Clause 8

"To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."

U.S. Const. Art. I, Sec. 8, Cl. 8

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Episode 3: Doug Henderson, founder of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Runtime: 1:14:15   |   November 19, 2017


Sampling of stories and topics discussed during the interview:

  • Starting and growing America’s largest Intellectual Property (IP) boutique law firm
  • Personal story of going from growing up in Pennsylvania and selling furniture to starting a law firm in downtown DC
  • How having successful fathers influenced Doug Henderson and his co-founder Marcus Finnegan
  • Vision and innovations that contributed to Finnegan Henderson’s success
  • Shaping firm culture in a way that allowed next generation of partners to successfully take over the management of the firm
  • Attracting and keeping great clients
  • Keys to retaining talent at a law firm
  • State of the IP legal industry, including failure of other IP boutiques
  • Surprising advise to potential client about choosing an IP boutique v. a general practice firm
  • How fear of losing their Blackberry smart phones caused DC policy makers (including Supreme Court Justices) to turn against strong patent rights
  • Having Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as a neighbor and watching him fearlessly perform CPR
  • Advice for other firms, lawyers, and law students
  • And, much more!

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