Careers

Strong Community

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

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

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

Diverse and Versatile

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

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

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

Accelerate Your Professional Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you 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

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 3-5 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.

Boston

Healthcare Transactional/Regulatory, Senior Associate/Counsel Level - Duane Morris LLP seeks a senior healthcare associate or counsel to join its growing Health Law Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in managing healthcare physician reimbursement, payor audit and billing related issues (including false/fraudulent claims, CPT guidelines, etc.) with an emphasis in emergency medicine and pathology.

Candidates with a corporate and transactional healthcare background in negotiating managed care contracts (commercial/governmental) and hands-on experience in provider/payor disputes and litigation are desired. Self-starters with strong writing and communications skills and a desire for direct client interaction are encouraged to apply to join our provider-based national practice team. This position can be based in Boston, Chicago, Miami or Philadelphia along with bar admission in the jurisdiction of practice. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Corporate Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a Corporate Associate to join its growing 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.

Chicago

Healthcare Transactional/Regulatory, Senior Associate/Counsel Level - Duane Morris LLP seeks a senior healthcare associate or counsel to join its growing Health Law Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in managing healthcare physician reimbursement, payor audit and billing related issues (including false/fraudulent claims, CPT guidelines, etc.) with an emphasis in emergency medicine and pathology.

Candidates with a corporate and transactional healthcare background in negotiating managed care contracts (commercial/governmental) and hands-on experience in provider/payor disputes and litigation are desired. Self-starters with strong writing and communications skills and a desire for direct client interaction are encouraged to apply to join our provider-based national practice team. This position can be based in Boston, Chicago, Miami or Philadelphia along with bar admission in the jurisdiction of practice. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Government Contracts Associate Attorney - Duane Morris LLP seeks a junior to mid-level associate with government contracts experience to join its growing Government Contracts Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have one to four years of experience practicing federal government contracts. This position will focus on representing and counseling entities on a broad range of matters including contracts and disputes, bid protests, contract claims, prime-subcontractor disputes, government audits and investigations, regulatory compliance, procurement fraud and small business program issues. Candidates must have in-depth experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and federal agency supplements relative to the full spectrum of government contracting to include: contract formation; contract administration; litigation; procurement fraud; cost accounting; construction; and intellectual property. Candidate must have strong writing skills and the ability to interact with clients on time-sensitive, complex and high value procurement activities. This position will be located in the Chicago office, with a strong preference for candidates that are admitted in Illinois, waiver eligible or willing to become admitted to practice in Illinois. Other locations may be considered for qualified candidates.

Miami

Healthcare Transactional/Regulatory, Senior Associate/Counsel Level - Duane Morris LLP seeks a senior healthcare associate or counsel to join its growing Health Law Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in managing healthcare physician reimbursement, payor audit and billing related issues (including false/fraudulent claims, CPT guidelines, etc.) with an emphasis in emergency medicine and pathology.

Candidates with a corporate and transactional healthcare background in negotiating managed care contracts (commercial/governmental) and hands-on experience in provider/payor disputes and litigation are desired. Self-starters with strong writing and communications skills and a desire for direct client interaction are encouraged to apply to join our provider-based national practice team. This position can be based in Boston, Chicago, Miami or Philadelphia along with bar admission in the jurisdiction of practice. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Philadelphia

Healthcare Transactional/Regulatory, Senior Associate/Counsel Level - Duane Morris LLP seeks a senior healthcare associate or counsel to join its growing Health Law Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in managing healthcare physician reimbursement, payor audit and billing related issues (including false/fraudulent claims, CPT guidelines, etc.) with an emphasis in emergency medicine and pathology.

Candidates with a corporate and transactional healthcare background in negotiating managed care contracts (commercial/governmental) and hands-on experience in provider/payor disputes and litigation are desired. Self-starters with strong writing and communications skills and a desire for direct client interaction are encouraged to apply to join our provider-based national practice team. This position can be based in Boston, Chicago, Miami or Philadelphia along with bar admission in the jurisdiction of practice. 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 Trademark Associate - Duane Morris LLP, a leading international law firm, is seeking to hire a junior associate to join its Philadelphia Intellectual Property Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience handling domestic and international trademark portfolios, including trademark clearance, counseling, prosecution, maintenance and enforcement. Experience before the TTAB and/or some trademark litigation experience is preferred. Additional experience in any of the following areas is a plus: copyrights, social media, advertising, online business, licensing and privacy. Candidates must possess excellent academic credentials, as well as strong communication, organization, research, writing and analytical skills. A motivated, independent candidate with a willingness to learn and work hard will excel in this position. Writing sample and law school transcript required. Pennsylvania bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Junior Patent Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a patent associate with an electrical, physics, mechanical or biomechanical background to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group in Philadelphia. Candidate should have 1-3 years of experience with primary emphasis on patent preparation/prosecution. Our ideal candidate will have solid academic credentials, a quick-study aptitude and the ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Admission to the Pennsylvania bar (or the ability to become admitted to practice in Pennsylvania) and USPTO admission are requirements of the position. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

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

San Diego

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

Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks a litigation associate to join its Trial Practice Group in San Diego. The ideal candidate will have at least 3-5 years of experience in the area of general commercial litigation. Stellar academics, superior research and writing skills required along with a quick-study aptitude and the ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. California bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

San Francisco

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.

