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

If you would like to apply for any of these openings, please complete our online application. Please note, we are only able to accept applications for currently open positions as listed here. 

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.

Boston

Healthcare Transactional/Regulatory Mid-Level Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks a healthcare associate with at least 4-5 years of experience to join its Health Law Practice Group in Boston. The ideal candidate should have a strong healthcare regulatory background with experience in provider licensure, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and conditions of participation, anti-kickback laws, self-referral laws and HIPAA. Additional experience with corporate and transactional matters for healthcare providers is preferred. The candidate should have demonstrated interest and experience in practicing health law and should possess strong self-starter credentials with good writing, communication and client relations skills. Admission to Massachusetts is required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Chicago

Healthcare Transactional/Regulatory Junior Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Chicago office for a healthcare associate with at 2-3 years of experience to join the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. The ideal candidate should have a strong healthcare regulatory background with experience in provider licensure, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and conditions of participation, anti-kickback laws, self-referral laws, and HIPAA. Additional experience with corporate and transactional matters for healthcare providers is preferred. Working knowledge/background in ERISA litigation and managed care experience is a plus. The candidate should have demonstrated interest and experience in practicing health law and should possess strong self-starter credentials with good writing, communication and client relations skills. Illinois bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Patent Prosecution Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for Patent Prosecution Associate with 5-7 years’ experience who possesses an ME or EE degree. The candidate’s skillset should have a primary emphasis on patent preparation and prosecution work, with experience in product clearance/opinion work and supporting the technical aspects of patent litigation. We seek a lawyer with strong academic credentials, superior writing ability, a quick-study aptitude, the ability to engender client confidence, and who will thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Illinois admission required. Large law firm experience preferred. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

New York

Mid-Level Construction Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks a mid-level construction associate to join its growing construction practice in New York. The ideal candidate will have at least 3-5 years of experience drafting and negotiating design and construction agreements on behalf of owners and contractors on complex development projects in New York City, along with knowledge or understanding of insurance, bonding, risk mitigation and lien law issues. The position may involve construction litigation as well. Stellar academics and superior writing skills along with New York bar admission are required. An engineering, architect or construction management degree is desirable. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Healthcare Transactional/Regulatory Sr. Associate/Special Counsel - Duane Morris LLP seeks a healthcare senior associate or special counsel with 7+ years of experience to join its Health Law Practice Group in New York. The ideal candidate should have a strong healthcare regulatory background with experience in provider licensure, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and conditions of participation, anti-kickback laws, self-referral laws and HIPAA. A strong background in fraud and abuse work and experience with corporate and transactional matters for healthcare providers is preferred. The candidate should have demonstrated interest and experience in practicing health law and should possess strong self-starter credentials with good writing, communication and client relations skills. Admission to New York is required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Philadelphia

Patent Agent or Technical Advisor - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a patent agent or technical writer with a EE degree and a background in integrated circuit design to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group. Patent agent candidates should have at least 3 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the area of “integrated circuit layout and design.” Technical writer candidates should have an advanced degree in EE and significant experience preparing technical documents describing integrated circuit design and layout processes and structures. For all candidates, industry work experience designing integrated circuits and fluency in speaking, reading and writing Mandarin is a plus. Ideal candidate will have excellent technical and legal writing skills, strong technical and legal analytical skills, strong academic credentials, significant experience preparing patent applications or technical documents concerning integrated circuit design and layout, 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 3 writing samples of published applications or technical documents directed to integrated circuit design and layout. We will also consider candidates for our Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Silicon Valley or San Francisco offices for this position. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria should not apply. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

IP Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for an Intellectual Property Litigation Associate with 2-5 years’ litigation experience, not necessarily exclusively in IP, to join its Philadelphia office. Ideal candidate must have strong academic credentials, superior writing ability, ability to master technological concepts, passion for litigation and IP, a quick-study aptitude, ability to engender client confidence, and ability to thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Pennsylvania bar admission required. Judicial clerkship and deposition and/or trials skills experience preferred. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Healthcare Transactional/Regulatory Junior Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Philadelphia office for a healthcare associate with at 2-3 years of experience to join the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. The ideal candidate should have a strong healthcare regulatory background with experience in provider licensure, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and conditions of participation, anti-kickback laws, self-referral laws, and HIPAA. Additional experience with corporate and transactional matters for healthcare providers is preferred. Working knowledge/background in ERISA litigation and managed care experience is a plus. The candidate should have demonstrated interest and experience in practicing health law and should possess strong self-starter credentials with good writing, communication and client relations skills. Pennsylvania bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Employment and Labor Mid-Level Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks two mid-level associates, one with 3-4 years of experience and one with 5-6 years of hands-on experience, for its Employment Practice Group in the Philadelphia office. The ideal candidates 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. Some travel will be required and ability to spend time in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey office is desirable. Candidate must be barred in either Pennsylvania or New Jersey with ability to become admitted promptly to both jurisdictions. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

