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Staff Positions

McCarter & English, LLP is a firm of approximately 400 lawyers with offices in Boston, East Brunswick, Hartford, Stamford, New York City, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Wilmington and has been in continuous business for more than 170 years, we are among the oldest and largest law firms in America. McCarter & English, LLP is an exceptional place to begin and build a career. We are a growing firm with prestigious clients and a progressive, supportive and diverse environment.

McCarter & English, LLP has been and continues to be committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at the Firm will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities.

As an Equal Opportunity employer, McCarter & English, LLP offers all candidates equal opportunity for employment and advancement based on their ability and without regard to race, religion, color, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, civil union, domestic partnership status, gender identity and expression, learning disability, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, genetic information, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status, or other classification or characteristics protected by federal, state or local law. All employment decisions will be made on a nondiscriminatory basis so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity.

Note to Employment Agencies: Please do not forward any unsolicited resumes. McCarter & English, LLP is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited.

Current Openings

Foreign Filing Specialist (Boston Office)

Boston Office of McCarter & English, LLP seeks a Foreign Filing Specialist.  If you have relevant experience, we would like you to consider joining our team.  Please send your resume and cover letter to Christine Lydon, Director of Human Resources, at .


  • Preparing/filing PCT and 371 applications
  • Preparing filing packages and monitoring foreign filings, including direct national, national/regional phase, and design applications
  • Preparing/filing documents/responses in PCT applications (i.e. correct defects, furnish sequence listing, Ch. II Demands, 92bis requests, etc.)
  • Corresponding with clients/foreign associates regarding filing formalities
  • Monitoring foreign patent docket daily
  • Reviewing/analyzing correspondence from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), World Intellectual Property Organization, foreign national patent offices, and foreign associates
  • Preparing cost estimates for international patent filings using licensed software
  • Assisting with intake of foreign patent portfolios, including reviewing file histories and liaising with foreign associates
  • Performing research/compiling data as requested by attorneys/clients
  • Attending to special projects (i.e. changes in foreign patent ownership)
  • Keeping abreast of international and foreign national patent prosecution rules and serving as resource for attorneys/assistants/clients


  •  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Analytical thinker with proven ability to work independently and proactively
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Demonstrated success working in demanding, deadline-driven environment and adjusting to shifting priorities
  • Strong team contributor
  • Availability to work overtime when necessary
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications
  • Knowledge of CPI, IPDAS, e-PCT, and USPTO online filing preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 2 years international patent filing experience preferred

 McCarter & English, LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

IP Docketing Paralegal (Boston, MA Office)

The Boston office seeks a full-time IP Docketing Paralegal. Please send your resume and cover letter to Christine Lydon, Director of Human Resources, at .

Docket Clerk

Maintains a historical record of service and filings. Computes and calendars corresponding due dates on computer system. Alerts Firm attorneys, patent agents and assistants of receipt of notices, and impending deadlines.  Assists attorneys and secretaries with generating Docket Reports as necessary.


  • Handle the daily maintenance and overall operation of the Firm's computerized docketing system including the docketing of all incoming mail from the USPTO, international patent offices, clients and international associates; docketing prosecution and interference due dates for all US patent cases into the docketing system including USPTO and court filings dates; abandoning cases and entering data relating to cases transferred to and from the Firm
  • Maintain the accuracy and integrity of all data entry including the data entry of new US and foreign, patent, interference and litigation case data; Maintain a high level of quality by reviewing all data entry on a daily basis
  • Clear due dates on the docketing system on a daily basis per instruction from Attorneys/Assistants
  • Will interact with staff and legal personnel on a daily basis
  • Assist opening, stamping, logging and distributing mail; processing incoming facsimiles and other duties as assigned
  • No supervisory responsibilities


  • 2 plus years US and foreign docketing experience required; computerized docketing experience required
  • CPI & IP experience required
  • Thorough knowledge of U.S. Patent and Trademark filing, prosecution and registration procedures
  • MS Office and Word Perfect experience required
  • Type 50-75 WPM
  • Must be able to exercise independence and good judgment; have excellent attention to detail; and maintain discretion with confidential and sensitive information
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Must maintain a high quality work product, have the ability to schedule work to meet department deadlines and be able to perform job responsibilities under pressure efficiently, productively and in a professional manner
  • High school graduate required; undergraduate degree preferred
McCarter & English, LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Litigation Secretary (Boston, MA Office)

Boston office of McCarter & English, LLP seeks a Litigation Secretary. If you have relevant experience, we would like you to consider joining our team.  Please send your resume and cover letter to Christine Lydon, Director of Human Resources, at .


Under general supervision, performs legal secretarial work and administrative duties for multiple attorneys.


2+ years of litigation secretarial experience, IP Litigation preferred.  Must type a minimum of 70 words per minute.


Assisting secretarial team with coverage during call outs, vacations.


