Lateral job opportunities

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We value your input and assistance during our hiring process. Locke Lord does not accept unsolicited applications from search firms or placement agencies.  See below for information about specific candidates. We will only accept candidate submissions from search firms with whom we have a current search/fee agreement on file. If your firm/agency does not have an agreement with us (or if you are unsure whether a current agreement exists), please contact us at legalrecruiting@lockelord.com to ascertain agreement status.

Associate, Patent Agent and Staff Counsel Candidates:
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Partner Candidates:
We will only accept Partner candidate submissions from search firms with whom we have a current search/fee agreement on file. If your firm/agency does not have an agreement with us (or if you are unsure whether a current agreement exists), please contact us at legalrecruiting@lockelord.com to ascertain agreement status.

If you have any questions concerning our placement policies or wish to discuss a potential working relationship with the Firm, please contact us at legalrecruiting@lockelord.com.


AUSTIN - AFFORDABLE HOUSING ASSOCIATE

We are seeking qualified candidates for an Associate position with our Finance, Banking and Real Estate Department, to be based in our Austin office. This person would be part of our Real Estate and Real Estate Finance Practice Group ‎ in the Affordable Housing and Community Development Section. Our ideal candidate is an associate who has completed from 1 to 3 years of practice with real estate, affordable housing or other transactional experience.

Essential Functions

  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis;
  • Effectively interpret and analyze statutes and administrative regulations;
  • Draft necessary agreements and documents with efficiency and clarity;
  • Manage work projects, including closings, from commencement to closing;
  • Competently and professionally communicate with clients and supervising attorneys; and
  • Complete tasks efficiently.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to handle numerous concurrent matters;
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with Clients, Industry Personnel, Partners, Associate and Support Staff;
  • Clear and effective drafting skills;
  • Strong attention to accuracy and detail;
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills.

Requirements

Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in Texas.

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Affordable Housing Associate – Austin” in the subject line.


AUSTIN - LITIGATION ASSOCIATE

We are seeking qualified candidates for an associate position with our Business Litigation and Financial Services Litigation Group. The position will be based in our Austin office. Ideal candidates should have at least 2-5 years of prior associate-level experience in general litigation, including experience handling hearings, depositions, as well as drafting ‎various types of motions.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and an ability to learn new substantive topics;
  • Knowledge of federal and state court practice

Essential Functions

Candidates for Associate positions must be able to provide effective and reliable legal services to clients and supervising attorneys.

Associates are routinely required to:

  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis in pleadings, memoranda, and other written documents;
  • Draft pleadings and other case documents;
  • Argue hearings throughout Texas;
  • Manage matters from commencement to final resolution;
  • Competently and professionally communicate with clients and supervising attorneys

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Strong organizational and matter management skills;
  • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team;
  • Familiarity with and ability to prepare basic and complex litigation documents;
  • Familiarity with federal and state court procedural rules and practices

Requirements

Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in Texas.

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note Associate/Litigation-Austin in the subject line.


HOUSTON - PRIVATE WEALTH ASSOCIATE

We are seeking qualified candidates for an Associate position with our Private Wealth Practice Group, sometimes known as the Trusts and Estates practice. The position will be based in our Houston office. We are flexible as between a junior-level Associate (including a recent or pending graduate with a JD or LLM) or a more senior person who is not interested in a partner track position but has extensive experience in the field.

Ideal candidates will be one of the following:

  • Associates with 3 years or less prior associate-level experience in estate planning, trust and probate law;
  • Recent graduates with law or LLM degrees  

Please note that we are accepting resumes from recruiters for this position.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Strong legal research skills, particularly in tax matters;
  • Strong technical drafting ability, as well general writing and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with probate and trust administration;
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and deadlines, working for multiple attorneys;
  • Prior experience working in the private wealth, trusts and estates fields in private practice.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Ability to analyze complex problems, and communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Strong organization and matter management skills;
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with Clients, Partners, Associates and Support Staff;
  • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team;
  • Unless a newly licensed attorney, experience with estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax law, and good technical drafting experience with preparing multiple types of estate planning and administration documents;
  • Unless a newly licensed attorney, familiarity with probate court procedures and experience in non-contested matters;
  • Clear and effective drafting skills, including technical drafting;
  • Good legal research skills;
  • If a newly licensed attorney, in lieu of actual experience in the estate planning field, there should be strong academic performance, and a record of demonstrated interest, part-time employment, and/ or prior work experience which would demonstrate a likelihood that the estate planning field is a permanent field of interest.

