Firm Structure

A different kind of patent law firm.

A law firm’s internal structure can have a profound effect on the firm’s clients and attorneys. A conventional law firm is typically organized as a leveraged structure, as seen in the figure on the left. In a conventional firm, a small number of senior partners are responsible for bringing in work (”rainmaking”) and delegating this work to a larger number of junior partners and a much larger number of associates to do the work.

Every attorney at Myers Bigel is a substantive working patent lawyer, something unheard of at traditional leveraged law firms. We have a unique structure at Myers Bigel, which is organized as an inverted pyramid as seen in the figure on the right without dedicated “rain makers” passing-off new work to inexperienced attorneys. The same experienced, dedicated attorney who begins working with a client at Myers Bigel continues to apply their experience into the nuts and bolts of the patent development, filing and approval process. Work can be performed for clients at a high level of expertise, but at a low level of cost, because the overhead of the “unproductive partner” is not present.

Conventional Patent Law Firm - Senior Partners push work to Junior Partners and Associates Myers Bigel Patent Law Firm - Partners and Associates (who themselves are viewed as senior partners) perform all work