Fish & Richardson’s Coggins, Mateja Ranked Among ‘Best Lawyers in Dallas’

DALLAS (LAWFUEL) – Paul E. Coggins and Bill Mateja, principals in the White Collar, Government and Securities Litigation Section of the national law firm of Fish & Richardson P.C., have earned recognition among the “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas 2009” in D Magazine.

The 2009 “Best Lawyers” list honors 94 of the top lawyers in Dallas who represent individuals. To compile the listing, D Magazine editors solicited nominations from attorneys throughout North Texas. A hand-picked panel of attorneys worked with the magazine’s editors to determine the final list, which will be featured in the May 2009 edition of D Magazine. The list also will be available at

“Paul and Bill are unquestionably among the elite white collar defense attorneys in a region that boasts some of the best in the nation,” says Tom Melsheimer, managing principal of the firm’s Dallas office.

This is the third time Mr. Coggins has earned a spot among the city’s top attorneys in the D Magazine list based on his white collar criminal defense work. The former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, he often serves as defense counsel for high-profile clients involved in high-stakes litigation.

This is the second consecutive selection for Mr. Mateja to D Magazine’s top lawyers list. A former federal prosecutor, he often represents corporate clients facing internal investigations, and defends clients in criminal cases and government regulatory and enforcement actions.

Fish & Richardson is a leading global law firm unlike any other law firm in the world. With 450 lawyers practicing intellectual property, litigation, and corporate law, Fish has redefined IP law for a market that values IP as a fundamental business asset. The firm offers unique expertise to help clients maximize the value of their intangible assets. Fish was recently named one of the leading IP law firms in the United States by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) magazine, with top rankings in eleven categories, including Patent Prosecution, Patent Litigation, Life Sciences, and the International Trade Commission (ITC) (MIP, February 2009); handles more patent litigation than any other law firm, both in federal district courts (IP Law & Business, July 2008; IP Law360, January 2009) and the ITC (IP Law & Business, June 2008); and is the No. 1 patent firm for the world’s most innovative companies (IP Law & Business, November 2008).

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