Rankings & Awards

For more than 40 years, clients have come to Oblon Spivak for quality service and uncompromising scientific expertise. Leading publications and organizations worldwide have also recognized the firm and its attorneys for its first-class work. While client satisfaction is the true measure, below are just a few of the many honors we have achieved:

2015

Oblon Spivak was named one of the “Best Law Firms” in the United States in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers. The list of the Best Law Firms in 2014-2015 recognizes the firm in six ways:

Tier 1 – Patent Law (Washington, DC)

Tier 1 – Litigation: Intellectual Property (Washington, DC) 

Tier 1 – Litigation: Patent (Washington, DC)

Tier 2 – Patent Law (National) 

Tier 2 – Litigation: Intellectual Property (National)

Tier 2 – Litigation: Patent (National) 

Greg H. Gardella- Litigation- Patent
Charles L. Gholz- Litigation- Patent
Stephen G. Kunin- Patent Law
Kevin B. Laurence- Patent Law
Scott A. McKeown- Litigation- Intellectual Property
Gerald J. Mossinghoff- Patent Law
Arthur I. Neustadt- LItigation- IP, Litigation- Patent, Patent Law
Norman F. Oblon- Patent Law

2014

Roberta S. Bren, Beth A. Chapman and Jeffrey H. Kaufman have been included in the 2014 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World's Leading Trademark Professionals (WTR 1000). 

Greg H. Gardella
Charles L. Gholz
Stephen G. Kunin
Kevin B. Laurence
Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff
Arthur I. Neustadt
Norman F. Oblon

Chambers and Partners has recognized four Oblon Spivak attorneys and our Intellectual Property practice in its 2014 guide, “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.” 

Intellectual Property (Northern Virginia, Band 2)

Intellectual Property Practitioners (Northern Virginia):

Charles Gholz (Band 2)

Stephen Kunin (Band 2)

Kevin B Laurence (Band 1)

Arthur I Neustadt (Band 2)

Oblon Spivak was named Chemical Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year in the M&A Awards and the Intellectual property Awards through Acquisition International Magazine  

MIP's listing of the country's leading intellectual property attorneys is based on surveys and interviews with peers and in-house counsel from the world's leading companies. 

National Rankings:

  • Firm is ranked as a "Recommended" Patent Prosecution Law Firm; the highest level a firm can achieve
  • ITC Litigation - Thomas Fisher and Eric Schweibenz
  • Post-Grant Procedures: Todd Baker, Greg Gardella, Charles Gholz, Stephen Kunin, Kevin Laurence Scott McKeown and Vincent Shier

Washington, D.C. Metro Area:

  • Prosecution - Firm is ranked as "Highly Recommended"; the highest level a firm can achieve and 1 of only 6 firms recognized for Prosecution
  • Prosecution – “Highly Recommended” and “Recommended” Individuals - Todd Baker, Greg Gardella, Charles Gholz, Stephen Kunin, Kevin Laurence, Bradley Lytle and Scott McKeown, Vincent Shier
  • Firm is recognized for Litigation- Bronze Level
  • Litigation, Bronze Level-  Thomas Fisher, Robert Mattson, Michael Kiklis, Eric Schweibenz

The firm has been ranked #1 for the last 24 consecutive years according to the number of U.S. utility patents issued for the previous year. In 2013 the firm obtained 6,313 utility and design patents on behalf of our clients, over 2,200 more than the #2 firm.

Patent Prosecution - Tier 2
Trademark Prosecution- Tier 2
Copyright- Tier 4
Patent Contentious - Tier 5
Trademark Contentious- Tier 5
Bio Life Sciences - Tier 5

Oblon Spivak was named Mechanical IP Firm of the Year in the Intellectual property Awards through Acquisition International Magazine

Oblon Spivak LLP has again been honored by The Legal 500 as one of America's leading firms in the area of patent prosecution for utility and design patents. The Legal 500 highlighted the firm’s international reach in Japan and Europe, as well as some notable client wins domestically. The firm was also lauded for its outstanding post-grant procedure team.

