Partners Jennifer Fisher and Neel Chatterjee have been named Trailblazers West by The American Lawyer. The new feature recognizes lawyers based in the western United States who have moved the needle in the legal industry and are truly agents of change.
A San Francisco-based partner, Fisher is co-chair of Goodwin’s Cannabis practice and a partner in the firm’s Securities, White Collar and Business Litigation practice. She is considered a “go-to” expert and thought leader for clients seeking guidance on all matters related to the cannabis sector. She advises companies at all levels of the cannabis supply chain, as well as investors and ancillary companies. She also represents clients in complex and high stakes litigation, legislative and administrative proceedings and defends companies involved in government enforcement actions. Fisher has been recognized as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 United States, and was named Cannabis Attorney of the Year by the Cannabis Dealmakers Summit. She also received an award for outstanding pro bono service from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program.
In Fisher’s Trailblazers West profile, she discussed her commitment to the “inclusion and advancement of women in the cannabis industry and the fight for justice” on behalf of individuals who have been negatively affected by the criminalization of cannabis. To this end, she co-founded Women Leaders in Cannabis, a professional networking organization for women entrepreneurs, executives and investors. She also serves as a Legal Advisor to the Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit dedicated to criminal justice reform and assisting nonviolent cannabis offenders secure release from incarceration and rebuild their lives by creating pathways to employment within the legal cannabis industry.
Based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, Chatterjee is a partner in Goodwin’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. He has a proven track record of wins in high profile hard-to-win technology cases, and has represented some of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies in globally followed disputes. Among numerous other honors, Chatterjee has previously been named an IP Vanguard by the California State Bar, a Lawyer of the Year in Trade Secrets Law by Best Lawyers, and an IP Trailblazer and Pioneer by National Law Journal. In 2005, he founded the Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, one of the most successful career fairs for the legal industry. Chatterjee has been repeatedly recognized by the Daily Journal as a Top Intellectual Property Lawyer in California for over a decade.
Chatterjee’s Trailblazers West profile focused on his passion for “developing legal strategies and building narratives to defend important and disruptive technologies.” Motivated by the mantra, “change your world,” Chatterjee’s ability to adapt to changing circumstances and guide clients through undefined areas of the law has allowed him to drive the advancement of uncertain legal issues related to some of the greatest innovations over the last 25 years.To read more about Fisher and Chatterjee’s work in The American Lawyer’s Trailblazers West, click here.