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Daniel Shirk

Office Manager

+1 (571) 313-7556

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Our work is all about people and collaboration. I enjoy the open communication and mutual support that comes with working in the team here at Paratus. I believe teams provide the best answers and reach the best decisions.

Self-discipline is essential in our business. You have to approach each task with utmost responsibility, and that means checking all of the details when you’re finished. “A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” (Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness)

I’ve been fortunate to work with some very smart people throughout my career. But intelligence is like luck: It brings you opportunity, but you still have to work hard if you want to succeed. That kind of self-motivation and dedication to doing your best work is something I see all the time here at Paratus.

I think of myself as a facilitator. I spend most of my time trying to make everybody else’s job a little bit easier. Sometimes that means automating our processes, and sometimes that means coordinating with clients, attorneys, and Examiners. It always means I need a holistic understanding of the firm and the intellectual property business.

The more you understand, the easier it is to make an impact.

I worked overseas for three years. Managing a highly international staff in Gimpo, South Korea (a suburb of Seoul), I was also responsible for interviewing and selecting new expatriate staff.  The experience really allowed me to put my Business Management education to work, and provided me a wealth of international experience.

I obtained my Master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy while working full-time at Paratus. I’m grateful for the flexibility the company gave me, including the time off required to complete a study-abroad course at the University of Oxford.

To anyone entering patent law, I’d say one thing: Care. Care about everything. Care about what you do, care about what others do, and care about the results. The details matter in this field, sometimes a lot.


  • Master of Arts, International Commerce and Policy, George Mason University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, General Management, University of Oklahoma