Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Band 1” National Rankings for Intellectual Property and ITC Practices in Chambers USA 2017


Fish & Richardson has received top “Band 1” national rankings for its Intellectual Property (IP) practice and its International Trade Commission (ITC) patent litigation practice in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Fish also received a top “Band 1” ranking for its regional IP practice in Massachusetts. In addition, 11 Fish attorneys – including Boston principal Frank Scherkenbach and senior principal Frank Porcelli – were selected as IP leaders. 

The Boston team was noted as “top tier ... with a very strong bench and lots of resources.” According to Chambers, clients report that the team does “phenomenal work” and its “client service is outstanding.” 

Scherkenbach is an “excellent trial attorney” who is recommended for the quality of his courtroom advocacy, with clients explaining, “Juries like him as he is straightforward and makes subject matters easy to understand. He gets things done in the most efficient way possible.” Porcelli “is a well-respected practitioner who offers a wealth of experience assisting with IP disputes. He is distinguished for his handling of appellate proceedings arising from trade secrets misuse claims and patent infringement allegations.”

The Chambers research team conducted in-depth interviews with thousands of clients and lawyers across the country. An elite “Band 1” ranking means that Fish and its attorneys stood out for their practice strength, legal knowledge and experience, ability, effectiveness, quality of recent work, and client service.

Fish’s global IP practice provides strategic counseling, litigation, and prosecution for clients ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations to world-renowned academic and research institutions. Fish’s world-class ITC team includes 21 principals who have led hundreds of ITC patent cases, many of which have helped define IP law at the ITC and beyond. In 2016, Fish handled 11 ITC cases, which represents 20% of all active cases at this forum, making Fish the busiest national firm practicing at the ITC.

Chambers is considered to be the most reputable legal directory in the world because inclusion is based solely on the findings of its research team. The rankings data is culled from in-depth interviews with clients and lawyers across the country. Ranking criteria include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best.  

Fish & Richardson is a global patent prosecution, intellectual property litigation, and commercial litigation law firm with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists in the U.S. and Europe. Our success is rooted in our creative and inclusive culture, which values the diversity of people, experiences, and perspectives. Fish is the #1 U.S. patent litigation firm, handling nearly three times as many cases as its nearest competitor; a powerhouse patent prosecution firm; a top-tier trademark and copyright firm; and the #1 firm at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, with more cases than any other firm. Since 1878, Fish attorneys have been winning cases worth billions in controversy – often by making new law – for the world’s most innovative and influential technology leaders. For more information, visit or follow us at @FishRichardson.

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