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

Policy Analyst

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP seeks an entry-level policy analyst with zero to two years of experience for its top-tier regulatory practice in Washington, DC beginning in the summer of 2019. This is a non-exempt position with a 40-hour work week and the need for occasional overtime. We provide competitive compensation and benefits 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.

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 a college degree, outstanding academic credentials, superb writing ability, excellent analytical skills, and sound judgment.

The Policy Analyst collaborates closely with attorneys to perform the following tasks:

  • Provide research and analysis of regulatory, legislative, and industry developments across a range of issues in the communications industry and other regulated industries
  • Attend and observe industry events and prepare written summaries for distribution within the Firm and to clients
  • Assist with monitoring of FCC dockets
  • Maintain the master list of FCC deadlines, actions, and industry events for weekly Firm meeting
  • Assist in the preparation of periodic reports on a variety of policy issues 
  • Watch webcasts of Congressional hearings and prepare summaries
  • Summarize trade press articles, white papers, and relevant industry developments
  • Draft biographies of industry and political figures for briefings
  • Conduct non-legal research (i.e., market data, industry trends, legislative research, etc.)
  • Assist with cite checking projects
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations for speaking engagements

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://wilkinsonbarkerknauerllp.isolvedhire.com.

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Network Applications Specialist

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, a law firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado, is seeking a Network Applications Specialist. The Network Applications Specialist position is under the supervision of the Network Systems Manager and the general guidance of the IT Partner. The Network Applications Specialist will work with the Network Systems Manager to support the strategic business goals established by the partnership. The Network Applications Specialist is a member of the Firm’s IT Committee.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interface daily with end-users, both local and remote, to provide helpdesk support in a professional, courteous, and accommodating manner.
  • Responsible for diagnosing, troubleshooting, and resolving end-user hardware and software issues.
  • Ability to resolve issues using effective problem-solving skills.
  • Experience using IQTrack (or a similar database) to track issues and resolutions.
  • Provide expertise and technical knowledge about software applications.
  • Research, develop, plan, organize, evaluate, and deliver IT training materials for end users, including user guides and how-to’s for software/training programs.
  • Train end-users on software and support them to ensure their competency.
  • Prepare and distribute training and onboarding aids such as instructional material, handouts, evaluation forms, and visual aids; set up audiovisual equipment and make presentations when necessary.
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands.
  • Manage network and document management permissions as they relate to user access, including updates to email distribution lists and account changes and deletions, to ensure network integrity and security.
  • Notify end users regarding system problems, including scheduled maintenance and unscheduled downtime.
  • Work with the Network Systems Manager to maintain knowledge of all Firm operating systems and applications in order to assist in the planning, testing, and implementation of Firm software systems.
  • Proactively research, evaluate, and, if appropriate, suggest software projects that will improve Firm performance within budget limitations.
  • Participate in staff meetings to gather feedback on applications to determine how IT can best meet end user needs.
  • Maintain and update the Firm’s Intranet.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Network Systems Manager.

Requirements

  • Minimum four years of experience providing support to end users in a professional environment.
  • Bachelors’ degree or a commensurate combination of education, certifications, and demonstrable IT experience and methodologies or a commensurate track record of support roles that would indicate a full understanding of assisting end users and managing a software application infrastructure.
  • Exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Working knowledge and experience with the following (or similar) platforms:
    o Document Management System (NetDocuments)
    o Microsoft Office Suite (2010/2016)
    o Innova
    o Change-Pro
    o Metadact-e
    o Mimecast
    o Active Directory
    o Office 365 Exchange Online
    o Drupal
    o IQTrack (Intelliteach)
  • Strong understanding of information security practices and industry standards.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving skills with a keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, as well as being proactive and self-directed.
  • Must effectively prioritize work/projects and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.

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.