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A large firm.  A mid-size firm. A specialty firm. Brinks Gilson & Lione is all three.

For a specialty firm, we are indeed large, having more than 130 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents, as well as an impressive roster of high-profile clients. We have abundant opportunities to keep you challenged, learning and growing throughout your career. Compared to large general practice firms, however, we're mid-size - the right size for preserving the sense of community we cherish.

That sense of community draws a lot of its strength from the innate friendliness and genuine inclusiveness of Brinks's team members. Whether linking up for an after-work group run, exchanging views on a point of law, or passing the paint brush at a community service project, Brinks's lawyers are "people people."

The truth of that shows up clearly in the quality and frequency of interaction between our associates and our shareholders. Shareholders routinely make themselves available, and associates routinely take them up on the offer. The impulse is often spontaneous.

At Brinks, many new associates have commented with approval that "this doesn't feel like a law firm." Some mention the obvious camaraderie, some the informality (a firm-wide trait), some the candor or the air of fun - and some all of the above.

Behind the observation, though, lies a larger meaning: ours is a work culture where people are at ease being themselves. They know that, by just being a part of Brinks, they are credited with fully embracing our firm's cornerstone values; these include working zealously for clients, respecting all other Brinks professionals, sharing knowledge generously with peers, and seeking professional and career development.

Brinks Gilson & Lione is seeking law students interested in practicing intellectual property law with one of the most prominent firms of this specialty in the country.  Successful applicants for summer associate and associate positions will have excellent academic performance in both undergraduate and law school (usually top 25% of class), and demonstrate outstanding oral and written communication skills.  Participation in extra-curricular activities (law review, other law journals, moot court, and other organizations) is highly desirable.  Litigation-related coursework and other forms of recognition and awards are also relevant.

For our patent practice, which comprises the majority of our hiring, we require a technical undergraduate degree in, for example, engineering, chemistry, physics, computer science, or biotechnology.  We are interviewing second and third-year students with technical backgrounds in one or more of these areas.

For our trademark practice, we are seeking second and third-year students with liberal arts or business degrees who have a strong interest in specializing in this area of law.

To apply online for an attorney, patent agent, or scientific advisor position, please click here.

To apply online for 2018 Summer Program, please click here.

LATERAL ATTORNEYS: YOUR WAY FORWARD

As an intellectual property “bigtique,” Brinks offers the best of both large and small firms. We operate with the breadth and resources of a large firm, but with the efficiency and focus you expect in a boutique firm.

Brinks continues to expand our boundaries, recently becoming the first Western law firm to open an office in Shenzhen, China’s technology hub. We are growing our Litigation, Patent, Trademark, Trade Secret, and Copyright practices, recruiting attorneys and practices to build new relationships and capabilities. To support our growth, we have a robust onboarding program designed to integrate lateral attorneys and their clients into the firm.

Whether you are looking for a new platform, the opportunity to lead, or a strong infrastructure to build your current client base, move forward with Brinks. We will collaborate with you to reach your professional goals and provide the best service to your clients

Lateral Opportunities

Patent Litigation Attorney in Chicago

BRINKS GILSON & LIONE, seeks an attorney with a technical background and six or more years of patent litigation experience for its Chicago office. The ideal candidate has some transferrable business and is admitted to the USPTO and Illinois Bars. The candidate must have also have excellent communication skills and academic records.

To apply online for Patent Litigation Attorney position in Chicago, please click here.

Patent Prosecution Attorney in Chicago

BRINKS GILSON & LIONE, seeks an attorney with a technical background and six or more year of patent prosecution experience for its Chicago office. The ideal candidate has some transferrable business and is admitted to the USPTO and Illinois Bars. The ideal candidate can prepare and prosecute patent applications, write opinions, and conduct freedom to operate studies relating to a wide range of technical work. The candidate must have also have excellent communication skills and academic records.

To apply online for Patent Prosecution Attorney position in Chicago, please click here.

Recruitment, Diversity, and Attorney Development Contacts

Robert Ramirez
Associate Recruitment and Diversity Manager
312.840.3169 | Direct
rramirez@brinksgilson.com

Mary Kate Driscoll
Director of Practice Group Operations and Diversity
312.321.4269 | Direct
mkdriscoll@brinksgilson.com