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Our Survey Says


If you know that you want to do IP, Finnegan is an undisputed leader and a no-brainer to check out in your job search. A strong technical background is a must, as is generally the case in this space. Despite the difficulty and volume of work, the firm has a strong collegial culture, with regular, well-attended social events. Relations between partners and associates receive glowing reviews, although some associates note a lack of transparency on issues like bonuses. The firm has a billable hour requirement of 2,000, although this is ameliorated by the 100 pro bono and/or Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hours and up to 50 shadowing hours that can count toward this total. Although the firm has a quirky payment schedule—below market pay throughout the year is “trued up” to market with a large payment that is separate from any bonus—associates are generally satisfied with what ultimately turns out to be market compensation. Quality of work receives glowing reviews, with substantive work appropriate to an associate’s experience being given out straight away. Technology is well reviewed, too, with associates highlighting seamless remote work and supportive IT staff. Finnegan also receives above-average scores on wellness initiatives, with many available programs, including exercise, meditation, on-site counseling services, and financial incentives to participate. Training, both informal and formal, is universally praised, with formal training available for virtually every specific skill an IP lawyer needs to learn. Most associates believe partnership is realistic—the firm looks to hire only potential partners—with viable counsel roles and good exit opportunities available as well. The firm’s pro bono program is a point of pride for associates, with a very wide variety of work (asylum cases, veteran appeals, and criminal justice were all mentioned) both in and out of the IP space available and strongly encouraged. The firm also ranks well compared to its peers on all diversity metrics, with a range of well-supported affinity groups available.


901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 408-4000

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Erika Harmon Arner
Recruiting Chairs: Cora R. Holt (Washington, DC), Benjamin A. Saidman (Atlanta), Cory C. Bell (Boston), Jeffrey D. Smyth (Palo Alto), Daniel C. Tucker (Reston)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:
If yes, what is your hours requirement per year? 1,850 billable hours plus 100 pro bono and/or Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hours and up to 50 shadowing hours, or 2,000 billable hours

Base Salary

1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000* *If billed 2,000 hours or prorated version thereof.
Summer Associate: $4,135/weekly

Employment Contact

Laurie Taylor
Director of Legal Recruitment
(202) 408-4000

No. of U.S. Offices: 5

No. of International Offices: 6

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Boston, MA
Palo Alto, CA
Reston, VA
Washington, DC (HQ) |

Major Departments

Intellectual Property
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.