Our staff play an essential role in our firm’s success. When you join Sterne Kessler, you become an important link in the chain of service we provide to our clients.

The world’s most innovative companies trust Sterne Kessler with their most complex intellectual property matters. We are passionate about the practice of IP law, and our staff play an essential role in our success—managing departments and day-to-day operations, improving processes, and delivering excellent client service. We’re honored that our attorneys and staff have voted Sterne Kessler as a Washington Post “Top Workplace” for 11 years running and a Washington Business Journal “Best Place to Work” 11 times!

Our people are our greatest asset, and we are committed to providing an inclusive, collaborative environment. You will work with a talented group of professionals who put their experience and knowledge to work every day in a wide array of departments, while sharing information across the firm and helping us make improvements to our firm-wide processes and procedures. Whether you are starting out your professional career or are an experienced business professional, you will have the opportunity to forge a long-term career at a firm that values you as an individual.

If Sterne Kessler sounds like the place for you, explore our current openings.

The Sterne Kessler Experience

We’re not your average IP firm. We are passionate about IP and are highly sought out for our expertise as thought leaders and strategic advisors. We are committed to developing a team that strives for excellence, both in the quality of work and client service. When you join Sterne Kessler, you become an important link in the chain of service we provide to our clients. Our team of nearly 250 professional staff work in various entry-level and experienced roles in departments such as U.S. and foreign patent prosecution support, docketing, paralegals, accounting & finance, marketing, human resources and talent management, and information technology.

The nature of our work is fast-paced and challenging, but you will always find an atmosphere of respect, collegiality, and collaboration. We have high standards for professionalism and ethics and have an interest in hiring individuals who provide energetic leadership, demonstrate an optimistic attitude, and have a positive work ethic.

Benefits & Wellness

Sterne Kessler is proud to offer its employees a comprehensive, industry-leading package of high-quality benefits and competitive compensation package. From healthcare coverage to retirement investments and family leave, our focus is to support the health and well-being of our team and their families.

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Training & Professional Development

At Sterne Kessler, you never stop learning. We encourage our employees to take an active role in training and mentoring others, and we support professional development through internal and external training. For example, members of our staff are active members of professional organizations, such as the Association of Legal Administrators, the International Association of Administrative Professionals, and the National Docketing Association.

A Best Place to Work

We’re serious about IP, but we also like to have fun! Throughout the year, we have social events ranging from happy hours and ice cream socials to a high-energy holiday party and annual employee appreciation event.  We invite you to learn more about our culture to see if Sterne Kessler is the right fit for you.

Our Cutting-Edge Clients

Sterne Kessler works with some of the most innovative companies in the world across a wide range of industries. Our clients are making discoveries, building brands, and creating inventions that impact our daily lives. If working with companies like 23andMe, AstraZeneca, BioNTech, Thule, SAP, and Volkswagen—to name a few—sounds interesting, you’ve come to the right place.

Applicants who need assistance submitting an application for employment to Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC, may contact us at 1.202.371.2600, or through our TTY line at 1.202.772.8948, or at recruiting2@sternekessler.com (legal positions) or employment@sternekessler.com (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.

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We’ve been voted “Top Workplace” in the Washington Post and “Best Place to Work” in the Washington Business Journal. Learn more about our current job openings for staff.

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