Careers

Strong Community

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

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

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

Diverse and Versatile

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

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

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

Accelerate Your Professional Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benefits

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

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

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

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

Professional Development

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

Training

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

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

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

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

Mentoring

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

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

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

Practice Opportunities

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

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

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

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

Administrative Support

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

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

Austin

Junior Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a Litigation Associate with 1-3 years’ experience to join its Trial Practice Group in Austin. The candidate will have a background in commercial litigation, including experience in all phases of discovery and hearings before state and federal courts. Candidates who possess strong academic credentials, superior writing ability, a quick-study aptitude, ability to engender client confidence, and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment are encouraged to apply. Federal judicial clerks are strongly encouraged to apply. Texas bar admission required. Large law firm experience preferred. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Patent Prosecution Associate (EE/CS) - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for an associate (or patent agent) with 1-4 years' experience in patent prosecution to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group in its Austin office. Ideal candidate must have a EE/Computer Science technical background along with strong academic credentials, superior writing ability and a quick-study aptitude, and the ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. USPTO and Texas bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Baltimore

Associate Attorney - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Baltimore office for a litigation associate to join its growing Trial Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have 2-4 years of sophisticated litigation experience in commercial 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. Maryland bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Boca Raton

Litigation Staff Attorney - Duane Morris LLP seeks a full-time staff attorney with 2-4 years of experience in representing lenders in mortgage foreclosure actions in our Boca Raton or Miami office. Candidate will work closely with firm attorneys and will have direct client communications. Solid academics and superior writing skills along with Florida bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V. We are currently not accepting candidate submissions from search firms for this position.

Cherry Hill, NJ

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

Chicago

Junior Construction Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks a junior level construction associate to join its growing practice in Chicago. The ideal candidate will have at least 2-4 years of 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. An engineering, architect or construction management degree is desirable. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

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

Patent Prosecution Associate (EE/CS) - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for an associate (or patent agent) with 1-4 years' experience in patent prosecution to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group in its Chicago office. Ideal candidate must have a EE/Computer Science technical background along with strong academic credentials, superior writing ability and a quick-study aptitude, and the ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. USPTO and Illinois bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Hanoi

Junior Corporate Associate (six-month temporary) - The Hanoi office of Duane Morris Vietnam has an opening for a junior-level associate (Vietnam-registered) to join its growing Corporate Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have 3-4 years of solid and meaningful experience in the areas of corporate and commercial law matters with an understanding of the needs of international clients involving Vietnam legal issues. Ideal candidate will have experience working in an international law firm or in-house setting involving sophisticated transactional matters. Candidate should be motivated, proactive, creative and have excellent analytical and logical thinking skills

A strong academic background (preferably top 10% of class), superior research and writing ability, a quick-study aptitude and an ability to engender client confidence while thriving in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment is preferred. Supervisory experience in working/mentoring junior associates is desirable, and good interpersonal skills are strongly encouraged. Vietnam bar admission required (not foreign registered lawyer) along with excellent written and spoken native-level Vietnamese and English skills. Japanese/Korean language skills and overseas education a plus.

Hartford, Connecticut

Staff Attorney - Duane Morris LLP seeks a full-time staff attorney with 2-4 years of experience in representing lenders in mortgage foreclosure actions in our Hartford, Connecticut office. Candidate will work closely with firm attorneys and will have direct client communications. Solid academics and superior writing skills along with Connecticut bar admission required. Bar admissions in New Hampshire, Vermont or Rhode Island also are a plus. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Ho Chi Minh City

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

Miami

Litigation Staff Attorney - Duane Morris LLP seeks a full-time staff attorney with 2-4 years of experience in representing lenders in mortgage foreclosure actions in our Boca Raton or Miami office. Candidate will work closely with firm attorneys and will have direct client communications. Solid academics and superior writing skills along with Florida bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V. We are currently not accepting candidate submissions from search firms for this position.

Entry Level/Junior Tax Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for an entry level/junior associate to join its expanding Tax Practice Group in Miami. The ideal candidate will have an LL.M. in Taxation, top law school, stellar academics and fluent in Portuguese (including business proficiency). Florida bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Newark

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

New York

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

Philadelphia

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.

