At MBHB, the legal and scientific credentials of our professionals are first rate. Period. We speak the languages of law and science – and of the people we serve.
With one hundred percent of the firm’s attorneys holding science or engineering degrees, you can be sure that you will be joining a team of professionals at the cutting edge of science, technology and IP law.
Our high-tech, innovative clients offer unique opportunities to experience broad areas of intellectual property law. As a summer associate, you’ll receive the opportunity to spend ten weeks learning about the practice of law – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. MBHB’s summer program encourages hands-on participation in client work, managed by partner-mentors throughout the program. A summer associate might work on a patent application, assist in drafting a freedom-to-operate opinion, attend a client presentation, complete legal research for a pleading, or write a blog post or snippets article over the course of their summer.
Not only will you earn invaluable experience during your summer, but you’ll also have the opportunity to get to know your colleagues at social events. In the past, some of our summer events have included Cubs games, Whirlyball®, glassblowing classes, an architectural boat tour, and the annual Firm golf outing.
Can you see yourself helping scientists and engineers protect their innovations in a collegial work environment? MBHB offers an alternative career path to engineers and scientists who do not have law school training. Like our attorneys, many of our patent agents and technical advisors come from industry and research backgrounds.
Our patent agents and technical advisors work on a variety of different technologies. Your technical experience is key in understanding and protecting our clients’ innovations. You will work with our attorneys to develop creative patent strategies for clients. You’ll conduct prior art searches, prepare and file patent applications, and support the preparation of legal opinions on freedom to operate, ownership, inventorship, infringement, and validity issues.
If you thrive on diversity and you want to remain on the cutting edge of technology, consider joining MBHB as a patent agent or technical advisor. Your work will be varied and, beyond that, you’ll enjoy time with your colleagues.
Our patent agents and technical advisors are also given the opportunity to apply to our Law Clerk Program, should they choose to pursue the path of attending law school and becoming an IP Attorney. With full tuition reimbursement and a reduced hours requirement, our law clerks can attend classes while continuing to gain experience in the field of IP law.
Your professional development is important to us and our clients. MBHB wants to help you get the education you need to develop your career in the way you want. Our mentoring program encourages formal and informal meetings with our founding attorneys and equity partners.
Essential to any attorney’s career is client development – MBHB’s in-house training helps our attorneys to foster relationships with existing clients, create connections with new clients, and develop networks of potential clients. We focus on client-specific skills training, business development coaching, and client relationship education, in group and individual settings.
Examples of some of our professional development programs include:
Continuing Legal Education
Beyond our professional development programming, we also offer in-house CLE-accredited programs, created and provided either by outside consultants or by our attorneys. These sessions allow MBHB attorneys to attain required CLE credit without having to leave the office.
Past CLE offerings have included:
We also maintain a Practicing Law Institute membership, which provides a variety of live and Web-based CLE-accredited courses.
In addition to a highly competitive salary and bonus program, MBHB offers relocation expenses, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K program, profit sharing, long term disability insurance, flexible spending account for health and dependent care, and transportation payroll deduction. Domestic partner coverage is available. Professionals are entitled to payment for membership in one professional organization. Reimbursement is available for expenses related to the USPTO exam, including a review course.
Additional perks include an attorney lounge as well as workout facilities on site. The firm also sponsors various social events for attorneys and staff throughout the year.