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.

Boca Raton

Immigration Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks an immigration associate to join its Boca Raton office. The ideal candidate will have business immigration experience preparing H-1Bs, Ls, E-2s, E-3s, TNs, Os, PERMs and EB1 green card cases as well as responding to RFEs. Excellent writing skills along with a positive presence and advocacy ability highly desired and direct contact with corporate clients. Stellar academics, research and organizational skills required along with an entrepreneurial drive, initiative and ability to work independently in a fast-paced, high-volume immigration practice are required of this position. Florida bar required or ability to sit for the Florida bar. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Boston

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.

Cherry Hill, NJ

Senior Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Cherry Hill, New Jersey office for a senior litigation associate to join its growing Trial Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have at least 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 the ability to exude and inspire confidence. New Jersey bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Miami

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.

Philadelphia

Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Philadelphia office for a Litigation associate. The ideal candidate will have at least 4-6 years of sophisticated commercial litigation and products liability (medical device/pharma) experience. Candidate must have strong writing skills, ability to work independently and possess a strong, positive presence and advocacy ability. Stellar academics and research skills along with entrepreneurial drive and initiative are preferred. Pennsylvania bar admission required. PA/NJ bar admission preferred. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Real Estate Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for an associate to join its Real Estate Practice Group in Philadelphia. The candidate will have at least 5-6 years of meaningful experience in the practice of real estate law with an emphasis in eminent domain litigation, land use and zoning. Experience and working knowledge in regulatory and administrative law issues preferred. The ideal candidate will have exceptional academics and hands-on leading large law firm experience. Pennsylania bar admission required. 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 - 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.

San Diego

Labor and Employment Associate - 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 in its San Diego office. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 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. 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. 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 and 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

Junior Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a litigation associate with 1-3 years experience to join its team. Knowledge/background in general commercial litigation is desired. Candidate must have strong academic credentials, superior writing skills, a quick-study aptitude and ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Excellent organizational and teamwork skills required. California bar admission required. 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.

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.

Silicon Valley

Intellectual Property Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for an Intellectual Property Associate with 3-5 years' experience in patent prosecution and litigation to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group in its Silicon Valley office. Ideal candidate must have strong academic credentials, superior writing ability, a quick-study aptitude and the ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. USPTO and California bar admission required; technical background (EE/CS degree) preferred along with large law firm experience. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

For More Information

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

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

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

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

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Duane Morris strives to attract the best law students and to offer the ideal environment for lawyers at the beginning of their professional lives. We endeavor to improve our Summer Associate Program each year to make Duane Morris a meaningful and valuable destination for summer associates. According to The American Lawyer's 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

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

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

Chicago

Paralegal, Trial - 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 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. Should possess knowledge of trial software: Relativity, TextMap, and/or Trial Director. A bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate required. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Philadelphia

Legal Recruitment Assistant, Legal Recruitment and Development - This position will responsible for supporting the department staff and administering programs and systems related to our legal recruiting and training efforts. Responsibilities will include but not be limited to: maintaining the legal hiring database, overseeing all onboarding and new hire paperwork, internet research relating to such efforts, updating the firm roster for new attorney hires, assisting in on-campus interview (OCI) and lateral non-partner interview preparation, preparing candidate correspondence and recruiter agreements, scheduling all department meetings and video conferences, maintaining all firm personnel files, preparing reports and statistics, and other work to assist the department in meetings its objectives. Candidates who have at least two years of relevant experience in a professional services environment along with an established track record of success working in a fast-paced work environment are desired. A college degree and/or legal recruiting experience is a plus but not required. Excellent communication skills are critical. Must have strong typing skills, solid technical skills, and must be highly organized with the ability to prioritize numerous tasks that must be completed under tight deadlines. Willingness and ability to learn new software programs, procedures and reporting is necessary.

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.

