Fish & Richardson has 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 &Richardson 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."