Sterne Kessler is an intellectual property law firm located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Our team consists of 150 attorneys from diverse backgrounds, with over 50 of our professionals holding Ph.D.s in science and engineering. Our attorneys are particularly noted for their technical expertise, industry experience, and litigation prowess. Additionally, we get to work on matters involving cutting edge technologies and legal issues demanded by a broad range of innovative individuals and companies. Some of our clients include Apple, Adidas, Google, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Amgen, and Teva Pharmaceuticals.
We offer an immersive summer associate program. Our summer associates get to attend and participate in depositions, draft legal documents, conduct legal research, participate in client calls and meetings, attend hearings, and contribute to our firm’s successful pro bono practice. Summer associates also increase their knowledge of intellectual property law by attending a comprehensive orientation program where they learn directly from our attorneys and professionals about the intricacies of patent prosecution and litigation. Summer associates receive substantive feedback on their work throughout the summer program, culminating in thorough formal evaluation meetings. Here’s what some of our former summer associates have said about their summer experience with Sterne Kessler:
"From my first networking event with Sterne Kessler, I knew I had found a boutique patent firm that I wanted to work for. My summer associate experience reinforced this decision: I made strong friendships with my fellow associates (we still talk daily) and received challenging projects (including publishing a law review article on an ITC case). The summer program was a nice balance between specific practice-group activities and firm-wide annual events to meet the entire D.C. office." - Kathleen, 2L.
“I chose Sterne Kessler’s summer program because I believe that the firm is innovative and a leader in IP law. I was also intrigued by the firm’s reputation for providing great mentorship and learning opportunities to summer associates and junior associates. The firm exceeded my already high expectations by providing me tons of learning experiences, mentorship, and guidance. The recruiting team held weekly meetings with me to ensure that I was getting the experiences I desired, the attorneys went above and beyond in providing feedback to me after each and every project I completed, and the firm organized additional training sessions throughout the summer to further enhance our learning and growth. I could not have imagined a better summer experience.” - Kyle, 1L.
While our summer associates work hard, they get to experience our awesome culture. There are ample social and networking opportunities arranged throughout the summer. Just last year, our summer associates attended a D.C. United game, got a unique view of the D.C. monuments by sailing around the Potomac, attended dinners hosted by directors, and participated in a cooking class, among other things.
Sterne Kessler is the 4th largest IP specialty firm in the United States. We are a Chambers USA “Band 1” firm, leading in patent preparation and prosecution (and the only firm in D.C. to snag that recognition). We also have a leading IP litigation team that practices before various District Courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Three of our firm directors have been named in “Top 250 Women in IP,” and we rank in Law360’s “Best Firms for Minority Attorneys.” We pride ourselves in our inclusive culture and work environment, and because of this our employees have ranked us as a Washington Business Journal “Best Place to Work” eleven times, and a Washington Post “Top Workplace” every year since its inception in 2014.