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Fish & Richardson offers bonuses of up to $115K for Federal Circuit clerks

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Former judicial clerks from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will now receive up to $115,000 in bonuses at Fish & Richardson.

With 28 former Federal Circuit clerks in its ranks today, the leading patent litigation firm just increased its Federal Circuit clerk bonuses by nearly 30 percent, according to its press release. Starting this month, the firm is giving $115,000 bonuses to clerks who have completed two years at the Federal Circuit (or a combination of one year at the Federal Circuit and one year at a federal district court). Clerks with 18 months at the court will earn $105,000 bonuses, and those with one year at the court will receive $100,000 bonuses.

“It is important for our firm to continue to recognize the value that we put on Federal Circuit clerks, the experiences they get at the Federal Circuit and how that experience translates from being a Federal Circuit clerk to becoming an associate at Fish,” Adam Shartzer told the ABA Journal. Shartzer is a former Federal Circuit clerk and the firm’s national recruiting principal for Federal Circuit clerks. He added that the experiences at the Federal Circuit provide expertise in patent law for former clerks who work at Fish & Richardson.

The National Law Journal reported that the firm has focused on Federal Circuit clerks over the years as it “recognized their value in the intellectual property field across its 11 offices.”

According to the firm’s press release, seven of its summer and junior associates have clerked at the Federal Circuit and returned to the firm to practice in the past three years. Fish & Richardson says it employs more former Federal Circuit clerks than any other firm.

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