BOSTON, Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Fish & Richardson principal Kurt Glitzenstein, who serves as Fish's Litigation Practice Group Leader (PGL), has been named a "Litigation Trailblazer" by TheNational Law Journal for his pioneering work developing cost-effective, winning litigation strategies using alternative fee arrangements (AFAs).
As PGL, Glitzenstein oversees all aspects of the firm's premier intellectual property and commercial litigation practices, which includes 250 trial lawyers in 12 U.S. and international offices. As the chief architect and leader of Fish's AFA Litigation Committee, Glitzenstein reengineered Fish's litigation business structure and created a model for AFA industry best practices. AFAs currently represent 35 percent of Fish's litigation business. AFAs are tailored to clients' business needs, and as a result have enhanced many aspects of the lawyer-client relationship.
The NLJ highlighted Fish and long-time client Microsoft's 2009 launch of a "fixed-fee approach to pricing patent cases that sought to create better client-firm alignment, value and outcomes." "Ten years ago, AFAs were rare. But as Microsoft reported publicly last year, it plans to move 90 percent of its legal work to AFAs. That's a testament to the success of these programs," said Glitzenstein.
In addition to his PGL and AFA leadership roles, Glitzenstein maintains an active trial practice that includes a blistering schedule of patent trials and serves as an elected member of the firm's Management Committee. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1993, his M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California in 1990, and his B.S., Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988.
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