2013

Acquisition International Magazine 2013 Legal Awards

Copyright Law Firm of the Year in Virginia

Corporate INTL Magazine Legal Award

  • American Lawyer Media/Corporate Counsel magazine named the firm a 2013 “Go-To” Law firm for the Top 500 Companies in the U.S.

National Rankings:

Firm is ranked as a "Recommended" Patent Prosecution Law Firm; the highest level a firm can achieve

ITC Litigation - Thomas Fisher

Post-Grant Procedures: Todd Baker, Greg Gardella, Charles Gholz, Stephen Kunin, Kevin Laurence Scott McKeown and Vincent Shier

Washington, D.C. Metro Area:

Prosecution - Firm is ranked as "Highly Recommended"; the highest level a firm can achieve and 1 of only 5 firms recognized for Prosecution

Prosecution – “Highly Recommended” and “Recommended” Individuals - Todd Baker, Greg Gardella, Charles Gholz, Stephen Kunin, Kevin Laurence, Bradley Lytle and Scott McKeown, Vincent Shier

Bronze Level - Firm is recognized for Litigation

Bronze Level - Litigation - Thomas Fisher

  • The firm has consistently ranked #1 for the last 23 consecutive years according to the number of U.S. utility patents issued for the previous year.
  • Patent Prosecution (National) - Tier 2
  • Patent Contentious (National) - Tier 5
  • Bio Life Sciences - Tier 5

2012

  • Firm ranked as “Recommended Local Litigation Firm” in Virginia
  • Richard D. Kelly recognized as a "Local Litigation Star"
  • Charles L. Gholz
  • Stephen G. Kunin
  • Gregory J. Maier
  • Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff
  • Arthur I. Neustadt
  • Norman F. Oblon
  • Greg H. Gardella
  • The Firm is ranked in Band 2
  • Arthur Neustadt is ranked in Band 1, Charles Gholz is ranked in Band 2, and Stephen Kunin and James Kulbaski are ranked in Band 3, among the leading intellectual property attorneys in the state
Go-To Law Firm
  • Corporate Counsel magazine named the firm a 2012 “Go-To” Law firm for the top 500 companies in the U.S. The firm was named by Safeway.

National Rankings:

  • Firm is ranked as a "Recommended" Patent Prosecution Law Firm; the highest level a firm can achieve and 1 of only 12 firms recognized for Prosecution
  • ITC Litigation - Thomas Fisher
  • Post-Grant Procedures: Todd Baker, Greg Gardella, Charles Gholz, Stephen Kunin, and Scott McKeown (5 out of 18 attorneys listed)

Washington, D.C. Metro Area:

  • Prosecution - Firm is ranked as "Highly Recommended"; the highest level a firm can achieve and 1 of only 6 firms recognized for Prosecution
  • Prosecution – Recommended Individuals - Todd Baker, Greg Gardella, Charles Gholz, Stephen Kunin, Bradley Lytle and Scott McKeown
  • Bronze Level - Firm is recognized for Litigation
  • Bronze Level - Litigation - Thomas Fisher
  • Recommended Individuals - Bradley Lytle and Todd Baker
  • The firm has consistently ranked #1 for the last 22 consecutive years according to the number of U.S. utility patents issued for the previous year.
  • The firm was ranked again as a Top IP law firm for Intellectual Property - Patent Prosecution: Utility and Design Patents
  • Charles Gholz and Todd Baker recognized as prominent practitioners; Stephen Baxter, Stephen Kunin, James Kulbaski and Scott McKeown noted as recommended attorneys
  • Patent Prosecution (National) - Tier 2
  • Patent Prosecution Regional (Northeast) - Tier 2
  • Patent Contentious (National) - Tier 5
  • Patent Contentious Regional (Northeast) - Tier 3
  • National - Tier 2 - Patent Law
  • National - Tier 2 - Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • National - Tier 2 - Litigation - Patent
  • Washington, D.C. – Tier 1 - Patent Law
  • Washington, D.C. – Tier 1 – Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Washington, D.C. – Tier 1 – Litigation - Patent
  • Firm Ranked in Silver Band: renowned for their top-end work and as leaders in their field
  • Jeffrey H. Kaufman
  • Roberta S. Bren