Marketing Specialist, Marketing & Business Development - The Marketing Specialist will work closely with a sophisticated group of Marketing and Business Development Managers, attorneys and colleagues in and out of the Department in support of various practice and firm initiatives. Extensive and varied responsibility in a front-line/hands-on role, including daily interaction with a wide internal client constituency including, but not limited to, content/materials development, competitive intelligence/research, budget, proposals, events/other promotional activities, as well as numerous other day-to-day client-focused initiatives. This role includes independent management of select long-range activities and is an excellent space in which to build/expand your project management skills. Responsiveness, proactivity, detail-orientation, curiosity, ability to remain calm under pressure and an unwavering commitment to client service are mandatory for success in this role. Interested in team players with strong research skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Acrobat required – experience with InterAction and ContactNet a plus. 5+ years of related experience and a bachelor’s degree required.

Help Desk Speciaist, Information Services - Help Desk Specialist sought to work in our progressive, fast paced Information Services department. Will be responsible for answering, evaluating, and prioritizing service requests received via telephone, voicemail, e-mail and in person for users’ computer performance. Performs diagnostics with user to collect information about problems to determine source of error; isolates performance issues to determine cause of hardware malfunctions, such as hard drive, modem, printer, cables or telephone; troubleshoots PC software problems; and identifies, categorizes and resolves application problems. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience and a high level of proficiency with Windows 10, and must have in-depth knowledge of current MS Office applications. Experience supporting a document management system preferred. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required. Must be able to multi-task and work closely with other team members.

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

Records Processor, Records - The right candidate will be responsible for updating the records database and processing requests for file circulation, file creation, file disposition, and maintaining client files housed on-site and at off-site storage. Searching, retrieving and delivering on-site and off-site requests; making sure incoming materials are filed, indexed, sorted, coded and verified for accuracy and timeliness. This includes sorting litigation pleadings/discovery documents and preparing indices. Maintaining records center and allocated spaces, including conducting scheduled audits to purge and prepare inactive and dormant client materials for off-site storage.

HS diploma or equivalent required. Legal records experience or other on the job related experience preferred. Must be organized and able to multi-task, possess excellent customer service and communication skills (written and oral), and be able to work in a team environment. Ability to use general office equipment (i.e. desktop computer, laptop, phone, copy machine, scanner, printer, etc.) Knowledge of legal records management software preferred, but not required. Must be able to type 35 wpm. Ability to routinely lift, carry, push, pull, slide materials weighing up to 50 lbs. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Washington, D.C.

Lead IP Docketing Clerk, Intellectual Property - The duties and responsibilities of the Lead Docketing Clerk include docketing incoming mail, matching incoming correspondence to file, delivering to assistant, reviewing/processing outgoing correspondence to clients, running client reports, opening new matter requests, labeling Jeter files and supervising an assistant in the execution of such matters. The Lead Docketing Clerk will also be responsible for the creation and filing of documents to further the prosecution of patent and trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as, foreign offices including powers of attorneys, assignments, Information Disclosure Statements, search reports and other legal documents as necessary.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Minimum of 5 years extensive IP docketing experience, including working knowledge of IP docket systems, workflows, databases and understanding of the USPTO patent process
  • Thorough knowledge of docketing policies and procedures, including using and maintaining an automated docketing system. Systems used include: Patricia, USPTO (EFS-WEB, Private/Public PAIR, TEAS, TSDR, PTAB)
  • Ability to work independently in an electronic environment including manipulation of documents, running reports, uploading and downloading documents from various electronic sources including worldwide Patent Office websites
  • Extensive knowledge of patent and trademark prosecution as well as a full understanding of IP terminology, rules, and regulations in both US and International Patent and Trademark markets
  • Proficiency with evaluating and building IP family relationships and history with strong ability to audit Patent and Trademark file histories to determine priority dates
  • Experienced in working with Microsoft Office Suite. Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills required. Must demonstrate professionalism, courtesy, cooperation, respect for others and relationship-building skills.

EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

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
Senior 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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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

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