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  • Applicants who need assistance submitting an application for employment to Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC, may contact us at 1.202.371.2600, or through our TTY line at 1.202.772.8948, or at recruiting2@skgf.com (legal positions) or employment@skgf.com (administrative positions).  It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities with advance notice of need. Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.

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  • Payroll Administrator

    Do you want to take your payroll administration career to the next level? Consider joining a "Top Workplace" IP law firm in Washington, DC.

    Named for several years as a "great place" to work by The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal based on employee surveys, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. is a dynamic, team-oriented, and highly specialized intellectual property law firm located in the heart of Washington, DC.

    We are seeking a Payroll Administrator to join our Accounting Department to handle the payroll functions for our firm. The ideal candidate will bring five to ten years of payroll administration experience, possesses a solid understanding of payroll practices and procedures as well as the ability to schedule work and meet all payroll related deadlines. Applicants with American Payroll Association (APA) certifications such as Fundamental Payroll or Certified Payroll Professional are preferred.

    Primary duties include:

    • Leading and managing the payroll function for all legal and non-legal staff;
    • Working closely with Human Resources personnel on all payroll-related matters as well as counseling management and employees on special payroll problems;
    • Processing garnishments and ensuring accurate administration of court orders;
    • Calculating and processing semi-monthly payroll in Fidelity's eWorkplace and transmitting 401(k) funding to the 401(k) Plan Administrator;
    • Maintaining employee profiles, timecard records and PTO balances in RollCall (employee leave and time-tracking system).

    If you are a team player with strong communication, interpersonal and multi-tasking skills, please apply for this opportunity with us!

    Sterne Kessler offers a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits and is Metro accessible in a prime downtown location with many nearby restaurants and shops.

    Candidates may apply here.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.
    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position.

  • Human Resources Intern

    Would you like to intern in a Human Resources Department at a "Best Place to Work" law firm?

    Named for several years as a "great place" to work by The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal based on employee surveys, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. is a dynamic, team- oriented, and highly specialized intellectual property law firm located in the heart of Washington, DC. 

    We are seeking a motivated and energetic self-starter to join our Human Resources Department as an intern.  Candidates must have a positive and professional attitude, be able to take the initiative on various projects and work well in a team environment as well as independently.  It is imperative that the candidate has a genuine interest in the field of human resources.  Applicants with experience working in a professional setting are preferred.

    The duties for this position vary and allow for a true hands-on experience as the intern will work in a department alongside experienced professionals.  The rate for this internship is $12/hour.

    The ideal candidate should be able to work up to 20 hours per week.  Flexible schedules are welcome.  If you are a team player with strong communication, interpersonal and multi-tasking skills, please apply for this internship opportunity with us! 

    Candidates may apply here.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.

    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position.

  • Litigation Docketing Specialist

    Do you want to take your docketing career to the next level? Consider joining a "best place to work" IP law firm in Washington, DC as a Litigation Docketing Specialist.

    Named for several years as a "great place" to work by The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal based on employee surveys, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. is a dynamic, team-oriented, and highly specialized intellectual property law firm located in the heart of Washington, DC.

    We are seeking an experienced docketing professional who will support our Docketing Department as a Litigation Docketing Specialist. The ideal candidate will be responsible for analyzing and calendaring all incoming correspondence, including, but not limited to, ECF/e-filings, faxes, emails, mail deliveries and service copies in accordance with established court/agency rules and firm procedures. This individual will also be responsible for noting completed tasks and updating docket and calendar systems accordingly.

    Primary duties include:

    • Managing litigation matters by reviewing records and entering schedules or deadlines into the docketing and calendaring systems;
    • Monitoring cases with the use of various online resources;
    • Processing incoming correspondence and/or discrepancy reports on a daily basis and in a timely manner by accurately reviewing correspondence and entering case details and due dates into the firm's docketing databases;
    • Assisting with docketing of U.S., foreign and PTO litigation due dates in the firm's docketing systems;
    • Dedocketing/Redocketing dates in compliance with established firm docket clearing procedures and the firm's Last Day List prevention initiative;
    • Assisting with the processing and review of new, original and transfer-in matters;
    • Monitoring and tracking resolution of any flagged discrepancies to ensure timely updating of firm's docketing systems.

