Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2022)

250 - 500


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

34 total (16 2Ls; 18 1Ls)


Base Salary

1st year: $215,000;

Vault Verdict

About the Firm

Associate Reviews

  • “As much as possible, attorneys want to spend time together. Lunches, happy hours, whether more formally scheduled or informally put together, are common. The partners are respectful of home life; there is not [an] expectation of social event attendance.”
  • “The atmosphere is very collegial. I do not feel I am in competition with other associates. The partners here want to see you succeed and will help you along the path. There are a number of affinity or small groups you can join to get to meet people within the firm.”
  • “The lawyers socialize together at least once a month. There are virtual meetings with lawyers in different locations.”
  • “It's been difficult during COVID, but we've made an effort to get together for fun (outdoor) events for socializing. Each call with a supervisor begins with pleasantries and I feel like they actually care how I'm doing.”

Diversity at Fish & Richardson P.C.

"Founded in 1878, Fish & Richardson is an influential player in the development of intellectual property law, and has evolved with the inventions of its clients, remaining a leader in patent law today. We are a global law firm with more than 350 attorneys and technology specialists practicing IP strategy and counseling, IP litigation, and business litigation, with eleven offices in the U.S. and offices in China and Germany. As a Firm, we believe that a diverse team enhances the quality of the legal services we provide to our..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “I believe the firm is looking for highly educated and self-motivated candidates. Additional schooling beyond undergrad and law school is preferred. The firm hires from all different law schools but looks for personable and smart candidates who can translate their education or experience well.”
  • “Great academic performance from a technical undergrad and top-25 law school. Clerkships and prior work experience in a technical role are important.”
  • “I was hired as a summer associate and felt that the hiring was similar to most other law firms. Generally looking for top candidates from top schools. If you're on the prosecution side, a technical background is required (advanced degree preferred, possibly even required on the life sciences side). Technical background is a plus, but not a requirement, on the litigation side.”
  • “The firm is looking for strong technical backgrounds. Diversity is important and most new hires come in as summers (and a good chunk of them in the 1L summer through a diversity program).”

Perks & Benefits