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.

Baltimore

Corporate Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a Corporate associate to join its Baltimore office. The ideal candidate will have at least 3-5 years of experience and background in M&A and private equity. We seek a lawyer with strong academic credentials, superior writing ability, a quick-study aptitude, and the ability to engender client confidence who will thrive in a creative and collegial environment. Large law firm experience preferred. Maryland bar preferred (or ability to become Maryland bar admitted). EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Boca Raton

Corporate Associate, Mid-Level - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its growing South Florida offices for an associate to join its busy corporate practice. Ideal candidate will have 4-6 years of experience in general corporate practice. Candidate should be able to draft documents incidental to formation and ongoing business operations (including shareholders and operating agreements); advise on corporate governance matters (including drafting resolutions, preparing board and committee meeting materials and agendas and maintaining corporate records); prepare public company disclosure documents (including Forms 8-K, 10-Q, 10-K, proxy statements and Section 16 filings); counsel public and private companies with respect to securities offerings (including handling private equity and venture capital work, registered public offerings and private placements); assist with M&A, strategic and other corporate transaction (including drafting primary deal documents, nondisclosure agreements, letters of intent and other ancillary deal-related agreements, and managing due diligence); and have experience in cross-border transactions. Strong academics (top U.S. law school) and large law firm experience preferred. Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese desired. Florida bar required or ability to become admitted to Florida. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Boston

Corporate Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a Corporate Associate to join its Boston office. The ideal candidate will have at least 2-4 years of general experience in mergers and acquisition, securities and private equity/venture capital work. Stellar academics and excellent writing skills required along with entrepreneurial drive and initiative. Massachusetts bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Mid-Level Tax Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks a highly qualified associate to join our tax practice in our corporate practice group. Candidates should have at least 5 years of experience in transactional tax work, including cross-border planning and implementation. The tax group works closely with the firm's corporate practice and advises corporations, partnerships, LLCs and other joint ventures and investment funds, as well as high net worth individuals and their closely held businesses, on a variety of tax matters including mergers, acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border) and divestitures, transfer pricing, tax minimization strategies for multinationals, and estate and trust planning and pre-immigration and expatriation tax planning for individuals. Such planning also includes family office, private equity and real estate transactional and fund formation advice. Applicants must have outstanding writing and analytical skills, excellent academic credentials and a commitment to excellence and be friendly and collegial. An LL.M. in Taxation is preferred, and fluency in other languages a plus. Candidates may be based in Miami, New York, Boston or Chicago (or possibly other cities where Duane Morris has offices). EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Chicago

Construction Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks an associate to join its growing litigation practice in Chicago. The ideal candidate will have at least 3-5 years of commercial/construction litigation experience with an understanding/background in breach of contract, bonding, risk mitigation and lien law issues. Experience in drafting and negotiating design and construction agreements on behalf of owners and contractors on complex development projects a plus. Stellar academics and superior writing skills along with Illinois bar admission are required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Mid-Level Tax Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks a highly qualified associate to join our tax practice in our corporate practice group. Candidates should have at least 5 years of experience in transactional tax work, including cross-border planning and implementation. The tax group works closely with the firm's corporate practice and advises corporations, partnerships, LLCs and other joint ventures and investment funds, as well as high net worth individuals and their closely held businesses, on a variety of tax matters including mergers, acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border) and divestitures, transfer pricing, tax minimization strategies for multinationals, and estate and trust planning and pre-immigration and expatriation tax planning for individuals. Such planning also includes family office, private equity and real estate transactional and fund formation advice. Applicants must have outstanding writing and analytical skills, excellent academic credentials and a commitment to excellence and be friendly and collegial. An LL.M. in Taxation is preferred, and fluency in other languages a plus. Candidates may be based in Miami, New York, Boston or Chicago (or possibly other cities where Duane Morris has offices). EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

London

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.