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

Silicon Valley

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

Washington, D.C.

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

For More Information

Please contact our recruiting staff for more information. 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
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

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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 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 is not currently accepting applications from 1L and 2L law students as we have already concluded our hiring process for the 2019 Summer Program.

NALP Forms

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

Duane Morris is pleased to provide the Philadelphia and multi-office NALP statistics for the 2018-2019 academic year.

2018 Law School Recruiting Schedule

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

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

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

Atlanta

Paralegal, Trial - The right candidate will have at least 3+ years of strong general litigation experience with a focus on intellectual property litigation. The candidate’s experience should include trial preparation and presentation experience. 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 and research of court rules. Interested in candidates who 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.

Philadelphia/Los Angeles

Conflicts & Business Intake Compliance Counsel - Will be responsible for identifying potential conflicts of interest arising out of new business intake and the hiring of lawyers and staff joining the firm. The role of Conflicts & Business Intake Compliance Counsel is a well-respected professional legal position within the Firm’s Legal Department. Compliance Counsel provide legal advice, guidance and instruction to the Firm’s lawyers and staff to address potential conflicts and provide support to the Office of General Counsel in implementing risk management strategies relating to new business intake and hiring, as well as other legal matters involving the Firm.

Requirements: JD with a minimum of 4 years of experience as practicing lawyer in a business law firm environment. Member of the state bar of Pennsylvania or California in good standing. Strong organizational and planning skills, including the ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete under time constraints. Strong interpersonal skills essential to permit effective communication in person, by email and telephone with a diverse group of lawyers and staff. Prior experience as a conflicts review lawyer or analyst, or experience in legal ethics, conflicts analysis and/or review, representation of law firms and the like highly preferred. Limited domestic travel may be required. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Philadelphia

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.

Duane Morris Institute Coordinator, Employment, Labor, Benefits, and Immigration - The Duane Morris Institute (DMi) offers CLE and HRCI accredited programs ensuring your business is up-to-date and knowledgeable of the ever-changing landscape in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration areas of law. We are currently searching for a DMi Coordinator to provide marketing and administrative support to the DMi. Events and activities supported by this position are highly visible and critical to the success of the institute. The coordinator will interface heavily with the DMi Manager, attorneys, and service departments throughout the firm. The right candidate will be responsible for marketing outreach, updating website content, advertising, social media management, event planning, and a variety of administrative duties including data entry, records maintenance, and payment processing. Interested in candidates that are both creative and strategic thinkers that possess 2+ years of marketing and/or administrative support experience in a law firm or professional services environment. Strong proofreading skills, the ability to prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under tight deadlines, strong interpersonal skills, and excellent communication skills, are all essential for success in this role. Event planning experience strongly preferred; experience with InterAction and/or DreamWeaver a plus. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Conflicts Processor - The person in this position 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.

Legal Recruitment Coordinator - Seeking an enthusiastic and talented legal recruitment coordinator who is passionate about the candidate experience and engagement. This individual will work with a dynamic team to coordinate various aspects of the legal recruiting function while providing support to the Director, Legal Recruitment Managers and other members of the recruitment team. Will arrange in-house interview schedules, greet and escort candidates, maintain and update candidate files, assist in the planning of recruiting events, organize marketing materials for candidates, external recruiters and schools, and assist with hiring statistics and surveys. Coordinate the recruiting process for various levels of candidates, including scheduling attorneys for interviews; maintaining files for candidates; compiling and distributing materials for various meetings. Coordinate the registration process for fall on-campus interviews, set up in-office callback interview schedules, compile statistical data and charts regarding callback outcome and viRecruit input and updates as needed. Assist with the planning and facilitating summer events, summer assignments, invitations, intranet updates, policy manuals, as needed, and summer associate binders. Plan and facilitate orientation schedules. Assist with the administration of the Summer Associate (SA) Program, including communication with recruits prior to arrival; attending events/functions and follow-up on SA evaluations. Assist with lateral interviews including search firm interface, job postings, arranging in-house interview schedules and viRecruit input and pipeline updates; provide recruiting support to Director and Managers. Maintains lateral candidate checklist upon receipt of completed lateral due diligence materials.