    If you are a team player with strong communication, multi-tasking and Compulaw skills, apply for this position with us!

    Sterne Kessler offers a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits and is Metro accessible in a prime downtown location with many nearby restaurants and shops.

    Candidates may apply here.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.
    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position.

  • Hospitality Intern (Summer 2017)

    Consider a hospitality internship during the summer with a "Top Workplace" in the heart of Washington, DC!

    Named for several years as a "great place" to work by The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal based on employee surveys, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. is a dynamic, team oriented, and highly specialized intellectual property law firm located in the heart of Washington, DC.

    We are seeking a motivated and energetic self-starter to join our Hospitality team as an intern. Candidates must have a positive and professional attitude, strong academic credentials, be able to take the initiative on various projects and work well in a group environment as well as independently. Applicants with experience working in the hospitality industry are preferred.

    Duties include, but are not limited to, greeting external clients, assisting internal clients with catering orders and room set-ups for firm events and meetings as well as performing various administrative tasks. The rate for this internship is $12/hour.

    The ideal candidate will be able to start in late April/early May and work up to 20 hours per week. Please indicate your availability to work (i.e., days of the week and timeframe) in your cover letter. If you are a team player with strong communication, interpersonal and multi-tasking skills, please apply for this internship opportunity with us!

    Sterne Kessler is Metro accessible in a prime downtown location with many nearby restaurants and shops.

    Candidates may apply here.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.
    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position.

  • Docketing Coordinator

    Do you want to take your docketing career to the next level? Consider joining a "best place to work" IP law firm in Washington, DC as a Docketing Coordinator.

    Named for several years as a "great place" to work by The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal based on employee surveys, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. is a dynamic, team-oriented, and highly specialized intellectual property law firm located in the heart of Washington, DC.

    Sterne Kessler is seeking an experienced docketing professional who will support our docketing team as a Docketing Coordinator.  The ideal candidate will be responsible for docketing database accuracy and integrity as well as the mentoring and training of docketing specialists.  Docketing Coordinators are subject matter experts in IP docketing rules and procedures for U.S. and foreign patent, trademark and litigation applications and filings.  This individual will act as a team lead responsible for workload distribution and the review of records maintained in the firm's docketing systems as needed to help prevent and minimize docketing errors.

    Primary duties include:

    • Reviewing and consolidating dual docket systems;
    • Researching discrepancies and analyzing the cause of these inconsistencies which will involve discussions with team members and docketing managers;
    • Troubleshooting errors, suggesting solutions and corrections as needed, which may include file review, mail review, and/or communication with department staff, including management, legal professionals, third party vendors and IT department personnel, as necessary in accordance with department service level agreements;
    • Generating and proofing all routine and special docket reports for quality as necessary, including general docket reports, daily audit reports, status reports, discrepancy reports, annuity reports, etc. 

    If you are a motivated team player with strong communication and multi-tasking skills, apply for this position with us! 

    Sterne Kessler offers a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits and is Metro accessible in a prime downtown location with many nearby restaurants and shops.

    Candidates may apply here.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.

    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position. 

  • Litigation Paralegal

    Do you have IP trial experience and want to take your paralegal career to the next level?  Consider joining a "best place to work" law firm in downtown Washington, DC!

    Named for several years as a "great place" to work by The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal based on employee surveys, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. is a dynamic, team oriented, and highly specialized intellectual property law firm located in the heart of Washington, DC.   

    Sterne Kessler is seeking an experienced paralegal professional who will support our Litigation Group as a Litigation Paralegal.  The ideal candidate possesses previous trial experience as a Litigation Paralegal.  Familiarity with patent litigation a plus. Candidates with strong academic credentials and a paralegal certification are preferred.

                    "We work alongside other very intelligent people to help protect ideas for a better future."