Miami

Corporate Associate, Mid-Level - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its growing South Florida offices for an associate to join its busy corporate practice. Ideal candidate will have 4-6 years of experience in general corporate practice. Candidate should be able to draft documents incidental to formation and ongoing business operations (including shareholders and operating agreements); advise on corporate governance matters (including drafting resolutions, preparing board and committee meeting materials and agendas and maintaining corporate records); prepare public company disclosure documents (including Forms 8-K, 10-Q, 10-K, proxy statements and Section 16 filings); counsel public and private companies with respect to securities offerings (including handling private equity and venture capital work, registered public offerings and private placements); assist with M&A, strategic and other corporate transaction (including drafting primary deal documents, nondisclosure agreements, letters of intent and other ancillary deal-related agreements, and managing due diligence); and have experience in cross-border transactions. Strong academics (top U.S. law school) and large law firm experience preferred. Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese desired. Florida bar required or ability to become admitted to Florida. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Mid-Level Tax Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks a highly qualified associate to join our tax practice in our corporate practice group. Candidates should have at least 5 years of experience in transactional tax work, including cross-border planning and implementation. The tax group works closely with the firm's corporate practice and advises corporations, partnerships, LLCs and other joint ventures and investment funds, as well as high net worth individuals and their closely held businesses, on a variety of tax matters including mergers, acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border) and divestitures, transfer pricing, tax minimization strategies for multinationals, and estate and trust planning and pre-immigration and expatriation tax planning for individuals. Such planning also includes family office, private equity and real estate transactional and fund formation advice. Applicants must have outstanding writing and analytical skills, excellent academic credentials and a commitment to excellence and be friendly and collegial. An LL.M. in Taxation is preferred, and fluency in other languages a plus. Candidates may be based in Miami, New York, Boston or Chicago (or possibly other cities where Duane Morris has offices). EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

New York

Junior Construction Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks a junior level construction associate to join its growing construction practice in New York. The ideal candidate will have 1-4 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 will be mostly transactional, but 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.

Mid-Level Tax Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks a highly qualified associate to join our tax practice in our corporate practice group. Candidates should have at least 5 years of experience in transactional tax work, including cross-border planning and implementation. The tax group works closely with the firm's corporate practice and advises corporations, partnerships, LLCs and other joint ventures and investment funds, as well as high net worth individuals and their closely held businesses, on a variety of tax matters including mergers, acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border) and divestitures, transfer pricing, tax minimization strategies for multinationals, and estate and trust planning and pre-immigration and expatriation tax planning for individuals. Such planning also includes family office, private equity and real estate transactional and fund formation advice. Applicants must have outstanding writing and analytical skills, excellent academic credentials and a commitment to excellence and be friendly and collegial. An LL.M. in Taxation is preferred, and fluency in other languages a plus. Candidates may be based in Miami, New York, Boston or Chicago (or possibly other cities where Duane Morris has offices). EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Private Client Services Mid-Senior Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its New York office for an associate to join its growing Private Client Services Practice Group. Ideal candidate should have at least 7 (or more) years of law firm experience in trust and estates and experience working with high net worth individuals. Strong drafting and estate administration skills required, including experience drafting complex wills and trusts, preparation of client presentations, tax calculations and analysis and administration of estates from probate through closing. A strong tax background along with superior academic credentials required; LL.M. preferred. Candidate must have an aptitude for client contact and a willingness to work independently, be detail-oriented and possess supervisory skills in directing paralegals in a team-oriented environment. New York bar admission required or ability to waive in. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V

Philadelphia

Commercial Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Philadelphia office for a litigation associate to join its team. The ideal candidate will have at least 4-5 years of sophisticated litigation experience including emphasis in commercial and business 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. Pennsylvania bar admission required. Pennsylvania/New Jersey bar admission preferred. 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.

San Diego

Corporate Associate, Junior - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its San Diego office for a corporate associate to join its growing practice. The ideal candidate will have at least 3-4 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity/venture capital and general corporate work. A working knowledge/experience in securities a plus. Stellar academics and excellent writing skills required along with entrepreneurial drive and initiative. California bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its San Diego office for a litigation associate to join its Trial Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have at least 4-5 years of sophisticated litigation experience in commercial litigation matters. Candidate must have strong research and writing skills and entrepreneurial drive and initiative and possess a strong, positive presence and advocacy ability. California bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Silicon Valley

Intellectual Property Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for an associate with 2-5 years' experience to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group. Ideal candidate must have an Electrical Engineering or Computer Science degree and experience in drafting patent applications in the AI and machine learning space. The ideal candidate will also have experience with providing technical litigation support, such as preparing invalidity contentions and charts and preparing infringement contentions and charts. Candidate will 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 admission required along with California bar admission. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Washington, D.C.

