Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law



From the day our firm was founded, we have been committed to creating and fostering a dynamic, diverse workplace. It’s a commitment that has yielded real and meaningful results. Today we are one of the top 20 most diverse firms in the nation. We are also recognized as the #1 best law firm for minority attorneys - a unique record among law firms our size. 

We promote diversity through active outreach and recruitment, as well as through internal programs that ensure the needs and goals of all our diverse employees are recognized and valued. Our Diversity Committee includes members from a broad spectrum of attorneys reflective of our diverse workforce. Our attorneys have diverse cultural and religious backgrounds and combined, speak over 20 foreign languages from Portuguese to Punjabi.

As part of our commitment to diversity in the workplace, Knobbe Martens is proud to offer a 1L Diversity Scholarship Program which is open to qualified first-year law students interested in Intellectual Property Law.  For more information, please click here.

The Knobbe Martens Diversity Committee promotes the following firm objectives:

Foster understanding, communication, and respect among all people in the firm, including people of different races, religions, ages, genders, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, national origins, sexual orientations, gender identities, medical conditions or disabilities, and marital, veteran, or family statuses; attract qualified candidates for attorney positions with such diverse backgrounds; retain and provide equal opportunity for attorneys with such diverse backgrounds; promote the firm’s diversity in connection with business development opportunities; and address other diversity-related issues that may arise. 

No Glass Ceiling to Equity Partnership

  • Short partnership track - Associates may be considered for partnership as early as six years after joining the firm
  • Single-tiered (equity) partnership 

Unique Culture and Programs That Promote Diversity

  • 1,750 hours-per-year quota 
  • Quota credit (at least 15 days per year) available to assist in meeting quota 
  • Significant client contact and responsibility for associates 
  • Reduced quota program for associates and partners 
  • Return-to-work transition period for associates and partners after maternity leave
  • 1L Diversity Scholarship Program
  • Over 20 foreign languages spoken, including Arabic, Croatian, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu

Diversity Leadership

  • Multiple offices managed by a diverse attorney 
  • Numerous committees chaired by a diverse attorney 
  • Diverse attorneys have major roles in litigation and at trial 
  • Firm includes internationally recognized leaders in IP across a vast spectrum of technology areas


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