IAM Patent 1000 Ranks Firm High Nationally and in Minnesota 2014

June 16, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, June 2014 – Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. is pleased to announce it has been named as a nationally recommended plaintiffs firm for litigation by Intellectual Asset Magazine in the annual IAM Patent 1000 rankings. Additionally, the firm ranks at the highest level (gold) in Minnesota for litigation and transactions, and Ronald J. SchutzChristopher K. Larus, and Jake M. Holdreith are all recommended attorneys in litigation in Minnesota.

According to IAM, “Firms and individuals in the gold band are those that attract the most positive comments from sources. We have identified them as the crème de la crème; their success hinges on reputations established over lengthy periods of time, something which enables them to secure the most high-profile, big-ticket work from the most demanding of clients.”

IAM notes:

“How to describe Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP in one word? Stellar! Its team are target oriented, business savvy, technically gifted and creative. The support of PhDs is extremely helpful in developing and executing case strategy.”

“While it is famous for litigation, it is also exceptional on transactional matters. The fact that its attorneys are well versed in the courtroom brings added value to negotiations. In the current legal landscape, this is something which in-house counsel consider priceless.”

Its laser focus on clients’ objectives is also a draw: “It is always mindful of the end goal. There is risk inherent in any transaction and it can bring a balanced view on how to protect against any potential hazards.”

Dividing his time between Minneapolis and New York, the versatile Ronald J. Schutz stands out for his polished performances in court. Minneapolis litigation group chair Christopher K. Larus “is superb. He knows the courtroom back to front and can astutely crack how patents will find value in the real world”. Dexterous trial lawyer Jake M. Holdreith is known for his imagination and flair in court. He is fluent in German – a rare skill in the local market.

“IAM conducted in excess of 1,500 telephone interviews with numerous attorneys at law, patent attorneys and in-house counsel to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the field. Individuals qualify for a listing in the IAM Patent 1000 when they receive sufficient positive feedback from peers and clients with knowledge of their practice and the market within which they operate.”

Ronald J. Schutz


Immediate Past Chairman
Member of Executive Board

Christopher K. Larus


Chair, National IP and Technology Litigation Group

Jake M. Holdreith


Managing Partner, Minneapolis Office
Member of Executive Board

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