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Ann Cathcart Chaplin

Ann Cathcart Chaplin

Fish & Richardson P C

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Ann Cathcart Chaplin is an intellectual property litigator at Fish & Richardson. As the firm’s Litigation Practice Group Leader, she is responsible for the firm’s largest practice group. Ms. Chaplin is also an elected member of the firm’s seven-person Management Committee and serves as the Managing Partner of the Twin Cities office. 

Ms. Chaplin’s legal practice emphasizes patent, trade secret, and trademark litigation and enforcement. Her comprehensive experience extends to a variety of technologies, including chemicals, consumer products, manufacturing, medical devices, semiconductors, and software.  Ms. Chaplin forges very strong relationships with her clients - including inventors, business unit executives, internal legal departments, and top management. She is known for assiduously focusing on each client’s overarching business goals for the technology in question in order to bring about highly strategic, and practical, outcomes.

As the firm’s Litigation Practice Group Leader, Ms. Chaplin is focused on constantly improving how Fish & Richardson’s litigation group delivers legal services.   Fish takes pride in delivering the highest quality, most efficient legal services and support possible to their clients, and Ms. Chaplin recently introduced their eFISHent Litigation™ approach.

By design, eFISHent Litigation enables Fish to achieve their clients' objectives at a price that is an outstanding value.  They have the ability to tap into an extraordinary storehouse of knowledge. They carefully manage the workflow of their lean teams and maximize the use of technology. All of their paralegals are certified in Legal Project Management, and all Fish litigation attorneys receive legal project management training. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Fish is at the forefront of creating innovative technical tools, processes, and teams to refine internal operations through eFISHency™ legal services. Their unique model provides efficiency, predictability of spend, and cost-effective delivery of high quality legal services.


  • BA, University of Minnesota 1995 - summa cum laude
  • JD, Harvard Law School 1998 - cum laude
  • Certificate, University of St. Thomas 2012 – Certified Professional Project Manager
  • Certificate, Legal Lean Sigma® Institute 2014 – Certified White Belt in Legal Lean Sigma and Project Management


Recent Accolades

  • Recognized as a "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property's
  • Top 250 Women in IP (2013, 2014)

  • List of Best Lawyers in America (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

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