Bachelor’s degree preferred with 2+ years in legal or campus recruitment for a professional services or large law firm. Strong ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines and within budget. Self-starter; ability to remain self-directed and self-motivated with minimal supervision. Ability to work well in a team atmosphere. Flexibility to work overtime as needed (significant overtime during summer/fall). Excellent time management and prioritization skills. Excellent PC skills; knowledge of the viDesktop platform a plus. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Proposal Manager – Marketing & Business Development - The right candidate will manage the team that supports the firm’s business development efforts with targeted pitches and proposals that effectively communicate the firm’s capabilities, services and solutions for our clients. In this role you will analyze and respond to RFPs, write and maintain content, and have a key role in implementing a proposal automation solution. Materials produced by this position are highly visible and greatly impact the firm. Will have heavy interface with Marketing & Business Development Managers, as well as attorneys firm-wide.

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in English, journalism or communications-oriented discipline is required. Solid writing background with a minimum of 7-10 years of experience in a professional services firm; legal a plus. Must possess experience and knowledge in the area of proposal writing and management. Excellent communication, analytical and problem-solving skills. Be detail oriented and organized with excellent editing and proofreading skills. Superior knowledge of Microsoft Office suite; experience with database applications, including InterAction, highly desirable. Proposal automation experience a plus. Be highly skilled at project management, including multiple priorities under tight deadlines. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

IP Docket Systems Coordinator, Intellectual Property - The right candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day management and maintenance of the Firm’s IP Docket software (Patrix/Patricia). Duties include custom report generation; creation and documentation of data flow; analyzing technical problems with application and implementing solutions; and working with the IP Docket Administrator to develop, implement and document best practice processes.

Minimum of 3 years of law firm experience with a strong understanding of IP Docket Software systems. Strong understanding of database structures, principles and practices. Familiarity with Business Intelligence principles and data extraction. Working knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2/2012/2014 services as well as Microsoft VBA. Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities with the ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high pressure environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Good working knowledge of current U.S. and foreign IP laws and practices. Prior experience with sophisticated IP docket software is required (e.g., CPI, Patricia, Foundation IP, Patsee, IP Manager). Familiarity with current USPTO procedures and USPTO Financial Manager. High level of proficiency with multiple software systems, including law firm related applications, such as iManage, client billing systems and other programs such as MS Word, Excel and Outlook. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

    Silicon Valley

    IP Docket Clerk - The right candidate will be responsible for supporting the docketing functions to the Intellectual Property group. Must have experience updating, maintaining and auditing a master calendar/docketing system. Experience with U.S. and foreign patent, trademark and copyright rules and regulations. Strong attention to detail and excellent communications skills required. Ability to work effectively and professionally with attorneys and clients. Prior experience with Patricia docketing system preferred. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

    Patent Prosecution Legal Assistant - The right candidate will have a minimum of 3-5 years of strong patent prosecution experience to assist with the preparation and filing of patent applications and related documents with the USPTO. Must have knowledge of USPTO filing procedures along with e-filing experience. Ability to manage a case docket and have experience utilizing a docketing system. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

    Washington, D.C.

    Immigration Paralegal, Employment, Labor, Benefits, and Immigration - Seeking an experienced Paralegal to provide leadership and support to clients and internal staff. Works under attorney supervision and is responsible for the quality of the work and ensuring deadlines are met. Must have 5 years of experience in client-facing capacity with immigration law firm, department, or corporate immigration function. Must have experience with all aspects of business immigration particularly with the preparation and filing of H-1B, L-1, O1 , E visas, TN applications, J1 waivers, PERM, EB1 Immigrant Visa Petitions, Applications to Adjust Status and consular work. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

    Responsibilities & Characteristics:

    • Manage a varied and fast-paced caseload of corporate immigration matters with large degree of independence.
    • Serve as a resource for client and office procedures.
    • Communicate regularly with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues.
    • Know procedural requirements for various types of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas and knows client processes.
    • Responsible for updating and managing status reports and for updating databases for particular clients.
    • Full utilization of case management and billing systems.
    • Correspond with clients directly on case processing and other procedural matters.
    • Run reports. Is able to prioritize own work and take on multiple projects.
    • Mentor less-experienced staff and assist in training and reviewing workflow for particular clients.
    • Interested in candidates that produce high quality work with strong attention to detail.

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

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    Please contact our recruiting staff for more information.

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

    Prospective candidates, please complete our employment application

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    Partners

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

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

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

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

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