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Employees love our culture, our benefits and our free barista bar. But above all, they love supporting innovators whose futures depend on brilliant ideas.

Our attorneys and staff are attracted to the firm because Sterne Kessler has authenticity throughout the office. And, people stay at the firm year after year because of the atmosphere of respect, collegiality and collaboration. When you join the firm, you will be encouraged to expand your skill base through participation in specialized training programs and to recommend ways to improve processes and efficiency to supervisors and fellow team members.

Kenton, Jr.

Began his career as a software developer, joined the firm as an associate, and is now a director with a broad-ranging practice in IP law.


Draws upon his experience as a printing and imaging industry engineer and four years as a USPTO patent examiner for his patent prosecution and PTAB work.

Sterling, Ph.D.

Chair of the firm’s Biotechnology & Chemical Practice Group, she began her career with the firm as a technical specialist.

Burke, Ph.D.
Patent Agent

A Mechanical & Design Practice Group member putting his physics background to work as a patent agent helping to protect clients’ inventions.

M. Pelletier

An associate with a biotech background at the firm prior to clerking at the Federal Circuit and returning to the firm as an associate. She is now a director.


With almost a decade of experience as a primary patent examiner and a background in computer engineering, he enjoys his work in our Electronics Group.


A Trial & Appellate Practice Group director, she began her career prior to law school as a Price Waterhouse management consultant.

Working Here


Staff focus on IP Law


IP lawyers, agents and scientists

We are proud that our attorneys and staff have voted Sterne Kessler as

"Top Workplace"

Washington Post

six years running!

"Best Place to Work"

Washington Business Journal

ten times!

Applicants who need assistance submitting an application for employment to Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC may contact us at 1.202.371.2600, through our TTY line at 1.202.772.8948, or at (legal positions) or (administrative positions). It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities with advance notice of need. Sterne Kessler is an equal-opportunity employer.