Each year we host the Managing IP Americas Awards ceremony live in New York City. However, we cancelled this year's event because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our thoughts are with our readers and all others affected by the pandemic.

Today we are pleased to reveal the Americas winners on our website. The awards recognize outstanding achievements by law firms, partners and in-house counsel in the past year. Read our research methodology below.

Congratulations to all the winners.

The highlights

Among the highlights of the 2020 awards is Baker McKenzie’s win as the Americas Firm of the Year. The firm is recognized for its significant IP practice and achievements across the United States and Latin America.

Managing IP also recognizes two renowned practitioners with Lifetime Achievement honors for their longstanding careers in IP law. Robert MacDonald of Gowling WLG is a leader in his firm’s IP practice group and one of Canada’s foremost trademark practitioners. His work contributed to Gowling’s top-tier rankings for trademark work.

Donald R Dunner of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner helped cement his firm as one of the top IP boutiques in the United States and was a pioneer of Federal Circuit practice. Dunner sadly passed away in October 2019, and is the first posthumous recipient of this award.

In the boutique firm categories, Smart & Biggar takes the honor in Canada for excellent client service across practice areas and significant growth over the past year. Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner is our Specialty IP Firm of the Year in the United States for noteworthy activity in areas including post-grant proceedings, ITC litigation and appeals before the Federal Circuit. 





Marval O’Farrell & Mairal

Marval O’Farrell & Mairal

Marval O’Farrell & Mairal


Licks Attorneys

Gusmão & Labrunie

Caribbean Firm of the Year
MINIÑO Abogados (Dominican Republic)


Sargent & Krahn


Sargent & Krahn


Lloreda Camacho & Co

Brigard & Castro

Cavelier Abogados


Firm of the Year






Firm of the Year
Estudio Benedetti


Barrera & Asociados

Barrera & Asociados


Firm of the Year
Cervieri Monsuarez & Asociados





McCarthy Tétrault

Patent Contentious

Patent Prosecution
Borden Ladner Gervais

Trademark Contentious
Smart & Biggar

Trademark Prosecution
Gowling WLG

IP Boutique Firm of the Year
Smart & Biggar

Outstanding Practitioner: Copyright
Casey Chisick, Cassels Brock & Blackwell

Outstanding Practitioner: Trademark
Mark Evans, Smart & Biggar

Outstanding Practitioner: Patent
Dominique Hussey, Bennett Jones



Patent Prosecution: Northeast
Choate Hall & Stewart

Patent Prosecution: South
Haynes and Boone

Patent Prosecution: Midwest
Marshall Gerstein & Borun

Patent Prosecution: West
Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Patent Contentious: Northeast

Patent Contentious: South
McKool Smith

Patent Contentious: Midwest
Kirkland & Ellis

Patent Contentious: West
Fish & Richardson

Trademark Prosecution: Northeast 
Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu

Trademark Prosecution: South
Pirkey Barber

Trademark Prosecution: Midwest  
Loeb & Loeb

Trademark Prosecution: West 
Fenwick & West

Trademark Contentious: Northeast
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Trademark Contentious: South
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Trademark Contentious: Midwest
Pattishall McAuliffe Newbury Hilliard & Geraldson

Trademark Contentious: West 

Copyright: East
Kirkland & Ellis

Copyright: West
Fenwick & West



Patent Prosecution
Fish & Richardson

Patent Contentious
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Trademark Prosecution
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Trademark Contentious
Kirkland & Ellis

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Morrison & Foerster

Fish & Richardson

Life Sciences IP Litigation
Sidley Austin

Plaintiff Firm
McKool Smith

IP Transactions

Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

Specialty IP Firm of the Year
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Firm to Watch

Outstanding Litigator: California
Morgan Chu, Irell & Manella

Outstanding Litigator: Colorado
Evan Rothstein, Arnold & Porter

Outstanding Litigator: Delaware
Karen Jacobs, Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell

Outstanding Litigator: DC Metro
Matthew Wolf, Arnold & Porter

Outstanding Litigator: Georgia
Matthew Gaudet, Duane Morris

Outstanding Litigator: Illinois
David Pritikin, Sidley Austin

Outstanding Litigator: Massachusetts
Barbara Fiacco, Foley Hoag

Outstanding Litigator: Michigan
Marc Lorelli, Brooks Kushman

Outstanding Litigator: Minnesota
J Derek Vandenburgh, Carlson Caspers

Outstanding Litigator: New Jersey
Robert Rhoad, Dechert

Outstanding Litigator: New York
Dale Cendali, Kirkland & Ellis

Outstanding Litigator: Pennsylvania
Martin Black, Dechert

Outstanding Litigator: Texas
Theodore Stevenson III, McKool Smith

Outstanding Litigator: Washington
David Tellekson, Fenwick & West

Outstanding Litigator: PTAB
Scott McKeown, Ropes & Gray

Outstanding Practitioner: IP Transactions
David Kappos, Cravath Swaine & Moore

Outstanding Practitioner: Appellate
Deanne Maynard, Morrison & Foerster




Americas Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie

Americas In-House Team of the Year (Patent)

