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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Working Here

We didn’t get to be among the nation’s top IP firms by chance. We got there by strategically attracting—and retaining—the top in their field in technology and law. Finnegan takes great pride in hiring at the entry level and developing and promoting talent from within (rather than relying heavily on lateral hiring). This culture creates immense opportunity for those we hire, since we focus intensely on fostering our future leaders from the ground up.


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The Talent Advantage – Training and Professional Development Take a Front Seat at Finnegan

At Finnegan, you will receive all of the resources and training you need to assist you in becoming an exceptional attorney providing superior service to our clients. Sourcing our internal resources and experts, and working with outside consultants, Finnegan offers the following formal training programs:

Transferable Skill Development

Time Management/


Client Relationship/


Verbal & Interpersonal Communication

Business Development & Marketing

Advance Career in Practice Group

Firm Philosophy/ Management

Grit in the Workplace - based on ABA program

Workplace Big 5 - Personality Assessment/ Application in the Workplace

Leadership Training/Coaching – Attorney Review Process

Working with Your Secretary

Business of Finnegan

Transition Panels

Gender Inclusivity

Internal Marketing

Implicit Bias

Time Management & Billing

Managing Others/ Delegation

Achieving Balance

On-Demand Time Management Web Series

Client Intake Process

Working with In-House Counsel


The Pitch

Managing a Project Team

Managing the Client

Communication Across Cultures and Between Genders

Networking Within and Outside Finnegan's Walls

Speaking in Business Meetings

Persuasive Speaking

Effective Pitches

Impromptu Speaking

Fine Art of Small Talk

Acting for Lawyers

How Marketing Supports New Associates

Business Development Strategies for New Associates

Intro to PR/Social Media

LinkedIn/Social Media and Business Development - Best Practices

Senior Associate Business Development and Coaching Program

How to Write a Business Development Plan

Business Development 101 (every 2- 2.5 years)

Business Development 102 (every 2 - 2.5 years)

Business Development 103 (bi-annual)

Conflicts & Business Development  (bi-annual)


Patent Office Practice





Potential Arguments to Raise in Preventing IPRs for Orange Book Listed Patents

Prosecuting and Litigating Antibody Claims

How to Use EPO Observations and Oppositions to Help with US Litigation

Recent Developments and Strategies for Defending Against Hedge Fund and Other IPR Challenges to Pharmaceutical Patents

Finnegan, PTO and You

Prosecution Bootcamp

Developing a Successful Prosecution/Counseling Practice

Claim Construction

Claims Analysis/Drafting Maze

ExParte Appeals


Software Licensing Agreements

AIA Updates

AIA Litigation Strategy

Multiparty Infringement

IPMT Practice Overview


Best Practices - IPR

AIA for the Pharma Practitioner


PTAB Roundtables (every other month)

Intro to PTAB Training Series:

Introduction and Overview to AIA Trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Discovery and Evidence before the PTAB

PTAB Trial Mechanics, Claim Construction, and Amendments

Drafting a Complete and Compliant Petition


NITA Deposition Workshop

NITA Expert Workshop

UVA Trial College

District Court Litigations

Advocacy before Judge/Jury

Taking/Defending Depositions

Supreme Court Patent Cases

Document Review/E-discovery

Litigation Legal Assistant Department

Litigation 101- District v. ITC

ITC Workshops


Litigation Skill Series:

Direct/ Cross Examination

Prepare Case Offense/Defense

Written Discovery

AntiTrust/ Settlement Agreements

Witness Prep

Claim Construction

Working with Experts

Motions Practice


One-on-one Coaching

Small Group Workshops for New Attorneys

Writing For ESL Professionals

Application Drafting

Writing as an Advocate

Advanced Legal Writing

Brief Writing


Westlaw/Lexis sessions

Litigation Research & Customized Data Mining

Advanced Legal Research

Technical Research




Summer Program

We actively recruit at a number of national and regional law schools for our Summer Associate program (all 5 of our US-based offices have formal summer programs).  Our Summer Associate Program is designed to expose law students to the field of intellectual property law and to provide an accurate idea of an associate's work at the firm. The 10-week summer program stresses professionalism, training, and development. Last year, our summer associates had the opportunity to engage in a diverse mix of work, including: attending trials, appellate and motion hearings, depositions, and client meetings; researching and writing on various patent, trademark, copyright, procedural, and evidentiary issues; prosecuting patent and trademark applications; writing speeches and articles; and presenting reviews of recent Federal Circuit and Supreme Court decisions.

In addition to getting real work assignments, you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know our attorneys. Social events may include poker parties, group lunches, golfing, cook-offs, baseball games, wine tastings, and more. Below are pictures from our events:


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A few words from our attorneys:

 Finnegan 1“I continue to be amazed by the tremendous diversity of backgrounds and experiences of Finnegan’s lawyers, and I take pride in how we are each able to bring our unique talents together to form a cohesive and strong firm. Over 20 years after first joining the firm as an associate, I am now the hiring partner for the Washington, D.C. and Reston offices. In that role, I am constantly looking for talented and motivated law students who are eager to combine their interests in law and science in achallenging yet supportive environment. I can say without hesitation that Finnegan remains the best place to pursue a career as an IP attorney.”

Scott Burwell /Hiring Partner, Reston



Finnegan 2

“Finnegan partners do not shy away from having the youngest associates join them in the trenches on the most exciting and high profile cases. In my first year as an associate, I was even a team member for a Supreme Court appeal. I have also become a mother of three while maintaining a busy litigation and patent practice. Finnegan has been a great supporter in my journey into motherhood. Finnegan’s generous and flexible maternity leave policy has enabled me to enjoy several months of bonding time with each of my little ones, and then to return to work on a reduced schedule. I have found that the reduced-schedule option has allowed me to spend more time with my family without sacrificing my ambition.”

Rachel Emsley /Associate, Boston


Finnegan 3“I joined Finnegan full time in 2009, following law school and service in the U.S. Navy.  What drew me to Finnegan was the high-end IP work, its robust training program, and the people.  After eight years, those same three things keep me here.  Finnegan has further supported my career development with its robust training program, ranging from in-house training on depositions, legal writing, and discovery practice, to a week-long trial advocacy college.  But of all the things Finnegan has to offer, its greatest asset is its people.  The past eight years has given me the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the industry, while at the same time developing friendships with them that will last a lifetime.”

Justin Hendrix / Partner, Palo Alto



Finnegan 4

I joined Finnegan as a summer associate in 2008 and have been with the firm ever since. When researching law firms during law school, I came across Finnegan and was impressed by its reputation for high quality of work, depth and variety of clients working on cutting edge technologies, and commitment to diversity. After interviewing with Finnegan for a summer associate position, I instantly knew I wanted to join the firm. Everyone I met was engaged in their practice and genuinely happy to work at Finnegan. Years later, the same holds true. Finnegan has provided me with training and opportunities to thrive as a successful attorney, and championed my commitment to diversity through my involvement with organizations like the Hispanic National Bar Association. Finnegan's commitment to develop not just excellent attorneys, but well-rounded leaders is the reason why I would like to invite you to join our team.”

Cecilia Sanabria / Partner, Washington