Fish & Richardson Principal Ahmed J. Davis Receives 2015 “Diversity Leader” Award

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 16:38


Fish & Richardson has announced that Ahmed J. Davis, a principal in Fish & Richardson’s Washington, D.C. office and the national chair of the firm’s Diversity Initiative, has received the 2015 Diversity Leader Award from Profiles in Diversity Journal. The award recognizes “outstanding” individuals “whose work to leverage the power of their companies’ diverse workforce is instrumental to ... business success.”  

As national chair of Fish’s Diversity Initiative, Mr. Davis leads the firm’s efforts to attract, retain, and advance a diverse legal staff. In 2005, Fish launched a 1L Diversity Fellowship Program, which provides annual fellowships to diverse first-year law students and includes a paid summer associate position, a $10,000 scholarship, and year-round mentoring. In September 2014, Fish became one of 15 top law firms to participate in the pilot OnRamp Fellowship Program, which matches experienced women lawyers who want to re-enter the legal profession with law firms for a one-year paid fellowship.  

Fish is consistently recognized as one of the country's top law firms for diversity. For the past two years, Fish received a top rating of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, which rates businesses for the treatment of LGBT employees in the workplace, and ranked as one of the Vault’s Top 25 Best Law Firms for Diversity. The firm also has been included for seven consecutive years in MultiCultural Law magazine’s list of the Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity. 

At Fish, Mr. Davis is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on complex patent litigation in a vast range of technical areas, including chemistry, biotechnology, medical devices, and mechanical and electrical engineering. He also is a member of the firmwide Compensation Committee and its Diversity Hiring Committee, whose goal is to attract top diverse talent to the firm. Outside the firm, he is a regular speaker on issues relevant to the patent bar and is an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.