We believe that community and culture are as integral to our continued success as is the depth of our legal knowledge and technical expertise.

Our firm has an environment where our top-notch attorneys and dynamic staff come together each day to create and shape the future, while maintaining a welcoming and energetic environment in which there is always something exciting happening and friendliness is the norm.

Meet Our Professionals

I sound like a dork, but it really feels like a family. Everyone cares about each other.

Associate comments Chambers Associate

We are a very diverse firm, and as a POC myself, this is an aspect which is most endearing to me. The firm constantly promotes a culture of inclusivity in its outreach and communication, and it shows that the top management truly believes in this goal.

Associate comments Vault

The Sterne Kessler Culture

We are proud to be one of the most highly regarded intellectual property specialty law firms in the world, and we recognize that it is the talent and dynamism of each individual at Sterne Kessler that makes that possible. With that in mind, we have cultivated an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating with just the right touch of fun and exuberance. And we’re honored that our attorneys and staff have voted Sterne Kessler as a Washington Post “Top Workplace” for 10 years running.

We Appreciate Our Staff!

We like to express our appreciation to our outstanding staff all year long with events like our director-hosted Valentine’s Day luncheon, but just to make sure everyone is formally thanked for their contributions to the firm’s success, we celebrate “Staff Appreciation Week” annually. There is a theme, such as “world of thanks,” weaved through a series of events culminating with an awards banquet where milestone anniversaries and the “Department of the Year” are recognized.

What Our Associates Have To Say

Our associates participate in annual, anonymous surveys administered by The Vault and Chambers Associate, and they consistently give the firm high marks for work-life balance, culture, quality of work, training and diversity. We believe those aspects of work-life are important, and we strive to maintain an environment where our attorneys can thrive. Learn more about what our associates think about working at Sterne Kessler by viewing our Vault (2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020) and Chambers Associate profiles.

Holidays, Hikes, & More

At Sterne Kessler we like to have a little fun in and outside of the office. There are social gatherings throughout the year, from a biennial crab feast and an annual firm night at a Nationals game in the summer, to an ugly sweater contest and a spirited holiday party in December. For the adventurous, we arrange a hiking day trip in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains every other year to enjoy the fresh air, the challenge, and the camaraderie. Other events range from activities in our award-winning wellness program and Diversity Committee-sponsored “getting to know you” panels to creatively themed gatherings featuring delicious food and entertaining activities.

We’ve Got Awesome Space (and Coffee!)

In addition to great people, our work environment is one of the highlights of coming to the office. The firm recently moved into a new building with a contemporary design, an open floor plan, and modern yet comfortable furnishings. Additionally, we have an incredible rooftop deck!

And, of course, there is our very popular barista bar, where you can drop in for a custom-made hot or iced coffee or tea-based beverage. Oh, and we like cookies too! Our hospitality team surprises us with freshly baked cookies from time to time.

How About You?

Interested in opportunities to join the firm and enjoy Sterne Kessler’s dynamic culture?