First Year and Lateral Attorney Recruiting

As a first-year attorney or lateral attorney at our firm, you will experience a collegial and supportive environment in which your technical knowledge is challenged and your legal skills improve. Some of the activities in which you may be involved are:

We are a firm committed to mentoring and associate development, and we do not set our associates adrift, to fend for themselves. Some of the development activities we offer include:

Our firm typically hires first-year lawyers only from those who participate in our summer associate program.

We will consider submissions from qualified 3Ls or law school graduates seeking lateral associate positions at any time, and is accepting such submissions now.

A complete submission is sent by email or postal mail and includes: cover letter indicating why we should hire you; resume; writing sample(s), preferably relevant to patents; and uncertified copies of undergraduate and law school transcripts. You may omit writing samples and transcripts until you receive an initial indication of interest from us.

If you email documents, please send only PDF files and do not send Word files with macros. Please do not send privileged or confidential information in writing samples. Successful applicants hold a BSCS, BSEE, BSCE, BS Physics, and/or have substantial familiarity or job experience with software engineering, software development, electrical engineering, or computer engineering; have taken one or more intellectual property law courses; and have earned or expect to earn a JD from an ABA-accredited law school.

Residence in California, or admission to practice before the USPTO, is a plus. We do not have a life sciences or chemical practice and cannot consider students who have backgrounds in biology, chemistry, biotech, or chemical engineering. Those with mechanical engineering backgrounds must also have substantial familiarity or job experience with software engineering, software development, electrical engineering, or computer engineering.

Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we may not acknowledge or reply to emails or letters from those who do not have an appropriate technical background or who do not otherwise meet our hiring criteria as described in this site. For students who do meet our hiring criteria, we normally communicate interest within one to four weeks. HPBB is an equal opportunity employer.

For information on regular associate positions or summer associate positions, send e-mail to

A complete submission must include a resume, an undergraduate transcript, a law school transcript, writing samples, and an e-mail or cover letter about why you are interested in us.
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