Careers

Strong Community

Throughout its 100-year history, Duane Morris has sought to build a community of preeminent attorneys dedicated to the highest standards of professional practice. Duane Morris is a full-service firm of more than 800 lawyers. In addition to legal services, Duane Morris has independent affiliates employing approximately 100 professionals engaged in other disciplines. With offices in major markets in the United States and internationally, Duane Morris represents clients across the U.S. and around the world. Duane Morris is ranked 73 in the Am Law 100, a ranking of the most profitable law firms in the United States, published by The American Lawyer.

Duane Morris recruits lawyers and summer associates who have exhibited superior academic performance, integrity and the ability to assume responsibility.

The firm seeks individuals who lead and work well with others. We believe that balanced judgment, common sense, initiative and the capacity to confront and resolve a variety of situations are essential traits of a successful lawyer. In making employment decisions, we seek individuals who will inspire the confidence of our present and future clients and who will work with us to build our practice. We also recruit individuals who are able to effectively balance their professional commitments with outside interests and community activities.

Diverse and Versatile

Duane Morris is engaged in national and local efforts to support equal opportunity. We are committed to hiring people of diverse backgrounds and fully utilizing their talents to provide legal services of the highest quality. The firm endeavors to recruit diverse attorneys and to support their success and advancement within the firm.

We strive to foster understanding, communication and respect among all people in the firm and believe that we should capitalize on the strength emanating from the different backgrounds and experiences people bring to the firm. Drawing on the talents of all of the firm's personnel helps to create an optimum workplace, allowing Duane Morris to enter and serve varying markets and approach services to its clients more creatively. To help accomplish these goals, the firm has established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which works to enhance our recruitment, retention and advancement of attorneys from diverse backgrounds.

A versatile group of lawyers employing the newest technologies, a strong administrative infrastructure and an entrepreneurial approach to the practice of law allow Duane Morris to function effectively and cohesively in today's business world.

Accelerate Your Professional Development

Duane Morris offers exciting practice opportunities in traditional and evolving areas of the law, including expanding interdisciplinary practices in intellectual property, information technologies and telecom law, domestic and international energy law, water resources and endangered species law, international trade law and healthcare law. The diversity of our services, which includes nationally recognized practices such as bankruptcy, insurance, trial and healthcare, helps to ensure that Duane Morris thrives in a variety of economic climates. At Duane Morris, you will have the chance to:

  • Develop a varied and interesting practice
  • Represent clients in cutting-edge cases
  • Interact with a diverse group of dedicated professionals

We will accelerate your professional development by encouraging you to assume responsibility for client matters and client development early in your career. We also enhance your skills and broaden the range of your capabilities through a comprehensive training program.

Duane Morris, one of the 100 largest U.S. law firms, was called one of the fastest growing by The National Law Journal. The Firm has tripled in the past two decades, and 129 partners have chosen to join Duane Morris in the past five years alone. We consistently attract top lawyers because of our diverse practice areas, targeted industry focus, collegial culture and strategic vision. We understand that you - today's leading attorneys - have a myriad of options, with your impeccable credentials and in-depth experience, and we welcome the occasion to introduce you to the opportunities at our firm.

When you join Duane Morris, you enter into an environment of common values - collaboration, collegiality and professionalism. Partners and associates thrive in this culture by building strong relationships with each other and with clients. In addition, the sophistication of our infrastructure affords our lawyers the ability to focus on practice capabilities and nurture our strategic positioning - both at home and abroad - to enhance our platform of multidisciplinary industry practices in sectors such as financial markets, energy, automotive, pharmaceutical/biotech and high-technology and telecommunications. The strength of our firm stems from the knowledge we have of our clients' businesses, resulting in vibrant and expanding practice groups, connected closely to both established and emerging industries.

Lawyers who join the firm contribute to and benefit from Duane Morris' "Many Voices, One Vision" philosophy, which includes:

  • Collaborative cross-selling among integrated practice groups
  • Focused, effective leadership from a strong management team
  • Entrepreneurial and risk-averse emphasis
  • Clearly defined and rigorously pursued strategies
  • Targeted industry focus
  • Broad and diverse service platform
  • Commitment to investing in the growth of the firm
  • Leader in nonlegal services businesses
  • Emphasis on pro bono activities
  • Professional excellence and uncompromised ethical service to clients
  • Innovative contingent fee strategy

Please contact a member of our recruiting staff for more information.

Amee R. McKim
Director of Legal Recruitment
Email: armckim@duanemorris.com

Duane Morris is one of the leading places to work in the legal industry for associates to advance their legal careers. The firm was ranked in top 40 nationally in the most recent American Lawyer Associate Satisfaction Surveys. Over the past century, Duane Morris has earned a reputation for being innovative, creative and forward-thinking in both the practice and business of law. Our expansion within the last decade from a regional to a global law firm has strengthened this reputation, and we understand that our success lies in hiring new attorneys and promoting their professional growth.

The lawyers who excel at Duane Morris are talented, energetic attorneys with an entrepreneurial spirit who work together to support our unique culture of inclusiveness, congeniality and consensus. We consider our associates an investment in our future and, as such, are committed to providing them with the necessary tools to develop the skills and knowledge needed to contribute to the firm's continued success.

We invite you to explore what Duane Morris offers its associates, from comprehensive professional development programs to industry-leading support systems.

Please contact a member of our recruiting staff for more information.

Peggy Simoncini Pasquay
Senior Manager of Legal Recruitment and Relations
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196

If you are a candidate and would like to apply to any of these openings, please complete our online application

Search firm and agency submissions for active and open positions should be sent directly to Peggy Simoncini Pasquay at simoncini@duanemorris.com.

