SOURCE: Fish & Richardson

March 31, 2011 12:01 ET

Fish & Richardson Names Litigator Ann Cathcart Chaplin Leader of Largest Practice Group

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - March 31, 2011) - Fish & Richardson today announced that Ann Cathcart Chaplin, a member of the firm's Management Committee and the managing principal of the firm's Twin Cities office, has been named Litigation Practice Group Leader. In her new role, Cathcart Chaplin will be responsible for business and marketing strategies for the firm's premier patent litigation and commercial litigation practices, which includes nearly 200 lawyers in 11 offices worldwide. Cathcart Chaplin will also maintain her IP litigation practice.

Katherine Kelly Lutton, a principal in Fish's Silicon Valley office, served as Litigation Practice Group Leader for the past four years and is transitioning out of firm management to return full time to her practice, where she leads and tries high-profile, high-stakes, high-tech patent litigation.

"Kathi Lutton has done a great job for the litigation group and the firm and I intend to build on her success," said Ann Cathcart Chaplin. "I look forward to continuing to enhance our reputation in the marketplace as the leading IP and litigation firm in the country."

Cathcart Chaplin, 37, joined Fish in 2001, was named a principal in 2005, and assumed the role of recruiting principal for the Twin Cities office in 2006. When she was named Twin Cities managing principal in 2010, she became the first woman to hold an office managing principal position in Fish's 132-year history. She has also served as a co-group leader of the litigation group in the Twin Cities for the past three years, and spent three years as head of associate training in the Twin Cities. In January 2011, Cathcart Chaplin was named to The American Lawyer magazine list of "45 Under 45 Superstar Women in Law."

Cathcart Chaplin received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1998. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1995. She is admitted to the bar in Minnesota, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Fish & Richardson is a leading global law firm with more than 350 attorneys and technology specialists practicing intellectual property strategy and counseling, intellectual property litigation, and business litigation. Fish does cutting-edge legal work for innovative clients who value their intellectual property. For over 130 years, Fish has been serving great innovators, helping protect countless ideas, nurturing discoveries, and facilitating the entry of new concepts to market. The firm has been ranked the number one patent litigation firm in the country for seven straight years (Corporate Counsel, 2003-2010); a top IP firm for America's biggest companies (Corporate Counsel, September 2010); and an elite Tier 1 IP litigation, patent prosecution, ITC, and Life Sciences firm (Managing Intellectual Property, February 2011). Fish was honored as an IP Firm of the Year (Law360, January 2010), named a finalist for top IP Litigation Department of the Year (American Lawyer, January 2010), and was named the number one firm in the U.S. for PCT filings (Managing Intellectual Property, October 2010). The firm also handled two of the top ten most important IP cases of 2009 (Managing Intellectual Property, January 2010). For more information, visit

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