Americas In-House Team of the Year (Trademark)



Donald R Dunner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

For his critical role as a senior partner one of the leading intellectual property boutiques in the United States, and his legacy as a pioneer of several areas of practice, including Federal Circuit work. (Posthumous award: Dunner passed away in October 2019)

Robert MacDonald, Gowling WLG

For his position as a leading trademark practitioner both at his firm and internationally. His work at Gowling WLG has contributed to the firm’s top-tier rankings in trademark prosecution and litigation, and overall reputation in IP as practice group leader.





Industrias Saladillo SA v. Tigre Argentina SA (Argentina)
Jorge Otamendi, G Breuer

Metallica v. Mardones (Chile)
Francisco Silva and Ricardo Montero, Silva & Cia



Aux Sable Liquid Products LP v. JL Energy Transportation Inc (2019 FC 788)
McCarthy Tétrault

Keatley Surveying Ltd. v. Teranet Inc. (2019 SCC 43)
McCarthy Tétrault

Canmar Foods Ltd v. TA Foods Ltd (2019 FC 1233)
Gowling WLG

Eli Lilly Canada Inc v. Apotex Inc (2019 FC 884)
Borden Ladner Gervais

Bell Media Inc v. John Doe 1 dba GoldTV.biz (2019 FC 1432)
Smart & Biggar

Canada (Attorney General) v. Galderma Canada (2019 FCA 196)
Gowling WLG, Belmore Neidrauer

Wenger SA v. Travelway Group International Inc (2019 FC 1104)



A&H Sportswear Co Inc v. William W Yedor (TTAB)
Douglas Rettew, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew (Federal Circuit)
Anthony Cho, Carlson Gaskey & Olds

Curver Luxembourg, SARL v. Home Expressions Inc. (Federal Circuit)
Steven Auvil, Squire Patton Boggs

Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media (US Supreme Court)
Evan Young, Baker Botts

Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com (US Supreme Court)
Peter Stris, Stris & Maher

Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC (US Supreme Court)
Danielle Spinelli, WilmerHale

Momenta Pharmaceuticals v. Bristol-Myers Squibb (Federal Circuit)
Christopher Sipes, Covington & Burling

Iancu v. Brunetti (US Supreme Court)
John R Sommer, Esq

Immunex Corp., et al., v. Sandoz Inc., et al. (District of New Jersey)
Vernon Winters and David Pritikin, Sidley Austin

Return Mail Inc. v. United States Postal Service (US Supreme Court)
Beth Brinkmann, Covington & Burling

Rimini Street v. Oracle USA (US Supreme Court)
Mark Perry, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

TCL Communication Technology Holdings v. Ericsson et al (Federal Circuit)
Jeffrey Lamken, MoloLamken


Research methodology

The Managing IP awards programme is the most comprehensive and widely respected IP law firm awards event in the world. Now in its 15th year, the programme covers a broad range of IP practice areas and more than 30 jurisdictions. Read about the practice areas here.

The research is primarily conducted by the IP STARS team. Each year our research analysts obtain information from thousands of firms, IP practitioners and their clients through interviews, email and online surveys.

Before compiling the shortlists, our researchers evaluated the work data supplied by firms and, where applicable, reviewed publicly-available information such as court and IP office records. They focused on work done or concluded in 2019, particularly looking for case studies that were of great significance to clients and/or IP law and practice. Firms or individuals can also be shortlisted based on our independent research findings.

The research for the IP STARS rankings and the Managing IP awards is rigorous and impartial. There is no fee to pay to participate in our research, and no firm or individual can pay to influence the results. The awards are not influenced by any commercial relationship with Managing IP or rankings in IP STARS. Any firm, regardless of its ranking in IP STARS, can win any of our awards. Furthermore, the Managing IP awards programme is distinct and separate from any other awards programme organised by Euromoney's Legal Media Group (LMG).

If you have any questions about the shortlists or research please contact me or our global research editor Kingsley Egbuonu.


The history of the awards

Managing IP launched its awards programme in 2006. The ceremony that year was attended by more than 130 guests including the late Sir Hugh Laddie, who received a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony.

We used to host a merged awards ceremony (excluding North America) in London and a separate ceremony in Washington DC for firms based in North America, but that changed two years ago. In 2018, our North America Awards expanded to include South America and the ceremony moved to New York City; the awards ceremony in London (formerly known as the Global IP Awards) became the EMEA Awards; and we launched a new Asia-Pacific Awards in Hong Kong.

The Managing IP awards ceremonies attract guests and prominent figures in the IP industry from around the world, and it is regarded as the premier IP law firm awards event in the legal industry calendar. In total, more than 600 guests attended our awards in 2019.