Careers

Strong Community

Throughout its 100-year history, Duane Morris has sought to build a community of preeminent attorneys dedicated to the highest standards of professional practice. Duane Morris is a full-service firm of more than 800 lawyers. In addition to legal services, Duane Morris has independent affiliates employing approximately 100 professionals engaged in other disciplines. With offices in major markets in the United States and internationally, Duane Morris represents clients across the U.S. and around the world. Duane Morris is ranked 73 in the Am Law 100, a ranking of the most profitable law firms in the United States, published by The American Lawyer.

Duane Morris recruits lawyers and summer associates who have exhibited superior academic performance, integrity and the ability to assume responsibility.

The firm seeks individuals who lead and work well with others. We believe that balanced judgment, common sense, initiative and the capacity to confront and resolve a variety of situations are essential traits of a successful lawyer. In making employment decisions, we seek individuals who will inspire the confidence of our present and future clients and who will work with us to build our practice. We also recruit individuals who are able to effectively balance their professional commitments with outside interests and community activities.

Diverse and Versatile

Duane Morris is engaged in national and local efforts to support equal opportunity. We are committed to hiring people of diverse backgrounds and fully utilizing their talents to provide legal services of the highest quality. The firm endeavors to recruit diverse attorneys and to support their success and advancement within the firm.

We strive to foster understanding, communication and respect among all people in the firm and believe that we should capitalize on the strength emanating from the different backgrounds and experiences people bring to the firm. Drawing on the talents of all of the firm's personnel helps to create an optimum workplace, allowing Duane Morris to enter and serve varying markets and approach services to its clients more creatively. To help accomplish these goals, the firm has established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which works to enhance our recruitment, retention and advancement of attorneys from diverse backgrounds.

A versatile group of lawyers employing the newest technologies, a strong administrative infrastructure and an entrepreneurial approach to the practice of law allow Duane Morris to function effectively and cohesively in today's business world.

Accelerate Your Professional Development

Duane Morris offers exciting practice opportunities in traditional and evolving areas of the law, including expanding interdisciplinary practices in intellectual property, information technologies and telecom law, domestic and international energy law, water resources and endangered species law, international trade law and healthcare law. The diversity of our services, which includes nationally recognized practices such as bankruptcy, insurance, trial and healthcare, helps to ensure that Duane Morris thrives in a variety of economic climates. At Duane Morris, you will have the chance to:

  • Develop a varied and interesting practice
  • Represent clients in cutting-edge cases
  • Interact with a diverse group of dedicated professionals

We will accelerate your professional development by encouraging you to assume responsibility for client matters and client development early in your career. We also enhance your skills and broaden the range of your capabilities through a comprehensive training program.

Duane Morris, one of the 100 largest U.S. law firms, was called one of the fastest growing by The National Law Journal. The Firm has tripled in the past two decades, and 129 partners have chosen to join Duane Morris in the past five years alone. We consistently attract top lawyers because of our diverse practice areas, targeted industry focus, collegial culture and strategic vision. We understand that you - today's leading attorneys - have a myriad of options, with your impeccable credentials and in-depth experience, and we welcome the occasion to introduce you to the opportunities at our firm.

When you join Duane Morris, you enter into an environment of common values - collaboration, collegiality and professionalism. Partners and associates thrive in this culture by building strong relationships with each other and with clients. In addition, the sophistication of our infrastructure affords our lawyers the ability to focus on practice capabilities and nurture our strategic positioning - both at home and abroad - to enhance our platform of multidisciplinary industry practices in sectors such as financial markets, energy, automotive, pharmaceutical/biotech and high-technology and telecommunications. The strength of our firm stems from the knowledge we have of our clients' businesses, resulting in vibrant and expanding practice groups, connected closely to both established and emerging industries.

Lawyers who join the firm contribute to and benefit from Duane Morris' "Many Voices, One Vision" philosophy, which includes:

  • Collaborative cross-selling among integrated practice groups
  • Focused, effective leadership from a strong management team
  • Entrepreneurial and risk-averse emphasis
  • Clearly defined and rigorously pursued strategies
  • Targeted industry focus
  • Broad and diverse service platform
  • Commitment to investing in the growth of the firm
  • Leader in nonlegal services businesses
  • Emphasis on pro bono activities
  • Professional excellence and uncompromised ethical service to clients
  • Innovative contingent fee strategy

Please contact a member of our recruiting staff for more information.