2011

  • Firm ranked as “Recommended Local Litigation Firm” in Virginia
  • Richard D. Kelly recognized as a "Local Litigation Star"
  • Charles L. Gholz
  • Stephen G. Kunin
  • Gregory J. Maier
  • Gerald J. Mossinghoff
  • Arthur I. Neustadt
  • Norman F. Oblon
  • Firm ranked in Band 2
  • Arthur I. Neustadt is ranked in Band 1, Charles L. Gholz is ranked in Band 2, and James J. Kulbaski is ranked in Band 3, among the leading intellectual property attorneys in the state
  • The Firm is a highly ranked law firm for Intellectual Property: Patents in the United States in Chambers Global 2011.
  • Safeway has named the firm a 2011 “Go To” Law firm for the top 500 companies in the U.S.
  • The firm has consistently ranked #1 for the last 21 consecutive years according to the number of U.S. utility patents issued for the previous year.
  • Patent Prosecution (National) - Tier 3
  • Patent Prosecution (South) - Tier 2
  • Patent Prosecution Regional (Northeast) - Tier 3
  • Patent Contentious Rankings (National) - Tier 5
  • Patent Contentious Regional (Northeast) - Tier 3
  • Trademark Prosecution (National) - Tier 3
  • Trademark Contentious (National) - Tier 6
  • Trademark Prosecution Regional (Northeast) - Tier 3
  • Trademark Contentious Regional (Northeast) - Tier 3

 

  • W. Todd Baker
  • Stephen G. Baxter, Ph.D.
  • Eckhard H. Kuesters
  • James J. Kulbaski
  • Stephen G. Kunin
  • Bradley D. Lytle
  • Surinder Sachar
  • Philippe J.C. Signore, Ph.D.
  • Richard L. Treanor, Ph.D.
  • Nationally - Tier Two - Patent Law
  • Washington, D.C. - Tier One - Patent Law
  • Washington, D.C. - Tier Two - Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Washington, D.C. - Tier Two - Litigation - Patent Law
  • Beth Chapman recognized
  • Jeffrey H. Kaufman
  • Roberta S. Bren

2010

  • Firm ranked as “Recommended Local Litigation Firm” in Virginia
  • Dick Kelly ranked as a “Litigation Star”
  • Charles L. Gholz
  • Stephen G. Kunin
  • Gerald J. Mossinghoff
  • Arthur I. Neustadt
  • The firm is ranked #1 in Alexandria, VA with four attorneys
  • The firm is ranked #1 in Alexandria, VA in Intellectual Property Law with four attorneys
  • Firm ranked in Band 2
  • Arthur I. Neustadt is ranked in Band 1, Charles L. Gholz is ranked in Band 2, and James J. Kulbaski is ranked in Band 3, among the leading intellectual property attorneys in the state
  • Gregory J. Maier (Patent)
  • Arthur I. Neustadt (Patent)
  • Gregory J. Maier (Patent)
  • Arthur I. Neustadt (Patent)
  • Roberta S. Bren
  • Jonathan Hudis
  • Jeffrey H. Kaufman
  • David J. Kera
  • Marvin J. Spivak
  • The firm has consistently ranked #1 for the last 19 consecutive years according to the number of utility patents issued for the previous year.
  • The firm ranked 23rd based on the total number of trademarks issued in the previous year.
  • Patent Prosecution (National) - Tier 4
  • Patent Prosecution (South) - Tier 2
  • Patent Prosecution Regional (Northeast) - Tier 4
  • Patent Contentious Rankings (National) - Tier 5
  • Trademark National - Tier 4
  • Trademark Contentious National - Tier 6
  • The firm was recognized among a select group of law firms with 50 to 150 attorneys that experienced a string of successes and showed innovative ways to run their operations, despite the economy.
  • The firm was recognized as a “recommended” firm in USA - National List - Intellectual Property: non-patent litigation
  • The firm ranked in tier 1 for Patent Prosecution: Utility and Design Patents
  • The firm is ranked Nationally for Intellectual Property Law in the Best Law Firms list
  • The firm is ranked in Tier One at the Metropolitan level in Washington, D.C.
  • The firm ranked 7th by the total number of fulltime attorneys
Washington Business Journal, DC - Law Firms list 2010
  • The firm ranked 43rd out of 100 firms. The ranking is based on the total number of lawyers in the metro Washington, D.C. area.

