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Training & Career Development

As a firm that serves the most innovative clients and influential industry leaders around the globe, we are committed to providing a training and career development platform that rises above the rest. Our firm culture values early responsibility and collaboration at all levels. This approach is engrained in our firm and is supplemented with a unique training curriculum that prioritizes interactive programs, multi-day training emersion courses and practical skill development.

Group Leader System

We have a unique Group Leader system to ensure that each Associate and Technology Specialist receive access to varied work opportunities, formal feedback through the firm’s semi-annual review process, and a local mentor in their practice group. Group Leaders play a critical role in supporting our legal talent.

Start Strong: Fish First Year Information

Each year we host a firm-wide program designed to support the orientation and integration for junior legal staff. Known as “Fish-FYI”, the program emphasizes information to support new legal staff such as introductions to firm leadership as well as various sessions to help our associates and technology specialists start off on the right foot.


We offer innovative training programs that simulate real client work in an environment designed for learning. For example, our Patent practice provides a one-of-a-kind, 2.5 day intensive training program that covers claim drafting, patent application drafting, inventor interviews and response drafting. The program is entirely interactive with hands-on exercises lead by Fish’s senior principals who offer plenty of detailed feedback.

Our litigation training programs blend instruction using the time tested NITA learning-by-doing method. Fish principals serve as faculty to enhance instruction and focus directly on our unique client needs. In addition, Fish University provides regular videoconference training series as well as e-learning opportunities for training when you need it most.


Fish is committed to providing a generous array of benefits.

Medical, dental and vision coverage

401(k) plan with firm profit sharing contribution for eligible employees

Long-term disability, long-term care, term life, and AD&D insurance

Critical illness, accident, and hospital insurance

Parental leave, parental leave phased hours program, Milk Stork, and back-up childcare

Back-up elder care and referral resources

Flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care

Transportation expense plan for parking and transit

Employee assistance programs

Generous paid holidays and flexible time off

Healthcare advocacy

Financial and physical wellness programs

Fitness and weight management benefits

Worldwide emergency travel assistance

Employee referral program

Policies for new legal staff

State bar membership

Lateral associate, counsel and principal hires are given paid time off and billable goal reductions to take the bar exams for their local jurisdictions after they have started work. The cost of one exam, one standard review course and one state bar admission fees are also covered by the firm.

We cover the cost for mandatory state bar fees in the jurisdiction in which our attorneys reside and work for the firm. We also pay Virginia bar dues for attorneys in our Washington, DC, office who practice on behalf of our firm on a regular basis in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

State bar exam for law school graduates

New law school graduates receive reimbursement for one standard bar review course and bar registration fees for the bar in the state in which the graduate will reside and work for our firm. These graduates are also eligible for a $15,000 salary advance to assist with expenses while studying for the bar exam.

Patent bar

Certain positions at the firm require attorneys to take the USPTO Patent Agent examination. We allow paid time off for employees who are required by the firm to take the USPTO Patent Agent exam after they have started work.

Moving expense reimbursement

We pay for relocation expenses for new attorneys from outside the areas in which they will practice, including a house-hunting trip, subject to our relocation policy.

Please contact the local office Legal Recruiter for questions related to the above policies.

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