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IP Legal Secretary – Silicon Valley

We are recruiting for a full-time legal assistant in our downtown San Jose office, effective immediately. This position supports the firm’s Intellectual Property /Privacy / Data Security team of professionals.

Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Client communication (written and oral)
  • Opening new business & closing client matters
  • Maintaining attorney calendars
  • Docketing reminders and deadlines
  • Handling incoming and outgoing mail/shipping
  • Typing, editing, proofreading and finalizing documents
  • Organizing & maintaining documents and files
  • Preparing attorney expense reports
  • Primarily a transactions desk, but there is occasional litigation work

Superior attention to detail and the ability to prioritize workload (with direction) is required. Office software skills (including Microsoft Office suite and strong keyboarding) are a must. While IP-specific knowledge and exposure to programs such as WebTMS is not required (we will train), it is a plus. Must be able to think critically, communicate clearly and effectively with others in the firm, and work collaboratively and cooperatively.

College degree is desired.

Hoge Fenton has a strong commitment to diversity.  We strive to recruit and retain a work force that welcomes and supports the interests of women, families, and people of any age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity/gender expression, disability, or military or veteran status.

Please submit your cover letter or email and resume to Susie Patino, Manager of Human Resources. No phone calls or recruiter submissions please.


Attorney Positions

Employment Associate – Silicon Valley

Hoge Fenton, a venerable multi-service law firm headquartered in downtown San Jose, has an immediate opening for a junior to mid-level (2-5 years) associate for our Employment Law group with experience in employment law and a demonstrated interest in providing advice and counsel to clients. Previous experience advising clients with respect to hiring, terminations, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, trade secrets, managing employees, leaves of absence, and wage and hour law; drafting employee handbooks, nondisclosure agreements, arbitration agreements, and separation agreements; and litigating with respect to wrongful termination, class and representative actions, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and breach of contract are preferred.

Hoge Fenton has a strong commitment to diversity. We strive to recruit and retain a work force that welcomes and supports the interests of women, families, and people of any age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, disability, or military or veteran status.

We offer our associates a full array of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, EAP (employee assistance program), Technology Credit Union membership, 401(k), the Gradifi student loan repayment benefit, paid parental leave, teleworking opportunities, a no-accrual vacation policy, and associate bonus plan.

Our environment is collegial, collaborative, and supportive. We provide both formal and informal training opportunities and encourage professional growth, both as a lawyer and a businessperson. Our associate hours commitment is 1,700 annually (billable), plus professional development and business development hours.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate:

  • Has a minimum of 2 years of employment law experience (litigation and/or advice and counsel work)
  • Has practiced in a private firm with experience taking responsibility for client matters (with supervision). (Experience need not be exclusively at a private firm.)
  • Prior experience independently identifying issues and anticipating/recommending necessary next steps
  • Possesses strong academic credentials
  • Has excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Has strong legal and factual/investigative research skills
  • Has an exquisite attention to detail and accurate work product
  • Has a commitment to excellence and a strong work ethic
  • Has a desire to learn and grow professionally; possesses intellectual curiosity

Must be a current member of the State Bar of California.

If you think you belong on our team, please forward your resume and a writing sample to Heather Larrick, Executive Director. Please include a cover email or letter and your salary expectations.


Of Counsel – Silicon Valley or Tri-Valley

Hoge Fenton, a venerable multi-service law firm headquartered in downtown San Jose, is recruiting for a senior-level attorney (8 years+) for our Employment Law group, both to help grow our employment law litigation practice as well as assist our clients in navigating complicated employment law issues. In addition to having been a trusted advisor for clients, it is expected that this person would have extensive employment litigation experience, including harassment, discrimination, and retaliation defense; class action defense; PAGA action defense; defense and prosecution of trade secret actions; and defense of wage & hour claims, as well as experience appearing before entities such as the EEOC, DFEH, DLSE, and CUIAB. This person will have at least a partial book of portable business.

This position may be based either in our Tri-Valley (Pleasanton) or Silicon Valley (downtown San Jose) office. Periodic travel to the other office may be necessary.
Hoge Fenton has a strong commitment to diversity. We strive to recruit and retain a work force that welcomes and supports the interests of women, families, and people of any age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, disability, or military or veteran status.

Our environment is collegial, collaborative, and supportive. The annual billable hours requirement is flexible and would be negotiated as part of the complete compensation package.

Must be a current member of the State Bar of California.

If you think you belong on our team, please forward your resume to Heather Larrick, Executive Director. Please include a cover email or letter.


Business Litigation Associate – Silicon Valley or Tri-Valley

Hoge Fenton, a venerable multi-service law firm headquartered in downtown San Jose, has an immediate opening for a mid-level (3-5 years) litigation associate. Experience in business litigation strongly preferred.

This position may be based either in our Tri-Valley (Pleasanton) or Silicon Valley (downtown San Jose) office. Weekly travel to the other office may be necessary, as this position supports attorneys in both offices.

Hoge Fenton has a strong commitment to diversity. We strive to recruit and retain a work force that welcomes and supports the interests of women, families, and people of any age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, disability, or military or veteran status.

We offer our associates a full array of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, EAP (employee assistance program), Technology Credit Union membership, 401(k), the Gradifi student loan repayment benefit, paid parental leave, teleworking opportunities, a no-accrual vacation policy, and associate bonus plan.

Our environment is collegial, collaborative, and supportive. We provide both formal and informal training opportunities and encourage professional growth, both as a lawyer and a businessperson. Our associate hours commitment is 1,700 annually (billable), plus professional development and business development hours.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate has:

  • A minimum of 3 years of civil litigation experience (pleading, discovery, motion practice, trial preparation)
  • The ability to actively and meaningfully assist at trial
  • Practiced in a private firm with experience taking responsibility for client matters (with supervision). Experience need not be exclusively at a private firm
  • Prior experience independently identifying issues and anticipating/recommending necessary next steps
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong legal and factual/investigative research skills
  • Exquisite attention to detail and accurate work product
  • A commitment to excellence and a strong work ethic
  • A desire to learn and grow professionally; possesses intellectual curiosity

Must be a current member of the State Bar of California.

If you think you belong on our team, please forward your resume and a writing sample to Heather Larrick, Executive Director. Be sure to include a cover email or letter and your salary expectations.


Privacy / Data Security Associate – Silicon Valley

Hoge Fenton has an immediate opening for a Privacy / Data Security associate attorney. This position is primarily transactions and regulatory compliance work and is based in our Silicon Valley (downtown San Jose) office.

Knowledge and experience in privacy, data security, and related transactions is required. Some litigation experience is a plus. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Privacy: Contracts, policies, regulatory compliance, advice & counsel
  • Data Security: Contracts, data breach response/management/remediation, information security plans, compliance advice & counsel
  • Tech & Commercial Transactions: Data security, protection, transfer, and sharing agreements, SaaS, API, licensing, online Terms of Use / Terms of Service, manufacturing, distributor, and reseller agreements

Hoge Fenton has a strong commitment to diversity. We strive to recruit and retain a work force that welcomes and supports the interests of women, families, and people of any age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity/gender expression, disability, or military or veteran status.

We offer our associates a full array of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, EAP (employee assistance program), Technology Credit Union membership, 401(k), the Gradifi student loan repayment benefit, paid parental leave, and a no-accrual vacation policy.

Our environment is collegial, collaborative, and supportive. We provide both formal and informal training opportunities and encourage professional growth, both as a lawyer and a businessperson.

Job Requirements

The candidate must have:

  • 3+ years of experience as a practicing attorney (or commensurate industry experience), preferably some of which has been in the private law firm environment
  • Rigorous attention to detail
  • Strong legal and factual research skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A commitment to excellence in one’s work
  • A desire to learn and grow professionally; intellectual curiosity
  • Ability to take direction and work well both independently and as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated sound judgment

Although not required, it is helpful if the candidate has familiarity with laws, regulations, and industry standards such as California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) SP800-53 and Cybersecurity Framework, and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) series 27001/2, 27005, 31000.

Must be a current member of the State Bar of California.

If you think you belong on our team, please forward your resume and a writing sample to Heather Larrick, Executive Director.

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