Pharma Associate – Law Firm – Reston, VA, Boston, MA or remote

The Marbury Law Group is a mid-size law firm and manages large, medium, and small patent portfolios. We help start-up and emerging technology companies leverage their intellectual assets to achieve their business goals. We are committed to providing high-quality services to meet the evolving needs of our clients.

Position Overview:

We are seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and skilled individual to join our burgeoning Life Sciences team as a Pharma Associate. The Pharma Associate will play a key role in supporting various aspects of the patent drafting and prosecution in life sciences, biotechnology, and chemical areas. The ideal candidate should possess experience in drafting original patent applications in one or more of the above fields. The Associate will also have an opportunity to participate in strategic counseling such as opinion work. You will work directly with Marbury’s Head of Life Sciences, Michelle O’Brien, as well as Tom Irving, who has nearly 50 years of experience in patent law, most of which has been in the pharma field. We are looking for a candidate who prefers a mid-size firm over a large one and who ultimately aspires to become a partner within the firm.

Educational Background:

The ideal candidate is a registered U.S. patent attorney or agent with a PH. D in biology, chemistry, or a related field. Strong attention to detail and the ability to follow procedures accurately are required. Excellent communication and teamwork skills are needed. S/he will have the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, but pleasant and fun environment and adapt to changing priorities.


The ideal candidate should have 2-4 years of patent experience in one of the fields noted above in prosecuting existing patent applications and drafting new ones.


The candidate will focus mainly on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in one or more of the above fields. Duties, however, may also include the drafting and analysis of patent re-examinations and reissues as well as opinions of counsel, such as Freedom to Operate; management and direction of foreign counsel; client counseling, infringement analysis, validity/patentability analysis, particularly in view of recent developments in Obviousness-Type Double Patenting (similar to Cellect) and the Safe Harbor of §121, and §112 (f) means plus function pharma claims, Orange Book listing strategy and analysis, re-examination and reissue request drafting, IP licensing, IP due diligence, engaging in post-grant IPR and PGR practice, and assistance with marketing and client development efforts; ultimately, review and management of junior associate work product and direction of paralegal staff.


We offer a unique compensation structure which provides a generous base salary with an expectation of 1550 minimum billed hours per year.
For employees who generate over 1550 billed hours per year, we also offer a formula-based bonus for each billed hour over 1550 hours. Total compensation is based on productivity and billed hours, and for someone who wants to bill in the 2000-hour yearly range, is projected to be similar to that of large law firms.


We offer a professional, relaxed, supportive office environment, flexible work hours with a low minimum billed hours requirement, and comprehensive benefits including paid time off and holidays, health, dental, vision, and disability insurance, 401(k), profit sharing, opportunities for professional development and advancement, et cetera. For candidates who plan to work on-site in one of our offices, we offer a casual dress code and free parking.

We encourage and support associate attorneys in marketing and developing their own clients. Associate attorneys receive credit for client origination, manage the client relationship with supervision from our partners, and receive a bonus based on the amount of client origination.

Join our team and contribute to our mission of securing and defending client innovations.

If you are interested and to learn more, please email cover letter, resume, two letters of reference and writing sample (published patent application or issued patent preferred) to

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Reston, VA, Boston, MA or remote (we currently operate in the following states: DC, IL, KY, MA, MD, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, UT)