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About Knobbe Martens

Knobbe Martens is a full-service intellectual property firm with an attorney roster that boasts a wealth of diverse backgrounds in science and engineering. Consistently ranked among the top intellectual property firms, Knobbe Martens handles everything from patent procurement to infringement litigation. With nearly 275 attorneys and scientists, the firm is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States.

IP Connoisseurs

Founded in Orange County in 1962, Knobbe Martens now has four California offices and offices in Seattle; New York; and Washington, DC. It gained national prominence in 1995 when founding partner Don Martens became president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. The firm grew to 50 partners by the turn of the millennium. By 2003, Knobbe Martens was ranked on the AmLaw 200, a rarity for an IP firm, and the firm continued to grow in ranks and workload over the next few years, representing notable clients like Starbucks, Oakley, Monster Energy, Masimo Corp., Toshiba, and Urban Decay.

The firm is among the Top 10 in Vault’s Best Law Firms for Intellectual Property, and for good reason. The firm works on everything from patents to trademark to copyright to data privacy, as well as litigation and transactions that go along with those areas. Knobbe is also experienced in international IP matters. Among the industries the firm serves are biotechnology, block chain, clean tech, financial services, health care, media and entertainment, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, software and information technology, and more.

Supporting IP Scholars

Knobbe Martens offers a 1L Diversity Scholarship program for law students interested in IP law. The program includes opportunities to work as a summer associate at the firm both 1L and 2L year, as well as monetary grants. Scholarship recipients may also be eligible to receive an offer to join the firm as an associate.

Knobbe Martens

2040 Main Street
14th Floor
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: (949) 760-0404

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Steven Nataupsky
Hiring Partner: Joshua Stowell
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
250 - 500

Base Salary

1st year: $200,000
Summer associate: $3,850/week

Employment Contact

Stephani L. Nguyen
Attorney Recruiting Manager

No. of U.S. Offices: 7

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Irvine, CA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Data Privacy & Security
IP Strategy
IP Transactions & Agreements
Patent Prosecution
Trade Secret & Employment Mobility
Trademark, Copyrights & Brand Protection
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.