Benefits

Duane Morris places a strong emphasis on helping our attorneys manage both their professional and personal lives, regardless of their tenure with the firm. Duane Morris' health and leave benefits program is unilateral - as an associate you will enjoy the same treatment as the most senior partner. Additionally, Duane Morris has distinguished itself from other major firms by its philosophy on the importance of the quality and integrity of relationships among the people of the firm, a philosophy highlighted in a Harvard Business School case study.

"Duane Morris: Balancing Growth and Culture at a Law Firm"

The firm's business practices and culture were the subject of a Harvard Business School case study in 2006. The first such study on a major law firm in more than a decade and one of only a handful of law firm case studies in the Harvard Business School curriculum, the study details how we maintained our culture in the face of dramatic change - no matter how much we grow, we continue to place a high value on the diverse viewpoints of our colleagues, and maintain our consensus-based management style.

Duane Morris also understands the importance of developing and maintaining a healthy and productive work environment that balances professional responsibilities with personal obligations. We recognize that providing our attorneys the flexibility and assistance in their personal commitments translates into greater success in their careers and for the firm. We have formal, nationally recognized policies that help to ensure this balance. Duane Morris has been recognized both locally and nationally as a top firm for women and diverse attorneys. Philadelphia Magazine included Duane Morris as the only law firm in its list of the top 20 companies for professional women, and Working Mother recognized Duane Morris as one of the top 50 law firms for women. Our efforts at improving the recruitment of diverse attorneys were noted in the "2005 Vault/MCCA Guide to Law Firm Diversity Programs."

Professional Development

Duane Morris offers associates training, mentoring and practice opportunities that allow them to immediately begin advancing their careers.

Training

Incoming associates participate in an extensive orientation program specifically geared to their needs. Training sessions focus on both substantive and practical skills, and facilitate each associate's transition from an academic environment to the professional workplace. The orientation program also enables new lawyers to meet and learn from more experienced attorneys practicing throughout the firm.

The firm offers a training program that emphasizes the practical application of legal skills while developing core skills. Classes and sessions offered include:

  • emerging developments in corporate, real estate, bankruptcy, tax, environmental, employment and labor law, and the impact of those developments on our clients,
  • trial advocacy,
  • the art of negotiation,
  • professional responsibility,
  • interviewing and listening skills,
  • use of technology in the legal profession,
  • effective writing and research skills,
  • public speaking, and
  • media relations.

Additionally, Duane Morris provides an in-depth strategic business development program for all associate levels, education that few law firms provide. Both partners and associates participate in the professional development program, enabling them to exchange ideas and to enhance their legal and interpersonal skills. Our lawyers also have the opportunity to attend and participate in educational conferences sponsored by bar and other trade associations across the country.

Mentoring

At Duane Morris, we believe a formal training and development program is complemented by a strong commitment on the part of senior lawyers to act as mentors to less experienced attorneys. Each associate is assigned a mentor in his or her practice area soon after arriving at the firm. Together, mentors and associates:

  • prepare professional development plans outlining professional, client development and community involvement goals,
  • review and schedule available Duane Morris training and activities,
  • meet formally and informally on an ongoing basis, and
  • once a year, jointly evaluate the associates' progress, revising and setting new goals for the coming year.

Our associates work with lawyers of diverse backgrounds, levels of experience, talents and interests. As they work together, associates naturally develop close relationships with their mentors and other senior lawyers who are able to guide them on work-related matters, professional activities, community service projects, pro bono opportunities and other extra-curricular activities. Associates have the opportunity to interact with exceptional individuals who have contributed significantly to the firm and the community at large. Many of these individuals are members of the firm's governing board and serve as role models to associates who aspire to their own positions of leadership and service.

Practice Opportunities

At Duane Morris, new associates are assigned to cases and work directly under the supervision of the partners involved. The Duane Morris Pro Bono program, designed to provide free legal services to those least able to afford them, gives associates the opportunity to manage cases early in their careers. Since its inception, associates have gained valuable corporate counseling, immigration and trial experience assisting low-income entrepreneurs, asylum applicants and children. In its inaugural year, an associate received the Duane Morris Pro Bono Award.

Additionally, associates are encouraged to collaborate with partners on articles for legal journals and other publications. Writing articles enhances our lawyers' understanding of the law and helps to advance their stature in the legal and business communities. Our attorneys contribute to a broad range of print and online publications. Our lawyers also participate in seminars and panel presentations for current and prospective clients as well as professional organizations and community groups. Many associates take the opportunity to enhance their public speaking skills by working with communications professionals before their presentations. These activities build confidence and skills critical to our associates' development as effective lawyers.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee/Women's Impact Network for Success (WINS)

Understanding the unique attributes diverse attorneys bring to the practice of law, Duane Morris is committed to recruiting, retaining, mentoring and promoting diverse attorneys. Also understanding there are unique issues that affect diverse attorneys, Duane Morris formed the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Women's Impact Network for Success (WINS) in order to provide forums and activities designed to bring together women and diverse attorneys throughout the firm and a place where experienced attorneys can mentor and enhance new attorneys' development through the exchange of ideas and experiences.

Administrative Support

The firm's primary goal in practice support is to enable the legal staff to quickly shift their efforts and valuable time from case administration and document and evidence management to substantive legal analysis, legal strategies and fact finding. Duane Morris garners national recognition for its commitment to practice support. Our Marketing and Business Development Department consistently has been named among the top-marketed firms by American Lawyer Media - taking top honors in 2006. Our season marketing professionals provide marketing and media strategies, client research and analysis, proposal and presentation support, writing services, multimedia and printed collateral development, and client relationship management services.

