patent litigation Job Reviews

Women who work in patent litigation departments have an overall job satisfaction level of 3, 0% of them believe there is gender equality in their firms, and make an average salary range of >$150k.

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Lady van Gogh

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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January 1970

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

3.0
  • Recent Salary

    >$150k

  • Recent Bonus

    $20k-$50k

  • Typical Hours (per day)

    More than 12 hours

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    No

  • 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.

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