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Senniger Powers has worked hard to create an inclusive environment for lawyers, technical advisors and staff from a variety of racial, religious, gender, sexual orientation, family structure and other backgrounds. Our mission is to encourage a respectful, innovative, and wide-ranging culture that values the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and allows creativity to thrive. Our differences are many; however, one central value remains common to attorneys and employees of the firm. We are all talented professionals, devoted to supporting one another so that our client's goals are successfully achieved.

Currently, 33% of our Executive Committee, 14% of our partners and 20% of our associates and counsel are women, and 24% of our partners and 23% of our associates and counsel are women or minorities. We are pleased that our initiatives have provided positive results in the percentage of women and minorities among partners, associates, and patent agents when compared to other St. Louis firms according to the most recent data published by the National Association of Law Placement.

To further our mission, we have established an active Diversity Committee to oversee the development and implementation of the firm's initiatives. The Diversity Committee directs our activities in key strategic areas, including:

  • Recruitment initiatives

  • Training

  • Mentoring programs

  • Marketing skills

  • Retention and internal advancement

Our firm helps support and also participates in various recruiting programs and job fairs such as the St. Louis Diversity job fair, the Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Program, the Southeastern Minority Job Fair, the Rocky Mountain Black Law Students Association Job Fair, and the National Black Law Students Association Midwest Recruitment Conference. Our mentoring program, utilized by all incoming associates, partners each new associate with a senior associate to facilitate growth and development of the associate. We also invite all female professionals to participate in our Women's Practice Development Committee, which organizes important charitable events, sponsors programs specifically designed for female professionals, and coordinates other networking opportunities.

Senniger Powers recruits and employs lawyers, law students, paralegals, technical advisors, patent agents, and staff without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, or other factors protected by law. Rather, we base all employment decisions on qualifications, performance, and other legitimate non-discriminatory factors. This non-discrimination policy applies at all stages and in all aspects of employment, including recruiting, hiring, promotion, work assignment, and compensation.

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Senniger Attorneys Published in The St. Louis Bar Journal

The Spring 2017 edition of The St. Louis Bar Journal features two articles on Intellectual Property issues written by Senniger Powers attorneys.

03/22/2017

Supreme Court Finds that Laches is No Longer a Defense in Patent Litigation

On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court in a 7-to-1 decision, ruled that the equitable defense of laches is not available to a patent infringement defendant.

03/15/2017

Marc Vander Tuig Speaks on Significant 2016 Federal Circuit Decisions

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02/24/2017

Supreme Court Finds that Shipping a Single Component Abroad Can Never Constitute Infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(1)

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