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Local Litigation Star

National Practice Area Star

Practice area:

Intellectual property

Bruce Genderson founded and is the senior trial lawyer of Williams & Connolly’s patent litigation practice. He is nationally-known for his work representing major corporations in patent disputes. Over the course of his more-than-three-decade career, he has represented some of the world’s largest companies in patent infringement suits involving billion-dollar-a-year pharmaceuticals, complex biotechnology inventions, computers and electronics, and medical devices. He has represented a number of emerging companies in patent litigation in different industries as well.

Bruce has litigated civil and criminal matters of all types — from intellectual property disputes to complex corporate and commercial cases to defending against criminal charges as diverse as tax fraud and capital murder. He has also represented individuals in both complex civil and criminal litigation, and defended prominent law firms in legal malpractice actions. Bruce has been named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property every year since 2013. The 2015 edition stated that he “has been described by peers as a ‘superb trial lawyer’ and a ‘brilliant strategist.’” LMG Life Sciences 2012 states that “peers consider [Bruce] to be ‘one of the best patent litigators in the country’,” and the publication recognized him as a “Life Science Star” from 2012 to 2020.  In 2015, LMG inducted him into its Hall of Fame, and in 2019 Bruce was awarded “Branded Hatch-Waxman Litigator of the Year.” Bruce also received top rankings in intellectual property litigation in the 2013 to 2021 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and was recommended in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 in the area of commercial litigation. Since 2016, Benchmark Litigation has named Bruce a “Local Litigation Star” in the category of intellectual property litigation. In 2020, Benchmark also shortlisted Bruce with five others for Intellectual Property Attorney of the Year and recognized him as a “National Practice Area Star.”


Updated Oct 2021