The firm's Information Services Department of more than 50 professionals is led by the firm's Chief Technology Officer, who was named 2007 IT Director of the Year by Law Technology News. Duane Morris' use of technology has been spotlighted in case studies on the websites of HP, Microsoft and AT&T, and has been written about in various business and technical publications. Additionally, ALM's 2007 Associate Technology Survey ranked Duane Morris in the top 17% of participating firms in terms of the overall quality of the firm's technology, how well associates felt they were trained, their estimation of the firm's technical support and how successfully they thought the firm deployed technology on behalf of its clients.

Austin

Corporate Associate (Junior-Mid Level) - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Austin office for a corporate associate to join its growing practice group. The ideal candidate will have at least 2-4 years of experience in corporate and insurance regulatory law, including M&A, company formation and licensing, administrative, compliancy and state agency matters. A strong academic background is required as well as meaningful law firm experience on sophisticated transactional matters, entrepreneurial drive and initiative. Texas bar admission is required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Cherry Hill, NJ

Staff Attorney, Labor and Employment (Part-time/Hourly/Remote) - Duane Morris LLP seeks a staff attorney on a part-time/hourly remote work basis for its labor and employment practice group. The ideal candidate should have at least 5+ years’ experience in employment law matters with a primary responsibility in drafting employee handbooks and workplace policies, including updating and maintenance of sample and template handbooks, workplace policies, separation and settlement agreements, investigation documentation, employment-related forms and customization of such documents for specific clients and jurisdictions. The right candidate must be detail-oriented with strong research, organizational and writing skills and the ability to keep abreast of employment law developments in multiple jurisdictions. Skilled in drafting policies, procedures, forms and workflow materials, maintaining repositories of forms, templates and samples to assist with efficient drafting of documents. Candidate must be strategic and detail-oriented, possess proven analytical skills, have a high sense of urgency, be able to multi-task and have the ability to prioritize along with the ability to interact effectively with internal and external clients. Strong academic and writing credentials along required. Candidate can work remotely in the Philadelphia, New Jersey or New York areas along with state bar admission in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and/or New York depending on location. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Cherry Hill, New Jersey office for a litigation associate to join its growing Trial Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have at least 4-6 years of experience in securities and commercial litigation, with first chair experience, and promote a strong, positive presence and advocacy ability. Stellar academics and superior research and writing skills required along with entrepreneurial drive and initiative, and should exude and inspire confidence. New Jersey bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Chicago

Secured Lending/Commercial Finance Associate Third (3rd) Year - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Chicago office for a third (3rd) year secured lending/commercial finance associate to join its strong and growing Corporate Practice Group, recognized by Chambers USA and IFLR1000 as one of the best in Illinois. The ideal candidate will have 2-3 years of experience in one or more of the areas of acquisition financing, cash flow lending, asset based lending, and/or agented syndicated secured financings (with a good familiarity of Article 9 of the UCC). Candidate should have an outgoing and personable personality and a desire to become the best transactional lawyer he or she can be. This opportunity will provide good client contact and lots of deal experience. A strong academic background is required. Illinois bar admission is strongly preferred. Large law firm or commercial finance boutique experience preferred. Very competitive compensation and benefits. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Mid-Senior Level Commercial Finance Associate - Duane Morris LLP has opening for a mid-senior level commercial finance associate to join its strong and growing Corporate Practice Group, recognized by Chambers USA as one of the best in Illinois. The ideal candidate will have 4-5 years of solid and meaningful experience in the areas of acquisition financing, agented syndicated secured financings and Article 9 of the UCC. Background/experience in intercreditor and subordination agreements and real estate finance a plus. Candidate should have strong drafting and negotiating skills; a desire for client contact, doing deals and the opportunity to work directly with the Practice Group Chair; and an outgoing and personable personality. A strong academic background is required as well as meaningful law firm experience on sophisticated transactional matters. Illinois bar admission is strongly preferred. Large law firm or commercial finance boutique experience preferred. Very competitive compensation and benefits. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam Qualified Corporate Associate - The Ho Chi Minh City office of Duane Morris Vietnam has an opening for a junior-mid-level associate (Vietnam-Qualified) to join its growing Corporate Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have 3-4 years of post-qualified experience in the areas of corporate and commercial law matters with an understanding of the needs of international clients involving Vietnam legal issues. Ideal candidate will have experience working in an international law firm or in-house setting involving sophisticated transactional matters. Candidate should be motivated and have a strong academic background, superior research and writing ability, a quick-study aptitude and an ability to engender client confidence while thriving in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Supervisory experience in working/mentoring junior associates is desirable. Vietnam bar admission required (not foreign registered lawyer) along with excellent written and spoken native-level Vietnamese and English skills required. Japanese/Korean language skills and education a plus.

Houston

Corporate Associate (Junior-Mid Level) - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Houston office for a corporate associate to join its growing practice group. The ideal candidate will have at least 2-4 years of experience in commercial finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity/venture capital and general corporate work. A strong academic background is required as well as meaningful law firm experience on sophisticated transactional matters, entrepreneurial drive and initiative. Texas bar admission is required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

London

Junior Construction and Engineering Solicitor - Duane Morris has an exciting and unique opportunity for a junior lawyer to augment its dynamic international Construction and Engineering practice in London. The candidate must demonstrate both contentious and transactional experience or alternatively a desire to undertake and specialize in both. International arbitration track record and experience in dealing with the prevalent arbitration rules in the Singapore and the Malaysian markets is desirable. The role will entail providing support and interacting with the U.S. and Asia Pacific (Singapore in particular) construction and engineering teams. In particular, the candidate shall have experience of the construction and infrastructure sector in Singapore, Malaysia and the wider southwestern Asian economic block. Ideally the candidate will be proficient in spoken and written Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese), Malay or Bahasa Indonesia.

