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.

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.

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the initial screening interview, as well as an updated résumé and/or transcript, to the extent information has become outdated or was not previously provided.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.

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


Human Resources Manager

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the HR Manager provides practical, consistent, and proactive human resources support, direction and advice to attorneys, managers and staff relating to hiring, recruitment of legal and non-legal personnel, training, promotion, termination, career development, and retirement administration. He or she is responsible for administration of benefits, including health care and disability plans. He or she will process semi-monthly and monthly payroll and make updates as necessary to salary data. He or she is responsible for maintaining and updating data in the human resource information system (HRIS), reporting, and leave management. Assess and manage employee relation issues by coaching, counseling and monitoring employee engagement. When necessary, conduct performance-related investigations and prepare termination recommendations. Conduct attorney and staff new hire orientation programs and exit interviews. Develop an employee-oriented organization culture that emphasizes continuous improvement, team- work, high performance and quality. Manage the full cycle of Staff Recruiting and Associate Recruiting, including support for sourcing and interviewing candidates, and extending job offers. Working with the Firm General Counsel as needed, ensure organizational conformation with applicable HR related regulations and statutes as well as organizational procedures and policies. Implement HR programs and policies as needed by the organization. Identify, evaluate, and resolve human relations, employee morale, work performance, and organizational productivity concerns. Ensure that the job description for every employee position is up-to-date and accurate. Identify employee training and organizational development programs. Conduct performance reviews and monitor employee attitudes, productivity, and performance outcomes.

Submit salary requirements with resume and cover letter to staffrecruiting@wbklaw.com.

No agencies.


Administrative Assistant/Legal Secretary

Under the general supervision of the Human Resources Manager and according to established policies and procedures, this position provides a wide range of administrative and office support for attorneys to facilitate the efficient operation of the firm. Must be able to meet deadlines under pressure and juggle numerous tasks simultaneously. Must be computer literate, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint. Working knowledge of Microsoft Publisher, Visio, and Adobe Pro is desirable.

Submit salary requirements with resume and cover letter to staffrecruiting@wbklaw.com.

No agencies.


Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.