Firm History

The story of how Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman came to be begins with three talented young attorneys who, through hard work and a fair amount of guts, made their professional vision real.

Mike Rackman met Jim Reisman in 1961, when both were working in the Patent Department of the famed Bell Telephone Laboratories. A few years later, the two found themselves coworkers yet again, at a small private practice alongside fellow associate George Gottlieb. Over the course of the next five years, each began to sense that, together, they possessed just the right blend of personality, expertise, and contacts to form their own intellectual property firm. By 1970, the three were ready to go. Armed with a few used typewriters, one office assistant, and a borrowed telephone number, Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman opened its doors, eager to establish its presence in the legal world.

From the start, growth was steady, with one or two associates joining every year or so. Today, many of those early hires are senior partners boasting tenures of 25 years or more. This marked dedication, echoed by the continuing commitment of the founders themselves, remains a rarity in the business world—particularly in the field of intellectual property law. With many of Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman’s attorneys in their second or third decade with the firm, the strength, experience, and vitality of our closely-knit organization simply cannot be matched.

Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman has also cultivated this kind of loyalty among its clients with a combination of personal attention, careful analysis, and teamwork second to none. Of our many longstanding clients, several are the second generation in their family to seek out our advice. Their continued retention of our services may be the truest testimonial to the standards of excellence we represent and to our significant achievements through the years.

Today, Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman’s skilled attorneys excel in scientific, technological, and trade-related fields, also keeping a firm grasp on the latest developments affecting intellectual property law. Accessible, resourceful, and highly successful, Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman advances through its fifth decade much like it did its first: consistently attaining the winning results clients want, need, and deserve.