The Qualcomm discovery fiasco dealt a blow to the lawyers involved at Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder. As the question of sanctions lingers in the courts, another big one remains: How badly will it hurt the highly respected patent litigation boutique?

Five Day Casebeer lawyers — as well as one from Heller Ehrman — were sanctioned in January after client Qualcomm failed to turn over crucial documents in a patent fight with Broadcom. Although the order has been vacated until the lawyers get to tell their side of the story, the final outcome is still uncertain.