RECOGNITION: Our talents and victories have been praised by our clients, our peers and the media. Below is just some of the recognition that we have received.
Benchmark Litigation has once again honored Fisch Sigler LLP as one of the top intellectual property practices in the United States. The 2019 edition of Benchmark’s Definitive Guide to the Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys ranks us alongside Covington & Burling, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Finnegan Henderson, and Fitzpatrick Cella.
Benchmark Litigation also recognized Alan Fisch as a National Practice Area Star, the publication’s highest ranking, in its 2019 edition. Benchmark has annually recognized Alan in its rankings, with the 2012 guide identifying him as "becoming an IP legend."
Benchmark Litigation also named Bill Sigler to its inaugural national “Under 40 Hot List.”
Benchmark Litigation results stem from the culmination of a six-month research period where researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers.visit Benchmark Litigation
Managing Partner Alan Fisch has once again recognized by Best Lawyers for 2018 in the areas of patent and intellectual property litigation. This is the ninth year in a row that Alan has been recognized by Best Lawyers.
Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on peer-review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.visit Best Lawyers in America
In naming Alan to its 2018 list of the top 10 IP litigators in Washington, DC, Chambers wrote that Alan is “somebody who cares, is passionate and wants to help the client.”
Alan has been a fixture of this publication for many years. Prior years’ Chambers reviews said of Alan:
- ”highly regarded for his extensive experience litigating IP matters and is particularly expert on technology and computing matters.”
- ”highly intelligent, and has a very good sense of strategy and how to communicate well with juries.”
- ”an excellent scientist and knows his patent law backwards.”
- ”a highly regarded patent litigator with extensive knowledge of the computer software space.”
- ”very good at thinking outside the box and approaching issues from a different perspective.”
Chambers develops its rankings through confidential, in-depth telephone interviews with lawyers and clients around the world. Individual lawyers are ranked in their practice-area on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness, and their client-service.
Alan Fisch and John Battaglia were selected to the most recent publication of the Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers.
Additionally, Alan was selected to the most recent publication of World’s Leading Patent Law Practitioners. Alan has been a staple of this publication’s lists for nearly a decade.
Alan was also selected to the 2018 Best of the Best USA Expert Guide. Alan has been a member of this list since 2014.
Expert Guides evaluate practice areas on a biannual basis and the guides are based entirely on peer review. The research process involves sending questionnaires to senior practitioners or in-house counsel in each practice area in more than 60 jurisdictions, asking them to nominate leading practitioners based on their work and reputation.
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The 2018 edition of the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners said of our firm:
For companies embroiled in patent disputes that go right to the heart of their business, Fisch Sigler parts waves. Its professionals – all born-and-bred trial lawyers and artful technologists – work dynamically as a team to notch up wins in court and at the Federal Circuit for the likes of Amazon. The set’s intensity and creativity also frequently result in quick dismissals. The firmament’s brightest star is Alan Fisch, a fearless advocate with an unmatched passion for his craft.
The 2017 edition of the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners said of our firm:
Winning jury trials is the signature move of Fisch Sigler; nothing can throw it off its A game, whether that be an unfriendly jurisdiction, seemingly impervious science or an army of lawyers on the other side. It has chalked up more defence victories in Marshall, Texas, than any other firm and a string of crucial wins at the Federal Circuit. Founding partner Alan Fisch is an IP trial lawyer with swagger, but he never gets ahead of himself. Respectful towards opponents, but a zealous advocate for clients, he has first-chaired litigations across the country and met with success every step of the way. Often called upon for insight by the press and a much-cited author, he has a broad perspective on IP protection which keeps him grounded in the heat of battle.
The 2016 edition of the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners said of our firm:
Remarkably, Fisch Sigler represents more Fortune 1000 companies than it has lawyers — demand for its hotshot trial capabilities seems to reach a new all-time high every single day. Where many other firms are paralysed by a fear of losing — and putting their client relationships at risk — the compact group here boldly draws lines in the sand for clients whose business-critical products and services are under threat. Genius litigator Alan Fisch is the brains behind the operation. “Alan can do it all and go all the way. If he’s on your team, you can take on all comers — and kick some serious ass.”
The 2015 edition of the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners said of our firm:
With every new trial win, Fisch Sigler finds its name splashed on the front pages; Federal Circuit victories for Papst Licensing and Pier 1 Imports, and rare defensive coups in the Eastern District of Texas for Gap and Barnes & Noble, are just some of the successes that made headlines in the past 12 months. The engine of this dynamic boutique is dashing trial lawyer Alan Fisch, whom “the patent world is lucky to have”. “He is dedicated to a mastery of all the basics, but has that key ingredient that a lot of people lack — a high degree of emotional intelligence. He understands people and never needs to prove himself to others. He is turning away cases and everyone wants what he’s offering — leading companies will switch to him from other firms when they need rescuing, because he simply knows how to execute.”
The 2014 edition of the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners said of our firm:
“Supremely good at what it does“: high-stakes patent trials on either side of the docket. It has corralled instructions away from some of the established top-tier shops, and consequently has also received a great deal of interest from prominent practitioners looking to make a lateral move to a leaner, more nimble organisation. The group’s willingness and sheer ability to see things through at trial puts it in the driving seat when it comes to settlement negotiations. The lawyers’ compelling narrative skills are also on display at the appellate level and in alternative dispute resolution forums. The firm was established by swashbuckling litigator Alan Fisch — “someone you go to for a bet-the-company brief”. “He can evaluate the merits quickly and craft a strategic approach in order to get the win. Winning is what he does and he is never afraid to take on the hardest case.”
Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine publishes the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. IAM conducts close to 1,500 interviews with attorneys at law, patent attorneys and in-house counsel to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the field. Individuals qualify for a listing in the IAM Patent 1000 when they receive sufficient positive feedback from peers and clients with knowledge of their practice and the market within which they operate.visit the IAM 1000
Our firm was profiled by Law360 as one of “10 Boutiques Giving Big Firms a Run For Their Money.” The article had the following to say about the firm:
Intellectual property trial firm Fisch Sigler — which has offices in San Jose, California; New York; and Washington, D.C. — has carved out a niche, thanks in part to the experience of Alan M. Fisch. Fisch’s experience in the courtroom, as well as his savvy management and fee arrangements skills, has helped position to take on major intellectual property trial matters, analysts say. “He’s a very successful big case trial lawyer for patent litigation. Trial experience is worth a lot,” [Peter] Zeughauser said. “Somehow, what a lot of lawyers think is impossible comes naturally to him.” Among the firm’s recent matters are defense wins for Gap Inc. and Barnes & Noble Inc. in trials in which plaintiffs had sought $34.5 million and $72 million, respectively.read 10 Top Boutique Law Firms at Law360
And three times in the past three years, Law360 has selected Fisch Sigler as a "Legal Lion." Nants ingonyama bagithi baba!
Legal Lion in 2017 – II
Legal Lion in 2017 – I
Legal Lion in 2015
Law360 has also singled out members of our firm for special individual recognition.
Law360 selected Alan as one of the 10 Most Admired Intellectual Property Attorneys. Law360 did a lengthy article highlighting Alan’s many trial wins, and published the following comment about Alan: “Bottom line, [Mr. Fisch] just combines overall judgment and intellect with an ability to see the bigger picture and stay focused on what the goal is.” To achieve its findings, Law360 invited readers to nominate attorneys they admire to be profiled for the “Most Admired” series. Readers were asked: “Is there an attorney you’ve argued against in court who you respect — or whose briefs you fear? What about a lawyer whose views on the latest hot-button issues you eagerly seek out? Or a former classmate who is practicing the law in novel ways?” In total, 1,016 nominations were received.
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Law360 Named Jeff a Rising Star, 1 of only 6 intellectual property attorneys nationwide so honored in 2018. Anyone who has ever worked with Jeff Saltman (or against him) knows of his keen intellect, determination, and professionalism — traits indicative of a genuine superstar. Recipients of this high honor are recognized for being the top legal talent under 40 practicing at a level usually only seen from seasoned veterans.
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We were recognized as one of the top patent litigation law firms in Washington, DC and Alan Fisch, Bill Sigler and John Battaglia were honored as “IP Stars” in the 2018 World IP Handbook and Survey. The World IP Handbook and Survey, published by Managing IP magazine, lists the top intellectual property firms and lawyers in the United States. This trio of Fisch Sigler partners received the same honors in the previous two editions of the publication.
To select its honored firms and IP Stars, Managing Intellectual Property conducts thousands of interviews and surveys of intellectual property partners at law firms and in-house counsel across the US. Managing Intellectual Property bases its rankings primarily on outcomes achieved, while also considering expertise and unique strengths.
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Five of our team members have been named to the Super Lawyers lists: John Battaglia, Alan Fisch, Silvia Jordan, Jeffrey Saltman, and Bill Sigler.
Alan, Bill, and John have been named Super Lawyers. Alan remains a staple of this list, appearing in each issue from its inception in 2007 to present. Bill made his debut on the Super Lawyers list in 2015 and John in 2017.
Jeff and Silvia have been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. The Rising Stars list honors attorneys who are under 40-years-old and have been practicing for under 10 years. Jeff first appeared on this list in 2013 and Silvia in 2017.
Super Lawyers is a highly regarded compilation of each region’s elite attorneys. Selection for this list is the result of a peer review process. Super Lawyers is announced annually and is limited to the top five percent of all lawyers practicing.
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Members of our team have been frequently covered and quoted by The American Lawyer.
In covering our 2015 Federal Circuit victory for Papst Licensing, The American Lawyer proclaimed: "the IP litigation boutique Fisch Sigler has made its name scoring defense victories for the likes of Amazon.com Inc. and Gap Inc. But the firm showed its versatility on Monday, winning an appeal for patent plaintiff Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. in a case against a slew of digital camera makers."
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In covering our defense jury trial victory in Marshall, Texas on behalf of Gap Inc., the American Lawyer selected the case as one of its three “Big Suits” of the month nationwide in its September 2013 issue.
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In July 2013, the publication selected Alan as its “Litigator of the Week” as part of his work as lead trial lawyer in obtaining an unprecedented fourth jury trial defense win in Marshall, Texas.
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U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 annual Best Law Firms publication ranked us in Tier 1, its top ranking, for Washington, DC patent litigation. Other firms joining us in Tier 1 include Covington & Burling, Kirkland & Ellis, and Morrison & Foerster.
We were also ranked in Tier 2 for national patent litigation firms, alongside firms such as Irell & Manella, Jenner & Block, and Williams and Connolly.
The Best Law Firms rankings result from a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and peer reviews from leading attorneys. The rankings incorporate over 6 million evaluations from a survey of over 55,000 practicing attorneys regarding a law firms’ expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.visit U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Law Firms publication
Over the many years, Alan Fisch has been selected by Washingtonian as one of the top lawyers in the Washington-DC area. Alan’s first inclusion in 2003. In past years past when the lists ranked lawyers by number, Mr. Fisch twice ranked #19 and once ranked #30 out of the 80,000 lawyers in the Washington, DC area.