Staff Attorney – IPPTS – All U.S. Offices

Build your big career with the Firm that does Big Law better. McDermott Will & Emery is a leading global law firm that brings together more than 1,400 lawyers and 1,200 business professionals. We celebrate excellence, collaboration and community and have been recognized as a top workplace by The American Lawyer, Working Mother Magazine, Vault and the Human Rights Campaign.

At McDermott, we don’t just invest in your future, we accelerate your career – wherever it may lead. That includes supporting you both in and outside of the office, with our attorneys receiving personalized guidance, structured mentorship and confidential career coaching.


With us, you’ll find:

  • A Firm where everyone belongs: Our award-winning culture prioritizes warmth and authenticity — we encourage you to be yourself!
  • Enthusiasm for diverse perspectives: We’re smarter and stronger when everyone has a voice and a seat at the table. We welcome unique viewpoints and ideas, and we make opportunities for you and your career to thrive.
  • Support to feel your best and do your best: Wellness is integral to building a successful career and a rich life. That’s why our benefits program supports your physical, emotional, mental and financial health, with an emphasis on work/life balance. We’re proud to be the first firm to offer billable hours for wellness.
  • Real rewards for real work: We offer generous compensation packages that recognize hard work and excellence. Our individual merit-based system enabled 65% of our associates to earn above the Cravath scale in 2023.


Job Summary:

McDermott is seeking a Staff Attorney with 5+ years of experience drafting software patent applications to join our growing team, with a technical background in CS/EE. An advanced degree in computer science or electrical engineering is preferred, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science or electrical engineering is strongly preferred. Semiconductor patent drafting would be helpful but not required.

Applications should be submitted online via our web apply portal. Questions can be directed to Amanda Ryan, Lateral Associate Recruiting Manager at


Job Requirements:

We’re open to candidates in any of our U.S. offices.

  • 5+ years of experience with CS/EE patent drafting
  • Must be barred in the jurisdiction you wish to practice
  • Excellent analytical skills, writing skills, and academic record

Please include a cover letter and unedited writing sample with your application.


As part of our ongoing commitment to be #AlwaysBetter for our people, clients and communities, we have created a culture of belonging that champions your individuality as both a person and a professional. From our competitive compensation, top benefits and award-winning professional development programs to industry-leading wellness initiatives, we support you through every stage of your life and career. With McDermott, you can live a life you love both in and outside of the office.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

The estimated salary range for this position is $120,000 – $215,000. Actual salary is dependent on years of experience, technical background and billing rate.