Amee R. McKim
Director of Legal Recruitment
Email: armckim@duanemorris.com

Duane Morris is one of the leading places to work in the legal industry for associates to advance their legal careers. The firm was ranked in top 40 nationally in the most recent American Lawyer Associate Satisfaction Surveys. Over the past century, Duane Morris has earned a reputation for being innovative, creative and forward-thinking in both the practice and business of law. Our expansion within the last decade from a regional to a global law firm has strengthened this reputation, and we understand that our success lies in hiring new attorneys and promoting their professional growth.

The lawyers who excel at Duane Morris are talented, energetic attorneys with an entrepreneurial spirit who work together to support our unique culture of inclusiveness, congeniality and consensus. We consider our associates an investment in our future and, as such, are committed to providing them with the necessary tools to develop the skills and knowledge needed to contribute to the firm's continued success.

We invite you to explore what Duane Morris offers its associates, from comprehensive professional development programs to industry-leading support systems.

Please contact a member of our recruiting staff for more information.

Peggy Simoncini Pasquay
Manager of Legal Recruitment and Relations
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196

If you are a candidate and would like to apply to any of these openings, please complete our online application

Search firm and agency submissions for active and open positions should be sent directly to Peggy Simoncini Pasquay at simoncini@duanemorris.com.

Benefits

Duane Morris places a strong emphasis on helping our attorneys manage both their professional and personal lives, regardless of their tenure with the firm. Duane Morris' health and leave benefits program is unilateral - as an associate you will enjoy the same treatment as the most senior partner. Additionally, Duane Morris has distinguished itself from other major firms by its philosophy on the importance of the quality and integrity of relationships among the people of the firm, a philosophy highlighted in a Harvard Business School case study.

"Duane Morris: Balancing Growth and Culture at a Law Firm"

The firm's business practices and culture were the subject of a Harvard Business School case study in 2006. The first such study on a major law firm in more than a decade and one of only a handful of law firm case studies in the Harvard Business School curriculum, the study details how we maintained our culture in the face of dramatic change - no matter how much we grow, we continue to place a high value on the diverse viewpoints of our colleagues, and maintain our consensus-based management style.

Duane Morris also understands the importance of developing and maintaining a healthy and productive work environment that balances professional responsibilities with personal obligations. We recognize that providing our attorneys the flexibility and assistance in their personal commitments translates into greater success in their careers and for the firm. We have formal, nationally recognized policies that help to ensure this balance. Duane Morris has been recognized both locally and nationally as a top firm for women and diverse attorneys. Philadelphia Magazine included Duane Morris as the only law firm in its list of the top 20 companies for professional women, and Working Mother recognized Duane Morris as one of the top 50 law firms for women. Our efforts at improving the recruitment of diverse attorneys were noted in the "2005 Vault/MCCA Guide to Law Firm Diversity Programs."

Professional Development

Duane Morris offers associates training, mentoring and practice opportunities that allow them to immediately begin advancing their careers.

Training

Incoming associates participate in an extensive orientation program specifically geared to their needs. Training sessions focus on both substantive and practical skills, and facilitate each associate's transition from an academic environment to the professional workplace. The orientation program also enables new lawyers to meet and learn from more experienced attorneys practicing throughout the firm.

The firm offers a training program that emphasizes the practical application of legal skills while developing core skills. Classes and sessions offered include:

  • emerging developments in corporate, real estate, bankruptcy, tax, environmental, employment and labor law, and the impact of those developments on our clients,
  • trial advocacy,
  • the art of negotiation,
  • professional responsibility,
  • interviewing and listening skills,
  • use of technology in the legal profession,
  • effective writing and research skills,
  • public speaking, and
  • media relations.

Additionally, Duane Morris provides an in-depth strategic business development program for all associate levels, education that few law firms provide. Both partners and associates participate in the professional development program, enabling them to exchange ideas and to enhance their legal and interpersonal skills. Our lawyers also have the opportunity to attend and participate in educational conferences sponsored by bar and other trade associations across the country.

