Fish & Richardson P.C. Brianna Chamberlin credits her significant accomplishments as a litigation associate at Fish & Richardson P.C. to the firm’s leadership giving her tremendous opportunities from day one.
One of the hallmark cases of her young career was assigned to her almost as soon as she landed at the firm in 2017. She was on a patent litigation team that represented the makers of Latuda, a best-selling treatment for bipolar disorder and depression. The litigation involved 16 generic drug company defendants, which settled on the first day of trial.
“They gave me the most important patent on that case. I found out everything about it. Wrote all the initial diligence on it. I was involved in every aspect of the litigation from start to finish, drafting expert reports and working with witnesses. I got so much experience on that case at a young age. That was a very big deal for me,” Chamberlin said.
Now, at 30 and only five years into her career, she’s intent on helping those who come after her get the same chances to shine. She mentors junior associates and summer associates, and she represents the Minneapolis office on the firm’s Litigation Associate Advisory Committee, which helps bring associates’ concerns to the management team.
“When people feel that you’re actually invested in them — in their lives and their work — they feel more comfortable coming to you, and they in turn build better relationships with other people. They’re not afraid to build tight-knit relationships in their work, and I think that gives them better opportunities to succeed.”
Chamberlin said being involved early on in significant cases the firm has handled has bolstered her confidence. She wants to pay that forward. It’s the key, she said, to making people happy in their job and retaining top talent.
“When you’re there at the beginning and you’re involved in initial strategic decisions, that just doesn’t happen for associates very often. I’m grateful for those opportunities. You build these relationships with people, and they tell you to jump. You’re a little bit unsure, but then you just go do it.”
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