Alan Fisch is one of the nation’s most successful intellectual property trial lawyers.
Alan has won jury trials around the country, including five jury verdicts in the Eastern District of Texas — four as a defendant and one as a plaintiff. Alan also made national headlines when he won a plaintiff's jury trial against Microsoft Corporation, which was the eighth largest jury verdict in federal court that year and the largest patent infringement jury award in the history of the Eastern District of Virginia.
The American Lawyer selected three of Alan's jury verdicts in the last 10 years for its Verdict Search annual listing of top jury verdicts. This includes the famed defense jury win in Barry Fiala, Inc. v. Stored Value Systems in the Western District of Tennessee, which protected the gift card systems of over 300 retailers. Of the Verdict Search top defense wins that year, this case was the only one that involved intellectual property.
As a result of these and other cases, Alan has led litigation in federal courts in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as multiple state courts.
Alan remains a regular victor at the appellate level. He has argued nine cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, winning nine and losing zero. Alan's wins have been on behalf of: Amazon.com, Blackhawk Network, Comdata Network, Costco Wholesale, Gap Inc., Pier 1 Imports, Stored Value Systems, and Thomas & Betts. Few intellectual property attorneys can claim Alan's jury trial and appellate successes.
The legal press has hailed Alan as a standout performer of the American intellectual property bar. Benchmark Litigation identified Alan as "an emerging IP legend." The IAM 1000 described Alan as a "swashbuckling litigator" who is "never afraid to take on the hardest case." Chambers called Alan a "truly exceptional litigator" and "a go-to for the most complex patent litigation cases." Law 360 selected Alan as one of the 10 most admired intellectual property lawyers in the United States. Lawdragon selected Alan as one of "The Leading 500 Lawyers in America." Washingtonian selected Alan as one of the top 30 lawyers of the 80,000 practicing in the Washington DC-area. Alan is also a staple in listings from Best Lawyers, Expert Guides, The Legal 500, and Super Lawyers.
"It is only through teamwork, tenacity, and trust that our collective goals can be achieved," says Mr. Fisch.
Alan's contribution to the development of intellectual property law has not been limited to just his cases. His scholarly writings have been quoted by the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, other court filings, learned treatises, and over 100 law review articles. Alan's articles have appeared in publications of the law schools at Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Tulane, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Alan is also a sought-after commentator on intellectual property protection and litigation. The press has covered or quoted him over 250 times. Some of the media outlets that have covered and quoted Alan include Barron’s, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Financial Times (U.K.), Fortune, The Globe and Mail (Canada), International Herald Tribune (France), The New York Times, USA Today, Variety, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Additionally, Alan has appeared in prominent publications dedicated to covering the legal community, including The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel, Law360, The National Law Journal, and The Recorder.
Before opening his firm in 2012, Alan was a partner at Kaye Scholer LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP) and Howrey LLP. The perspective that Alan gained working in leadership roles at those firms enabled him to craft an elite boutique exclusively focused on intellectual property trial and appellate work. Since opening its doors, Fisch Sigler LLP has established a national presence on two coasts with three offices: New York, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC.
Alan began his law career at the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a Patent Examiner, where he learned the patent craft from the inside. Prior to attending law school, Alan was a software design engineer at Texas Instruments, where he developed system-level software and published six technical papers.
Alan has been recognized repeatedly for success in the courtroom. Some of his accolades include:
- The American Lawyer's "Litigator of the Week"
- Benchmark Litigation
- The Best Lawyers in America
- Intellectual Asset Management 1000
- Intellectual Asset Management: Patent Litigation 250
- The Expert Guides: "Best of the Best"
- The Expert Guides: "World’s Leading Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers"
- The Expert Guides: "World’s Leading Patent Law Practitioners"
- Law360’s "10 Most Admired Intellectual Property Attorneys"
- Lawdragon: "The Leading 500 Lawyers in America."
- Legal 500
- Managing IP: "IP Star"
- Super Lawyers
- Washingtonian Top 30 Lawyers in Washington DC
J.D., cum laude, 1994
University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Computer Science, 1988
District of Columbia
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas