled more than 1,000 appeals from Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) decisions.
News & Awards
- Achieved a complete win for AstraZeneca in a Hatch-Waxman litigation involving patents protecting FARXIGA®, one of AstraZeneca’s billion-dollar-a-year drugs used for the treatment of diabetes.
- Represented BMW before the ITC, which, in a final determination, terminated an investigation brought on by a semiconductor patent holder attempting to ban the importation and sale of several hybrid and electric BMW vehicles into the United States.
- Prevailed for Under Armour in its lawsuit against Armorina, a women’s athleisure apparel and accessories company. A Maryland jury found Armorina liable for infringing and diluting Under Armour’s trademarks by using similar marks in their apparel.
- Handles high-volume U.S. patent and trademark prosecution, global IP portfolio development and management, brand protection, and counseling to protect e-commerce giant Coupang’s global IP interests.
- Represented Maglula Ltd in a one-of-a-kind district court litigation including patent, trademark, and copyright claims over Maglula’s assertions that Amazon sold counterfeit consumer products. After the court issued an order denying Amazon’s motion for summary judgment, the parties entered into an agreement and the case was dismissed.
- “Best Law Firms for Diversity,” 2024—Vault
- “Best Law Firms for Women and Diversity,” 2023—Seramount
- Top 10 Firm for Diverse Partners, Associates, and Pipeline, 2023—Law360
- Top 10 Firm for Associate Satisfaction, 2023—Chambers Associate
- Mansfield 5.0 Certification Plus, 2022—Diversity Lab
901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 408-4000
Managing Partner: Erika Harmon Arner
Recruiting Chairs: Cora R. Holt (Washington, DC), Benjamin A. Saidman (Atlanta), Cory C. Bell (Boston), Jeffrey D. Smyth (Palo Alto), Daniel C. Tucker (Reston)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2023:
If yes, what is your hours requirement per year? 1,850 billable hours plus 100 pro bono and/or Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hours and up to 50 shadowing hours, or 2,000 billable hours
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000*
Summer Associate: $4,135/weekly
- If billed 2,000 hours or prorated version thereof.
Director of Legal Recruitment
No. of U.S. Offices: 5
No. of International Offices: 6
Palo Alto, CA
Washington, DC (HQ) |
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.