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The Young Litigators Fab 50

Publication Date: 
January 01, 2007
The American Lawyer
The American Lawyer

Includes short biographies of the American Lawyer's fifty best litigators. Each name includes a short biography:

Jeffrey Fisher, 36
Davis Wright Tremaine and Stanford University

As a fourth-year associate at Seattle’s Davis Wright in 2004, Fisher went from relative obscurity to two U.S. Supreme Court victories in one term. Both cases dramatically affected the criminal justice system. In Blakely v. Washington, the court ruled that the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial also applies to sentencing guidelines; and in Crawford v. Washington, the justices forbade the use of a recorded statement from a witness who couldn’t be cross-examined. In 2006 Fisher—a University of Michigan School of Law graduate and a former clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens—argued four more cases in the Court in 2006 and joined the Stanford Law School faculty.

Mark Lemley, 40
Stanford Law School, Keker & Van Nest

A leading scholar on intellectual property law who has published more than 70 articles and six books, Lemley is routinely cited in court cases and called upon to testify before Congress. He is also involved in some of the highest-profile IP cases, most notably advising the U.S. Department of Justice in its antitrust suit against Microsoft Corporation and representing Metabolite Laboratories Inc. before the U.S. Supreme Court. Lemley's client list as of counsel at Keker is a high-tech Who's Who: Google Inc.; YouTube, Inc.; Intel Corporation; Comcast Corporation; TiVo Inc.; and Genentech, Inc. He recently represented Internet Services LLC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Boalt Hall graduate joined Stanford in 2004.

Jenny Martinez, 33
Stanford Law School

In 2004 Martinez argued Rumsfeld v. Padilla, one of the most important terrorism cases to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in the wake of 9/11. Martinez represented terrorist suspect and U.S. citizen Jose Padilla, whom she argued was denied his constitutional rights when he was detained for more than two years without a hearing or access to counsel. The high court dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds, but the Bush administration removed Padilla's "enemy combatant" status, and transferred him to federal custody. A former clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer and a former associate at Jenner & Block, Martinez came to Stanford in 2003. She will assist Padilla's trial counsel when he is tried in federal district court in Miami.