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

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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