patent litigation Job Reviews
Lady van Gogh
You will be treated like you're less competent and less talented than your male peers, and often will be treated as though you're a paralegal/secretary or more junior associate. There's an "old boys" club atmosphere that is hard to escape - the male partners tend to do lunch with and utilize/promote the male associates more, there are inappropriate jokes and comments made (especially by the male partners), and there was more than one unofficial event at a burlesque bar when I was there. Maternity leave and vacation/sick time is generous, but it seems frowned upon to use it. Most of the men have stay-at home wives (and many partners are on their second or third marriage), so there's generally a lack of understanding and compassion if you have a child-related issue. The men brag about missing the birth of their kids and the few women who stick around tend not to have families or contribute the the workaholic/anti-family culture by doing crazy things like traveling to trial 2 weeks before their due dates or sending briefs a day after giving birth.
Job Satisfaction Level
Typical Hours (per day)
More than 12 hours
Are Women and Men Treated Equally?
Took Maternity Leave Here? (Weeks)
16 paid / unpaid
Recommend to Women?
Maybe. Very few women srick around/are willing to put up with the culture, but clients are demanding diversity so there is advancement potential. It's also a good training ground generally for being an attorney which can be leveraged into a good job somewhere else after a few years.