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Training & Benefits

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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 sessions on docket management, research support, and firm financials.

Learning-by-Doing

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.

Benefits

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.

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 Recruiting Administrator for questions related to the above policies.

Current Legal Openings

 
 

Sorry, there are no openings available in this category.

Please check back at a later time.

Technology Specialist

Twin Cities

Strong background in molecular biology or closely related field and at least 2-3 years of patent prosecution experience required.  Advanced degree (preferably PhD) and USPTO registration strongly preferred.  Excellent writing and academic credentials required.  Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Prosecution Associate

Twin Cities

JD 2015-2016 – Strong background in molecular biology or closely related field and at least 2-3 years of patent prosecution experience required.  Advanced degree (preferably PhD) and USPTO registration strongly preferred.  Excellent writing and academic credentials required.  Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Boston

Strong background in molecular biology or closely related field, advanced degree (preferably PhD), and at least 1-5 years of patent prosecution experience required (preferably in a firm); USPTO registration is preferred, but not required. Excellent writing and academic credentials essential. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Prosecution Associate

Boston

JD 2017-2013 – Strong background in molecular biology or closely related field, advanced degree (preferably PhD), and at least 1-5 years of patent prosecution experience required (preferably in a firm); USPTO registration is preferred, but not required. Excellent writing and academic credentials essential. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Boston

Strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, physics, applied mathematics, or closely related field. Prior experience with robotics, autonomous vehicles, or wireless network communications is a plus. Excellent academic credentials, writing skills, and client interfacing skills required. 1-4 years patent prosecution experience and experience handling a prosecution docket strongly preferred. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Prosecution Associate

Boston

JD 2014-2017 – Strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, physics, applied mathematics, or closely related field. Prior experience with robotics, autonomous vehicles, or wireless network communications is a plus. Excellent academic credentials, writing skills, and client interfacing skills required. 1-4 years patent prosecution experience and experience handling a prosecution docket strongly preferred. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Twin Cities

Degree and strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, or closely related field. 1-5 years of patent prosecution experience and USPTO registration strongly preferred. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Prosecution Associate

Twin Cities

JD 2013-2017 – Degree and strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, or closely related field. 1-5 years of patent prosecution experience and USPTO registration strongly preferred. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Silicon Valley

Strong background in computer science, physics, or some form of engineering with substantial software experience; USPTO registration is preferred, but not required. Good academic credentials and excellent writing skills required. 1-3 years of patent prosecution experience is strongly preferred. This position allows for working remotely the majority of the time, and we will consider candidates located within 2 hours driving time of the Silicon Valley office. Occasional travel to the office for training and client meetings will be required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Washington, D.C.

Strong preference for those with experience in machine learning or quantum computing or closely related field; USPTO registration is preferred, but not required. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. 1-3 years of patent prosecution experience is strongly preferred. This position allows for working remotely the majority of the time, and we will consider candidates located within 2 hours driving time of one of our offices, ideally Washington, DC or Silicon Valley. Occasional travel to the office for training and client meetings will be required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

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