Candidates who possess strong academic credentials, superior drafting ability, a quick-study aptitude and the ability to engender client confidence and who thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment are encouraged to apply. Must be admitted as solicitors in England & Wales and have a minimum of 2 years of relevant post-qualification experience.

Senior and Junior Construction and Engineering Litigation Associates - Duane Morris has openings for Senior and Junior Litigation Associates to build out its Construction and Engineering Litigation Practice in London. The candidates will have a background in construction and engineering litigation, including experience in all phases of discovery and hearings before courts and domestic and international arbitration. Candidates who possess strong academic credentials, superior drafting ability, a quick-study aptitude and the ability to engender client confidence and who thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment are encouraged to apply. Must be admitted as Solicitors in England & Wales.

Senior and Junior Banking and Finance Associates - Duane Morris has openings for Senior and Junior Litigation Associates to help grow its Banking and Finance Team in London. The candidates will have a broad background in banking and/or capital markets, including experience with cross-border transactions, especially those with a US element. Candidates who possess strong academic credentials, superior drafting ability, a quick-study aptitude and the ability to engender client confidence and who thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment are encouraged to apply. Must be admitted as Solicitors in England & Wales.

Mid-level IT/Privacy Associate - Duane Morris has an opening for a mid-level IT/Privacy associate to work on commerical contracts for tech clients and advise on all aspects of privacy law. The candidates will have a background in advising on complex commercial contracts, preferably in the tech sector, and practical experience of advising on privacy matters and rolling out privacy policies for international clients. Candidates who possess strong academic credentials, superior drafting ability, a quick-study aptitude and the ability to engender client confidence and who thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment are encouraged to apply. Must be admitted as Solicitor in England & Wales.

Los Angeles

Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks a mid-level litigation associate to join its growing Los Angeles office. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of experience in general commercial litigation matters. Working knowledge/experience in consumer finance, products liability and complex commercial disputes is a plus. Stellar academics, legal research and writing skills along with California bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Newark

Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Newark, New Jersey office for a trial associate to join its growing litigation practice. The ideal candidate will be a third- through fourth-year associate with a background in complex business and commercial litigation and experience in white-collar criminal defense litigation. Stellar academics and superior writing and research skills required along with entrepreneurial drive and initiative. Candidate should possess a strong, positive presence and advocacy ability and exude and inspire confidence. New Jersey bar admission required; New Jersey/New York bar admission preferred.

Corporate Associate, Capital Markets - Duane Morris LLP has an opening to add a junior associate (1-3 years) to its Newark, New Jersey and/or New York office with strong capital markets and corporate transactional background. It is essential that the candidate has amassed a thorough knowledge of Securities Act, Securities Exchange Act, preparation and filing of periodic reports, insider reporting, public and private securities offerings, forming and operating entities, IPOs and alternatives thereto, including Regulation A+ offerings, venture capital financings, private investment in public equity (PIPE) transactions and at the market (ATM) offerings. Candidate must have strong drafting and negotiating skills; a desire for client contact and aptitude for doing deals. A strong academic background is required as well as meaningful law firm experience on sophisticated transactional matters. New York/New Jersey bar admission is strongly preferred. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

New York

Staff Attorney, Labor and Employment (Part-time/Hourly/Remote) - Duane Morris LLP seeks a staff attorney on a part-time/hourly remote work basis for its labor and employment practice group. The ideal candidate should have at least 5+ years’ experience in employment law matters with a primary responsibility in drafting employee handbooks and workplace policies, including updating and maintenance of sample and template handbooks, workplace policies, separation and settlement agreements, investigation documentation, employment-related forms and customization of such documents for specific clients and jurisdictions. The right candidate must be detail-oriented with strong research, organizational and writing skills and the ability to keep abreast of employment law developments in multiple jurisdictions. Skilled in drafting policies, procedures, forms and workflow materials, maintaining repositories of forms, templates and samples to assist with efficient drafting of documents. Candidate must be strategic and detail-oriented, possess proven analytical skills, have a high sense of urgency, be able to multi-task and have the ability to prioritize along with the ability to interact effectively with internal and external clients. Strong academic and writing credentials along required. Candidate can work remotely in the Philadelphia, New Jersey or New York areas along with state bar admission in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and/or New York depending on location. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Labor and Employment Associate (Mid-Level) - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a labor and employment associate to join its growing employment practice group in New York. The ideal candidate should have 4-5 years' experience in both employment-related litigation and transactional employment work. Such experience includes handling discrimination cases, wage and hour class actions and contract disputes in federal and state court and/or before administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor and humans rights agencies. Transactional work includes: advice and counseling; wage and hour audits; federal and state employment law research and analysis of complex issues; preparation of employment-related documents, such as employment and severance agreements, workplace policies and procedures, leaves of absence forms and letters, and employee communications. Traditional labor law and experience conducting employment training is also desired. Candidate must be able to juggle multiple assignments, be strategic and detail-oriented, have a high sense of urgency and the ability to prioritize. Superior academic and writing credentials along with New York bar admission required. New Jersey/Pennsylvania/Connecticut bar admissions a plus. A January 2020 start date is envisioned. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Corporate Associate, Capital Markets - Duane Morris LLP has an opening to add a junior associate (1-3 years) to its Newark, New Jersey and/or New York office with strong capital markets and corporate transactional background. It is essential that the candidate has amassed a thorough knowledge of Securities Act, Securities Exchange Act, preparation and filing of periodic reports, insider reporting, public and private securities offerings, forming and operating entities, IPOs and alternatives thereto, including Regulation A+ offerings, venture capital financings, private investment in public equity (PIPE) transactions and at the market (ATM) offerings. Candidate must have strong drafting and negotiating skills; a desire for client contact and aptitude for doing deals. A strong academic background is required as well as meaningful law firm experience on sophisticated transactional matters. New York/New Jersey bar admission is strongly preferred. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Philadelphia

