San Diego, CA -- Steven C. McCracken has joined the international law firm of Fish & Richardson as of counsel. McCracken, who will work in the firm’s San Diego/Southern California office, is the former senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer of San Diego-based Callaway Golf.
McCracken joined Callaway as general counsel in 1994 and over the years held multiple positions within the company including chief legal officer, corporate secretary, director of global licensing and chief ethics officer. He participated in all major initiatives and strategic plans for the billion-dollar, publicly-traded company while also being directly responsible for all legalaffairs, global legal compliance and ethics for the parent company and its domestic and foreign subsidiaries. In 2010, Corporate Board Member magazine named McCracken one of “Six Great General Counsels.”
Prior to joining Callaway, McCracken was a litigation partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for 19 years in Los Angeles and Orange County, representing international companies in matters regarding antitrust, unfair competition, trade regulation and IP litigation.
“We are thrilled to have Steve join our firm, as his experience in business and law will be extremely valuable to our firm and our clients,” states Roger Denning, managing partner of Fish’s San Diego office. “Having been with Callaway Golf from its early days gives Steve a unique perspective that will be of great value to our start-up clients, as well as our large corporate clients who are intending to go public.”
Fish & Richardson represented Callaway in a number of litigation matters, including the closely-watched Callaway Golf Co. v. Acushnet Co. litigation, in which Callaway Golf asserted that Acushnet's popular Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls infringed four Callaway Golf patents on golf ball construction.
“My association with Fish during patent and trademark litigation let me see first hand what a great law firm it is,“ states McCracken. “As I enter stage three of my career, I can’t think of a better group of people to be associated with than the attorneys of Fish & Richardson.”
McCracken is a member of the board of directors of Pro Kids Golf Academy and Learning Center/First Tee of San Diego, a nonprofit organization that benefits children throughout San Diego County. While practicing law in Orange County, McCracken was active in the Orange County Bar Association, including a term as president in 1994.
He is a resident of Carmel Valley.
About Fish & Richardson
Fish & Richardson is a global law firm providing strategic counseling and litigation services to innovative clients who seek to protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property (IP). With more than 375 attorneys and technology specialists practicing IP strategy and counseling, IP litigation, and business litigation, Fish is known for its superior technical expertise. Fish has been named top patent litigation firm in the country for eight straight years, a premier IP firm for America’s biggest companies, and an elite top tier law practice. For more information, visit www.fr.com or follow @fishrichardson on Twitter.