                                                                                                                                                    -Third-year paralegal     

    Click here to learn what other paralegals and employees have to say about their positions and working at Sterne Kessler.

    Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, organizing logistics for patent-based trials, maintaining litigation files, summarizing depositions, organizing exhibits, preparing case notebooks, simple pleadings and litigation documents as well as deposition binders and exhibits, cite checking pleadings, reviewing litigation production documents and other litigation support.

    If you are a motivated team player with strong communication and multi-tasking skills, apply for this position with us! 

    Sterne Kessler offers a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits and is Metro accessible in a prime downtown location with many nearby restaurants and shops.

    Candidates may apply here.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.

    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position.

  • Professional Development Intern (Summer 2017)

    Would you like to intern in a Professional Development Department at a "Best Place to Work" law firm?

    Named for several years as a "great place" to work by The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal based on employee surveys, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. is a dynamic, team-oriented, and highly specialized intellectual property law firm located in the heart of Washington, DC.

    We are seeking a motivated and energetic self-starter to join our Professional Development Department as an intern. Candidates must have a positive and professional attitude, strong written and oral communication skills, be able to take initiative on various projects and work well in a team environment as well as independently. Candidates with experience working in a professional setting are preferred.

    The duties for this position vary and allow for a true hands-on experience as the intern will work in a small two-person department alongside experienced professionals. The rate for this internship is $12/hour.

    The ideal candidate will be able to work during the summer of 2017. If you are a team player with strong communication, interpersonal and multi-tasking skills, please apply for this internship opportunity with us!

    Candidates may apply here.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.

    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position.

  • Mechanical Group Patent Clerk

    Would you like to kick start your career in intellectual property law? Learn the ropes in a "best place to work" law firm in the heart of Washington, DC!

    Named for several years as a "great place" to work by The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal based on employee surveys, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. is a dynamic, team oriented, and highly specialized intellectual property law firm located in the heart of Washington, DC.

    We are seeking a patent clerk for our Mechanical Practice Group to work on projects for one of our top clients. Candidates with a four-year degree and strong academic credentials are preferred. Previous administrative or office experience is a plus, but not required as extensive training opportunities are provided by the firm. If you are a motivated team player who is capable of working effectively, efficiently, and productively with all levels of professional staff in an exciting workplace, please apply for this position with us! The ideal candidate will be able to start in May 2017.

    "We are exposed to the patent prosecution process as a whole which helps us to understand each element and how it plays into the big picture of the life cycle of a patent."
    -Second year patent clerk recently promoted to paralegal

    Click here to learn what other patent clerks and employees have to say about their positions, beginning a career in the legal industry, and working at Sterne Kessler.

    Primary responsibilities:

    • Assist lawyers and paralegals with the patent prosecution process – the drafting, filing, and negotiation of a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the patent to be granted.
    • Monitor the patent application process – correspond with the client and the USPTO, organize all correspondence regarding the clients' patent applications.

    Sterne Kessler offers a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits and is Metro accessible in a prime downtown location with many nearby restaurants and shops.

    Candidates may apply here.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.

    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position. 

  • Technical Specialist

    Do you have a passion for excellence and enjoy working in an intellectually stimulating environment?  Sterne Kessler is currently recruiting top-notch scientists and engineers from industry and academia who are interested in pursuing a career in intellectual property law.  No experience in IP law needed!  We will teach you everything you need to know and will work closely with you to develop a customized career path for long-term professional growth and success.  Partner with over 170 talented professionals, 60 of whom hold PhDs and countless others with a Master's degree, who are committed to the highest level of excellence, yet value and maintain a collegial and team-oriented atmosphere. We seek out and hire individuals with diverse backgrounds and unique personal experiences. Our technical specialists assist in the worldwide procurement of patents in a variety of software, engineering, and scientific industries. Technical areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: biotechnology, chemistry, bio-medical engineering, electronics, engineering physics and mechanical systems.  If you thrive in an inclusive, supportive work culture and want to remain in the forefront of cutting edge technology, join the Sterne Kessler team as a technical specialist.  We look forward to hearing from you!

    Please Apply Here

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