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.


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.


AUSTIN - HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATE

We are seeking a qualified Health Care Associate for a position in our Corporate & Transactional Practice Group. This position will be based in our Austin, TX office. Our ideal candidate is a mid-level associate (2-5 year) with experience working on complex transactional and regulatory healthcare matters in a robust healthcare practice group of a law firm or relevant in-house experience and who is, or seeks to be, a collaborative and creative problem solver. This Associate would be expected to take ownership/responsibility of various healthcare matters.

Essential Functions

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

Associate Attorneys are routinely required to:

  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis;
  • Draft regulatory analyses for review by senior attorneys;
  • Manage matters from commencement to final resolution;
  • 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;  
  • 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; and
  • Clear and effective drafting skills.

Requirements

Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be (or willing to become) licensed to practice law and in good standing in Texas. 

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 “Health Care Associate–Austin” in the subject line.


CHICAGO - CORPORATE ASSOCIATE

The Corporate Group of Locke Lord is seeking an associate with 2-4 years of private company mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, securities law and general corporate experience to join the Firm’s Private Equity and Venture Capital group in the Chicago office.  Experience with private equity transactions is preferred.  The candidate must be admitted to the bar in Illinois or preparing to obtain such admission in 2022 through reciprocity with another state and have excellent academic credentials.

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;
  • Negotiate deal terms alongside clients and supervising attorneys;
  • Manage transaction closings and processes;
  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis;
  • Competently and professionally communicate with clients and supervising attorneys;
  • Work with and oversee more junior team members; 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; 
  • 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 organization and project management skills; and
  • A desire to grow the practice and engage with the Chicago business community.

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. 


CHICAGO - IP PHARMACEUTICAL ASSOCIATE

The IP Department of Locke Lord is seeking an associate with 4-6 years of experience handling IP Pharmaceutical and Hatch Waxman patent litigation matters. Our ideal candidate will have a background in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, or engineering.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Experience in Hatch-Waxman patent litigation and knowledge of applicable FDA regulations.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills, and an ability to learn new substantive legal topics as needed are required.
  • Significant case management experience.

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;
  • Attend hearings and other case-related events;
  • Manage matters from commencement to final resolution;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Familiarity with and ability to prepare basic patent-related documents and pleadings;
  • Familiarity with applicable procedural rules and practices;
  • Clear and effective drafting skills;
  • Exceptional case 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 “IP Pharmaceutical 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 3 to 6 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.


DALLAS - LABOR & EMPLOYMENT ASSOCIATE

The Labor & Employment Group of Locke Lord is seeking an associate in the Dallas office with 3-6 years of experience. The candidate must be admitted to the bar in Texas or preparing to obtain such admission in 2022 through reciprocity with another state, have excellent academic credentials, and have significant employment law experience. The candidate would be expected to assume meaningful responsibility for employment-related counseling, investigations, transactional drafting, and litigation matters (single plaintiff and collective/class actions), including issues involving hiring and separation, wage and hour, due diligence for corporate matters, EEO, non-compete and trade secrets, employment policies and agreements, employee leave issues, OSHA, and any other employment law issues. The candidate should have strong research and writing and public speaking skills and extensive experience and responsibility in a broad base of employment issues.

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials including resume, two meaningful writing samples and law school and undergraduate transcripts to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Labor and Employment Associate - Dallas” in the subject line. 


DALLAS - LABOR & EMPLOYMENT JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

The Labor & Employment Group of Locke Lord is seeking an associate in the Dallas office with 1-4 years of experience. The candidate must be admitted to the bar in Texas or preparing to obtain such admission in 2022 through reciprocity with another state, have excellent academic credentials, and have significant employment law experience. The candidate is expected to assume meaningful responsibility for employment-related counseling, investigations, transactional and litigation matters (single plaintiff and collective/class actions), including issues involving hiring and separation, wage and hour, due diligence for corporate matters, EEO, non-compete and trade secrets, employment policies and agreements, employee leave issues, OSHA, and any other employment law issues. The candidate should have strong research and writing and public speaking skills.

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Labor & Employment Junior Associate – Dallas” 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.


MIAMI – HEALTHCARE LITIGATION ASSOCIATE

We are seeking a qualified Healthcare Litigation Associate for a position in our Business Litigation Practice Group. This position will be based in our Miami office. Our ideal candidate is an associate with 2+ years of experience, preferably including significant experience in handling healthcare and other complex commercial litigation matters. This Associate would be expected to take ownership/responsibility of various healthcare litigation and related healthcare regulatory matters.

