Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.

4 Star Rating     3 reviews 
Main Office:

901 New York Avenue, NW | Washington | DC | 20001

Phone: 202-408-4000 | Fax: 202-408-4400

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Year of establishment 1965 Number of partners 123
Number of offices 10 Partner to associate ratio 0.90
Biggest office Washington Percentage of women attorneys 33.50
Number of attorneys 284 Percentage of minority attorneys 23.20
Number of associates 137 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 3.20
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.
   3 reviews

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP. Reviews

- Reviewed on March 11, 2019

Advice to law firm management: Don’t let partners push associates into doing prosecution work, and then forcing them out when their billing rate it too high to do prosecution work.

Pros: Law firm had a good reputation. Pay is okay. Most partners are okay. Flexible work hours. Very nice facilities.

Cons: Some partners are far more concerned with pigeon-holing you to do their work, regardless of whether this kills your career. Associates are expendable.

Partners to Avoid and Why: Chris Isaac—he is concerned with getting his applications written regardless of whether it is compatible with the rest of your docket, or best for your careers.

Favorite Things About this Firm: A lot of smart people, good location in DC, good reputation makes lateral moves easier. Good e experience if you don’t get yourself pigeon-holed.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

Job type: Full time

Length of Employment: Less than a year

- Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Please hire more support personal. Things will go so much easier and everyone will be more productive. Consider diversity training.

Pros: There is a ton of work but you are well compensated. Good benefits including tuition reimbursement. Some flexibility but it varies by office.

Cons: We desperately need more support staff. The people we have now are great but it is just too much work for them. There is a bit of a morale problem here.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, commonly known as Finnegan, is the largest international intellectual property law firm in the United States. It is based in Washington, DC. Finnegan was founded on in 1965 by Marc Finnegan and Douglas Henderson in with a view to focusing only on intellectual property law. Finnegan has 375 intellectual property lawyers supported by about 600 professionals, including patent agents, legal assistants, and dedicated docketing, research, litigation support, and information technology specialists. With 45 years of experience, it has successfully been navigating the US IP law serving clients of all sizes and has the resources and expertise to formulate and execute global strategies. On behalf of its clients, it appears in courts throughout the US and before regulatory and administrative agencies in Washington, D.C. The firm’s professionals are multilingual and multicultural. Besides Washington, DC., Finnegan has offices in Atlanta, GA, Cambridge, MA, Palo Alto, CA, Reston, VA, Brussels, Belgium, Taipei, Taiwan, Tokyo, and Shanghai. The firm also has strong ties to the IP legal communities in Korea and India. The firm has a wide range of IP focused talent. It offers full IP legal service from electrical and computer technology, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, medical devices, and biotechnology to pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and alternative energy. Its areas of practice cover all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law. Finnegan believes in its clients and protects them. Global leading corporations repose faith in its legal, technical, and scientific experience. Diversity is part of Finnegan’s culture. It is ranked as one of the top law firms for minority and overall diversity. The firm was recognized by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) as a gold standard firm in 2011 and 2012 as it integrated women into its highest leadership echelons. Its commitment to diversity speaks a lot about its culture in general. As a place to work, Finnegan has ranked on various Top 20 lists in the Avery Index. Finnegan & Henderson was founded in Washington by Marcus Finnegan and Douglas Henderson in Washington, D.C., in 1965 to do quality legal work focused exclusively on intellectual property law. In1968, the name of the firm was changed to Finnegan, Henderson & Farabow. Art Garrett became partner, and his name is subsequently added to the masthead in 1973. Marc Finnegan died in 1979 and Don Dunner became a name partner of the firm. It became the first patent firm to have opened its office in Japan in 1998. The firm opened its office in Brussels to cater to the needs of its growing European base. The Taipei office was opened in 2003 and its Shanghai office in 2008. The firm changed its logo and shortened name, Finnegan, came into being in 2008.

