Fish & Richardson Principal Adam Kessel Named “Boston Rising Star”; Christian Chu Named “DC Rising Star "

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 10:34

Fish & Richardson announced today that Adam Kessel, a principal in the firm’s Boston office, has been named a “Boston Rising Star” by the National Law Journal.  The Boston Rising Stars are the region’s 40 most promising lawyers under age 40 who have wielded influence in their practice areas, demonstrated strong leadership qualities, developed unique practice niches, showed expertise in litigation or transactional work, and committed themselves to pro bono work.

At Fish, he focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation with a particular emphasis on Internet and software-related matters.  He is an expert in patent, copyright, and “open source” licensing issues.  He has substantial courtroom and trial experience, including work on many IP cases at trial in the federal courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission.  From 2009 to 2010,  he was a “lawyer on loan” to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, where he handled nearly 200 criminal cases, several of which he took to trial as first chair. 

Mr. Kessel is among Fish’s most active pro bono attorneys, dedicating 200 hours annually to cases involving technology, free speech, and civil liberties.  He is a board member of the ACLU Massachusetts.  Through the ACLU, he recently successfully defended a public school teacher’s free speech rights.  He has also worked on several groundbreaking pro bono cases for the Electronic Frontier Foundation that have established important legal principles at the intersection of criminal law and computer technology. 

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Christian Chu, a principal in the firm’s Washington, DC office, has been named a “D.C. Rising Star” by the National Law Journal (NLJ). At Fish, Mr. Chu focuses his practice on intellectual property and technology licensing and litigation in a vast range of technical areas, including chemistry, biotechnology, mechanical and electrical engineering, display technology, and wireless technology.  A trial attorney experienced in all phases of litigation, Mr. Chu has tried many cases, including before the U.S. International Trade Commission.  Earlier this year, he was named a 2014 International Trade “Rising Star” by Law360.

Mr. Chu has served on the boards and committees of various professional, educational, and public service organizations throughout his career. He recently completed a year as a co-chair of the Law Clerks & Students Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and served as a vice-chair of that committee the previous year.