Mind + Muscle

technical minds + legal muscle




In 1978, Robert Greene Sterne set out to create a different kind of law firm - one that would recognize the contribution every person makes and one that would place a high value on technical competency and service.

It took a few years and the addition of Edward Kessler, Jorge Goldstein and Samuel Fox to reach the goal with the establishment of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox.  Founded in Washington, DC to serve U.S. companies in the field of intellectual property law, the firm now has over 170 IP professionals serving clients around the globe.  They are backed by a team of experienced staff and managers.  With 30 years now passed, one thing remains true; our firm is guided by the principles of teamwork, respect and quality of service with an emphasis on scientific and technical knowledge.

 See the Milestones timeline below to learn more.

(2) Why Washington D.C.?

Why Washington D.C.?

In the middle of it all, our office is located near government agencies, courts and organizations dedicated to Intellectual Property law.

(3) Awards + Accolades

  • Named by Corporate Counsel magazine as a “2013 Go-To Law Firm® for the Top 500 Companies.”
  • Recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the top 50 best companies to work for in the Greater Washington area in 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • Ten Sterne Kessler directors were named "IP Stars" by Managing Intellectual Property's IP Handbook in 2013 and 2014.
  • Sterne Kessler was named to The National Law Journal's Intellectual Property Hot List in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • Sterne Kessler has been included in IAM Patent 1000 2013 and 2014 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, an extensive guide honoring leading private practice patent professionals.
  • Ranked in 2014 for the twelfth consecutive year by Chambers & Partners USA as one of America’s leading firms in IP.

(4) Firm Milestones

In a patent trial, the way the lawyer frames the question at issue will condition the jury's understanding of the science.
Defining the question is what
Sterne Kessler does best.


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