Mentoring

At Duane Morris, we believe a formal training and development program is complemented by a strong commitment on the part of senior lawyers to act as mentors to less experienced attorneys. Each associate is assigned a mentor in his or her practice area soon after arriving at the firm. Together, mentors and associates:

  • prepare professional development plans outlining professional, client development and community involvement goals,
  • review and schedule available Duane Morris training and activities,
  • meet formally and informally on an ongoing basis, and
  • once a year, jointly evaluate the associates' progress, revising and setting new goals for the coming year.

Our associates work with lawyers of diverse backgrounds, levels of experience, talents and interests. As they work together, associates naturally develop close relationships with their mentors and other senior lawyers who are able to guide them on work-related matters, professional activities, community service projects, pro bono opportunities and other extra-curricular activities. Associates have the opportunity to interact with exceptional individuals who have contributed significantly to the firm and the community at large. Many of these individuals are members of the firm's governing board and serve as role models to associates who aspire to their own positions of leadership and service.

Practice Opportunities

At Duane Morris, new associates are assigned to cases and work directly under the supervision of the partners involved. The Duane Morris Pro Bono program, designed to provide free legal services to those least able to afford them, gives associates the opportunity to manage cases early in their careers. Since its inception, associates have gained valuable corporate counseling, immigration and trial experience assisting low-income entrepreneurs, asylum applicants and children. In its inaugural year, an associate received the Duane Morris Pro Bono Award.

Additionally, associates are encouraged to collaborate with partners on articles for legal journals and other publications. Writing articles enhances our lawyers' understanding of the law and helps to advance their stature in the legal and business communities. Our attorneys contribute to a broad range of print and online publications. Our lawyers also participate in seminars and panel presentations for current and prospective clients as well as professional organizations and community groups. Many associates take the opportunity to enhance their public speaking skills by working with communications professionals before their presentations. These activities build confidence and skills critical to our associates' development as effective lawyers.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee/Women's Impact Network for Success (WINS)

Understanding the unique attributes diverse attorneys bring to the practice of law, Duane Morris is committed to recruiting, retaining, mentoring and promoting diverse attorneys. Also understanding there are unique issues that affect diverse attorneys, Duane Morris formed the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Women's Impact Network for Success (WINS) in order to provide forums and activities designed to bring together women and diverse attorneys throughout the firm and a place where experienced attorneys can mentor and enhance new attorneys' development through the exchange of ideas and experiences.

Administrative Support

The firm's primary goal in practice support is to enable the legal staff to quickly shift their efforts and valuable time from case administration and document and evidence management to substantive legal analysis, legal strategies and fact finding. Duane Morris garners national recognition for its commitment to practice support. Our Marketing and Business Development Department consistently has been named among the top-marketed firms by American Lawyer Media - taking top honors in 2006. Our season marketing professionals provide marketing and media strategies, client research and analysis, proposal and presentation support, writing services, multimedia and printed collateral development, and client relationship management services.

The firm's Information Services Department of more than 50 professionals is led by the firm's Chief Technology Officer, who was named 2007 IT Director of the Year by Law Technology News. Duane Morris' use of technology has been spotlighted in case studies on the websites of HP, Microsoft and AT&T, and has been written about in various business and technical publications. Additionally, ALM's 2007 Associate Technology Survey ranked Duane Morris in the top 17% of participating firms in terms of the overall quality of the firm's technology, how well associates felt they were trained, their estimation of the firm's technical support and how successfully they thought the firm deployed technology on behalf of its clients.