2009

Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers 2009
  • Arthur I. Neustadt
Chambers and Partners USA - Intellectual Property - Virginia - 2009
  • Firm ranked in band 2
  • Charles L. Gholz and Arthur I. Neustadt are ranked in band 2 among the leading intellectual property attorneys in the state
  • Charles L. Gholz
  • Gregory J. Maier
  • Gerald J. Mossinghoff
  • Arthur I. Neustadt
  • Norman F. Oblon
  • Marvin J. Spivak
  • The firm has consistently ranked #1 for the last 18 consecutive years according to the number of utility patents issued for the previous year.
  • The firm ranked 24th based on the total number of trademarks issued in the previous year.
IP World - Award for Patent Excellence – 2009
  • The firm was recognized as a semi-finalist.
Law 360 - Litigation Almanac - Intellectual Property
  • The firm ranked 43rd in a list of the 100 largest IP practices in the United States, ranked by the number of lawyers at the firm
  • The firm ranked 52nd out of 150 of the largest law offices in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and suburban Maryland by number of lawyers.
Managing Intellectual Property - World IP Survey Part I - Patents - 2009
  • Patent Prosecution (National) - Tier 4
  • Patent Prosecution Regional (Northeast) - Tier 4
  • Patent Contentious Rankings (National) - Tier 6
Managing Intellectual Property - World IP Survey Part II - Trademarks
  • Trademark National - Tier 4
  • Trademark Contentious National - Tier 6
National Law Journal - The Top 50 Firms for Diversity 2009
  • The firm is listed 12th among the top 50 firms for diversity among Washington's large partnerships.
PLC Intellectual Property Handbook - Which Lawyers
  • The firm was recognized as a “recommended” firm in intellectual property.
Super Lawyers
  • Andrew K. Beverina
    • Virginia Rising Stars 2009
  • Charles L. Gholz
    • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2007 - 2009
    • Virginia Super Lawyers 2006 - 2009
  • Jonathan Hudis
    • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
    • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • David J. Kera
    • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2007 - 2009
    • Virginia Super Lawyers 2006 - 2009
  • Gregory J. Maier
    • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2007 - 2009
    • Virginia Super Lawyers 2006 - 2009
  • Gerald J. Mossinghoff
    • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2007 - 2009
    • Virginia Super Lawyers 2006 - 2009
  • Arthur I. Neustadt
    • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2007 - 2009
    • Virginia Super Lawyers 2006 - 2009
  • Norman F. Oblon
    • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
    • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Marvin J. Spivak
    • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
    • Virginia Super Lawyers
The Legal 500 - US - Intellectual Property - 2009
  • The firm ranked in tier 1 for Patent Prosecution: Utility and Design Patents
Virginia Lawyers Weekly - Largest Law Firms 2009
  • The firm ranked 7th by the total number of fulltime attorneys
Washington Business Journal, DC - Law Firms list 2009
  • The firm ranked 42nd out of 100 firms. The ranking is based on the total number of lawyers in the metro Washington, D.C. area.
  • Beth Chapman recognized