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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.

  • Docketing Assistant

    Are you interested in working with a state-of-the-art Intellectual Property Firm?

    Named for several years as a Washington Post Top Workplace, 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 a motivated professional to join the firm as a Docketing Assistant. The firm seeks team players capable of working effectively, efficiently, and productively with all levels of staff in a progressive workplace. 

    Primary duties include:

    • Process and docket due dates for all incoming correspondence and filings related to U.S. and foreign patent and trademark and PTAB litigation matters;
    • Process corrections/revisions of docket related information in firm databases and department records;
    • Prepare, review and circulate recurring and ad-hoc docket reports; and
    • Provide assistance for special projects, including assisting with the review and docketing of new/transfer-in matters.

    If you would like to be a member of a firm that was named LMG Life Sciences' "Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year" for the third consecutive year, please submit your resume and salary requirement. 

    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.

    Interested candidates may apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to employment@skgf.com.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.

    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position. 

     

  • 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 as soon as possible.

    "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

    Visit our website at SKGF.com 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 by emailing a resume, cover letter and transcript (either unofficial or official) to employment@skgf.com.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.

    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position. 

  • Docketing Specialist

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

    Sterne Kessler is seeking an experienced docketing professional who will support the firm's docketing department as a Docketing Specialist in the mail processing team. The Docketing Specialist is primarily responsible for handling the daily docketing for U.S. and foreign patent (including designs), trademark and USPTO Litigation matters. The ideal candidate will possess five to seven years of U.S. and Foreign Filing and/or patent law firm experience. Five to seven years of foreign patent and trademark experience preferred.

    Primary duties include:

    • Daily processing of all incoming mail (including emails) and facsimiles or discrepancy reports;
    • Removing (de-docketing) of U.S., foreign and PTO Litigation due dates in the firm's docketing systems, as necessary, based upon confirmed USPTO/PTAB filings and/or confirmation of instructions and filings from clients and foreign associates;
    • Ongoing review of case history in the firm's docketing system, including the monitoring of data entry and the calculation of due dates for all incoming firm correspondence and internal requests

    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.

    Interested candidates may apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to employment@skgf.com.

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

  • Paralegal

    Would you like to work for one of the most innovative intellectual property firms in the country?  Come join our prestigious team of paralegals.  Talent is our #1 priority!

    Providing outstanding service to our clients begins with identifying and developing the best talent.  Named for several years as a "great place" to work by The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. is a state-of-the-art intellectual property law firm located in the heart of Washington, DC.   We cultivate a stimulating work environment built on open communication, mutual respect, teamwork, and initiative. 

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

                                                                                  -Third-year paralegal    

    We are continually seeking entry-level, talented paralegals to assist our lawyers with the patent prosecution and litigation process.  If you are a motivated team player who is capable of working efficiently with all levels of professional staff in a dynamic workplace, please apply for this position with us!

    Benefits:

    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 by emailing a resume and cover letter to employment@skgf.com.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.

    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position.

  • Electrical Group Paralegal

    Do you have a four-year degree? Consider being a paralegal 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 an entry-level paralegal for our Electrical Group.  Candidates with a four-year degree and with strong academic credentials are preferred.  Previous work experience or a paralegal certificate 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 a dynamic workplace, please apply for this position with us!

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

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Draft, revise, and file documents in pending patent applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including patent applications, information disclosure statements, requests for certificates of correction, and other filings.
    • Draft, revise, and file petitions, motions, and other documents in litigation proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board; maintain dockets and internal files for those litigation proceedings.
    • Communicate with clients and vendors to maintain strong client relationships and support the firm’s litigation and patent prosecution practices.
    • Conduct strategic legal and market research for attorneys.

    Benefits:

    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.

    To apply, please send resume, transcript (unofficial or official), and cover letter to employment@skgf.com

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.

    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position. 

  • Litigation Paralegal

    Do you have a four-year degree? Consider becoming a paralegal in our Litigation group 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 paralegal to support our Litigation Group.  Trial experience as a litigation paralegal is highly desirable. Special consideration will be given to candidates with appellate and district-court litigation experience.  Familiarity with patent litigation is preferred. Strong academic credentials and undergraduate degree required. Paralegal certificate preferred, but not required. Individual must be detail-oriented with excellent organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal. 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 work environment, please apply for this position with us!

