Our more junior attorneys develop quickly because they get real responsibility from their very first days with the firm. Patent litigation is challenging, and the only way to get very good at it is by doing it. Junior associates are integral parts of every case team, and often take on tasks that would be reserved for senior associates and partners at other firms. That real-world experience allows our attorneys to progress and build their skills more quickly. Moreover, we typically take on complex and difficult cases, which provide better opportunities for experience and career growth.
Nor do we believe that trial appearances should be reserved solely for partners. Our lawyers are given opportunities—including trial opportunities—based on their capabilities, not their number of years out of law school. And because of the frequency with which we go to trial, even our relatively junior attorneys typically have trial experience surpassing that of many partners at other firms. That experience provides a deep bench that enables us to outperform our opponents’ sometimes significantly larger trial teams.