San Diego

Labor and Employment Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a mid-level associate to join its growing Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration practice group in San Diego. The ideal candidate should have 4-6 years' experience in employment litigation and transactional employment work including wage and hour class lawsuits, drafting of EEOC position statements and DFEH responses, conducting witness interviews and depositions, and preparation of 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. Superior academic and writing credentials along with California bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Real Estate Mid-Level Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a Real Estate Associate with 4-6 years of solid and meaningful experience in the practice of transactional real estate law to join its growing practice in San Diego. Experience in financing (both lender and borrower representation), acquisitions, dispositions, development, leasing and joint ventures is preferred. Land use/zoning experience would be welcomed. The ideal candidate will have hands-on leading law firm experience and exceptional law school academics. California bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Mid-Level Litigation AssociateDuane Morris LLP seeks a mid-level litigation associate to join its Trial Practice Group in San Diego. The ideal candidate will have at least 4 years but no more than 5 years of experience in the area of general commercial litigation. Stellar academics, superior research and writing skills required along with a quick-study aptitude and the ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. California bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

San Francisco

Patent Agent or Technical Advisor - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a patent agent or technical writer with a EE degree and a background in integrated circuit design to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group. Patent agent candidates should have at least 3 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the area of “integrated circuit layout and design.” Technical writer candidates should have an advanced degree in EE and significant experience preparing technical documents describing integrated circuit design and layout processes and structures. For all candidates, industry work experience designing integrated circuits and fluency in speaking, reading and writing Mandarin is a plus. Ideal candidate will have excellent technical and legal writing skills, strong technical and legal analytical skills, strong academic credentials, significant experience preparing patent applications or technical documents concerning integrated circuit design and layout, 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 3 writing samples of published applications or technical documents directed to integrated circuit design and layout. We will also consider candidates for our Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Silicon Valley or San Francisco offices for this position. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria should not apply. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Insurance Coverage Associate (Mid-Level) - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a trial associate with at least 4-6 years of solid experience in insurer-side insurance coverage litigation and advice to join its team. The candidate must have strong academic credentials, superior writing skills, a quick-study aptitude and ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Excellent organizational and teamwork skills required. California bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Real Estate Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for an associate in its Real Estate Practice Group with 3-8 years of meaningful experience in the practice of real estate and law with a primary focus on commercial real estate transactions to join its practice in San Francisco. Experience in acquisitions, dispositions, development, real estate finance and leasing is necessary. A background/working knowledge in real estate lending (preferably from the lender side) and some knowledge of land use laws and regulations is preferred. Candidate must have exceptional law school academics, hands-on leading law firm experience and excellent writing skills. California bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Silicon Valley

Patent Agent or Technical Advisor - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a patent agent or technical writer with a EE degree and a background in integrated circuit design to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group. Patent agent candidates should have at least 3 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the area of “integrated circuit layout and design.” Technical writer candidates should have an advanced degree in EE and significant experience preparing technical documents describing integrated circuit design and layout processes and structures. For all candidates, industry work experience designing integrated circuits and fluency in speaking, reading and writing Mandarin is a plus. Ideal candidate will have excellent technical and legal writing skills, strong technical and legal analytical skills, strong academic credentials, significant experience preparing patent applications or technical documents concerning integrated circuit design and layout, 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 3 writing samples of published applications or technical documents directed to integrated circuit design and layout. We will also consider candidates for our Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Silicon Valley or San Francisco offices for this position. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria should not apply. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Intellectual Property Patent Prosecution Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for an Intellectual Property Associate with 2-4 years’ experience in patent prosecution and litigation (technical degree a plus) to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group in its Silicon Valley office. Ideal candidate must have strong academic credentials, superior writing ability, a quick-study aptitude, and the ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. USPTO and California bar admission required; technical background preferred. Large law firm experience preferred. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Washington, D.C.

Patent Agent or Technical Advisor - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a patent agent or technical writer with a EE degree and a background in integrated circuit design to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group. Patent agent candidates should have at least 3 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the area of “integrated circuit layout and design.” Technical writer candidates should have an advanced degree in EE and significant experience preparing technical documents describing integrated circuit design and layout processes and structures. For all candidates, industry work experience designing integrated circuits and fluency in speaking, reading and writing Mandarin is a plus. Ideal candidate will have excellent technical and legal writing skills, strong technical and legal analytical skills, strong academic credentials, significant experience preparing patent applications or technical documents concerning integrated circuit design and layout, 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 3 writing samples of published applications or technical documents directed to integrated circuit design and layout. We will also consider candidates for our Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Silicon Valley or San Francisco offices for this position. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria should not apply. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

For More Information

Please contact our recruiting staff for more information. To apply for one of the above open associate positions, please click the hyperlink and you will be brought to the on-line application to submit your materials. Thank you. 