Corporate Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a Corporate associate to join its Washington, D.C., office. The ideal candidate will have at least 3-5 years of experience and background in M&A and private equity. We seek a lawyer with strong academic credentials, superior writing ability, a quick-study aptitude and the ability to engender client confidence who will thrive in a creative and collegial environment. Large law firm experience preferred. District of Columbia bar required; District of Columbia/Maryland bar a plus. 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 appreciates your interest in our Firm and our 2021 Summer Program. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, law student recruiting has been postponed until January 2021. We are committed to achieving yet another successful recruiting season for a fulfilling summer program as we have in all our past years, pandemic notwithstanding.

Encouraging words from Matt Taylor, Firm Chairman and Executive Chief Officer: “Please stay well, be safe and stay positive, my friends, and remember: we believe in our strategy, we believe in our organization, we believe in each other, and we believe we will win. And as we always say on Fridays, the mountain will be there again on Monday, so let’s link arms in unity and march.”

Duane Morris offices hosting a 2021 Summer Program

New York: We are no longer accepting 2L applications.

Philadelphia: We are no longer accepting 2L applications.

San Diego: We are no longer accepting 2L applications.

For 2L law students at schools where Duane Morris will not be attending OCI, please complete our online application.

2020/2021 Law School Recruiting Schedule

Philadelphia Area Diversity Job FairJanuary 5, 2021

Law School Visit Date
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School January 14, 2021
University of Virginia School of Law January 14, 2021
Harvard Law School January 15, 2021
University of Michigan Law School January 15, 2021
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law January 19, 2021
Georgetown University Law Center January 19, 2021
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law January 20, 2021
Tulane University School of Law January 21, 2021
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law January 22, 2021
Howard University School of Law TBD

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.

Thank you and stay well!

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

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

Austin

Legal Assistant, Trial/Corporate - Seeking an experienced and well-rounded Legal Assistant who will, under general supervision and according to established policies and procedures, perform a variety of secretarial and administrative duties for legal professionals in Litigation and/or Corporate practice areas with a focus on operational excellence and customer service. Interested in candidates who 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 who 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. A high school diploma with at least 3-5 years of related administrative or legal assistant experience required. Specific knowledge of litigation and/or corporate documents/filings preferred. Must possess a high level of technical competency on various job-related computer software packages and applications, including MS Word and MS Excel. Must be able to maintain discretion at all times. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Baltimore

Office Coordinator/Paralegal - The right candidate will be responsible for the daily execution of firm policies and procedures and for alerting the appropriate firm-wide administrative staff when local issues need addressing as well as handling paralegal duties for busy litigation attorneys. Must have experience in large, complex case management with thorough knowledge of court rules, calendaring and filing procedures (including e-filing) for state and federal courts. Must be able to e-file and draft correspondences, pleadings, motions and summons. In addition to paralegal duties, you will be responsible for the supervision of nonattorney 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. Associate’s degree preferred with a minimum of 5 years of strong litigation experience in a law firm or legal department. Must have an understanding of federal and local court rules and procedures including electronic filing. Interested in candidates who are highly organized with strong technical skills. 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. 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

Paralegal, Trial - The right candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of complex litigation experience with an emphasis on large case management and organization, including trial preparation, document production, discovery and trial exhibits. Excellent judgment and decision-making skills, the ability to work independently with limited supervision and strong workflow prioritization skills are all requirements. Must have effective communication skills, both written and verbal, at all levels within the organization and externally. Must be able to draft Notices, Summonses, and Affidavits; administer and oversee document inspections at the request of an attorney; research and analyze case law; shepardize cases and cite check briefs; communicate with court personnel regarding the status of cases; electronic edit documents relating to litigation; proofread documents to be filed in court; index large volume of documents. Must be a highly organized and detail-oriented person. Experience with document review and storage programs such as Relativity and Textmap is essential. Must have strong cite-checking experience and also familiarity with Westlaw. Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certification required. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Miami

Paralegal, Real Estate - The right candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of experience with all aspects of commercial and residential transactional work with emphasis on complex commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions for buyers and sellers; real estate and non-real estate collateralized financings for lenders and borrowers; leasing; large case management; and organization skills, including completing all aspects of closing from beginning to end for commercial, residential and finance transactions. Excellent judgment and decision-making skills, the ability to work independently with limited supervision and strong workflow prioritization skills are all requirements. Must have effective communication skills, both written and verbal, at all levels within the organization and externally. Must be able to communicate with attorneys as well as clients regarding the status of cases and/or documents required. Must be a highly organized and detail-oriented person. Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certification required. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Philadelphia

Conflicts Processor, Business Intake and Records - The Conflicts Processor assists in the identification of potential conflicts of interest though conflicts database research of client and matter information provided by attorneys, support staff and potential new lateral attorneys. Will also be responsible for producing reports through the firm’s conflict of interest database software and will assist with the uploading of clients and matters to the firm’s billing system, making sure to associate related parties with matters opened.