Las Vegas

Mid-Level Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its growing Las Vegas office for a junior-mid-level litigation associate. The ideal candidate will have 2-4 years of experience in the areas of general commercial litigation (working knowledge in banking and insurance coverage a plus). Candidate must have strong writing skills and the ability to work independently and possess a strong, positive presence and advocacy ability. Stellar academics and research skills along with entrepreneurial drive and initiative are preferred. Nevada bar admission required. Nevada/California admission a plus. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Philadelphia

Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its Philadelphia office for a Litigation associate. The ideal candidate will have at least 3-5 years of sophisticated commercial litigation experience (white-collar and securities/antitrust a plus). Candidate must have strong writing skills, ability to work independently and possess a strong, positive presence and advocacy ability. Stellar academics and research skills along with entrepreneurial drive and initiative are preferred. Pennsylvania bar admission required. Pennsylvania/New Jersey bar admission preferred. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Junior Trademark Associate - Duane Morris LLP, a leading international law firm, is seeking to hire a junior associate to join its Philadelphia Intellectual Property Practice Group. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience handling domestic and international trademark portfolios, including trademark clearance, counseling, prosecution, maintenance and enforcement. Experience before the TTAB and/or some trademark litigation experience is preferred. Additional experience in any of the following areas is a plus: copyrights, social media, advertising, online business, licensing and privacy. Candidates must possess excellent academic credentials, as well as strong communication, organization, research, writing and analytical skills. A motivated, independent candidate with a willingness to learn and work hard will excel in this position. Writing sample and law school transcript required. Pennsylvania bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Junior Patent Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a patent associate with an electrical, physics, mechanical or biomechanical background to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group in Philadelphia. Candidate should have 1-3 years of experience with primary emphasis on patent preparation/prosecution. Our ideal candidate will have solid academic credentials, a quick-study aptitude and the ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Admission to the Pennsylvania bar (or the ability to become admitted to practice in Pennsylvania) and USPTO admission are requirements of the position. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Patent Agent or Technical Writer - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a patent agent or technical writer with a EE degree and a background in integrated circuit design to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group. Patent agent candidates should have at least 3 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the area of “integrated circuit layout and design.” Technical writer candidates should have an advanced degree in EE and significant experience preparing technical documents describing integrated circuit design and layout processes and structures. For all candidates, industry work experience designing integrated circuits and fluency in speaking, reading and writing Mandarin is a plus. Ideal candidate will have excellent technical and legal writing skills, strong technical and legal analytical skills, strong academic credentials, significant experience preparing patent applications or technical documents concerning integrated circuit design and layout, ability to effectively communicate with clients and inventors, and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Candidate will also need to produce at least 3 writing samples of published applications or technical documents directed to integrated circuit design and layout. We will also consider candidates for our Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Silicon Valley or San Francisco offices for this position. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria should not apply. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

San Diego

Real Estate Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a Real Estate Associate with 4-6 years of solid and meaningful experience in the practice of transactional real estate law to join its growing practice in San Diego. Experience in financing, (both lender and borrower representation) acquisitions, dispositions, development, leasing and joint ventures is preferred. Land use/zoning experience would be welcomed. The ideal candidate will have hands-on leading law firm experience and exceptional law school academics. California bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP seeks a litigation associate to join its Trial Practice Group in San Diego. The ideal candidate will have at least 3-5 years of experience in the area of general commercial litigation. Stellar academics, superior research and writing skills required along with a quick-study aptitude and the ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. California bar admission required. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

San Francisco

Labor and Employment Associate - Mid-Level - Duane Morris LLP has an immediate opening for a mid-level highly motivated associate to join its dynamic and growing Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration practice group to support its California practice in its San Francisco office. The ideal candidate will have 4-6 years of substantive experience in employment litigation and a desire for trial work. Experience in defending wage and hour claims, including wage and hour class action lawsuits is also desired. The successful candidate will also have meaningful experience in transactional employment work, including the drafting of employment and severance agreements, drafting EEOC position statements, DFEH responses, and conducting witness interviews and depositions. Having a background in counseling employers on federal and state employment law compliance, drafting workplace policies and assisting clients with employment training programs is also a plus. Experience in traditional management labor relations is also advantageous. Superior academic and writing credentials along with California bar admission required. Pursuant to applicable state and municipal Fair Chance Laws and Ordinances, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V. If you want to join a collegial team of excellent employment law professionals who enjoy their work and take pride in their work product, we would be the ideal firm for you.

