4 Star Rating

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Fish & Richardson.

Main Office: One Marina Park Drive | Boston | MA | 02110

Phone: 617-542-5070 | Fax: 617-542-8906

4 Star Rating

7 Reviews

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Fish & Richardson. Reviews

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Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Current Employee Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
I would give the younger associates opportunities to contribute. I think this would reduce the amount of work for everyone. As for the departments being in other offices, a more streamlined communication channel would be nice.

I found all of the other associates great to work with. Many of them are very knowledgeable and are willing to lend a helping hand. I also was exposed to many interesting cases and team work on them was top notch.

The hours can be very long. I found myself working with some very demanding clients which increased the hours. The other issue is the other departments are spread out, so all dealings with them will be remotely. I found this hard to deal with at times.

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Length of Employment:
10+ years

Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Current Employee Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
I would like to see upper management start to take care of the negative people that I have to work with. I would also like to see them put in a set of guidelines that would reduce the amount of idle chatter that is allowed.

We have some very knowledgeable attorneys here that are always willing to lend you a hand when you need it. Our staff is also very diverse and we have members that specialize in all kinds of different fields.

The politics in the office can be pretty bad. I feel as though the politics and somewhat hostile nature of the office can be counter conducive to me getting work done.

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Experience the Excitement of Working at Fish & Richardson When it comes to prestigious law firms, Fish & Richardson stands out as a true leader in the industry. With a rich history dating back to 1878, this firm has been at the forefront of winning groundbreaking cases worth billions of dollars. Known for making new law and representing the most innovative clients and influential industry leaders, Fish & Richardson is a place where attorneys and staff can truly thrive. Fish & Richardson prides itself on its mission to promote a creative, respectful, and inclusive culture that values the diversity of people. This commitment allows for a vibrant and dynamic work environment where ingenuity is encouraged and celebrated. Whether you are an attorney or a staff member, you will find that Fish & Richardson fosters a collaborative and supportive atmosphere that brings out the best in everyone. One of the key areas where Fish & Richardson excels is in the demand for clean technology and a robust green initiative. The firm has taken this to heart, both in its offices and in its services. Attorneys and staff have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge cases that address the pressing environmental issues of our time. From representing clients in renewable energy projects to advocating for sustainable business practices, Fish & Richardson is at the forefront of the green movement. Joining Fish & Richardson comes with a host of benefits that make it an exciting place to work. First and foremost, the firm offers unparalleled opportunities for professional growth and development. Attorneys have the chance to work on high-profile cases that shape the legal landscape, while staff members are valued for their contributions and given the support they need to excel in their roles. In addition to the professional benefits, Fish & Richardson also offers a competitive compensation package. Attorneys and staff are rewarded for their hard work and dedication, ensuring that they feel valued and appreciated. The firm also recognizes the importance of work-life balance and provides flexible scheduling options to accommodate personal needs. Another perk of working at Fish & Richardson is the opportunity to collaborate with some of the brightest legal minds in the industry. The firm attracts top talent from around the world, creating a diverse and intellectually stimulating environment. Attorneys and staff have the chance to learn from their colleagues and expand their knowledge and skills. Fish & Richardson also places a strong emphasis on giving back to the community. The firm is actively involved in pro bono work and encourages its attorneys and staff to make a difference in the lives of others. Whether it's providing legal assistance to those in need or participating in community service projects, Fish & Richardson is committed to making a positive impact. In conclusion, working at Fish & Richardson is an exciting opportunity for attorneys and staff alike. With its rich history, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and focus on clean technology and green initiatives, the firm offers a unique and rewarding experience. From the chance to work on groundbreaking cases to the opportunity for professional growth and development, Fish & Richardson provides a supportive and stimulating environment. Join the firm and be a part of its legacy of excellence in the legal field.

Practice Areas

Fish & Richardson. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Fish & Richardson. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Fish hires candidates with excellent academic credentials, superior writing ability and those with a scientific or technical background for patent prosecution practice only. Interested candidates can either sign up for an interview if they currently attend one of the law schools that is on the firm's interview schedule they should apply online with a completed application form, current resume, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and other graduate program transcript and a writing script.

If selected for a callback interview, the candidate will receive a callback invitation from a member of the Recruiting Department. During the callback interview, students typically meet with a member of the Recruiting Department and four to six attorneys. Morning interviews conclude with a lunch with a couple of attorneys.

The firm responds to interviewed candidates within a week or two weeks. The firm adheres to the NALP offer guidelines extended to law students for summer and postgraduate positions.

Pro bono

The firm is committed to making pro bono work an integral part of its professional culture, and it strongly encourages all of its legal professionals to take on pro bono matters as an essential part of their professional lives. The firm backs this commitment by providing its attorneys with full hours credit for approved pro bono matters, and by assigning a principal-level attorney in each of its U.S. offices with the task of seeking out and publicizing local pro bono opportunities.

Every year the firm's attorneys contribute a considerable number of pro bono hours to serve the legal needs of individuals and nonprofit organizations, benefiting the communities where they live and work. Last year Fish lawyers contributed on an average 30 hours per attorney towards pro bono work and this year, 2012, they are likely to outpace that number.