Peggy Simoncini Pasquay
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 Associates Program each year to make Duane Morris a meaningful and valuable destination for summer associates. According to The American Lawyer's 2017 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 conducts on-campus interviews at law schools across the country for the Firm's summer associate program. Please see our Law School Recruiting Schedule to find out when we will be visiting your school, then contact your Career Services Office.

Below you will find application links for all offices that are currently accepting 2L applications for our 2019 Summer Associate Program. If we are not attending an on-campus interview session at your law school, we welcome you to apply through these links and submit your resume, law school transcript and writing sample.

Chicago – 2L Summer Associate

Miami – 2L Summer Associate

New York – 2L Summer Associate

Philadelphia – 2L Summer Associate

San Diego – 2L Summer Associate

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 2018-2019 academic year.

2018 Law School Recruiting Schedule

Law School Visit Date
The Law Consortium Philadelphia Walk-Around Program
Boston College/Boston University/Northwestern
University/Notre Dame Law School/University of Texas
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Philadelphia Area Diversity Job Fair Monday, July 30, 2018
Georgetown University Law Center Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Washington University School of Law - Philadelphia Walk-Around Program Friday, August 3, 2018
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Monday, August 6, 2018
Howard University School of Law Tuesday, August 7, 2018
University of Michigan Law School Tuesday, August 7, 2018
University of Pennsylvania Law School Tuesday, August 7, 2018
University of Virginia School of Law Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Harvard Law School Wednesday, August 8, 2018
University of Chicago Law School Wednesday, August 8, 2018
University of Illinois College of Law Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Lavender Law 2018 - The LGBT Bar Association Career Fair & Conference Friday, August 10, 2018

Jennifer G. Davis
Manager of Legal Recruitment and Personnel
Duane Morris LLP
jgdavis@duanemorris.com

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

Bangor

Legal Assistant, Health Law - Seeking an experienced Legal Secretary for our Bangor office with at least 3-5 years of relevant experience. Interested in candidates who are highly organized team players with strong writing and grammar skills. Must be able to multi-task and prioritize effectively. Excellent typing skills, as well as proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint are imperative. Legal administrative support experience required, with a preference for candidates with prior experience in health law.

Philadelphia

Research Librarian - Primary responsibilities include providing legal, business, and due diligence research/reference; providing executive summaries and analysis; fielding technical and password problems; billing time; and supporting the Library’s training and outreach initiatives. Working as part of a centralized team, the right candidate will be providing research support and guidance to all attorneys and staff in offices across the firm. Will need to use critical thinking to analyze each request and identify the best resources for efficient and cost-effective research. Compile and organize information obtained in research projects into a coherent deliverable, accompanied by explanatory notes and analysis, if relevant, so that the material is readily understandable to the user. Troubleshoot problems related to online resources and assist users with general and in-depth questions. 

A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) is preferred, or a master’s degree in another specialty will be considered in lieu of the MLS. A minimum of three (3) years of research experience in a law firm library may be substituted for the master’s degree. Must be able to interact positively with attorneys and staff at all levels within the firm and able to prioritize projects and duties rapidly and efficiently. Schedule flexibility for hours between 8:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. EST important.

Senior Tax Accountant, Tax Accounting GroupTAG, 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 foreign countries. TAG's certified public accountants, 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 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
  • 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

Other Requirements and Desires:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • Currently licensed CPA (or commitment to pass CPA exam before being promoted to Manager with subsequent obtaining of licensure), enrolled agent or member of the bar;
  • Advanced taxation degree helpful;
  • Accounting software knowledge (CCH Pro Systems in a paperless environment preferred) and proficiency in QuickBooks;
  • 3-12 years CPA firm experience

Billing Coordinator - The person in this position will be responsible for sorting, reviewing, and finalizing billing files in a timely and accurate manner. Interested in candidates that are highly organized and extremely detailed oriented.   The right candidate will be a team player with strong communications skills and will be able to work effectively with other members of the Finance Department and all assigned attorneys.  Excellent research skills and strong Excel skills are vital and the ability to meet tight deadlines are necessary. 3-5 years of prior law firm billing experience required, electronic billing experience using Elite preferred.

