Sterne Kessler is an IP powerhouse and over the years has had its hand in multiple cases that shaped the landscape of IP law. The DC-based firm represents clients like Google, Adidas, Apple, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Teva, Pepsico, and the University of California. Associates take pride in the firm's Intellectual Property and Human Rights Pro Bono Practice—the first of its kind—that focuses on the interplay of intellectual property principles and human rights
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As an IP firm, Sterne Kessler seeks candidates with a technical background in addition to impressive law school credentials—and a federal clerkship is highly desired. The firm has a friendly, casual culture with an open-door policy. Socializing is often initiated by attorneys, but associates also enjoy firm-sponsored events like intramural sports, attorney retreats, and holiday parties. Directors (the firm’s title for partners) are heralded for being generous with feedback, and annual reviews are supplemented with ongoing feedback throughout the year. Associates generally feel respected by leadership and appreciate the transparency into firm financial information, which is shared at annual meetings. Hours are cyclical, but the firm has systems in place to help balance workload, in...
Founded a little more than 40 years ago, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox has grown to become one of the leading IP firms in the nation, with a focus on the protection, transfer, and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The DC-based firm represents clients like Google, Adidas, Apple, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Teva, Pepsico, and the University of California.
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In 1978, twenty-something Robert Greene Sterne hung a shingle and launched what would become Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox. Kessler was joined by Edward J. Kessler, Jorge A. Goldstein, and Samuel L. Fox in the 80s—and the rest is history. Today, Sterne Kessler is home to around 130 lawyers and is a force in IP law, ranking among the top 20 in Vault’s Best Law Firms for Intellectua...
Sterne Kessler is an intellectual property law firm located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Our team consists of 155 attorneys from diverse backgrounds, with over 50 professionals holding Ph.D.’s in science and engineering. We have cultivated an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating. Our attorneys and staff have voted Sterne Kessler as a Washington Post “Top Workplace” for eight years running and a Washington Business Journal "Best Place to Work" 11 times!
Our attorneys are particularly noted for their technical expertise, industry experience, and litigation prowess. Additionally, we get to work on matters involving cutting edge technologies and legal issues demanded by a broad range of innovative individuals and companies. Some of our clients include Apple, Adidas, Google, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Amgen.
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