As the home of both the US Patent and Trademark Office and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington DC is an important patent centre on the Eastern US seaboard. A number of high-quality practitioners conduct complex life sciences litigation out of the city, often as part of wider IP and patent practices.
Name partner Donald Dunner of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner is “the dean of patent law”; he is commended for his “intellect, extensive life sciences expertise, strength, skill and excellent reputation”, particularly in circuit appeals. Another name partner at the firm equally praised for his longstanding contributions to the field is Ford Farabow, “a household name” in pharmaceutical and chemical litigation. Founding partner Anthony Figg, of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC is “a very experienced litigator”, particularly on the generic side of Hatch-Waxman cases.
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner partner Robert Bajefsky is a “solid litigator” who advises a wide range of pharmaceutical clients; sources compliment his abbreviated new drug application ANDA litigation expertise. Jorge Goldstein of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox is a longstanding IP expert recognised for his deep knowledge of biotechnology law. At the same firm, Susan Griffen wins praise for her biotechnology expertise; she is a “skilled strategist”. At Ropes & Gray, the “capable and effective” James Haley is recommended for his solid portfolio of multi-jurisdictional work in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields. Also at Finnegan Henderson is Thomas Jenkins, who maintains a broad patent litigation practice with a core expertise in life sciences. William McElwain of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is recognised for his pharmaceutical work; clients admire his “thorough, well-organised preparation”. At Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz, William McShane garners international praise for his “impressive pharmaceutical client portfolio”; sources are impressed by his “analytical grasp of issues”. Vice-chair of the litigation and controversy department at WilmerHale is Amy Wigmore, a biotechnology patent litigation expert hailed for her “hard-working, strategic approach”. Up-and-comer William Zimmerman of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear maintains a broad litigation practice, with particular expertise in ANDA litigation.