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Paul R. Taskier’s professional practice consists of large, multiparty civil litigation in federal and state courts across the nation and international arbitration. For more than 25 years, his practice has encompassed cases in such diverse areas as antitrust, insurance coverage, international arbitration, defamation, intellectual property, and licensing disputes, as well as major commercial disputes and contract actions, and related appellate litigation. He has represented Tyson Foods and others in multidistrict antitrust litigation, Novell, Inc. against Microsoft in In Re Microsoft Antitrust Litigation, and Arthur Andersen LLP, McDonald’s Corporation, Ogden Corporation, Oracle Corporation and Pfizer Inc in major insurance coverage litigation or arbitration. Recently, in federal court in Marshall, Texas, he led the firm's trial team against Johnson & Johnson over infringement of his client's patent by J&J's Cypher drug-eluting cardiac stent. The jury returned a $482 million verdict, later increased to a $593 million judgment, the largest US patent judgment in 2011, and the largest verdict for an individual plaintiff in the country. As a result, American Lawyer Litigation Daily named him "Litigator of the Week" for Feb. 3, 2011. He was also named by Lawyers USA as one of five "Lawyers of the Year" for 2011. He is a "Litgation Star" for Benchmark Plaintiffs Guides for 2012 and 2013, and was named one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America" in the "Lawdragon 500" for 2011 and 2012. In 2008, he led the damages case as one of two Dickstein trial counsel in Saffran v. Boston Scientific Corporation, a case alleging patent infringement by the Taxus drug-eluting cardiac stent, which returned a judgment of over $500 million for the firm's client, the third largest damages award in the United States in 2008 and the fifth largest patent damages award in U.S. history. His practice also encompasses representation of foreign entities and individuals in the U.S. courts.


Languages spoken: Hebrew

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
  2. Intellectual Property: 30%
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 25%
  4. Antitrust: 15%

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Dickstein Shapiro LLP

1825 I St NW Fl 1200
Washington, DC, 20006-5417


NYCurrently registered 199103/13/2015
DCActive 198311/29/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
500 Best Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon 5002012
Litigation StarBenchmark Plaintiff's Guide2012
500 Best Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon 5002011
Litigation StarBenchmark Plaintiff's Guide2011
Lawyer of the YearLawyers USA2011
Lawyer of the WeekAmerican Lawyer Litigation Daily2011
Top 10 Litigation Wins of 2008IP Law & Business Magazine2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDickstein Shapiro, LLP1983 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law SectionN/A2013 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionN/A1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Saffran v. Johnson & Johnson and Cordis Corp.Jury Verdict of $482 million; Judgment of $593,364,281
Saffran v. Boston Scientific CorporationJury Verdict of $431,867,351; Judgment of $501,261,011
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Publication nameTitleDate
ABA Litigation Magazine"Judge or Jury?"1997
Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics"Vicarious Disqualification of Counsel Because of 'Taint'"1987
ABA Criminal Justice magazine"The Fine Art of Plea Bargaining"1987
Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology“Attorneys Before the Grand Jury: Assertion of the Attorney-Client Privilege to Protect a Client’s Identity”1984
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1982