What are the hiring criteria for technical specialists?
You must have a science or engineering degree and demonstrated expertise in your field. Technical specialists are expected to be accepted into an evening or part-time law school program local to one of our offices.

Will I be assigned to a specific department?
You become a member of a practice group based on your science or technical background. One of the primary responsibilities of a practice group is to monitor the professional development of its members.

What type of work will I get?
Typically, a technical specialist focuses on patent prosecution. However, your scientific skills may be better suited to a litigation-based workload. Your practice group leader allocates work based on skill sets, professional development goals, and client needs.

What is the billing requirement?
The same as our goal for attorneys: 2,000 billable hours per year.

Does the firm give credit for pro bono work?
Yes, credit toward your billable goal is awarded for pro bono contributions.

Is there an advisor program?
When you join the firm, you are assigned a partner advisor and a peer advisor. Your partner advisor provides formal performance evaluations twice a year and counsels you in regard to your professional development. Your peer advisor, who usually is a former technical specialist, will introduce you to others in the firm, answer your questions, and help smooth your transition into the firm.

What is the firm's dress code?
Our day-to-day dress is business casual in all of our offices. Occasionally, you may be required to wear a business suit or comparable formal professional attire.

What is the firm's diversity policy?
Finnegan values diversity and offers equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or status in any group protected by federal, state, or local law. Finnegan is a leader among intellectual property firms in the recruitment and retention of a diverse cadre of lawyers.