Staff Attorney, Labor and Employment (Part-time/Hourly/Remote) - Duane Morris LLP seeks a staff attorney on a part-time/hourly remote work basis for its labor and employment practice group. The ideal candidate should have at least 5+ years’ experience in employment law matters with a primary responsibility in drafting employee handbooks and workplace policies, including updating and maintenance of sample and template handbooks, workplace policies, separation and settlement agreements, investigation documentation, employment-related forms and customization of such documents for specific clients and jurisdictions. The right candidate must be detail-oriented with strong research, organizational and writing skills and the ability to keep abreast of employment law developments in multiple jurisdictions. Skilled in drafting policies, procedures, forms and workflow materials, maintaining repositories of forms, templates and samples to assist with efficient drafting of documents. Candidate must be strategic and detail-oriented, possess proven analytical skills, have a high sense of urgency, be able to multi-task and have the ability to prioritize along with the ability to interact effectively with internal and external clients. Strong academic and writing credentials along required. Candidate can work remotely in the Philadelphia, New Jersey or New York areas along with state bar admission in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and/or New York depending on location. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Conflicts & Business Intake Compliance Counsel, Office of General Counsel - Responsible for identifying and performing legal analysis of potential conflicts of interest arising out of new business intake and out of the hiring of lawyers and staff joining the Firm. Responsible for assisting lawyers and staff in resolving potential conflicts. Provides support for Office of General Counsel in implementation of risk management strategies relating to new business intake and hiring, as well as other legal matters involving the Firm.

JD with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience practicing law and/or working on a conflicts team is required. Member of State Bar of Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, New York, Maryland or the District of Columbia in good standing. Adherence to highest ethical standards. Strong organizational and planning skills, including the ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete under time constraints. Strong interpersonal skills essential to permit effective communication in person, by email and telephone with a diverse group of lawyers and staff. The ability to explain complex concepts and negotiate resolutions of conflicts and ethics issues. Prior experience as a conflicts review lawyer or analyst, or experience in legal ethics, conflicts analysis and/or review, representation of law firms and the like highly preferred. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Commercial Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks a litigation associate to join its Trial Practice Group in Philadelphia. The ideal candidate will have at least 3-6 years of experience in the area of general commercial and products litigation. Stellar academics, superior research and writing skills required along with a quick-study aptitude, ability to engender client confidence, and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. PA Bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Corporate Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Philadelphia office for a corporate associate. The ideal candidate will have at least 3-6 years of experience in mergers and acquisition, securities, private equity/venture capital and general corporate work. Stellar academics and excellent writing skills required along with entrepreneurial drive and initiative. Pennsylvania bar admission required or ability to become PA barred. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Labor and Employment Mid-Level Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks a mid-level associate with 4-5 years of hands-on experience for its Employment Practice Group in the Philadelphia office. The ideal candidate will have experience in employment litigation and transactional employment work, including experience in pre-trial employment litigation, preparing for and handling depositions, conducting witness interviews, preparing EEOC position statements, and preparing employment and severance agreements. Background in counseling employers on federal and state employment law compliance, drafting workplace policies and assisting clients with employment training programs is also desired. Working knowledge/background in traditional labor a plus. Substantial summary judgment brief writing and superior academic and writing credentials are required. Candidate must be barred in Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania/New Jersey bar preferred. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

San Diego

Patent Agent/Technical Advisor (Life Sciences) - Duane Morris LLP, an AMLaw 100 global general service firm, has an opening for a patent agent/technical advisor with biotechnology patent experience in technologies such as biologic drug/immunotherapeutic/stem cell/diagnostics/biomedical engineering, to join its life sciences practice group in San Diego. The candidate should have familiarity with patent prosecution, patent portfolio management and lifecycle extension strategies for protecting FDA-approved products, and ideally have experience assisting with IP diligence and pre-litigation/litigation analysis, including prior art searching. Our ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in the life sciences, will have 1-5 years’ patent-related experience in a relevant life science discipline, will be well-versed in biotechnology patent analysis and possess patent prosecution and IP diligence and/or litigation skills, and will thrive in our creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Patent Agent or Technical Writer/Wireless Communications - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a patent agent or technical writer with a EE degree and a background or experience in wireless communication technologies to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group, preferably in its San Diego office. Patent agent candidates should have at least 1 year of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the area of “wireless communications” and be familiar with 4G and 5G standards. Technical writer candidates should have an advanced degree in EE and significant experience preparing technical documents describing wireless communication systems and/or standards. For all candidates, industry work experience in the area of wireless communications and fluency in speaking, reading and writing Mandarin is a plus. Ideal candidate will have strong academic credentials, fluency in Mandarin, significant experience preparing patent applications or technical documents concerning wireless communications, and the ability to effectively communicate with clients and inventors, and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Candidate will also need to produce at least three writing samples of published applications or technical documents directed to wireless communications. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria should not apply. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