Requirements

Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in Texas.

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Private Wealth Associate – Houston” in the subject line.


ATLANTA - CORPORATE ASSOCIATE

We are seeking qualified candidates for an Associate position with our Corporate Department, to be based in our Atlanta office. This person would be part of our Insurance Transactional & Regulatory Practice Group. Our ideal candidate is a ‎third-fifth year associate at a major law firm, with specific insurance industry regulatory and transactional ‎experience, including transactional drafting, reinsurance negotiation, and ‎regulatory research skills.‎

Essential Functions

Candidates for Associate positions must be able to provide effective and reliable legal services to clients and supervising attorneys.

Associates are routinely required to:

  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis;
  • Draft necessary agreements and documents with efficiency and clarity;
  • Manage projects from commencement to closing;
  • Competently and professionally communicate with clients and supervising attorneys; and
  • Complete tasks efficiently.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to conduct multi-state insurance specific regulatory research;
  • Ability to negotiate and draft insurance industry specific agreements (e.g. reinsurance agreements, TPA/MGA agreements, claims services agreements, etc.);
  • Ability to negotiate and draft documents related to insurance industry mergers and acquisitions;
  • Ability to draft and advise on insurance holding company filings;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Strong organization and matter management skills;
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with Clients, Partners, Associate and Support Staff;
  • Clear and effective drafting skills;
  • Exceptional project management skills;
  • Strong negotiating skills.

Requirements

Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in Georgia.  

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Corporate Associate – Atlanta” in the subject line.


BOSTON OR NEW YORK - BANKRUPTCY AND RESTRUCTURING ASSOCIATE

We are seeking qualified candidates for an associate position in our Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group.

This position will be based in our Boston or New York office.  While the candidate will work primarily with our teams in these two offices, there will also be opportunities for our new colleague to work with teams in our Chicago and Texas offices. Ideal candidates should have at least 2-4 years of prior associate-level experience with some level of familiarity with the Bankruptcy Code, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.  We particularly value candidates who are familiar with debt finance documents and structures, with a particular focus on credit and intercreditor agreements. 

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Strong writing and oral communication skills, and an ability to learn new substantive legal topics as needed are required;
  • Familiarity with the sequence and key stages of a Chapter 11 proceeding, including first day motions, sale motions and plan confirmations;
  • Knowledge of bankruptcy, federal and state court practice; experience preparing pleadings, motions and other routine filings;
  • Bankruptcy court clerkship appreciated but not essential

Essential Functions

Candidates for Associate positions must be able to provide effective and reliable legal services to clients and supervising attorneys.

Associates are routinely required to:

  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis in pleadings, memoranda, and other written documents;
  • Draft pleadings and other case documents;
  • Manage matters from commencement to final resolution;
  • Competently and professionally communicate with clients and supervising attorneys.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Strong organizational and matter management skills;
  • to work professionally and effectively with Clients, Partners, Associates and Support Staff;
  • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team;
  • Familiarity with and ability to prepare basic and complex bankruptcy and litigation documents;
  • Familiarity with bankruptcy, federal and state court procedural rules and practices;
  • Clear and effective drafting skills.

Requirements

Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in Massachusetts or New York.

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note Boston or New York Bankruptcy and Restructuring Associate in the subject line.


CHICAGO - REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATE

We are seeking qualified candidates for an Associate position with our Finance, Banking and Real Estate Department, to be based in our Chicago office. This person would be part of our Real Estate and Real Estate Finance Practice Group. Our ideal candidate is an associate who has completed from 1 to 4 years of practice with real estate or other transactional experience.

