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Erik M Pelton and Associates was founded with the dream of making intellectual property protection understandable,
accessible, and affordable for businesses of all sizes and types. We’re currently looking for an Associate Attorney who can
support our clients to reach their business goals and make the most of their brand assets.

Job Details:

The Associate Attorney will work closely with the Erik Pelton (Founder and Lead Attorney), as well as other Associates of
the firm. This will be a full-time (40+ hours/week), mainly in-office 1 position in our Northern Virginia office 2. Our team
works Monday-Friday, generally from 9am to 5pm ET.

Salary range is $110,00 - $140,000 commensurate with experience. Excellent opportunity to work with a leading
trademark law firm for former USPTO examiners, associates with trademark experience, or for a recent law school
graduate with a strong background in IP and trademark courses.

Who We Are: The Nontraditional Trademark Lawyers®

We are a fun, small office with a passion for helping businesses build and protect brands. We have a 20-year track record
as a leading trademark boutique law firm, using technology and proprietary software to deliver flat fees. At EMP&A, we
consider ourselves not just experienced trademark attorneys, but more importantly, we are counselors.

Successful team members are confident in tackling new experiences and work together to continually improve and
provide greater value to our clients. We are dedicated not only to serving our clients, but to giving back and shaping the
future of the trademark law community and beyond with pro bono services (targeting veteran-owned small businesses),
teaching, and more. We practice what we preach, building our own brand via a variety of marketing and thought

About the Position:

You have the desire, skills, and experience needed to lead the following activities:
• All aspects of US trademark filings, especially drafting applications and Office Action responses
• Trademark infringement matters, including drafting cease and desist letters and responses
• Counseling clients on trademark searches and brand strategies
• TTAB trademark dispute matters, including discovery, motions, pleadings, and briefs
• Filing applications for copyright registration
• International trademark filing work

• J.D. degree with admission in good standing (or pending) to a State Bar

We are open to a hybrid schedule, and to more remote work after 1 year.
We are located in Falls Church City, 1.5 miles from East Falls Church Metro station (bikeshare and bus available).
About You:
What you need to succeed:
• Demonstrated passion for trademarks and experience navigating the USPTO application process for clients
• Experience dealing with the USPTO in prior employment, internship, or clinic work (preferred)
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment managing variety of matters and deadlines
• Committed to help businesses protect one of their most valuable and important assets – their brand
• Collaborative and creative team player
• Confident and clear communicator with excellent writing skills

What We Offer:
• Environment built for learning and growth
• 401k and profit-sharing eligibility after 1 full calendar year of service
• Health insurance plan
• Paid vacation (starting at 2 weeks)
• Paid parental leave (eligible after 1 full year of employment)
• Travel reimbursement for public transportation
• Discretionary bonuses
• Professional membership dues and conference / continuing education costs covered, including travel for select
• One paid day off per quarter for community service
• Dedication to pro bono work and working with clients who are impacting their communities
• Commitment to increasing our sustainability
• Track record of mentoring over more than a decade
• A team that values supporting each other
• Flexible schedule/hours
• Hybrid office environment after initial training period
• Proprietary software to support and manage our work and dockets
• Wide variety of clients from mom-and-pop businesses to growing multi-million dollar businesses across all
• No billable hour requirements

Application Process:
We want to know who you are, so make your application stand out! Email your resume & cover letter to Please include the following:

• Introduce yourself
• Tell us why you are the best candidate for this position
• Tell us specifically how you will fit in this job and what you’ll bring to EMP&A

Finalists will be asked to draft a sample Office Action response to the USPTO (details to be provided).

We are committed to fostering an environment that embraces and promotes equality, diversity, and inclusiveness.

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