Venable LLP, an American Lawyer Global 100 firm, and Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper &Scinto, one of the world’s leading intellectual property firms, have reached an agreement for Fitzpatrick to join Venable.
With the addition of the Fitzpatrick practice, the firm will have approximately 800 attorneys, focused on business, government, litigation and intellectual property disciplines, and approximately 700 other professionals and staff.
The firm will have about 175 IP lawyers – making it one of the largest IP groups in the country. This agreement will increase the size of Venable’s New York City presence to more than 160 lawyers, placing it among the largest firms in the city.
Stu Ingis, chairman of Venable, said: “We are very pleased to welcome such an elite group of lawyers with a long-standing and sophisticated client base. Fitzpatrick has been one of the top IP firms in the country for nearly 50 years. Its attorneys will be an excellent fit with the existing Venable IP practice and will also benefit our client base requiring broader IP support. Most importantly, they share our firm’s values, our respect for each other and our commitment to clients.”
Dominick Conde, chair of Fitzpatrick’s Management Committee, said: “Both firms share a deep dedication to our clients. We have been privileged to work with many of the world’s leading companies creating solutions for their IP challenges for decades. While we have been incredibly successful on our own, this deal creates a synergy that we couldn’t pass up. As a result, the firm will be able to extend its dedication to clients to more areas and is an excellent fit of people and practices of two outstanding firms.”
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The deal is expected to close November 1.
About Venable LLP
Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, and high-net-worth entrepreneurs and individuals. With approximately 700 attorneys across the country, including California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C., the firm strategically advances its clients’ business objectives in the U.S. and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation and the full range of intellectual property disciplines. For more information, please visit www.Venable.com.
About Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper &Scinto
At Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper &Scinto, IP is not just a practice area – it is the firm’s sole focus. Founded in 1971, Fitzpatrick is a leading national intellectual property law firm with offices in New York, California and Washington, D.C. It has one of the premier patent litigation and prosecution practices, which covers the spectrum of intellectual property services, including applying for patent and trademark protection, litigation, appeals, post-grant patent challenges (e.g., IPRs), alternative dispute resolution, licensing, opinions, corporate transactions and due diligence. Fitzpatrick represents an international client base from Fortune 500 companies to start-up companies. For more information, please visit www.fitzpatrickcella.com.