Lateral job opportunities

Notice to Search Firms/Placement Agencies:

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:
Search firms may only submit candidates for open positions that are posted on the Lateral Job Opportunities section of our website (unless the position announcement specifically notes an exclusion). If you have a strong candidate whose experience and interests do not match an available position, please send to legalrecruiting@lockelord.com a brief email generically summarizing the candidate’s credentials for consideration. Applications submitted to lawyers in our Firm will not be deemed valid submissions unless our Recruiting Department at legalrecruiting@lockelord.com is also copied on such submission and/or correspondence regarding potential candidates.

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.


DALLAS CORPORATE ASSOCIATE

We are seeking qualified candidates for an Associate position with our Corporate Department, to be based in our Dallas office. This person would be part of our Corporate and Transactional Practice Group. Our ideal candidate is a ‎4th-5th year associate who has experience second-chairing ‎acquisitions/divestitures, experience dealing directly ‎with clients on a regular basis, some first- chair experience on smaller transactions, and some securities experience. The candidate must be admitted to the bar in Texas 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:

  • 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 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;
  • Ability to effectively manage junior associates and others;
  • Strong negotiating skills;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Texas oil and gas law.

Requirements

Juris Doctor. Qualified candidates must be and remain 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 “Corporate Associate – Dallas” in the subject line.


DALLAS LITIGATION ASSOCIATE

We are seeking qualified candidates for an associate position with our Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group . The position will be based in our Dallas office. Ideal candidates must have at least 4-5 years of prior associate-level experience in general litigation, handling hearings, depositions as well as drafting ‎motions.

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;
  • Significant case management 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 in pleadings, memoranda, and other written documents;
  • Draft pleadings and other case documents;
  • Attend 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 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 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 litigation documents;
  • Familiarity with 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 Texas.

Recruiters: We are accepting resumes from recruiters for this hire.

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


HOUSTON EMPLOYEE BENEFITS ASSOCIATE

We are seeking qualified candidates for an Associate position with our Tax Department, to be based in our 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 – Houston” in the subject line.


MIAMI HEALTHCARE LITIGATION COUNSEL

We are seeking a qualified Healthcare Litigation Counsel for a position in our Business Litigation Practice Group. This position will be based in our Miami office. Our ideal candidate has at least four years of significant experience handling healthcare and other complex commercial litigation matters. This Counsel would be expected to take ownership/responsibility of various healthcare litigation and related healthcare regulatory matters.

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 of pleadings, memoranda, and other written documents;
  • Draft pleadings and other case documents;
  • Attend hearings throughout the country;
  • Take and defend depositions of fact and expert witnesses and assist with preparations for trial and arbitration hearings;
  • 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, Counsels, 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;
  • Strong negotiating skills;
  • Ability/desire to run a case start to finish with limited supervision;
  • Experience taking and defending depositions (preferred); and
  • Experience at trial or with arbitration hearings (preferred).

Requirements

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

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 “Healthcare Litigation Counsel–MIAMI” in the subject line.


ATLANTA, HOUSTON OR NEW YORK - IP ASSOCIATE

The IP Department of Locke Lord is seeking an associate with 4-6 years of experience handling IP litigation and prosecution matters. Our ideal candidate will have a background in biotechnology, chemistry, physics, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Strong writing and oral communication skills, and an ability to learn new substantive legal topics as needed are required.
  • Knowledge of patent preparation and prosecution.
  • 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.

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


HOUSTON CORPORATE ASSOCIATE

We are seeking qualified candidates for an Associate position with our Corporate Department, to be based in our Houston office. Our ideal candidate is a 5+ year corporate associate with experience in M&A transactions and Private Equity. This candidate must be able to act as lead associate ‎on transactions and supervise other attorneys in various aspects of due ‎diligence, negotiation and document drafting. Some capital markets experience would be welcomed, but is not required. The candidate must be admitted to the bar in Texas, have excellent academic credentials, and have significant experience running deals.

Essential Functions

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 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;
  • Ability to effectively manage junior associates and others;
  • 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 “Corporate Associate – Houston” in the subject line.


BOSTON OR CHICAGO TAX ASSOCIATE

The Tax Department of Locke Lord is seeking an associate in the Boston or Chicago ‎office with ‎4-6 years of business tax experience. The candidate must be admitted to the bar in Illinois/Massachusetts or preparing to obtain such admission in 2021 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;
  • 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 “Tax Associate” in the subject line.


CHICAGO CORPORATE ASSOCIATE

The Corporate Group of Locke Lord is seeking an associate in the Chicago ‎office with ‎4-6 years of private company mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, debt ‎finance, securities law, and general corporate experience. The candidate must be admitted to the bar in Illinois or preparing to obtain such admission in 2021 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;
  • 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.


CHICAGO LABOR & EMPLOYMENT ASSOCIATE

The Labor & Employment Group of Locke Lord is seeking an associate in the Chicago ‎office with a minimum of 5 years’ experience. The candidate must be admitted to the bar in Illinois or preparing to obtain such admission in 2021 through reciprocity with another state, have excellent academic credentials, and have significant ‎labor and employment law experience. It is indispensable that the candidate have significant traditional labor experience ‎‎ (i.e., experience dealing with unions, collective bargaining, NLRB matters, labor ‎arbitrations, etc.).

The associate would be expected to assume meaningful responsibility for ‎labor and employment-related counseling, investigations, transactional and litigation matters, including issues involving hiring and separation, wage and hour, due diligence for corporate matters, EEO, non-compete and trade secrets, employment policies and agreements, union-related issues, executive and incentive compensation, disability-related issues, OSHA compliance, and any other labor and employment law issues. The ‎candidate should have strong research, writing, and public speaking skills and extensive experience and responsibility in a broad base of labor  and 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 - Chicago” in the ‎subject line.