Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2022)

100 - 150


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Top 150 Under 150


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

10 total (8 2Ls; 2 1Ls)


Base Salary

1st year: $215,000 at the 2,000 billable hour level; $185,000 at...

Associate Reviews

● “As previously mentioned, the firm puts in the effort to cultivate a warm and collaborative environment between colleagues, with plenty of opportunities for social events, even if they are mostly virtual for the time being. The firm operates on a merit basis, with recognition of hard work and diversity across timekeepers and staff. Directors, associates, and staff interact as team members working towards a common goal to serve clients. Everyone's contributions are acknowledged.”
● “Our firm has a positive and inclusive culture. Everyone values the importance of maintaining professional social connections.”
● “One of the friendliest places I've ever worked. Everyone is very approachable no matter what level they are in the firm.”

Why Work Here

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.

Diversity at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

"Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. cultivates and maintains a dynamic and energetic working environment that is inclusive and welcoming. As a result, Sterne Kessler has earned a positive reputation as a great place to work and has been consistently ranked among the top tier of law firms for having a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our firm aims to provide a workplace that is reflective of our global client base and the diverse cultural mix of the greater Washington, D.C. area where we live and work...."

Getting Hired Here

  •   “The firm hires from a wide range of schools. Technical backgrounds appear to be key with a lot of industry, PHD, and USPTO Examiner experienced hires.”

  •       “The firm values past research/industry experience more than law school attended, grades, and journal experience.”
  •       “The firm hires the best candidates that fit its technical needs and into its collaborative environment. All aspects of a candidate's background [are] assessed as a whole, without hard and fast rules as to law school attended or specific types of experience. The ideal candidate has to possess the communications skills, technical expertise, teamwork spirit, and awareness that the firm looks for.”

Practice Area Q&A’s

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Perks & Benefits