Commercial Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening in its San Francisco office for a commercial litigation associate to join its team. The ideal candidate will have between 5-6 years of sophisticated litigation experience including emphasis in commercial, business and employment litigation matters. Candidate must have strong writing skills and the ability to work independently and possess a strong, positive presence and advocacy ability. Stellar academics and research skills along with entrepreneurial drive and initiative are preferred. California bar admission required. Pursuant to applicable state and municipal Fair Chance Laws and Ordinances, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Patent Agent or Technical Writer - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a patent agent or technical writer with a EE degree and a background in integrated circuit design to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group. Patent agent candidates should have at least 3 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the area of “integrated circuit layout and design.” Technical writer candidates should have an advanced degree in EE and significant experience preparing technical documents describing integrated circuit design and layout processes and structures. For all candidates, industry work experience designing integrated circuits and fluency in speaking, reading and writing Mandarin is a plus. Ideal candidate will have excellent technical and legal writing skills, strong technical and legal analytical skills, strong academic credentials, significant experience preparing patent applications or technical documents concerning integrated circuit design and layout, ability to effectively communicate with clients and inventors, and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Candidate will also need to produce at least 3 writing samples of published applications or technical documents directed to integrated circuit design and layout. We will also consider candidates for our Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Silicon Valley or San Francisco offices for this position. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria should not apply. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Junior Litigation Associate - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a trial associate with at least 1-3 years experience to join its litigation team. Knowledge/background in insurer-side insurance coverage litigation is helpful. The candidate must have strong academic credentials, superior writing skills, a quick-study aptitude and ability to engender client confidence and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Excellent organizational and teamwork skills required. California bar admission required. Pursuant to applicable state and municipal Fair Chance Laws and Ordinances, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Silicon Valley

Patent Agent or Technical Writer - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a patent agent or technical writer with a EE degree and a background in integrated circuit design to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group. Patent agent candidates should have at least 3 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the area of “integrated circuit layout and design.” Technical writer candidates should have an advanced degree in EE and significant experience preparing technical documents describing integrated circuit design and layout processes and structures. For all candidates, industry work experience designing integrated circuits and fluency in speaking, reading and writing Mandarin is a plus. Ideal candidate will have excellent technical and legal writing skills, strong technical and legal analytical skills, strong academic credentials, significant experience preparing patent applications or technical documents concerning integrated circuit design and layout, ability to effectively communicate with clients and inventors, and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Candidate will also need to produce at least 3 writing samples of published applications or technical documents directed to integrated circuit design and layout. We will also consider candidates for our Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Silicon Valley or San Francisco offices for this position. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria should not apply. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

Washington, D.C.

Patent Agent or Technical Writer - Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a patent agent or technical writer with a EE degree and a background in integrated circuit design to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group. Patent agent candidates should have at least 3 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the area of “integrated circuit layout and design.” Technical writer candidates should have an advanced degree in EE and significant experience preparing technical documents describing integrated circuit design and layout processes and structures. For all candidates, industry work experience designing integrated circuits and fluency in speaking, reading and writing Mandarin is a plus. Ideal candidate will have excellent technical and legal writing skills, strong technical and legal analytical skills, strong academic credentials, significant experience preparing patent applications or technical documents concerning integrated circuit design and layout, ability to effectively communicate with clients and inventors, and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Candidate will also need to produce at least 3 writing samples of published applications or technical documents directed to integrated circuit design and layout. We will also consider candidates for our Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Silicon Valley or San Francisco offices for this position. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria should not apply. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

For More Information

Please contact our recruiting staff for more information. If you are a candidate and would like to apply to any of these openings, please complete our online application

Search firm and agency submissions for active and open positions should be sent directly to Peggy Simoncini Pasquay at simoncini@duanemorris.com.

Peggy Simoncini Pasquay
Manager of Attorney Recruitment and Relations
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
Email: simoncini@duanemorris.com
+1 215 979 1161

Prospective attorney candidates, please complete our online application to apply.

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Duane Morris strives to attract the best law students and to offer the ideal environment for lawyers at the beginning of their professional lives. We endeavor to improve our Summer Associate Program each year to make Duane Morris a meaningful and valuable destination for summer associates. According to The American Lawyer's 2017 Summer Associate Satisfaction Survey, Duane Morris is ranked the top firm in the nation with a perfect overall satisfaction score.

Duane Morris offers interesting challenges to law students who participate in our summer program. We believe the program offers a realistic picture of our practice to aspiring attorneys who have an interest in sharing our goals and serving our clients. Our program balances challenging work assignments with constructive feedback, work-related activities outside the office and enjoyable social events.