Essential Functions

  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis;
  • Draft necessary agreements and documents with efficiency and clarity;
  • Manage projects from commencement to closing;
  • Competently and professionally communicate with clients and supervising attorneys; and
  • Complete tasks efficiently.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Experience representing financial institutions, mortgage lenders, institutional investors or borrowers in real estate and financing transactions;
  • Leasing experience;
  • Thorough understanding of basic elements of real property due diligence, including survey, title, zooning and other land use issues
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Strong organization and matter management skills;
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with Clients, Partners, Associate and Support Staff;
  • Clear and effective drafting skills;
  • Exceptional project management skills.

Requirements

Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in Illinois.

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Real Estate Associate – Chicago” in the subject line.


WEST PALM BEACH - CORPORATE ASSOCIATE

The Corporate Group of Locke Lord is seeking an associate in the West Palm Beach ‎office with ‎3-6 years of private company mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, securities law, debt finance and general corporate experience. The candidate should have excellent academic credentials. We are open to considering remote/part time in office people in south/central FL.

Essential Functions

Candidates for Associate positions must be able to provide effective and reliable legal services to clients and supervising attorneys. 

Associates are routinely required to:

  • Draft transaction agreements and documents with efficiency and clarity;
  • Manage transaction closings and processes;
  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis;
  • Competently and professionally communicate with clients and supervising attorneys; and
  • Complete tasks efficiently. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Creativity and flexibility to handle numerous types and structures of transactions;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines; 
  • Strong organization and matter management skills;
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with Clients, Partners, Associate and Support Staff;
  • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team;
  • Exceptional project management skills.  

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Corporate Associate – West Palm Beach” in the subject line.


LOS ANGELES - REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATE

We are seeking qualified candidates for an Associate position with our Finance, Banking and Real Estate Department, to be based in our Los Angeles office. This person will be part of our Real Estate and Real Estate Finance Practice Group. Our ideal candidate is an associate who has 2-6 years of Real Estate transaction and lending experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required (commensurate with experience):

  • Experience representing financial institutions, mortgage lenders, institutional investors or borrowers in real estate and financing transactions;
  • Leasing experience;
  • Thorough understanding of basic elements of real property due diligence, including survey, title, zoning and other land use issues;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Strong organization and matter management skills;
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with Clients, Partners, Associate and Support Staff;
  • Clear and effective drafting skills; and
  • Exceptional project management skills.

Requirements

Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in California.

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Real Estate Associate – Los Angeles” in the subject line.


CHICAGO - CORPORATE ASSOCIATE

The Corporate Group of Locke Lord is seeking an associate in the Chicago ‎office with ‎3-5 years of private company mergers and acquisitions.  Additionally, venture capital, debt ‎finance, securities law, and general corporate experience are welcome.  

Essential Functions

Candidates for Associate positions must be able to provide effective and reliable legal services to clients and supervising attorneys. 

Associates are routinely required to:

  • Draft transaction agreements and documents with efficiency and clarity;
  • Manage transaction closings and processes;
  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis;
  • Competently and professionally communicate with clients and supervising attorneys; and
  • Complete tasks efficiently. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Creativity and flexibility to handle numerous types and structures of transactions;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines; 
  • Strong organization and matter management skills;
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with Clients, Partners, Associate and Support Staff;
  • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team;
  • Exceptional project management skills.  

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Corporate Associate – Chicago” in the subject line.


PROVIDENCE - CORPORATE ASSOCIATE

The Corporate Group of Locke Lord is seeking an associate in the Providence ‎office with ‎3-5 years of private equity, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, securities law, and general corporate experience.

Essential Functions

Candidates for Associate positions must be able to provide effective and reliable legal services to clients and supervising attorneys. 

Associates are routinely required to:

  • Draft transaction agreements and documents with efficiency and clarity;
  • Manage transaction closings and processes;
  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis;
  • Competently and professionally communicate with clients and supervising attorneys; and
  • Complete tasks efficiently. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Creativity and flexibility to handle numerous types and structures of transactions;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines; 
  • Strong organization and matter management skills;
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with Clients, Partners, Associate and Support Staff;
  • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team;
  • Exceptional project management skills.  

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Corporate Associate – Providence” in the subject line.


