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Firm History

Fitch Even provides IP strategies at every stage.

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP was founded in 1859 as Goodwin, Larned & Goodwin. Stephen A. Goodwin, Edwin C. Larned, and Daniel Goodwin, Jr. were active leaders in the larger circles of law in Illinois. They established a tradition of public service and of service to the legal profession that has continued in our firm to the present day.

Although Fitch Even began as a general practice firm handling the gamut of civil, criminal, and admiralty matters, the firm soon developed its major concentration in the practice of intellectual property law. Generations later, we are Chicago's oldest law firm in continuous practice. The firm's attorneys have degrees in natural physical sciences or engineering and are versed in mechanical engineering, electronics, computer and Internet technologies, chemistry and chemical engineering, physics, nuclear energy, biology, and related fields. Throughout its long history, Fitch Even has played an instrumental role in protecting many important innovations and brands.

Over the years, Fitch Even lawyers have served with distinction as United States Attorneys for the Northern District of Illinois and in leadership positions in organizations such as the Chicago Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. At present, members of the firm continue to serve in positions of responsibility in the communities where we are located, as well as in various bar associations.

Fitch Even maintains fully staffed offices in Washington, D.C., and California, in addition to Illinois, our home state. Members of the firm are proud to continue Fitch Even's long tradition of excellence and are committed to ensuring an even brighter future for the firm through service to their clients.

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