The firms pro bono efforts have helped obtain citizenship for immigrant children fleeing abuse and violence in their home countries to preserving intellectual property rights for income-qualifying inventors and nonprofit organizations.

Since 2009, Fish has been engaged in a partnership with Kids in Need of Defense, a coalition founded by Microsoft and Angelina Jolie, to provide legal counsel to unaccompanied immigrant children in the US.

The American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project named Fish & Richardson as recipient of the 2012 Exceptional Service Award for its commitment and dedication to the representation of prisoners on death row.

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Fish & Richardson. Awards and Recognitions Write a review

Fish & Richardson is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide. Some of its recent accolades are as under:

Fish & Richardson receives Top 2011 "Band 1" rankings in intellectual property and international trade for 2011-2012 by Chambers USA

Fish & Richardson received top Tier 1 national ranking in intellectual property and Patent Prosecution for 2011-2012 by The Legal 500

Fish & Richardson named a Top Trademark Law Firm for 2011-2012 by World Trademark Review

Fish & Richardson named Top "Tier 1" National Rankings in Patent Prosecution, Patent Litigation, Litigation, Life Sciences, and International Trade Commission for 2011-2012 by Managing Intellectual Property

Fish & Richardson named Go-To Intellectual Property Law Firm for Top Fortune 500 Companies by Corporate Counsel for 2012.

Fish & Richardson named as a Top Trademark Law Firm by World Trademark Review for the year 2011-2012

Fish & Richardson named No 1 Patent Litigation Firm by Corporate Counsel for 8 consecutive years from 2004-2011

Fish & Richardson named Patent Law Firm of the Year for 2011 by the US News Media Group and Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms survey

Fish & Richardson recipient of "Tier 1" rankings in Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, Technology Law, and Trademark Law for 2011 by the US News Media Group and Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms survey

Fish & Richardson named to Top IP Law Firm representing America's largest Corporations by Corporate Counsel

Fish & Richardson named No 1 summer associate program, ranked No 10 as the "Best Law Firm to Work For," and ranked No 1 IP and IP litigation firm for 2011 by Vault

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The philosophy of diversity has a strong foundation at Fish & Richardson and is an integral part of its practice. The firm asserts that it is its mission to promote a creative, respectful, and inclusive culture that values the diversity of people, experiences, perspectives, talents, and capabilities, and allows ingenuity to thrive.

For Fish & Richardson, diversity is a long-term commitment, adding value to both the law firm and the legal profession as a whole. It is an integral part of who they are as a firm. As a firm that has had world icons, legendary innovators as its clients, they know the quality and strength that a diverse community brings to the workplace.

For Fish & Richardson, diversity is a long-term commitment, adding value to both the law firm and the legal profession as a whole. It is an integral part of who they are as a firm.

Its President Peter J. Devlin has said that it gratifies them no end that their diversity efforts has been recognized and they have been listed among the top law firms of the country for diversity. Fish & Richardson is committed to building and sustaining diversity in the workplace.

It works hard to attract, retain, and advance the most talented and qualified legal staff regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, marital status, or disability.

Fish & Richardson encourages and supports internal affinity groups such as the Black Legal Staff Affinity Group, EMPOWER Women's Initiative, GLBT Affinity Group, and the Hispanic/Latino Affinity Group. These groups meet regularly and are influential in building diversity awareness at the workplace.

Summer associate program

Fish & Richardson gives its Summer Associates a broad idea of what it would be like to work at the firm by giving them meaningful work assignments and plenty of opportunities to interact with its attorneys.

Summer Associates may prepare patent and trademark applications; conduct research for litigation cases; attend client meetings, depositions, and even trials. They also receive one-on-one training from attorneys, and through formal training sessions coordinated by the firm's professional development staff. Additionally, summer associates participate in the firm's nationwide videoconferences, which provide information relevant to its practice.

The firm hires Summer Associates hoping that they will continue their careers at the firm. Summer Associates are given feedback throughout their summer time at the firm. The associates are given interesting work assignments that include assisting lawyers in matters of importance. Each summer associate is assigned a mentor based on common interests, educational background, and other criteria.

It's not all work, associates get many occasions to meet informally in fun-filled events to interact with one another. Social events coordinated locally vary from formal dinners, cooking classes and wine tastings to activities such as video game nights, bowling, and canoeing.

Working for the Fish & Richardson.
Fish combines challenging work with great people to create a firm where its attorneys and staff enjoy coming to work every day. The firm's offices pulsate with people working together on projects that require creativity and teamwork. The firm's practice is diverse and at the forefront of an ever-changing world of science and business.

Working for Fish & Richardson will be a rewarding and meaningful experience for the associate, as a person and as a professional. The associate will be exposed to an interesting and challenging mix of work learning from professionals and seasoned lawyers. Through the many firm generated and sponsored programs and the continually evolving programs, the associate can take charge of their careers and craft a career and professional persona that makes him or her proud.

At Fish you will have the opportunity to be creative and imaginative and you will not be constrained by insistence on following conventional methods of practice. The staff members bring a level of professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment to work each and every day and all work in a collaborative work environment.


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