Interested in candidates that are capable of defining problems, analyzing and collecting data, drawing valid conclusions and establishing facts. Must possess and demonstrate good oral and written communication skills, along with strong organizational, planning and time management skills to prioritize and successfully accomplish numerous tasks and projects and complete them under strict time constraints. Strong interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and interact with a diverse group of contacts and provide and request information with courtesy and tact. Service and detail oriented work related style required. College degree required, minimum of one year of related experience preferred. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Mailroom Supervisor, Office Services - The right candidate will be responsible for supervising the daily functions of mail clerks, including assigning duties and examining work for timeliness, exactness, neatness and conformance to policies and procedures. Balances work assignments and provides guidance, direction, constructive feedback and recognition to subordinates. Will provide customer service and support for the firm, staff and its clients as well as assist mail clerks with the proper sorting of incoming mail/parcels and determination of proper routing and delivery procedures. Responsible for filtering all client/court related mail/packages designated for scanning. Ensures proper use of mailing equipment and the accurate computation of postage according to weight and classification. Arranges for proper delivery of outgoing mail/parcels. Responsible for effective operations of all related outgoing and incoming mail/parcel delivery and shipping/receiving functions. Lifts large, heavy bundles of mail, overnight packages and shipments. Responsible for early morning meeting setups, equipment deliveries and café setups.

High school diploma or equivalent required. Minimum of four years’ post office, mailroom or shipping/receiving experience required. Supervisory experience preferred. Excellent interpersonal and communication (both written and verbal) skills are required. Interested in candidates that possess strong mathematical and analytical skills to resolve customer service and staffing issues. Must be detail oriented and possess the ability to work accurately and in a timely manner. Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. 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 who 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 who 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.

Paralegal, Intellectual Property - The paralegal will be responsible for conducting preliminary trademark searches; prosecuting U.S. and foreign trademark applications and maintaining U.S. and foreign trademark registrations; coordinating with foreign counsel to establish, maintain and enforce trademark portfolios; assisting attorneys with opposition and cancellation proceedings; and regularly providing our clients with status updates. Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate with a minimum of 5 years of experience managing a large trademark (foreign and domestic) portfolio. Prior experience drafting trademark applications and e-filing documents required. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

IP Docketing Specialist, Intellectual Property - The IP Docketing Specialist provides remote docketing support to various teams within the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Essential Functions include:

  • Calendars dates in connection with patent and trademark application filings, formalities, office actions, maintenance fees
  • Downloads electronic correspondence from USPTO, foreign patent offices, or foreign agents and file into document management system
  • Circulates incoming correspondence from USPTO, foreign patent offices, or foreign agents to appropriate attorney teams
  • Prepares firm-standard and custom docket reports
  • Proactively monitors due dates to ensure deadlines are timely met
  • Reviews outstanding dates in docketing database, consult with supervisor, and advance or de-docket as instructed
  • Assists with intakes and transfers in connection with new clients, attorney hires, attorney departures, or change in counsel

Interested in candidates that have at least 3 years' or prior IP docketing or related work experience. Must have a thorough understanding of domestic and foreign patent and trademark prosecution and lifecycles (Nonprovisional, Provisional, PCT, Madrid Protocol) and a familiarity with various patent and trademark offices (USPTO, WIPO). Knowledge of docketing terminology, best practices, and patent and trademark laws required. Must have experience working with docketing databases required, Patricia preferred, along with experience navigating patent and trademark office websites such as EFS-Web, Public PAIR, Private PAIR, TEAS, TSDR. Demonstrated attention to detail, time management skills, problem-solving mindset and collaborative spirit are imperative. Strong internet connection and availability for phone calls during normal business hours necessary (as position is remote). EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Paralegal, Intellectual Property - Will assist 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. Interested in candidates that are detail-oriented team players with strong communication skills and exceptional technical skills. Minimum of 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 required. Must have a thorough knowledge of patent docketing procedures and a thorough knowledge of U.S. patent prosecution procedures and PTO rules and forms. Bachelor’s degree or certificate in paralegal studies required. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Billing Coordinator, Billing - The person in this position will be responsible for sorting, reviewing and finalizing billing files in a timely and accurate manner for all assigned attorneys and their respective clients and matters. Will contact new attorneys to review billing procedures and ensure that all new billing information is set up appropriately. Responsible for coordinating billing and payment procedures with new clients as assigned. Must understand and be able to execute on e-billing process when necessary.

