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 sessions on docket management, research support, and firm financials.
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. Interspersed with team building opportunities, participants rave about “patent boot camp” for career development.
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 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 generous benefits for employees and their families, from life insurance, medical and dental plans, optional flexible spending accounts, to global travel assistance.
- Medical and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance
- Health and dental insurance, including domestic partner coverage
- 401(k) plan for Associates (immediate eligibility)
- 401(k) profit-sharing plan with a firm contribution (for non-Associates)
- Flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care
- Transportation expense plan for parking and transit
- Insurance including long-term disability, term life and AD&D
- Voluntary dependent life insurance
- Benefits for parents including parental leave, parental leave phased hours program, Milk Stork and back-up childcare
- Employee assistance program
- 12 paid holidays a year
- Health care advocacy
- Worldwide emergency travel assistance
Policies for new legal staff
State bar membership
Lateral 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 the exam, one review course and state bar 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 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 $10,000 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 Recruiting Administrator for questions related to the above policies.