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
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.
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.