Interested in candidates that have a demonstrated ability to handle multiple responsibilities and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Should be self-motivated, exercise sound judgment and possess excellent decision-making skills. 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 as well as all assigned attorneys and their clients. Excellent research skills and strong Excel skills are vital. 3+ years of prior law firm billing experience required, electronic billing experience using Elite preferred. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

San Francisco

Paralegal, Trial - The right candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of complex litigation experience with an emphasis on large case management and organization, including trial preparation, document production, discovery and trial exhibits. Looking for candidates that have experience with the following: drafting notices, summonses and affidavits; administering and overseeing document inspections at the request of an attorney; researching and analyzing case law; shepardizing cases and cite checking briefs; communicating with court personnel regarding the status of cases; electronic editing of documents relating to litigation; proofreading documents to be filed in court; and indexing mass amounts of documents.

Must be a highly organized and detail-oriented person. Excellent judgment and decision-making skills, the ability to work independently with limited supervision and strong workflow prioritization skills are all requirements. Must have effective communication skills, both written and verbal, at all levels within the organization and externally. Experience with document review and storage programs such as Relativity and Textmap is essential. Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certification required.

Immigration Paralegal, ELBI - The right candidate will be responsible for working with attorneys in the preparation, filing and monitoring of pending employment-based immigration petitions and applications with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Department of Labor and Department of State. Primary responsibilities include: Prepare and package immigration applications/petitions, draft correspondence, and gather supporting documentation within expected timelines as assigned by manager for submission to the appropriate government agency. Understand the procedures and documentation required for cases to be filed successfully. Gather and track the receipt of information and documents from clients. May be asked to prepare forms, letters and other documents accurately according to information received from clients and based on case type. Finalize documents after review by attorneys, proactively communicate with clients via email and phone to provide information and assistance regarding legal procedures (NOT legal advice). Consistently update database(s) and utilize case management tools effectively and efficiently to monitor cases and track deadlines and expiration dates. Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate with a minimum of 2 years of experience in the business immigration field. Experience submitting applications to and interacting with the USCIS, DOL and other government agencies. Ability to execute the entire application process. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Washington, D.C.

IP Docketing Specialist, Intellectual Property - The IP Docketing Specialist provides remote docketing support to various teams within the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Essential Functions include:

  • Calendars dates in connection with patent and trademark application filings, formalities, office actions, maintenance fees
  • Downloads electronic correspondence from USPTO, foreign patent offices, or foreign agents and file into document management system
  • Circulates incoming correspondence from USPTO, foreign patent offices, or foreign agents to appropriate attorney teams
  • Prepares firm-standard and custom docket reports
  • Proactively monitors due dates to ensure deadlines are timely met
  • Reviews outstanding dates in docketing database, consult with supervisor, and advance or de-docket as instructed
  • Assists with intakes and transfers in connection with new clients, attorney hires, attorney departures, or change in counsel

Interested in candidates that have at least 3 years' or prior IP docketing or related work experience. Must have a thorough understanding of domestic and foreign patent and trademark prosecution and lifecycles (Nonprovisional, Provisional, PCT, Madrid Protocol) and a familiarity with various patent and trademark offices (USPTO, WIPO). Knowledge of docketing terminology, best practices, and patent and trademark laws required. Must have experience working with docketing databases required, Patricia preferred, along with experience navigating patent and trademark office websites such as EFS-Web, Public PAIR, Private PAIR, TEAS, TSDR. Demonstrated attention to detail, time management skills, problem-solving mindset and collaborative spirit are imperative. Strong internet connection and availability for phone calls during normal business hours necessary (as position is remote). EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

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Chanel Bell
Human Resources Manager
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
Email: cnbell@duanemorris.com

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Duane Morris LLP
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Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
+1 215 979 1161

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Duane Morris LLP
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Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
+1 215 979 1451

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Chanel Bell
Human Resources Manager
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
+1 215 979 1226

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