Fish & Richardson Principal Michael Hawkins Named 2013 "Up & Coming" Lawyer

Aug 19, 2013, 11:50 ET from Fish & Richardson

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Hawkins, a principal in the Patent Group at Fish & Richardson, has been selected as a 2013 "Up & Coming Lawyer" by Minnesota Lawyer.  The award recognizes attorneys who have practiced for 10 years or less and have already distinguished themselves in the practice of law and in their community.

"We are very proud of Michael's selection to this prestigious list of rising stars," said Ann Cathcart Chaplin, litigation practice group leader at Fish & Richardson and managing principal of the Twin Cities office.  "Michael has made a name for himself as one of the top experts in patent reexaminations/post-grant proceedings, which has become one of the hottest practice areas in IP law."

Hawkins focuses his practice on patent portfolio strategy and management, patent reexaminations/post-grant proceedings, patentability analysis, clearance investigations, intellectual property licensing and agreements, due diligence investigations, and pre-suit investigations across a wide range of technologies.  He was named a principal in 2012, and is involved with Fish's 1L Diversity Fellowship Program, which provides paid summer associate positions, academic scholarships, and mentoring to diverse first year law school students from across the country.  He also helps inventors and small businesses bring their ideas to the marketplace through the Federal Circuit Bar Association's pro bono inventor assistance program.

Hawkins received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004 and his B.S., with high distinction, in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2000.

Fish & Richardson is a global law firm providing strategic counseling and litigation services to innovative clients who seek to protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property (IP).  Founded in 1878, Fish's early clients included Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers.  The firm has more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists practicing IP strategy and counseling, IP litigation, and commercial litigation.  Fish is consistently singled out for its superior technical expertise and great results, and has been named the top patent litigation firm in the country for nine consecutive years, the number one IP firm for America's biggest companies, and an elite top tier law practice.  For more information, visit or follow @fishrichardson on Twitter.

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