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A large firm.  A mid-size firm. A specialty firm. Brinks Gilson & Lione is all three.

For a specialty firm, we are indeed large in what our teams are able to accomplish for our clients. And we do have an impressive roster of high-profile clients. Working at Brinks means having opportunities that keep you challenged, learning and growing throughout your career. Compared to large general practice firms, however, we're mid-sized—just the right size to preserve our collaborative culture.

Our culture reflects an innate sense of community because we bring authenticity, inclusivity, and geniality into our work every day. Whether connecting for an after-work group run, exchanging views on a point of law, or passing the paintbrush at a community service project, Brinks lawyers build a culture of trust, friendship and respect.

It shows in the ways our associates and shareholders interact with each other. Our more seasoned attorneys take associate development seriously, and make themselves available for mentoring and guidance. Our associates blossom in their careers and confidence as a result of our collegial, supportive environment.

As several new associates have said over the years, "This doesn't feel like a law firm," when describing our camaraderie, informality (a firm-wide trait), candor and light-hearted atmosphere at Brinks. What they are really describing is a culture where our people are comfortable being themselves, which isn’t always the case with larger firms.

Summer/New Associates

Brinks routinely seeks law students interested in practicing intellectual property law with one of the most prominent firms in the country.

Ideal candidates for summer and new associate positions will:

  • have attained academic excellence in both undergraduate and law school (typically within the top 25% of their classes)
  • demonstrate outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • participate (or have participated) in extra-curricular activities, e.g., Law Review or other law journals, moot court, trial advocacy, etc. (Highly desired but not required.)
  • have successfully completed or are currently enrolled in litigation-related courses
  • have received other relevant awards or recognition for their academic performance

We require attorneys in our patent practice, which comprises the majority of our hiring, to hold undergraduate degrees in technical areas such as engineering, chemistry, physics, computer science, or biotechnology. We are currently interviewing second and third-year students with technical backgrounds in one or more of these areas.

For our trademark practice, we are seeking second and third-year students with liberal arts or business degrees who have a strong interest in specializing in trademark and copyright law.

Lateral Attorneys

We are a boutique IP firm with attorneys whose in-depth knowledge and scientific acumen are unparalleled in the industries we serve. Brinks offers the best of both large and small firms. We operate with the breadth and resources of a large firm, with the efficiency and focus of a boutique.

We are also expanding as our clients require, having recently become the first U.S. law firm to open an office in Shenzhen, China’s technology hub. We are steadily growing our litigation, patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright practices, recruiting attorneys and building new relationships and capabilities. Further, our robust onboarding program is designed to seamlessly and efficiently integrate lateral attorneys and their clients into the firm.

Whether you are looking for a new platform, the opportunity to lead, or a strong infrastructure to build your current client base, move forward with Brinks. We will work with you to ensure you reach your professional goals as you provide our stellar service to your clients.

Current Opportunities

Trademark Associate

Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, is seeking an experienced trademark attorney to join our Chicago office.

Successful candidates will have:

  • An active license to practice law in Illinois and in Federal court
  • Between 3-5 years of trademark prosecution, clearance and litigation experience
  • Superior academic credentials
  • Fluency in English, with excellent verbal and written communication skills. (Additional fluency in Spanish or Mandarin preferred but not required.)

Patent Attorney

Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, is seeking a registered patent attorney with two or more years of experience practicing IP law to join our Indianapolis office.

Candidates must have:

  • a strong background in electrical, computer, mechanical and/or materials science technology areas
  • litigation experience
  • experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications, writing opinions, and conducting freedom to operate studies relating to a wide range of electrical, computer, mechanical and/or materials science arts
  • superior academic credentials (usually within the top 25% of their class)
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills

An advanced degree, litigation experience, and/or scientific industry experience are preferred but not required.

Please apply online by including a cover letter, resume, undergraduate and law school transcripts, and a writing sample.

If you have questions related to attorney opportunities at Brinks, please contact:

Robert Ramirez
Legal Recruiting and Diversity Manager
312.840.3169 | Direct