Immigration Paralegal – Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration - The right candidate will work under the direction of an attorney, assisting employers in sponsoring foreign workers for immigration benefits. Duties will include preparation and filing of PERM, I-140, I-129, I-485; E-3, and TN applications; organizing and drafting EB-1 applications; and preparing responses to RFEs and PERM audits.  

Qualified candidates must have extensive employment based immigration paralegal experience, preferably in a large law firm environment, as well as a Bachelor's degree and/or paralegal certification. Strong proficiency with MS Word, Outlook, Law Logix and a document management system. Successful candidates will possess strong writing skills, have excellent attention to detail, be able to multi-task and work independently toward team goals. Outstanding case management and organizational skills are also required. Experience with EB-5, global outbound, family based and/or I-9 auditing a plus. 

San Diego

Paralegal, Corporate/ELBI - This position will support the transactional practices of our corporate/tax and employment attorneys. Responsibilities will include (i) corporation, LLC, partnership and entity formation matters and drafting of basic documents (bylaws, written consent actions, simple LLC agreements and other basic transactional documents) and (ii) preparing employment applications, agreements, handbooks, policies, and employment-related forms using templates and samples, as well as the creation of case management binders, chronologies and leave-of-absence documentation.

The right candidate will have a Paralegal Certificate with a minimum of 2 -3 years’ experience. Background in Human Resources is a plus. Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple projects. Proven analytical ability and detail orientation. Skilled in drafting policies, forms, and charts and maintaining reference libraries of forms, templates, and samples to assist with efficient drafting of documents. Creative problem-solving skills and strong client-service orientation. Ability to interact effectively with internal and external clients. Excel proficiency required.

Office Services Assistant, Office Services - The right candidate will be responsible for supporting the firm’s office services related functions while providing exemplary customer service. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: photocopying and scanning jobs; assisting in the maintenance and repair of office equipment; restocking supplies and maintaining cleanliness in operations and common areas; picking up and delivering interoffice mailings. The right candidate will have at least one year of related experience along with top-notch customer service skills and excellent organizational skills. Must also possess the ability to routinely lift, carry, hold and slide materials weighing up to 50 pounds.

Paralegal, Employment, Labor, Benefits & Immigration - This position will support the transactional and litigation employment services provided to clients. Primary responsibilities will include drafting and updating templates for employment applications, agreements, handbooks, policies and employment-related forms, as well as the creation of chronologies and case management binders. This position will also be responsible for providing support in employment litigation matters, including wage and hour class actions and individual employment matters.  The paralegal will assist in the preparation of subpoenas, motions, discovery and discovery responses, document productions, deposition outlines and deposition exhibits, as well as maintenance of case files, creating and maintaining databases on Excel, research of court rules, and coordination of library services projects.

The right candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or paralegal certificate with a minimum of 3 years’ experience supporting employment practitioners. A background in Human Resources is a plus. Prior paralegal experience with wage and hour class actions is important. Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple projects. Proven analytical ability and detail orientation. Skilled in drafting policies, procedures, forms and charts and creating and maintaining reference libraries of forms, templates and samples to assist with efficient drafting of documents. Creative problem-solving skills and strong client-service orientation. Ability to interact effectively with internal and external clients.

Paralegal, Intellectual Property - The right candidate will be responsible to assist, under the direct supervision of lawyers, in the preparation, filing, prosecution, due diligence and enforcement of patents, copyrights and trademarks in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), U.S. Copyright Office, and Patent and Trademark Offices in various countries. The paralegal will operate as a part of a team of lawyers and support staff to provide a high level of service to our clients. The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of five (5) years' IP experience with a strong background in foreign prosecution and managing a patent prosecution docket, including managing complex U.S. IDS practices and non-U.S. prior art disclosures in a law firm environment. Candidates must work well under pressure, have a professional demeanor and good judgment, and the ability to be a self-starter. Bachelor’s degree or paralegal certificate required. 

Silicon Valley

Legal Assistant, Intellectual Property - The right candidate will possess 3-5 years of strong litigation experience (Intellectual Property preferred). Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail imperative. Experience with federal and state courts, e-filing and docketing required. Must be able to multi-task, prioritize effectively, possess excellent communication skills (written and oral) and be a team player. Excellent typing (90 wpm) and proficiency in Word 2010, Excel and PowerPoint required.

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

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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

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Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
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Duane Morris LLP
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Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
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Human Resources Manager
Duane Morris LLP
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Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
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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 race, religion, color, age, sex, sexual preference, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, familial status, disability or any other factor prohibited by law or regulation including whether or not an individual is a smoker. This policy applies to all conditions of employment including but not limited to recruitment, selection, placement, transfer, promotion, training, compensation, benefits and termination.

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