CHICAGO, HARTFORD OR NEW YORK - CORPORATE ASSOCIATE

We are seeking qualified candidates for an Associate position with our Corporate Department, to be based in our Chicago, Hartford or New York office. This person would be part of our Insurance Transactional & Regulatory Practice Group. Our ideal candidate is a ‎third-fifth year associate at a major law firm, with specific insurance industry regulatory and transactional ‎experience, including transactional drafting, reinsurance negotiation, and ‎regulatory research skills.‎

Essential Functions

Candidates for Associate positions must be able to provide effective and reliable legal services to clients and supervising attorneys.

Associates are routinely required to:

  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis;
  • Draft necessary agreements and documents with efficiency and clarity;
  • Manage projects from commencement to closing;
  • Competently and professionally communicate with clients and supervising attorneys; and
  • Complete tasks efficiently.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to conduct multi-state insurance specific regulatory research;
  • Ability to negotiate and draft insurance industry specific agreements (e.g. reinsurance agreements, TPA/MGA agreements, claims services agreements, etc.);
  • Ability to negotiate and draft documents related to insurance industry mergers and acquisitions;
  • Ability to draft and advise on insurance holding company filings;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Strong organization and matter management skills;
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with Clients, Partners, Associate and Support Staff;
  • Clear and effective drafting skills;
  • Exceptional project management skills;
  • Strong negotiating skills.

Requirements

Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in Illinois, Connecticut or New York.

Please note that we are accepting resumes from recruiters for this position.

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Corporate Associate – Chicago, Hartford or New York” in the subject line.


CHICAGO LITIGATION COUNSEL

We are seeking qualified candidates for a Counsel position with our Financial Services Practice Group. The position will be based in our Chicago office. Ideal candidates should have at least 3 years of prior associate-level or staff counsel experience in financial services or mortgage foreclosure litigation. 

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Strong writing and oral communication skills, and an ability to learn new substantive legal topics as needed are required; 
  • Knowledge of federal and state court practice, experience preparing answers, motions and other routine filings;
  • Experience representing financial services providers against alleged violations of state statutes, wrongful foreclosure, and as well as issues involving federal laws and regulations covering mortgage lending, servicing, and collection;
  • Significant case management experience;
  • Bankruptcy experience is a plus. 


Essential Functions

Candidates for Counsel positions must be able to provide effective and reliable legal services to clients and supervising attorneys. 

Counsel Attorneys are routinely required to:

  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis in pleadings, memoranda, and other written documents; 
  • Draft pleadings and other case documents;
  • Attend hearings throughout Illinois; 
  • Manage matters from commencement to final resolution; and
  • Competently and professionally communicate with clients and supervising attorneys.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; 
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines; 
  • Strong organizational and matter management skills;
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with Clients, Partners, Associates and Support Staff;
  • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team;
  • Familiarity with and ability to prepare basic litigation documents; 
  • Familiarity with federal and state court procedural rules and practices;
  • Clear and effective drafting skills; and
  • Strong negotiating skills.


Requirements

Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in Illinois. 

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Chicago Litigation Counsel” in the subject line.


DALLAS OR HOUSTON EMPLOYEE BENEFITS ASSOCIATE

We are seeking qualified candidates for an Associate position with our Tax Department, to be based in our Dallas or Houston office. This person will be part of our Employee Benefits Practice Group. Our ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of prior associate level experience with strong employee benefits and executive compensation experience.‎

Essential Functions

Candidates for Associate positions must be able to provide effective and reliable legal services to clients and supervising attorneys. 

Associates are routinely required to:

  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis; 
  • Manage projects from commencement to closing; 
  • Competently and professionally communicate with clients and supervising attorneys; and
  • Complete tasks efficiently. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to assist clients in complying with federal and state laws governing qualified retirement, health and welfare plans;
  • Experience in evaluating employee benefits and executive compensation matters in the context of corporate mergers and acquisitions; 
  • Ability to draft employee benefit plan documents and correcting plan failures and other operational issues through the voluntary correction programs offered by the IRS and the Department of Labor;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Strong organization and matter management skills;
  • Clear and effective drafting skills;
  • Exceptional project management skills.

Requirement

Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in Texas.

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Employee Benefits Associate” in the subject line.