San Francisco

Immigration Associate (Outbound) - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its San Francisco office for an outbound immigration associate to join its Immigration Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have 2-5 years’ hands-on experience in both advising on and processing of global (non-U.S.) immigration work. Excellent writing skills along with a positive team-player attitude and advocacy ability highly desired. Position will involve direct contact with corporate clients. Stellar academics, research and organizational skills required along with an entrepreneurial drive, initiative and ability to work independently in a fast-paced, high-volume immigration practice are required for this position. Californa bar admission preferred. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Commercial Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its San Francisco office for a commercial litigation associate to join its team. The ideal candidate will have between 5-6 years of sophisticated litigation experience, including emphasis in commercial, business and employment litigation matters. Candidate must have strong writing skills and the ability to work independently and possess a strong, positive presence and advocacy ability. Stellar academics and research skills along with entrepreneurial drive and initiative are preferred. California bar admission required. We will consider qualified applicants pursuant to applicable state and municipal Fair Chance Laws and Ordinances. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

For More Information

Please contact our recruiting staff for more information. If you are a candidate and would like to apply to any of these openings, please complete our online application

Search firm and agency submissions for active and open positions should be sent directly to Peggy Simoncini Pasquay at simoncini@duanemorris.com.

Peggy Simoncini Pasquay
Senior Manager of Attorney Recruitment and Relations
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
Email: simoncini@duanemorris.com
+1 215 979 1161

Prospective attorney candidates, please complete our online application to apply.

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Duane Morris strives to attract the best law students and to offer the ideal environment for lawyers at the beginning of their professional lives. We endeavor to improve our Summer Associate Program each year to make Duane Morris a meaningful and valuable destination for summer associates. According to The American Lawyer's 2019 Summer Associate Satisfaction Survey, Duane Morris is ranked the top firm in the nation with a perfect overall satisfaction score.

Duane Morris offers interesting challenges to law students who participate in our summer program. We believe the program offers a realistic picture of our practice to aspiring attorneys who have an interest in sharing our goals and serving our clients. Our program balances challenging work assignments with constructive feedback, work-related activities outside the office and enjoyable social events.

Interesting Work Assignments

To introduce our summer associates to the breadth of our practice, each summer associate works on matters in many practice areas of the firm. Summer associates actively assist lawyers in current matters of importance to the firm, our clients and the community. Our summer associates learn how our lawyers work together to address client concerns and how their own work product contributes to the representation. They also have numerous opportunities to observe depositions, hearings, trials, client and board of directors meetings, negotiating sessions and closings.

A sampling of the work experiences of former summer associates includes:

  • Preparing a draft of a patent application for a satellite technology product used in household situations
  • Researching and drafting a memorandum on admissibility of photographs derived from concealed video surveillance equipment
  • Attending client meetings and assisting in the preparation of the client's application to the SEC for authorization to conduct an initial public offering
  • Researching corporate voting dispute issues and attending public stockholder meetings during which the research results were applied
  • Assisting in preparation of briefs for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and attending the oral arguments

Special Training Programs

Our summer associates participate in an orientation program, ethics discussions, training sessions on intranet research systems, courses on legal theory skills, writing and taking depositions. Forms and other samples of written work product are provided to summer associates for their reference.

In the deposition training sessions, summer associates prepare by reviewing a videotape on taking a deposition, study the facts of a mock case and depose a witness who, along with the opposing counsel, is played by an associate of the firm. A court reporter records the proceedings and provides summer associates with a written transcript of the deposition. The summer associates also participate in a mock negotiation session. In this session, summer associates work in teams and negotiate a deal together and meet as a group for a lecture about negotiation skills.

Mentors

Each summer associate is assigned two mentors. An associate mentor oversees the pro bono project undertaken by the summer associate; a senior associate/senior partner mentor is responsible for closely involving the summer associate in a case or transaction. The summer associates also attend hearings, depositions, client meetings, client development activities and/or closings with their mentors and other Duane Morris attorneys.

Aside from these specific responsibilities, the mentors help introduce the summer associates to other lawyers in the firm and provide general guidance on any matter, whether or not related to particular work assignments.

Feedback

Summer associates receive informal feedback and evaluations of their work throughout the summer from the lawyers who assign them projects. In addition, to ensure that clear and helpful evaluations are communicated on a regular basis, the lawyers administering the summer program review the evaluations as they are submitted and periodically discuss with individual summer associates their work on particular projects as well as their progress generally. At the midpoint of the summer program, the hiring partner conducts individual reviews with each summer associate.

Duane Morris LLP is not currently accepting applications from 1L and 2L law students as we have already concluded our hiring process for the 2020 Summer Program.

NALP Forms

The National Association for Law Placement, Inc. (NALP) serves as the premier source of information for legal career planning and recruitment. The NALP Form provides job seekers with basic information about our firm and hiring practices.

Duane Morris is pleased to provide the Philadelphia and multi-office NALP statistics for the 2019-2020 academic year.

2019 Law School Recruiting Schedule

Law School Visit Date
Philadelphia Area Diversity Job Fair Monday, July 22, 2019
The Law Consortium Philadelphia Walk-Around Program
(Boston College/Boston University/Northwestern
University/Notre Dame Law School/University of Texas)
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
University of Pennsylvania Law School Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Washington University School of Law - Philadelphia Walk-Around Program Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Georgetown University Law Center Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Howard University School of Law Wednesday, August 7, 2019
University of Chicago Law School Wednesday, August 7, 2019
University of Illinois College of Law Wednesday, August 7, 2019
University of Virginia School of Law Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Thursday, August 8, 2019
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Thursday, August 8, 2019
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Thursday, August 8, 2019
Lavender Law 2019 - The LGBT Bar Association Career Fair & Conference Friday, August 9, 2019
Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association Job Fair Saturday, August 24, 2019

If you would like additional information regarding our summer program, please contact:

Jennifer G. Davis
Manager of Legal Recruitment and Personnel
Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris’ dedicated professional and administrative support staff provides the technological and administrative infrastructure for the firm. The day-to-day activities of our staff are at the foundation of the firm’s success. The underlying values of teamwork, commitment and service demonstrated every day are not only shared by our entire staff, but they also mirror the seamless, high-quality legal services that our lawyers deliver to the firm’s clients.