Private Client Services Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Philadelphia office for an associate to join its Private Client Services Practice Group. Ideal candidate should have at least 3-6 years of large law firm experience in estate and tax planning work for high net worth individuals. Experience with international planning matters is helpful but not required. A strong tax background along with superior academic credentials is preferred. Pennsylvania bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

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

Junior Patent Associate (EE/CS) - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for an associate (or patent agent) with 1-4 years' experience in patent prosecution to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group in its Philadelphia office. Ideal candidate must have a EE/Computer Science technical background along with strong academic credentials, superior writing ability and a quick-study aptitude, and the ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. USPTO and Pennsylvania bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

San Diego

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

San Francisco

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

Labor and Employment Associate - Mid-Level - Duane Morris LLP has an immediate opening for a mid-level highly motivated associate to join its dynamic and growing Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration practice group to support its California practice in its San Francisco office. The ideal candidate will have 4-6 years of substantive experience in employment litigation and a desire for trial work. Experience in defending wage and hour claims, including wage and hour class action lawsuits is also desired. The successful candidate will also have meaningful experience in transactional employment work, including the drafting of employment and severance agreements, drafting EEOC position statements, DFEH responses, and conducting witness interviews and depositions. Having a background in counseling employers on federal and state employment law compliance, drafting workplace policies and assisting clients with employment training programs is also a plus. Experience in traditional management labor relations is also advantageous. Superior academic and writing credentials along with California bar admission required. Pursuant to applicable state and municipal Fair Chance Laws and Ordinances, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V. If you want to join a collegial team of excellent employment law professionals who enjoy their work and take pride in their work product, we would be the ideal firm for you.

Seattle

Senior Litigation Associate or Counsel - Duane Morris LLP seeks a senior associate or counsel with at least 6-10 years of litigation experience to join its Seattle office. Knowledge in insurance coverage and complex commercial disputes is a plus but not essential. Washington state bar admission required. Flexibility to work a full or part-time schedule can be accommodated. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Silicon Valley

Patent Prosecution Associate and/or Patent Agent (EE/CS) - Patent Prosecution Associate and/or Patent Agent (EE/CS) - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for an associate (or patent agent) with 1-4 years' experience in patent prosecution to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group in its Silicon Valley office. Ideal candidate must have a EE/Computer Science technical background along with strong academic credentials, superior writing ability and 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. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Washington, D.C.

Patent Prosecution Associate (EE/CS) - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for an associate (or patent agent) with 1-4 years' experience in patent prosecution to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group in its Washington, D.C. office. Ideal candidate must have a EE/Computer Science technical background along with strong academic credentials, superior writing ability and a quick-study aptitude, and the ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. USPTO and District of Columbia bar admission required. 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.

Information on Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards Ordinance

Information on San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance

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 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 2020 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.

Baltimore – We have concluded interviews for our 2020 Baltimore Summer Program.

Cherry Hill – We have concluded interviews for our 2020 Cherry Hill Summer Program.

Chicago – We have concluded interviews for our 2020 Chicago Summer Program.

Miami – 2L Summer Associate

New York – 2L Summer Associate

Philadelphia – We have concluded interviews for our 2020 Philadelphia Summer Program.

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 2019-2020 academic year.

2019 Law School Recruiting Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

Current Opportunities

Baltimore

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

Philadelphia

Practice Support Project Manager/Trial Consultant, Information Services - This position will support the firm in all aspects of Practice Support functions and also support the Trial Practice with on-site trial support. This position will cover 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. eastern. Responsible for supporting the design, development and maintenance of litigation support systems and related databases to support legal teams on all phases of E-Discovery, including forensics and analytical programming, and will also be responsible for supporting the design, development and support for on-site trial consulting. Provide guidance and strategize with legal team to determine database and other requirements for litigation support technology and workflow processes on a case-by-case basis. Diagnose and correct related system errors and problems; consult with internal/external support for resolution on an as needed basis.

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

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

Library Resources and Training Manager, Library and Research Services - The right candidate will be responsible for ensuring resources are aligned with firm’s current and emerging needs, facilitates access to current resources, and provides training and instruction. Will develop, or supervise development of, internal information resources and intranet content, such as practice area- or industry-specific research guides. Also handles onboarding and orientation for new attorneys and other legal professionals, and supports current awareness/alerting functions for the Library. Identifies and selects content appropriate for the Library blog and webpages, and assists in preparation of Library publications and communications. Supervises and participates in the creation of research guides highlighting resources available by practice area and industry. Provides group and individual online or in-person training on legal and other information resources, preparing handouts or videos as needed to support training initiatives, and coordinating training with vendors as necessary.

