Just over a decade since its founding, Desmarais is an IP-focused trial firm with offices in New York; San Francisco; and Washington, DC. The firm represents technology powerhouses such as Apple, Cisco, and IBM, as well as major life sciences and medical-device clients such as Acelity, Boston Scientific, Enzo Biochem, and GSK. A popular aspect of working here is the lack of billable hours—instead, the firm uses tailored alternative fee arrangements.
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Desmarais’ hiring process is a competitive one, with high grades, a good law school, and science or engineering degree being nigh mandatory. Candidates should expect high-level questions during the interview, particularly about the scientific concepts with which they are familiar. The firm’s culture is social, with a catered lunch every Friday (affectionately coined “frunch”) and frequent events in and out of the office. Partners are very respectful of associates, and firm leadership appears to be quite transparent with associates about firm goings-on. Hours aren’t hard to come by at Desmarais, and associates are grateful that there isn’t a billable requirement. Associates also report that the work they do is hugely substantive—and the generous, above-market compensation is also a...
In 2010, John Desmarais left a successful patent litigation practice with Kirkland & Ellis to hang his own shingle with some of his former Kirkland colleagues. The result was Desmarais LLP, now a successful and expanding mid-sized law firm focused primarily on trial and appellate-level patent litigation. The firm represents technology powerhouses such as Apple, Cisco, and IBM, as well as major life sciences and medical-device clients such as Acelity, Boston Scientific, Enzo Biochem, and GSK. The firm prefers in-depth relationships with a limited set of clients, which permits both a robust plaintiffs' practice as well as a top-notch defense practice.
Small Firm, Big Results
At its core, Desmarais is a trial firm, adept at handling all stages of litigation. The firm’s b...
We believe that Desmarais LLP is the best place to practice high-stakes, technology-related litigation. Whether you are a law student, a recent graduate, or an experienced attorney, our unique combination of small-firm culture and big-firm work provides a terrific environment to learn and grow your practice. In addition, our unparalleled practice and training programs offer the opportunity for each lawyer to accelerate his or her professional development.
Firm Culture: Desmarais LLP is a collegial workplace where all employees are treated with respect. We offer an informal, relaxed atmosphere which includes having lunch together every Friday.
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