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Gap verdict wins Alan Fisch AmLaw accolades

July 10, 2013

Tulane Law School graduate Alan Fisch, managing partner of Fisch Hoffman Sigler, has been named Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer.

The recognition came for Fisch’s work defending Gap Inc. in a patent infringement suit brought by Alexsam Inc.

Alexsam had sued several major retailers in 2010 over a method for activating and recharging gift cards, according to a July 3 American Lawyer story.

Alexsam sought $72 million from Barnes & Noble, but Fisch led a team that won a defense verdict for B&N on June 7 in U.S. District Court in Marshall, Texas. He’s also lead counsel in cases pending against McDonald’s and Home Depot.

In a trial that started June 21, a federal jury took just 75 minutes to find that Alexsam wasn’t entitled to the $34.5 million it sought from Gap. In that trial, Fisch handled openings, closings and a few key witnesses, The American Lawyer reported.

“We were even more impressed when one of the jurors sent us an effusive email praising Gap’s lawyers at Fisch Hoffman Sigler, who were led by EDTX veteran Alan Fisch,” reporter Jan Wolfe wrote.

According to the story, juror Kristen Tackett told The American Lawyer in an email: “The GAP Inc. team of lawyers were able to clearly explain and show the jury the facts pertaining to how the Gap obtains and processes their gift cards. ... Alexsam Inc. could not do this.”

Fisch, a 1994 Tulane Law graduate, left the Washington, D.C., office of Kaye Scholer last fall to start Fisch Hoffman Sigler. The firm recently hired 2013 Tulane Law graduate Michelle Chatelain, who was notes & comments editor of the Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property.


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