Essential Functions

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

Associate Attorneys are routinely required to:

  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis of pleadings, memoranda, and other written documents;
  • Draft pleadings and other case documents;
  • Attend hearings throughout the country;
  • Manage matters from commencement to final resolution;
  • Manage the collection, review and production of ESI, including working with clients, vendors, contact attorneys and colleagues to efficiently complete such discovery projects on time and on budget; 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 organization and matter management skills;
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with Clients, Partners, Associates, Support Staff and Vendors;
  • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team;
  • Familiarity with and ability to prepare 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 Florida.

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


NEW YORK - INSURANCE REGULATORY AND TRANSACTIONAL ASSOCIATE

General Statement of Duties:

The Insurance Regulatory and Transactional practice of the Corporate Group of Locke Lord is seeking an associate in the New York office with 4 years of Insurance Regulatory and Transactional experience. The associate will work with partners in multiple offices on a wide range of insurance regulatory matters across all lines of insurance and will work closely with insurance companies, brokers, agents, and tech companies from around the world. The position will also involve assisting on M&A, private equity transactions related to the insurance industry. Candidates with specific expertise in insurance regulatory matters at law firms, insurance companies, insurance agencies, industry groups and governmental agencies will be considered. Experience in strategic transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and investments, as well as general corporate and corporate governance experience is also preferred but not required.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide effective and reliable legal services to clients and supervising attorneys
  • Research insurance laws, regulations and case law and provide detailed guidance and analysis to partners and clients
  • Draft memoranda on discrete legal issues
  • 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
  • Complete tasks efficiently

Education and Experience:

  • Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in New York
  • 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
  • Excellent academic credentials

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


PROVIDENCE - CORPORATE ASSOCIATE

The Corporate Group of Locke Lord is seeking an associate in the Providence office with 3-6 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.


REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATE, OF COUNSEL OR PARTNER

We are seeking to hire qualified candidates for an associate, of counsel or partner position with our Finance, Banking and Real Estate Department. Our ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of leasing experience and would be capable of handling office, industrial and retail leases from either the landlord’s or the tenant’s perspective.  The position could be located in any current Locke Lord office or, if appropriate, remotely.

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.

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/Of Counsel/Partner” in the subject line.


TEXAS - FINANCIAL SERVICES COUNSEL

We are seeking qualified candidates for a Counsel position with our Financial Services Practice Group. The position will be based in our Austin, Dallas, or Houston office. Ideal candidates have at least 2 years of experience in financial services 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,
  • Knowledge of federal and state court practice, experience preparing answers, motions, and discovery,
  • Significant case management experience,
  • Hearing experience 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 Texas;
  • 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 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;
  • 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 Texas.

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


TRANSACTIONAL & REGULATION BANKING ATTORNEY - WASHINGTON, D.C. (PREFERRED), NEW YORK, BOSTON OR CHICAGO

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic attorney within our Bank Regulatory and Transactional Practice Group. This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate with at least 6 years of experience in transactional banking law with working knowledge of IPOs, mergers, asset sales, private placements, and banking regulations. This candidate must be able to act as a lead on transactions and work with other attorneys in various aspects of due diligence, negotiation and document drafting. Some Washington agency experience is welcomed, but is not required. This position would ideally be based in our Washington, D.C. office but could also work out of our New York, Boston or Chicago offices.

Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Working knowledge on the Federal Reserve Board’s Bank Holding Company Rules, the FDIC’s Issuance of Accounts Regulations, OCC powers and de novo chartering regulations;
  • Peripheral knowledge ofCFPB guidance and rules as they apply to banks;
  • 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;
  • Clear and effective drafting skills; 
  • Exceptional project management skills.

Essential Functions

  • Advising board of directors on corporate governance matters;
  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis;
  • Ability to draft corporate government documents and to negotiate and draft merger agreements;
  • Ability to analyze banking rules and policies;
  • Ability to draft securities filings;
  • Must have a general familiarity with corporate accounting reporting and standards that apply to banking organizations;
  • Must have a thorough understanding of the interplay between State and Federal Banking Laws, specifically with respect to the preemption of the State laws;
  • 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.

Education and Admission Requirements:

Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in the location of the respective Locke Lord office to which they are applying and have excellent academic credentials.

Direct apply candidates: If you are interested in applying for this position, email your application materials to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com and note “Transactional & Regulatory Banking Attorney” in the subject line.