Professional Development

In an environment where teamwork and collaboration thrive, Banner & Witcoff is committed to training, mentoring, and retaining the best lawyers in the country, and providing those individuals with opportunities for personal and professional growth.

New Attorney Training Program

Attorneys who join the firm participate in an extensive training program held in both the firm’s Chicago and DC offices. This program includes social and networking opportunities in addition to a full curriculum with topics that include the following:

  • How to Effectively Obtain Discovery in Litigation;
  • Taking and Defending Depositions;
  • Discovery Motion Practice;
  • Substantive Motion Practice;
  • Mock Trial Direct and Cross-examination;
  • Patent Drafting;
  • U.S. Prosecution Procedures;
  • Foreign Filings;
  • Best Practices;
  • Business Development; and,
  • Client Service.
The program also includes educational workshops on claims drafting and office action responses.

Mentor Program

New attorneys are paired with an attorney mentor to assist with integration into the firm. This program is designed to help new lawyers succeed at Banner & Witcoff and assists them with socialization, professional growth, efficiency, communication and client relations.

Associate Program

The firm has an established committee for associate attorneys which serves as a forum for the discussion of topics, issues and concerns pertinent to associates at Banner & Witcoff. All associates are encouraged to regularly participate in the committee meetings where their perspectives, through a Shareholder liaison, are conveyed to firm leadership.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program

The firm provides a wide range of in-house training programs designed to help attorneys learn the skills needed to succeed. The firm sponsors frequent CLE programs on a wide variety of topics and in various formats that include webinars, case study demonstrations and roundtable discussions.

Recent CLE programs include the following:

  • Ethics: Supplemental Examinations to Consider, Reconsider or Correct (Patent-Related Information A Tangled Web Indeed);
  • Strategies for Drafting a Patent Specification for Filing in Both U.S. and EPO;
  • Understanding IP Damages Discovery; and,
  • Conflicts in Patent Prosecution: Avoiding the Ethical Pitfalls.

Performance Reviews

All attorneys participate in the firm’s annual performance review process. The program is designed to provide attorneys with constructive feedback and includes a discussion on accomplishments for the year and goals for the year ahead.