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 


Entry-Level Associate

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP seeks an entry-level associate with zero to two years of experience for its top-tier regulatory practice in Washington, DC beginning in the fall of 2020. WBK specializes in regulatory practice before state utility commissions and federal and state agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Patent and Trademark Office, and in complex transactional matters presenting challenging regulatory issues. Applicants should possess outstanding academic credentials, superb writing ability, excellent analytical skills, and sound judgment. We provide competitive compensation and benefits, excellent partnership prospects, and an enjoyable, good-natured work environment.

At WBK, we have combined the benefits of a dynamic, mid-sized boutique with the unique opportunities available to one of the largest regulatory practices in the nation. The firm consistently is involved in cutting-edge legal, policy, transactional, and business issues for a broad array of industry-leading clients, ranging from “Fortune 20” companies to leading trade associations to innovative start-ups. At the same time, we avoid strict hierarchies, thick policy manuals, or a bureaucratic outlook. Our firm offers meaningful leadership and practice development opportunities for attorneys at all levels.

If you are a self-starter with a keen intellect, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a good sense of humor, there is no better place to practice. Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, law school transcript, and writing sample to https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/147841.

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 

 

 Administrative Openings


Legal Administrative Assistant

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP seeks a Legal Administrative Assistant for its top-tier regulatory practice in Washington, DC. This is a non-exempt position with a 37.50-hour work week and the need for occasional overtime. We provide competitive compensation and benefits and an enjoyable, good-natured work environment. 

Job Description:

  • Provide high-level administrative support to attorneys, which include the following range of responsibilities:
  • Assists with legal pleadings and presentations.
  • Maintains attorneys’ calendar by planning and scheduling meetings, conferences, video conferences, teleconferences, and travel.
  • Drafts and types general correspondences, memos, charts, tables, graphs, etc. Proofreads copy for spelling, grammar and layout, making appropriate changes. Responsible for accuracy and clarity of final copy.
  • Maintains and updates filing system for attorneys.
  • Enter time and ensure time deadlines are met.
  • Answers phones, takes messages or fields/answers all routine and non-routine questions.
  • Works independently and within a team on special projects.
  • Undertake occasional research projects.
  • Provides back-up coverage to the Receptionist as necessary.
  • Prepare check requests for expense and travel reimbursements.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate is well organized, energetic, outgoing, positive, dependable, a self-starter, and flexible for overtime. He or she must also possess great verbal and written communications skills, strong attention to detail, excellent analytical skills, sound judgment, and is computer literate, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint. The ideal candidate must also be able to meet deadlines under pressure and juggle numerous tasks simultaneously.

Requirements:
College degree or five (5) years’ experience in a law firm or professional services environment required. Law firm experience preferred.

Other:
If you are a self-starter with a keen intellect, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a good sense of humor, there is no better place to work. Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/List/4083/Wilkinson-Barker-Knauer-LLP. Salary is commensurate with experience.

About Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, is one of the largest law firms in the nation dedicated primarily to the practice of communications and energy law and is ranked as a first tier firm by Chambers USA (Telecom, Broadcast, and Satellite: Regulatory), and Legal 500 (Telecom and Broadcast: Regulatory). It is the only firm to be named Law Firm of the Year in communications law multiple times by U.S. News--Best Lawyers (2012, 2014, & 2018). The Firm advises clients ranging from global Fortune 100 companies to small start-ups in regulatory, transactional, privacy, consumer protection, intellectual property, corporate, and litigation matters involving all aspects of communications and energy law at the state and federal levels.

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

 

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.