Interesting Work Assignments

To introduce our summer associates to the breadth of our practice, each summer associate works on matters in many practice areas of the firm. Summer associates actively assist lawyers in current matters of importance to the firm, our clients and the community. Our summer associates learn how our lawyers work together to address client concerns and how their own work product contributes to the representation. They also have numerous opportunities to observe depositions, hearings, trials, client and board of directors meetings, negotiating sessions and closings.

A sampling of the work experiences of former summer associates includes:

  • Preparing a draft of a patent application for a satellite technology product used in household situations
  • Researching and drafting a memorandum on admissibility of photographs derived from concealed video surveillance equipment
  • Attending client meetings and assisting in the preparation of the client's application to the SEC for authorization to conduct an initial public offering
  • Researching corporate voting dispute issues and attending public stockholder meetings during which the research results were applied
  • Assisting in preparation of briefs for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and attending the oral arguments

Special Training Programs

Our summer associates participate in an orientation program, ethics discussions, training sessions on intranet research systems, courses on legal theory skills, writing and taking depositions. Forms and other samples of written work product are provided to summer associates for their reference.

In the deposition training sessions, summer associates prepare by reviewing a videotape on taking a deposition, study the facts of a mock case and depose a witness who, along with the opposing counsel, is played by an associate of the firm. A court reporter records the proceedings and provides summer associates with a written transcript of the deposition. The summer associates also participate in a mock negotiation session. In this session, summer associates work in teams and negotiate a deal together and meet as a group for a lecture about negotiation skills.

Mentors

Each summer associate is assigned two mentors. An associate mentor oversees the pro bono project undertaken by the summer associate; a senior associate/senior partner mentor is responsible for closely involving the summer associate in a case or transaction. The summer associates also attend hearings, depositions, client meetings, client development activities and/or closings with their mentors and other Duane Morris attorneys.

Aside from these specific responsibilities, the mentors help introduce the summer associates to other lawyers in the firm and provide general guidance on any matter, whether or not related to particular work assignments.

Feedback

Summer associates receive informal feedback and evaluations of their work throughout the summer from the lawyers who assign them projects. In addition, to ensure that clear and helpful evaluations are communicated on a regular basis, the lawyers administering the summer program review the evaluations as they are submitted and periodically discuss with individual summer associates their work on particular projects as well as their progress generally. At the midpoint of the summer program, the hiring partner conducts individual reviews with each summer associate.

Duane Morris is not currently accepting applications from 1L and 2L law students as we have already concluded our hiring process for the 2019 Summer Program.

NALP Forms

The National Association for Law Placement, Inc. (NALP) serves as the premier source of information for legal career planning and recruitment. The NALP Form provides job seekers with basic information about our firm and hiring practices.

Duane Morris is pleased to provide the Philadelphia and multi-office NALP statistics for the 2018-2019 academic year.

2018 Law School Recruiting Schedule

Law School Visit Date
The Law Consortium Philadelphia Walk-Around Program
Boston College/Boston University/Northwestern
University/Notre Dame Law School/University of Texas
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Philadelphia Area Diversity Job Fair Monday, July 30, 2018
Georgetown University Law Center Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Washington University School of Law - Philadelphia Walk-Around Program Friday, August 3, 2018
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Monday, August 6, 2018
University of Pennsylvania Law School Tuesday, August 7, 2018
University of Virginia School of Law Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law Wednesday, August 8, 2018
University of Chicago Law School Wednesday, August 8, 2018
University of Illinois College of Law Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Lavender Law 2018 - The LGBT Bar Association Career Fair & Conference Friday, August 10, 2018

Jennifer G. Davis
Manager of Legal Recruitment and Personnel
Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris' dedicated professional and administrative support staff provides the technological and administrative infrastructure for the firm. The day-to-day activities of our staff are at the foundation of the firm's success. The underlying values of teamwork, commitment and service demonstrated every day are not only shared by our entire staff, but they also mirror the seamless, high-quality legal services that our lawyers deliver to the firm's clients.