More than 650 professional and administrative employees at Duane Morris focus on a variety of disciplines, including accounting, facilities, human resources, information services, legal recruiting, library services, marketing and communications, and office and secretarial services.

Current Opportunities

Baltimore

Paralegal, Trial - The successful candidate will have at least 4 years of experience in large, complex case management. Must have thorough knowledge of court rules, calendaring and filing procedures (including e-filing) for State and Federal courts. You will assist attorneys to prepare for and attend depositions, conduct research and manage case documents. Must be able to e-file and draft correspondence, pleadings, motions and summonses. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are needed. Able to work well under intense deadlines and to work independently with limited direction while maintaining a team-oriented outlook. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills are a must. Experience with database software such as Relativity, Concordance, and IPro necessary as well as proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Chicago

Office Manager – Administration - The right candidate will be responsible for the daily execution of firm policies and procedures and for the administrative operations of the office. Will also coordinate all local functions with the appropriate firm-wide administrative staff. Responsibilities include: supervision of non-attorney personnel; hiring and employee relations; coordinating new staff and attorney hiring process; supporting marketing and library initiatives; administration of client escrow accounts; maintaining firm standards and practices related to use of office space; delivery of office services, including records coordination; assisting IS department with local IS issues; and interacting with building management for maintenance and other ordinary course issues. Assist as needed with office planning, construction and related projects.

Bachelor's degree and minimum of 5 years management/supervisory experience in a law firm or legal department. Knowledge of federal and state regulations. Ability and willingness to manage and balance a variety of activities and a wide range of responsibilities, ability to manage personnel and interpersonal issues, excellent communication skills, judgment and decision making skills, bookkeeping and financial transaction skills, computer literacy and technical ability. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Philadelphia

Receptionist, Reception - The right candidate will be responsible for providing coverage for all breaks at reception desk. The hours for this position will be 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. Additional responsibilities include assisting with booking meetings for internal personnel, as well as monitoring all meeting rooms activity and providing administrative support to attorneys and clients visiting the Firm. The right candidate will have 2-3 years of relevant experience in a fast-paced legal or professional services environment. Ability to answer all types of calls in a calm and courteous manner. Superior customer service skills; ability to multi-task and good organizational skills required. Must be able work in a team environment effectively.

Conflicts & Business Intake Compliance Counsel, Office of General Counsel - Responsible for identifying and performing legal analysis of potential conflicts of interest arising out of new business intake and out of the hiring of lawyers and staff joining the Firm. Responsible for assisting lawyers and staff in resolving potential conflicts. Provides support for Office of General Counsel in implementation of risk management strategies relating to new business intake and hiring, as well as other legal matters involving the Firm.

JD with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience practicing law and/or working on a conflicts team is required. Member of State Bar of Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, New York, Maryland or the District of Columbia in good standing. Adherence to highest ethical standards. Strong organizational and planning skills, including the ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete under time constraints. Strong interpersonal skills essential to permit effective communication in person, by email and telephone with a diverse group of lawyers and staff. The ability to explain complex concepts and negotiate resolutions of conflicts and ethics issues. Prior experience as a conflicts review lawyer or analyst, or experience in legal ethics, conflicts analysis and/or review, representation of law firms and the like highly preferred. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Tax Accountant, TAG - The Tax Accounting Group of Duane Morris, a CPA practice on a law firm platform, was the first ancillary practice of Duane Morris LLP and is one of the largest tax, accounting and litigation consulting practices within any law firm in the United States. TAG has an active and diverse practice with over 60 service lines in more than 45 industries, and serves clients in nearly every state and 25 countries. TAG's certified public accountants, lawyers, certified fraud examiners, chartered financial analysts, financial consultants and advisors provide a broad range of cost-effective tax preparation, planning and consulting services as well as accounting, financial and management advisory services to individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts and nonprofit organizations. TAG also provides an array of litigation consulting services to lawyers and law firms representing clients in regulatory and transactional matters and throughout various stages of litigation.

We currently seek independent thinkers and ambitious, entrepreneurial thinking CPAs with the following key skills, knowledge and abilities. Strong knowledge and proven technical skills in the areas of tax compliance and planning, for high net worth individuals and businesses. Experience in multi-state individual taxation. Exposure to information returns of U.S. persons invested in foreign corporations/entities. Demonstrated experience in research and writing on a wide variety of tax matters impacting high net worth individuals and businesses. Ability and desire to provide innovative tax planning solutions and strategies including the ability to effectively present same to clients. Ability to accurately and timely address client needs and actively participate in client discussions and meetings. Proven success as an innovative individual contributor and team member. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to effectively participate in new client acquisition activities. Accurately managing client service time budgets.

