Three Fish & Richardson Principals Named to 2018 “Top 250 Women in Litigation” List

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Three Fish & Richardson Principals Named to 2018 “Top 250 Women in Litigation” List

Fish & Richardson principals Juanita Brooks, Betsy Flanagan and Deanna Reichel have been named to the 2018 list of “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation. Brooks, a principal in the firm’s San Diego office, was also named one of the “Top 10 Female Litigators” in the country.

Brooks, Flanagan and Reichel were recognized as leading female litigators in their respective fields for their work on “some of the most impactful litigation matters in recent history” and for “earning the hard-won respect of their peers and clients.”

In 2018, Brooks, Flanagan and Reichel led the all-women Federal Circuit oral argument team that won a unanimous opinion that affirmed Fish’s June 2016 post-trial wipe-out of a $200 million jury verdict against client Gilead Sciences, Inc. after proving Merck had forfeited its right to assert its hepatitis C drug patents against Gilead because of litigation and business misconduct constituting “unclean hands.”

Brooks, a locally-based, nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer, has handled more than 150 trials in her career. Her stellar record and impressive reputation have made her one of the most sought after IP litigators in the country. Brooks is an elected member of Fish’s Management Committee. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1977 and her B.A. from San Diego State University in 1974. 

Flanagan and Reichel are both principals in Fish’s Twin Cities office. Flanagan is the senior chairperson of Fish’s Twin Cities EMPOWER women’s initiative and focuses her practice on life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceutical complex patent litigation. Reichel has extensive experience in Hatch-Waxman and other life sciences and pharmaceutical litigation.

Attorneys were chosen as “Top Women in Litigation” based on a review of their recent case work, consideration of how attorneys at peer legal institutions might rank them and client feedback on their performances.

Fish & Richardson is a global intellectual property firm offering patent prosecution, counseling, and litigation; trademark and copyright prosecution, counseling, and litigation; and commercial litigation services. Established in 1878, and now 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 No. 1 ranked U.S. patent litigation firm, handling nearly three times as many cases as our nearest competitor; a powerhouse patent and trademark prosecution firm; a top-tier trademark and copyright litigation firm; and the most-active firm at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Fish continues to win 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