More than 650 professional and administrative employees at Duane Morris focus on a variety of disciplines, including accounting, facilities, human resources, information services, legal recruiting, library services, marketing and communications, and office and secretarial services.

Current Opportunities

Chicago

Legal Assistant, Trial - The right candidate will provide secretarial support to busy trial attorneys. Must possess a minimum of 5 years of strong litigation skills. Heavy scheduling, prioritizing and organizing involved. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required. Proficiency in Word 2016, PowerPoint and Excel. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Philadelphia

Financial Analyst, Finance - Interested in candidates that have 1-3 years' related corporate finance/accounting experience in a law firm or other professional services firm, along with excellent mathematical/statistical aptitude and superior Excel skills (pivot tables, Vlookup, advanced formulas and macros). Responsibilities will include the following: assisting with the preparation of analyses in areas such as budgeting, profitability, account reconciliations and financial planning; interpreting and applying financial theories and procedures to assigned work projects; assisting in the development of integrated revenue/expense projections, reports and presentations; maintaining business analytics databases of financial information for use in preparing future plans, pricing models, forecasts and budgets; and the preparation of monthly financial reports and profitability statements. A demonstrated ability to work independently, accurately, and in a timely manner along with excellent communication skills and a strong sense of responsibility are crucial. Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance required.

Legal Recruitment Coordinator - Seeking an enthusiastic and talented legal recruitment specialist who is passionate about the candidate experience and engagement. This individual will work with a dynamic team to coordinate various aspects of the legal recruiting function while providing support to the Director, Legal Recruitment Managers and other members of the recruitment team. Will arrange in-house interview schedules, greet and escort candidates, maintain and update candidate files, assist in the planning of recruiting events, organize marketing materials for candidates, external recruiters and schools, and assist with hiring statistics and surveys. Coordinate the recruiting process for various levels of candidates, including scheduling attorneys for interviews; maintaining files for candidates; compiling and distributing materials for various meetings. Coordinate the registration process for fall on-campus interviews, set up in-office callback interview schedules, compile statistical data and charts regarding callback outcome and viRecruit input and updates as needed. Assist with the planning and facilitating summer events, summer assignments, invitations, intranet updates, policy manuals, as needed, and summer associate binders. Plan and facilitate orientation schedules. Assist with the administration of the Summer Associate (SA) Program, including communication with recruits prior to arrival; attending events/functions and follow-up on SA evaluations. Assist with lateral interviews including search firm interface, job postings, arranging in-house interview schedules and viRecruit input and pipeline updates; provide recruiting support to Director and Managers. Maintains lateral candidate checklist upon receipt of completed lateral due diligence materials.

Bachelor’s degree preferred with 2+ years in legal or campus recruitment for a professional services or large law firm. Strong ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines and within budget. Self-starter; ability to remain self-directed and self-motivated with minimal supervision. Ability to work well in a team atmosphere. Flexibility to work overtime as needed (significant overtime during summer/fall). Excellent time management and prioritization skills. Excellent PC skills; knowledge of the viDesktop platform a plus. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Legal Assistant, Intellectual Property -  The right candidate with have a minimum of 3-5 years of trademark and patent experience. Experience assisting with filings before courts and U.S. Patent & Trademark office. Must be highly organized and capable of handling multiple projects.  Team player who enjoys a fast paced environment. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Proficiency with Word 2016 and Excel. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Paralegal, Corporate - The right candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of relevant corporate experience. Experience with drafting of formation and other corporate documents, UCC filings and maintaining and updating of minute books. Proficiency with PA, NJ and DE filings. Should also have experience assisting attorneys with closings. Research and analyze legal sources such as statutes, case law, legal articles, and regulatory sources.