  • Must be organized, detail oriented, and a team player
  • Must be able to handle travel arrangements and expense reports

  • Comprehensive knowledge of litigation documents, notices, and legal terminology

  • Must maintain client files and pleadings books

  • Knowledge of effective proofreading techniques

  • Comprehensive knowledge of MS Word, MS Outlook; Excel;

  • Must be proficient at internet searches and other research databases;

  • Must possess the organizational and project management skills needed to manage time well, prioritize effectively and handle multiple deadlines

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, while displaying a positive, high-energy attitude


McCarter & English, LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Manager of Knowledge Management & Information Research

Newark office of McCarter & English, LLP seeks a Manager of Knowledge Management & Information Research. If you have relevant experience, we would like you to consider joining our team.  Please send your resume and cover letter to Christine Lydon, Director of Human Resources, at .

Essential Duties

  • Manage the operations of the Information Research and the Knowledge Management function in accordance with the direction of Firm management.
  • Prepare long term plan for Knowledge and Information asset development based on business goals and input from stakeholders.
  • Develop mitigation plans for capturing and storing legacy knowledge as it retires or is retired.
  • Identify areas of opportunity where knowledge management can create efficiencies and leverage existing knowledge base in meaningful ways.
  • Organize and manage the firm’s knowledge management systems(s) such that research, opinions and precedents across all practice areas and locations can be easily and quickly located and utilized.
  • Partner with experts across practice groups and with other stakeholders who have distinct knowledge to create, classify and improve knowledge resources.
  • Create and maintain processes that ensure quality data, including complete and accurate data sets.
  • Promote and facilitate the use of idea/knowledge sharing, collaboration tools and effective use of technology s part of daily work. Promote use of knowledge management at all levels.
  • Administers, directs, supervises, and coordinates all general and day-to-day functions of the Information Research resources at all locations.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates long and short term goals and objectives of the Information Resource and Knowledge Management functions.
  • Continue to evolve the Information function into digital format and move away from print.
  • Prepare and administer the annual Information Research and Knowledge Management budgets firm wide.
  • Direct, monitor, and control all Information Research and Knowledge Management expenditures.
  • Meet with vendors regarding Information Research and Knowledge Management services and resources including but not limited to contract negotiations, new products, renewals, training, problems, and support.
  • Research Knowledge Management tools, trends and methods to continually improve the function.
  • Create and develop orientation programs, training sessions, and continuing education opportunities for attorneys and paralegals at all locations.
  • Write and implement Information Research and Knowledge Management policies and procedures.
  • Attend meetings with Firm administration, department heads, practice groups, Firm committees as needed.
  • Stay abreast of current developments in the Law Library, Information Research and Knowledge Management field through attendance at educational conferences, seminars, workshops and meetings, and reading current literature.
  • Seek to create an environment where staff across various disciplines can create new knowledge and innovation through the use of technology and team work.
  • Provide leadership and direction to team members, including establishing priorities, assigning tasks, monitoring progress, and reporting status.
  • Contribute to team growth through strong team interactions, be comfortable accepting feedback, positive and negative, and be driven by both time constraints and a personal commitment to quality.

Minimum qualifications

  • Five years of progressive responsible library experience, including at least two years in a supervisory or leadership capacity.
  • Three to Five years' experience in Knowledge Management.
  • Graduate/Post-graduate degree in Library or Information Sciences preferred.
  • Previous experience managing and/or working with large data sets to produce meaningful information/reports preferred.
  • Previous experience in legal is a requirement.
  • Direct experience integrating knowledge with portals/intranets and databases.
  • Proven experience managing teams of various sizes.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Understanding of basic project management principles, including gathering, analyzing, and meeting business requirements, testing, and quality assurance.
  • Strong client service interaction skills and ability to understand and document client needs from a business solutions perspective required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, library patrons and colleagues.
  • Ability and experience in budget preparation and management.
  • Ability and experience in personnel supervision and management.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain composure in stressful work situations.

Note:   While the list of essential duties is intended to be as inclusive as possible, there may be other duties, which are essential to particular positions within the class.

Patent Assistant (Washington D.C Office)

Washington D.C. Office of McCarter & English, LLP seeks a Patent Assistant.  If you have relevant experience, we would like you to consider joining our team.  Please send your resume and cover letter to Christine Lydon, Director of Human Resources, at .

Essential Duties

  • Responsible for the preparation of IP documents; e-filing with the USPTO and other offices.
  • Prepare legal correspondence and proofreading to ensure accuracy.
  • Answer telephone calls, transfer calls to the appropriate staff and take messages in their absence.
  • Maintain attorney’s docket and monitor deadlines
  • Process bills; proof billing sheets; review and edit bills.
  • Daily mailing and filing responsibilities


  • Assist other Patent Assistants within the group
  • Photocopy and collate documents for mailings
  • Compile and prepare reports and presentations


Training and Experience

A minimum of two years of legal secretarial experience in the patent field. Must type a minimum of 70 words per minute.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  • Comprehensive knowledge of US and foreign patent & trademark prosecution procedures
  • Comprehensive knowledge in the preparation of IP documents; e-filing with the USPTO.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of effective proofreading techniques.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of MS office.
  • Must be able to multi-task in an extremely fast paced environment.
  • Ability to type accurately and use a personal computer.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
McCarter & English, LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.