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

     -Third-year paralegal    

    Primary responsibilities include organizing logistics for patent-based trials, maintaining litigation files, summarizing depositions, organizing exhibits, preparing case notebooks, preparing simple pleadings and litigation documents, preparing deposition binders and exhibits, cite checking pleadings, reviewing litigation production documents, and other litigation and trial support.             

    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 by emailing a resume, cover letter, and transcript (unofficial or official) to employment@skgf.com.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.

    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position.

  • Biotech Paralegal

    Do you have a four-year science degree? Consider being a paralegal 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 paralegal for our Biotech Group. Candidates with a four-year degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related scientific discipline and with strong academic credentials are preferred. Previous work experience or paralegal certificate are a plus, but are 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 a dynamic workplace, please apply for this position with us!

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

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Assist lawyers with the patent prosecution process – the drafting, filing, and negotiating a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the patent to be granted.
    • Perform patent searches – make sure the clients' idea is useful, novel, and non-obvious – the three requirements an invention has to fulfill in order to receive a patent.
    • Manage clients' patent applications – file applications and documents with Federal Agencies and Courts.
    • Monitor the patent application process – correspond with the client and the USPTO, and organize all correspondence regarding the clients' patent applications.

    Benefits: 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 by emailing a resume, cover letter, and transcript (unofficial or official) to employment@skgf.com.

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

  • Foreign Filing Legal Assistant

    Do you want to take your Foreign Filing career to the next level? Consider joining a "best place to work" 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.

    Sterne Kessler is seeking a Foreign Filing Legal Assistant who will be responsible for preparing application documents and correspondence, reviewing docket reports for accuracy, ordering certified and legalized documents and maintaining and clearing a daily and personal docket. The ideal candidate will possess 1-3 years of foreign filing and/or patent law firm experience. Primary responsibilities include processing the filing of new foreign patent applications worldwide, i.e. EPC, PCT, national, non-convention cases; and maintaining knowledge including, but not limited to, foreign filing requirements, tax laws, renewal data and expiration data.

    Are you interested in becoming part of a collegial work atmosphere with state of the art technology and an in-house coffee bar? If so, look no further! Our offices are Metro-accessible in the heart of downtown DC, and we also offer an exceptional compensation package with excellent benefits.

    Apply with us today! To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to employment@skgf.com.

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

  • Foreign Filing Supervisor

    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, detail-oriented Foreign Filing Supervisor to manage a team of foreign filing legal assistants. The supervisor will be responsible for the management of workload distribution and quality control of the foreign filing work product of a team of individuals. The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication, interpersonal and multitasking skills, as well as outstanding oral and written communication skills. A minimum of ten years of IP experience and seven years of foreign filing experience required. If you are an energetic and motivated team player who is capable of working effectively with all levels of firm personnel in a dynamic workplace, please apply for this position with us!

    Primary duties include, but are not limited to: 1) training, mentoring, and leading a team of legal assistants; 2) performing as a working supervisor; and 3) assisting the foreign filing manager in evaluating and developing procedures for the Foreign Filing Department.   

    We offer a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits. Sterne Kessler is METRO-accessible in the heart of downtown with many cafes, restaurants, and stores nearby.

    Candidates may apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to employment@skgf.com.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.

    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position.

  • Staff Accountant

    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 Staff Accountant to join our Accounting Department to prepare and review journal entries, balance sheet reconciliations, and prepare monthly financial reports.  The Staff Accountant will provide support to ensure all transactions are accurately and completely posted to the firm’s general ledger.  The Staff Accountant will report directly to the Controller and play an integral part in developing and documenting business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls.  In addition, the Staff Accountant will assist in firm-wide projects as needed, including but not limited to system implementations and updates and business process reviews.

    The ideal candidate will bring two to five years related experience at a public accounting firm or another law firm.  Big 4 experience and/or law firm accounting experience are highly preferred.  We are also seeking candidates with an in-depth understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Active CPA license is a plus.

    Primary duties include:

    • Prepare and review reconciliations for key balance sheet accounts during monthly close
    • Support month-end and year-end financial statement close process
    • Prepare month-end Balance sheet reconciliations with required supporting documentation
    • Work with the CFO and Controller to prepare and review documents requested as part of the firm’s annual financial statement review
    • Liaise with CFO  and Controller to improve financial procedures

    If you are a strong team player with excellent attention to detail, strong analytic skills, and have the ability to work under tight deadlines, please apply for this opportunity with us! 

    Benefits:

    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 by emailing a resume and cover letter to employment@skgf.com.

    Sterne Kessler is an equal opportunity employer.

    No third party submissions will be accepted for this position. 

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