Employment

As a mid-sized communications and technology law firm based in Washington, D.C., Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP provides the quality of representation and client base typically associated with a large firm, while maintaining the personal style of a smaller firm.  To sustain and enhance these unique qualities, the firm seeks candidates who have balanced excellence in law school with solid professional and personal achievements.

Lateral Openings

At such time as there are lateral openings at the firm, that information will be posted here.
 

Associate Openings 

At such time as there are associate openings at the firm, that information will be posted here.
 

Administrative Openings


CLIENT ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Our new Client Accounting Manager will report to and work in concert with the Controller while overseeing all aspects of the Firm's client accounting functions: Billing, Accounts Receivable and Collections, Client Intake/Maintenance, and Client Rates. General responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Supervise two Billing Coordinators and one Accounting Clerk. Serve as the first line management of all accounting processes and files relating to the Firm's clients to ensure timely and accurate processing and documentation of transactions. Foster a team environment and promote a first-class level of customer service. Some direct involvement in the day-to-day processing including daily responsibility for posting cash receipts to accounting system and related reporting. Work with Controller and others to manage the Firm's WIP and A/R. Manage Client Trust Activity. Oversee client intake/maintenance and rate management.  This position will also provide direct support to the payroll processing function eventually assuming greater responsibility. Other duties as assigned.  Duties and responsibilities may evolve over time.

The ideal candidate for this high-visibility role will have a demonstrated ability to:  communicate clearly and effectively to a wide variety of audiences; think critically and analytically; perform complex analysis; multi-task and stay organized in a fast-paced environment with often-competing priorities; lead others and promote teamwork.

Education and/or Experience:

Four year degree in Accounting, Finance or similar required. An equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered. Experience with client billing in a law firm or other professional services setting required. Experience with accounts receivable and/or collections in a law firm or other professional services setting required. Supervisory experience highly desired. Experience (and proficiency) in Excel and other Microsoft Office applications required. Experience with Rippe & Kingston legal accounting software (or a similar accounting system) highly desired.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and peripheral vision.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people within this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this job.

To be considered for this position, please submit your resume, in confidence, along with your salary requirements to: https://wilkinsonbarkerknauerllp.isolvedhire.com/jobs/

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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MARKETING ASSISTANT

Our new Marketing Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Firm’s marketing department with managing and enhancing the firm’s presence on social media and press, drafting submissions in connection with rankings and awards for the firm and its attorneys, and planning and implementing internal and external events. The Marketing Assistant will report to our Manager, Operations and Marketing Services and our Executive Director.

Law Firm and Attorney Rankings and Awards
Utilize your excellent writing skills to create, draft submissions for Chambers USA, Legal 500, U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” and other nominated awards. Review and update our attorney profiles on appropriate rankings websites and recommend nominations for our attorneys. Strategize and take lead of the firm’s Annual “People’s Choice” Awards.

Social Media and Press Presence
As a member of our marketing team, you will be involved with all aspects of the Firm’s social media and internet presence:

  • assist with the redesign of the Firm’s website;
  • actively maintain the Firm’s social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter;
  • maintain the firm’s website under review from the Manager, Operations and Marketing Services;
  • draft press releases for significant Firm announcements;
  • create newsletter templates and prepare newsletters on substantive topics of firm expertise;
  • organize attorney photo sessions, general use of photos and accurate storage.

Connecting with Clients, Friends and Coworkers
We celebrate at WBK! Use your marketing skills to identify new and creative venues for a variety of firm events. Create invitations and other communications to champion our events. Manage event projects, including tracking and recording event attendance and expenditures. Identify and align internal and external subject area experts with internal firm events.

Maintaining Essential Information for our Marketing Efforts and Practice
You also will help us to gather and maintain information that is critical to our marketing efforts and our practice:

  • maintain our internal and external ContactEase database;
  • create and compile pro-bono data;
  • solicit feedback on events and marketing materials from members of the Firm through surveys.

Enhancing your Contribution by Learning about our Practice
Enhance your research skills in the practice-specific legal areas of communications, energy and trademark law, business intelligence, public records, legislative history, and news/media to better help you in identifying opportunities for improvements in our marketing practices, and to enhance your work product.

Important Qualifications:
A strong candidate will have these important qualifications: creativity, the ability to think independently and outside the box, attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, and the ability to have fun in a great environment and great coworkers and clients. Must be able to work with all levels of law firm personnel and external vendors in a collaborative environment.

Education and/or Experience:
This is an entry-level role that requires a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or a relevant field. Alternatively, a combination of relevant college course work and 1-2 years of marketing experience. Proficient in Visio, Adobe, Excel, cloud document management system and Microsoft Office applications required.

To be considered for this position, please submit your resume, in confidence, along with your salary requirements to: https://wilkinsonbarkerknauerllp.isolvedhire.com/jobs/

 

The Application Process

Candidates should send their résumés to the email address provided below. If a candidate's interest in the firm's practice areas is not readily apparent from his or her résumé, he or she is strongly encouraged to also include an explanatory cover letter. Each candidate should include a copy of their transcripts and a writing sample along with the résumé and cover letter.

Candidates should send inquiries to: recruiting@wbklaw.com.

The interview process generally consists of an initial screening interview, as well as a call-back interview to meet with other associates and partners. Candidates should bring copies of their references to the initial screening interview, as well as an updated résumé and/or transcript, to the extent information has become outdated or was not previously provided. Reasonable travel expenses will be compensated for call-back interviews, which generally last several hours in either a morning or afternoon session.
 

New Associates

Wilkinson Barker seeks to extend offers for permanent positions as early as possible during the fall, generally before October 15.  All new associates are required to become members of the D.C. Bar, either by examination or waiver.

While studying for the bar examination, new associates may elect to work half-days as law clerks during the month of June and to be off the entire month of July, while accruing a full-time salary during both months.  Any time taken during August will be without pay or charged against accrued leave.  Alternatively, the firm will consider providing a modest bar stipend in lieu of working prior to the bar exam.

The entry-level salary for new attorneys is set each year at competitive levels.  In addition, the firm provides certain benefits, including group life insurance, medical and dental coverage, short- and long-term disability insurance, travel insurance, participation in the Employee Assistance Plan, vacation, parental leave, a retirement plan, and payment of annual bar membership dues.
 

Summer Associate Program

Wilkinson Barker does not have an active summer associate program this year. We will update this webpage if that changes and will include information on the application process.

The firm does not have a formal third-year clerkship program or first-year summer program. The hiring of law clerks and first-year summer associates is done on a case-by-case basis.