John Gartman Singled Out for Best Lawyer Honor

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John Gartman, of Gartman Law Group, has been named Best Lawyers’ 2012 San Diego Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year.

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John Gartman, of Gartman Law Group, has been named Best Lawyers’ 2012 San Diego Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year. Gartman is the inaugural recipient of this award and the only San Diego attorney to receive this honor. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Gartman, who founded Gartman Law Group earlier this year, specializes in high technology, IP and patent litigation. He has more than 60,000 hours of experience representing marquee clients in high stakes, high technology IP litigation in courts across the United States and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. His peers, clients and the press have consistently recognized Gartman as one of the top lawyers in the nation.

Gartman’s accomplishments include California Lawyer Magazine’s prestigious 2009 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, two National Law Journal Top 10 Defense Wins of the Year, and a 2008 Top Litigation Win of the Year from IP Law and Business. Gartman was named to the National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List for winning the largest patent appeal in history. He was also recognized by IP Worldwide as one of the “Magnificent 7” Young Trial Lawyers in IP in 2002.

Gartman was one of eight finalists for Intellectual Property Magazine’s 2010 Worldwide IP Lawyer of the Year, and is a BTI Consulting Group Client Service All Star – an attorney identified by corporate counsel, unprompted and by name, as the absolute best at delivering client service.

Gartman’s CLAY award recognized him for defending Microsoft in its epic seven-year digital compression patent litigation against Alcatel-Lucent. California Lawyer said Gartman’s defense “vindicated Microsoft’s and any other company’s use of digital-compression patents over the Internet, in audio and video devices (such as MP3s, DVDs and Blu-ray), and in other key technologies.” His trial wins included two jury verdicts against Lucent’s claims for more than a billion dollars each in damages, as well as an appellate reversal of a verdict of $1.53 billion.

San Diego Metropolitan has named Gartman one of the Top 25 lawyers in San Diego across all fields of law. The Daily Journal named him one of California's "Top 25 IP Lawyers” and the San Diego Daily Transcript listed him as a Top 10 Lawyer in IP law. Since 2003, Chambers USA has named him one of the "Leaders in Their Field," citing him as one of the leading lawyers in the United States. His peers have elected Gartman to Best Lawyers in America every year since 2002. He is also a Southern California and San Diego “Super Lawyer” and Lawdragon named him one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America. The San Diego Daily Transcript named him one of the City’s Top 100 Influentials in 2008.

Gartman obtained degrees in electrical engineering with highest honors and law with honors from the University of Texas, where he received the celebrated College of Engineering Outstanding Scholar-Leader Award. He began his law practice in Washington, D.C. and clerked for the Honorable Giles S. Rich (co-author of the patent statute) on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. He became a partner with the technology litigation firm Brown & Bain in Palo Alto, then founded Fish & Richardson’s Silicon Valley Office in 1993. He moved to San Diego to lead the firm’s San Diego office in 1998. Gartman served for 10 years on the firm’s Management Committee and was also head of litigation and head of recruiting for the firm.

Gartman was patents contributing editor to the Federal Circuit Bar Journal from 1990 to 1998. Gartman has also been an invited member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, and is an approved mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Gartman has been a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy for more than a decade. He is a master of the J. Wallace Clifford Inn of Court.

He is chairman of the Foundation Board of San Diego Zoo Global.

Gartman, his wife, Jill, and Gartman’s three sons live in Solana Beach.


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