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Notable cases

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in Harley-Davidson's favor on three consolidated appeals, affirming a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, and preliminary anti-suit injunction against Harley-Davidson's former licensee Hellenic Duty Free Shops S.A., located in Greece. In the court below, Finnegan represented Harley-Davidson in obtaining a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction against Hellenic following sales of unauthorized apparel products to an unauthorized channel of trade in Germany in violation of the parties' trademark license agreement.
  • On September 16, 2012, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, became the first law firm to file a petition for post-grant review under the new provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA), which went into effect on Sunday. On behalf of client SAP, Finnegan petitioned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), to review a business method patent related to product pricing methods. Later in the day, Finnegan filed on behalf of CRS Advanced Technologies the fifth petition under the new AIA PGR provisions.
  • Finnegan won victory for Akamai Technologies, Inc., in the Federal Circuit's en banc decision regarding joint infringement. In Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, reversed a panel decision that Limelight did not infringe Akamai's patented technology because it had not performed all of the steps of a method claim.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP. Awards and Recognitions

IP Firm of the Year, 2008-2012 (Managing Intellectual Property North American IP Awards)

A-List Law Firm, 2010 (American Lawyer)

IP Group of the Year, 2009-2010 (Law360)

No.1 Tier National Ranking for Intellectual Property Law, 2010-2011 (U.S. News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms)

No. 1Tier Foreign Firm for Patents-Japan, 2007-2012 (Managing Intellectual Property's World IP Surveys)

No. 1 Tier Law Firm for Patent Litigation and Prosecution, 2008-2012 (The Legal 500 U.S.)

No. 1 Tier Law Firm for Trademark Litigation and Prosecution, 2008-2012 (The Legal 500 U.S.)

Leading U.S. Law Firm for Patent Litigation, 2011-2012 (Intellectual Asset Management)

Leading U.S. Law Firm for Patent Prosecution, 2012 (Intellectual Asset Management)

No. 1 Band U.S. Law Firm for Intellectual Property, 2007-2012 (Chambers USA)

No. 1 Tier Law Firm for Trademark Work in the United States and in the DC-Metro Area, 2011-2012 (World Trademark Review, WTR 1000)

No. 1 Band International Firm-Taiwan, 2010 (Chambers Asia); 2011-2012 (Chambers Global)


Finnegan is considered to be one of the nation's top law firms with respect to diversity. The friendly, collaborative atmosphere at Finnegan lends itself to welcoming many points of view. Differing views and abilities, which often result from diverse backgrounds, help make the firm a leader in its field.

Finnegan has a well-developed infrastructure and supportive benefits in place to increase recruitment, retention, and promotion of minority and women professionals. Finnegan's Diversity Committee is chaired by a partner who works closely with the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. The executive leadership of the Committee includes its Chair, the Managing Partners, the Executive Director, and Directors of Legal Recruiting, Marketing, and Human Resources.

Summer associate program

Finnegan Summer Associate Program is designed to expose law students to the intellectual property law and to give an accurate idea of an associate's work at the firm. The 10-week summer program focuses on professionalism, training, and development.

Last year, summer associates had the opportunity to engage in a diverse mix of work like attending trials, appellate and motion hearings, depositions, and client meetings, researching and writing on various patent, trademark, copyright, procedural, and evidentiary issues; prosecuting patent and trademark applications; writing speeches and articles; and presenting reviews of recent Federal Circuit decisions.

The firm's Summer Associates have outstanding technical backgrounds in engineering and in the biological sciences, and are typically in the top 25% of their law school class.

Those who desire to take advantage of the Summer Associate Program should be from the top law schools in the country and they should be in the top 25 percent of their law school class. They should have outstanding technical background in a core science, engineering, or computer science, or significant experience in trademark/copyright matters.

Finnegan conducted on-campus interviews in 2012 at the following places:

Southeastern Minority Job Fair, Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair, Patent Interview program In Chicago, University of Georgia Law School, Emory University, UC Hastings Law School, Berkeley Law School, Georgia State University Law School, Santa Clara Law School, George Mason University Law School, American University, Georgetown University, Harvard Law School, University of Florida, University of Maryland in DC,George Washington University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Boston College,Vanderbilt,University of Washington, Boston University, University of Texas, Austin, Stanford Law School,andDuke University

Working for the Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.

There is no other place than Finnegan for lovers of IP law. You get substantive responsibility right from the start. In fact, there may be a little too much work for some-but high bonuses ease the pain of late nights. For starters working at Finnegan is really challenging. You will be working with some of the smartest IP lawyers in the country. Your experience will be with some of the biggest name brands in the world. Whether you are a green horn or a seasoned professional, you will grow intellectually, personally and professionally at Finnegan.


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