Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

3 Star Rating     2 reviews 
Main Office:

1100 New York Avenue N.W., | Washington | DC | 20005

Phone: 202-371-2600 | Fax: 202-371-2540

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Year of establishment 1978 Number of partners 153
Number of offices 1 Partner to associate ratio 2.20
Biggest office Washington Percentage of women attorneys 24.60
Number of attorneys 239 Percentage of minority attorneys 23.00
Number of associates 71
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Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. Reviews

- Reviewed on August 11, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Stay for 2-3 years and then move on.... not worth staying as any effort and dedication to the firm will not be repaid.

Pros: The firm expends a lot of time and effort in training and new developments. Support staff generally very good and knowledgeable.

Cons: Very much a 2 tier environment. The Directors tend to be very arrogant and dismissive of associates. The culture has changed over the years with very little transparency and heavy politics.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2015

Job type: Full time

- Reviewed on July 21, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Make sure that you understand the process for communicating in this firm as it will become important in getting help that you need. Take advantage of the opportunities the firm offers as it will help you for years to come.

Pros: This is a fantastic firm to work for. The entire place is helpful and encouraging and they all want the best for one another. They give you the tools you need to be successful and to grow in your skill set.

Cons: Communication in this firm can sometimes get crossed and that can become a barrier if you can't work through that. It's best to use a chain of command concept because you can and will at times get lost in the cracks.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Robert Greene Sterne set out to create a different kind of law firm — one that would recognize the contribution every person makes and one that would place a high value on technical competency and service. It took just a few years and the addition of Edward Kessler, Jorge Goldstein, and Samuel Fox to reach that initial goal with the establishment of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox in Washington, D.C.

Practice Areas

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Business Methods
  • Design Patents
  • Due Diligence
  • Itc Section 337 Investigations
  • Licensing
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Patent Office Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Strategic Ip Advice
  • Trade Secret
  • Unfair Competition
  • Trademark Advertising And Anti Counterfeiting

Hiring Criteria

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Sterne Kessler seeks students with bachelor's degrees in science and/or engineering. Advanced degrees in those areas are strongly preferred. All applicants must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in undergraduate, graduate, and law school studies. PTO or other industry work experience a plus. Teamwork, motivation, collaboration, work ethic, and universal respect are core values of the firm.

Pro bono

The firm has not reported whether it counts pro bono hours towards the minimum billable hours requirement. Pro bono hours are counted the same as billable hours for the purposes of year-end bonuses.

Notable cases

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Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. Awards and Recognitions

Sterne Kessler Named Finalist for Managing IP's 2015 North America IP Awards

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox Named Finalist at the 2014 LMG Life Sciences Awards

Sterne Kessler Named Finalist for Managing IP's 2014 North America IP Awards

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox to Sponsor the 9th Annual Women of Achievement Awards Dinner

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox Named DC Patent Law Firm of the Year by 2013 Global Law Experts Awards

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox and H. Keeto Sabharwal Named Finalists at the 2013 LMG Life Sciences Awards

Sterne Kessler Receives Silver Award at 2013 International Legal Summit & Awards

Sterne Kessler Awards Intellectual Property Scholarship at George Mason University Law School

Sterne Kessler Awards Intellectual Property Scholarship at the George Mason University School of Law

Sterne Kessler Awards Intellectual Property Scholarship at the George Mason University School of Law

Sterne Kessler Awards GMU Scholarship


Sterne Kessler is committed to diversity and inclusion. Our people are encouraged to voice their ideas and to be themselves. Our firm aims to provide a workplace that is reflective of our global client base and the diverse cultural mix of the greater Washington, D.C., area in which we live and work. In doing so, we place a premium on talented lawyers with advanced degrees and expertise in intellectual property, irrespective of their race, gender, religious views, sexual orientation, or other personal attributes. And, we value the quality of the individual, and the unique capabilities and experiences they bring to the table.

Summer associate program

The Sterne Kessler summer associate program is a primary source of our entry level attorney class each year. The program provides assignments, evaluation, training, and team structure, all designed to reflect what life is like for entry-level attorneys at Sterne Kessler. The goals are to provide each summer associate with a familiarity of the firm's practice group structure and performance expectations, and provide an experience that allows each to determine if Sterne Kessler is a good long-term fit.

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