Windy City-based Banner Witcoff is a top IP boutique that offers a friendly, open-door culture. It also boasts a strong pro bono practice, which has included work on numerous amicus briefs related to novel IP issues. With its reputation as a firm that has helped shaped IP law, including through work on groundbreaking Supreme Court cases, the Banner Witcoff name certainly carries a lot of weight in the IP world.
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Banner Witcoff looks for local attorneys with strong technical backgrounds and personalities that mesh with others at the firm. Interviews focus on interest in IP work, as well as what the candidate wants out of a position with the firm. “Collegial” and “social” are how associates describe the firm’s culture, with an open-door policy and frequent firm-sponsored events. Partners and associates work well together, with a real focus on mentoring younger associates, and associates are impressed by the level of transparency the firm offers, particularly regarding partnership prospects. The hours are manageable, and attorneys feel that the work they do is sophisticated and satisfying—plus, the pay holds up to market, which associates love. Pro bono work doesn’t count toward billables, b...
Chicago-based IP boutique firm Banner Witcoff is unique not only for its status as a top firm in its field, but also for its role in shaping IP law by having represented defendants in groundbreaking Supreme Court cases. The firm—which has additional offices in Boston; Portland; and Washington, DC—continues to be involved in developments in its field by representing top companies.
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Banner Witcoff’s beginnings date back to 1920. Many of the firm's early clients were farmers and paid for their legal services in crops and produce. The firm’s Chicago office—its current headquarters—opened in 1937, where the firm began to represent clients like Lenox, Honeywell, and Meredith Publishing. The firm's Washington, DC, office opened in 1965. An office ...