Bachelor’s degree in accounting. Currently licensed CPA (or parts passed, with commitment to complete CPA exam before being promoted to Manager with subsequent obtaining of licensure), Enrolled Agent or Member of the Bar. Advanced taxation degree helpful. Accounting and tax software knowledge and proficiency in QuickBooks. 4-7 years’ CPA firm experience. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Document Specialist, Secretarial Services - We have an excellent new opportunity for an experienced Document Specialist to join our talented Secretarial Services Department. The department supports all offices nationally with overflow work, special and complex projects and graphic arts and provides temporary coverage for legal secretaries. The right candidate will be responsible for typing, revising and finalizing documents, including correspondence, memoranda, pleadings, reports and other legal and non-legal related items for the firm’s practice and administrative areas. Minimum of 3-5 years' experience in a legal word processing position. Excellent word processing skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe 8 or 9. Help desk experience a plus. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Financial Analyst, Finance - The right candidate will be proficient in Excel functions, advanced formulas and macros. Responsibilities include assisting with the preparation of analyses in areas such as budgeting, profitability, account reconciliations and financial planning. Interpreting and applying financial theories and procedures to assigned work projects and assisting in the development of integrated revenue/expense projections, reports and presentations. Will also be responsible for maintaining business analytics databases of financial information for use in preparing future plans, pricing models, forecasts and budgets, as well as preparation of monthly financial reports and profitability statements.

Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance with a minimum of 3 years' related corporate finance/accounting experience in a law firm or other professional services firm. Superior Excel (Pivot Tables, Vlookup) PowerPoint and Word skills. Must possess excellent mathematical/statistical aptitude, be very detail-oriented and have a demonstrated ability to work independently, accurately and in a timely manner. Strong sense of responsibility and cooperative attitude. Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Practice Support Project Manager/Trial Consultant, Information Services - This position will support the firm in all aspects of Practice Support functions and also support the Trial Practice with on-site trial support. This position will cover 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. eastern. Responsible for supporting the design, development and maintenance of litigation support systems and related databases to support legal teams on all phases of E-Discovery, including forensics and analytical programming, and will also be responsible for supporting the design, development and support for on-site trial consulting. Provide guidance and strategize with legal team to determine database and other requirements for litigation support technology and workflow processes on a case-by-case basis. Diagnose and correct related system errors and problems; consult with internal/external support for resolution on an as needed basis.

Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent number of combined years’ education/experience required. A minimum of three to five years’ experience in a law firm/legal department and/or service provider managing projects, developing databases, managing conversion of electronic evidence and overseeing project budgets. Must have knowledge of electronic discovery, file conversions and database design and maintenance. Strong experience with using various databases, working in a network environment, as well as evidence issues as they relate to technology. Must be proficient in Relativity (end to end), TextMap, CaseMap, Trial Director LAW as well as Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Paint Shop Pro (or similar) and text editors. Must be able to travel for trial appearances. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Legal Assistant, Trial - The right candidate will possess a minimum of 3 to 5 years of strong litigation experience. Must have an understanding of federal and local court rules and procedures, including electronic filing. Interested in candidates that are highly organized with strong technical skills. Prior experience with large firm billing software experience preferred. Must be able to multi-task and prioritize effectively to meet tight deadlines. Interested in team players that possess strong communication skills to interact professionally with clients, attorneys and staff. Proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint required. Experience working with a document management system preferred. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Washington, D.C.

Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Trial - This role will work closely with the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer (CDIO) and the Inclusion team to support and execute the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Will provide administrative assistance to the CDIO, including phone support; drafting letters, emails and reports; maintaining calendar; and making travel reservations. Provides materials to CDIO and relevant teams for workshops, speaking engagements and committee and office meetings. Prepares for the Annual D&I Retreat and other firm-related events. Works with Legal Hiring Department to schedule CDIO candidate interviews. Provides and generates statistical information to complete client RFPs. Creates and organizes Annual Diversity Report. Tracks budget expenses and processes invoices. Interested in candidates with excellent communication skills, strong technical skills, a keen eye for detail and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a highly collaborative team. Commitment to discretion with confidential information required. Proficiency in writing BI reports. Bachelor’s degree and legal assistance experience or equivalent combination of experience required. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

We encourage you to contact us if you are interested in contributing to the success of Duane Morris.

For More Information

Please contact our recruiting staff for more information.

Kathy Wallen
Human Resources Manager
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
Email: kwallen@duanemorris.com

Prospective candidates, please complete our employment application

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To request additional information or to send us recruiting-related materials, please contact one of our recruiting professionals listed below.

Partners

Amee R. McKim
Director of Legal Recruitment
Email: armckim@duanemorris.com

Lateral Associates

Peggy Simoncini Pasquay
Senior Manager of Legal Recruitment and Relations
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
+1 215 979 1161

Prospective attorney candidates, please complete our online application to apply.

Law School Recruiting

Jennifer G. Davis
Manager of Legal Recruitment and Personnel
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
+1 215 979 1451

Staff Positions

Kathleen Wallen
Human Resources Manager
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
+1 215 979 1292

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is the policy of this firm as a responsible member of the business and legal community to provide employment, training, compensation, promotion and other conditions of employment without regard to person’s sex/gender, pregnancy (including childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), age, race, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, familial status, civil union or domestic partner status, nationality or national origin, ancestry, citizenship, immigrant status, military status, veteran status, handicap, physical or mental disability, use of a trained service animal, medical condition, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, victim of domestic violence crime, sexual assault or stalking or membership in any “protected group” under federal, state or local law. This policy applies to all conditions of employment including but not limited to recruitment, selection, placement, transfer, promotion, training, compensation, benefits and termination. A more detailed statement of our firm’s policy is set forth in the Equal Employment Opportunity and Harassment Prevention Policy.

All decisions regarding conditions of employment must be based on the individual's overall qualifications and his or her ability to meet the requirements of the position. Employees with disabilities will be provided with reasonable accommodation, except where such accommodation would cause the firm undue hardship. We invite employees with disabilities which require reasonable accommodation to inform the Director of Legal Hiring or Human Resources of their need for such reasonable accommodation and to make suggestions as to possible accommodation. The firm will use its utmost discretion in keeping such information confidential and shall disseminate such information on a “need to know” basis only.