MLS or JD with a minimum five years of experience (3 in a law firm setting). Advanced research skills with an understanding of cost-effective research strategies and a working knowledge of legal and business research databases. Strong interpersonal, communication and writing skills, with demonstrated ability to instruct/train. Technology proficiency with ability to use various applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and e-mail, and to learn other software applications as required. Strong service orientation, with ability to work in a team setting, and ability to work on short and long term projects independently. Creativity, flexibility and commitment to professional growth and development. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D

Strategic Client Relationships Director, Marketing & Business Development - To spearhead the firm’s efforts to identify and leverage new revenue opportunities, the firm seeks a creative, experienced Business Development (BD) professional who will:

  • Work with senior management and individual billing attorneys to analyze significant client relationships with a view to developing strategies that drive value for both client and firm, and ultimately building out those relationships
  • Actively focus on pipeline creation and management
  • Plan and execute client listening/satisfaction programs, client journey, retention and lifecycle mapping strategies
  • With M&BD team members, evaluate and develop client team and account management disciplines
  • Collaborate on brand research, innovation and productization initiatives

This position will ideally be located in Philadelphia (relocation assistance available), although other northeastern cities could be considered. Reports to the Chief Marketing Officer. Travel will be required. We are looking for a persuasive, credible and experienced BD professional, with a proven track record of generating work and opportunities, as well as delivering high quality and high impact BD and client development programs. Backgrounds that would be most relevant include BD experience at a senior level with a law firm, accounting firm or other professional services, financial services, private equity or similarly situated firm where management of high value relationships is critical to business outcomes. Given the diversified nature of the client roster, at least some exposure to most major practice areas would be desirable.  Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree may be helpful, either MBA or JD. Excellent writing skills mandatory. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Paralegal, Trial/ELB&I - The right candidate will have at least 3+ years of strong general litigation experience, including trial preparation and presentation experience. This position will also be responsible for providing support in employment litigation matters, including wage and hour class actions and individual employment matters. 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 Affirmative Action plans and research of court rules. Interested in candidates that have a strong track record of academic success and a demonstrated ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced, team oriented environment. Should be self-motivated, exercise sound judgment and possess excellent decision-making skills. Must be detail oriented while being able to meet tight deadlines. Must have effective communication skills, both written and verbal, at all levels within the organization and externally. Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) required. A Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate required. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

San Diego

Human Resources Specialist, Employment, Labor, Benefits & Immigration - This position will support and expand the transactional employment services provided to clients. Primary responsibility will be drafting, updating and maintenance of samples and templates for employee handbooks, policies, procedures, separation and settlement agreements, investigation documentation and employment-related forms, and for the customization of such documents for specific clients. With minimal supervision, the HR Specialist will assist with leave administration and basic research regarding California employment laws and administrative guidance.

The right candidate will have at least 3+ years of experience. Must be detail-oriented with strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects. Skilled in drafting policies, procedures, forms and charts, maintaining reference libraries of forms, templates and samples to assist with efficient drafting of documents. Candidate should possess strong problem-solving and proven analytical skills. Ability to interact effectively with internal and external clients. Employment Law experience a plus. Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) required. A bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate required. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

San Francisco

Marketing and Business Development Manager, Marketing and Business Development - This senior-level professional will be responsible for creating and leading marketing and business development initiatives for our Intellectual Property and Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring practices and several industry groups, as well as other areas. The successful candidate will be a polished, detail-oriented, highly organized and responsive professional with a strong/proven track record of consultative sales experience, creating and implementing successful strategic growth programs for existing clients and new business targets at the firm, practice, industry, team and individual attorney levels. Strong relationship development, communication, client service, coaching, team mentoring, event, proposal/content development and presentation skills are essential. Strong project management skills, ability to organize and motivate lawyers and team members to implement and manage effective marketing and business development efforts and a proven ability to build relationships at the executive level are also essential. Budgeting skills important. Must be able to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines and produce measurable results in a competitive environment. Interested in candidates with 7-8+ years of business development experience in a law firm or other professional services firm. Experience with one or more of the practice areas articulated above helpful. A sense of humor and humility would be nice. Bachelor’s degree required, JD and/or MBA desirable. Moderate travel required. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

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

For More Information

Please contact our recruiting staff for more information.

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

Prospective candidates, please complete our employment application

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

Partners

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

Lateral Associates

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

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

Law School Recruiting

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

Staff Positions

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

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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

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