Qualified candidates must have Bachelor's degree and/or paralegal certification. Ability to work well under pressure in a fast paced environment. Will possess excellent attention to detail and the ability to multi-task. Strong interpersonal and communication (both verbal and written) skills. Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel). EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Video Editor, Marketing & Business Development - This position is responsible for capturing and producing professional-level video for the Marketing & Business Development Department. As the in-house video production person, responsibilities include transporting, setting up and operating cameras, lights, microphones and other equipment, and editing video and creating motion graphics for polished, professional videos. The ideal candidate will have experience capturing video of business professionals, both in an interview setting and in seminars and public forums. Must be skilled in Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Vegas Pro (a plus). Must be detail oriented, with strong communications skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and have the ability to prioritize multiple assignment simultaneously. Experience working with lawyers or other professional service providers a plus. An undergraduate degree, preferably in Film, Media Arts or related production discipline, is required. Travel required. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Proposal Manager – Marketing & Business Development - The right candidate will manage the team that supports the firm’s business development efforts with targeted pitches and proposals that effectively communicate the firm’s capabilities, services and solutions for our clients. In this role you will analyze and respond to RFPs, write and maintain content, and have a key role in implementing a proposal automation solution. Materials produced by this position are highly visible and greatly impact the firm. Will have heavy interface with Marketing & Business Development Managers, as well as attorneys firm-wide.

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in English, journalism or communications-oriented discipline is required. Solid writing background with a minimum of 7-10 years of experience in a professional services firm; legal a plus. Must possess experience and knowledge in the area of proposal writing and management. Excellent communication, analytical and problem-solving skills. Be detail oriented and organized with excellent editing and proofreading skills. Superior knowledge of Microsoft Office suite; experience with database applications, including InterAction, highly desirable. Proposal automation experience a plus. Be highly skilled at project management, including multiple priorities under tight deadlines. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

IP Docket Systems Coordinator, Intellectual Property - The right candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day management and maintenance of the Firm’s IP Docket software (Patrix/Patricia). Duties include custom report generation; creation and documentation of data flow; analyzing technical problems with application and implementing solutions; and working with the IP Docket Administrator to develop, implement and document best practice processes.

Minimum of 3 years of law firm experience with a strong understanding of IP Docket Software systems. Strong understanding of database structures, principles and practices. Familiarity with Business Intelligence principles and data extraction. Working knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2/2012/2014 services as well as Microsoft VBA. Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities with the ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high pressure environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Good working knowledge of current U.S. and foreign IP laws and practices. Prior experience with sophisticated IP docket software is required (e.g., CPI, Patricia, Foundation IP, Patsee, IP Manager). Familiarity with current USPTO procedures and USPTO Financial Manager. High level of proficiency with multiple software systems, including law firm related applications, such as iManage, client billing systems and other programs such as MS Word, Excel and Outlook. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Legal Assistant, Corporate - We are seeking an experienced Legal Assistant for our Philadelphia office to provide administrative and secretarial support to attorneys in our Corporate Practice Group. The right candidate will have a minimum of 3-5 years of corporate experience and possess excellent writing, grammar and proofreading skills. Must have superb command of MS Office and be able to multi-task and prioritize effectively. Interested in candidates that are highly professional and possessing of an unwavering commitment to client service. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Pricing Analyst, Finance - This position will assist in all aspects of the Firm’s pricing strategy. Working under the supervision of the Pricing Manager, the incumbent will help develop the Firm’s fee arrangements, based on the Firm’s current strategic goals, and will help analyze the results for future success. Duties include, but are not limited to, understanding the Firm’s historic pricing performance and current pricing options, modeling and creating various fee arrangements, preparing pricing content for external audiences (including RFP responses), maintaining and updating databases used to track pricing projects, collaborating with team members on analyses of closed matters, assisting other Firm departments (e.g., Marketing) to meet client deadlines, and supporting senior members of the team as necessary. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Tax Accountant, Tax Accounting Group - We currently seek independent thinkers and ambitious CPAs with the following key skills, knowledge and abilities:

  • Strong knowledge and proven technical skills in the areas of tax compliance and planning, for high net worth individuals and businesses
  • Experience in multi-state individual taxation
  • Exposure to information returns of U.S. persons invested in foreign corporations/entities
  • Demonstrated experience in research and writing on a wide variety of tax matters impacting high net worth individuals
  • Ability and desire to provide innovative tax planning solutions and strategies including the ability to effectively present same to clients
  • Ability to accurately and timely address client needs and actively participate in client discussions and meetings
  • Proven success as an innovative individual contributor and team member
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively participate in new client acquisition activities
  • Accurately managing client service time budgets

Bachelor’s degree in accounting with 3-5 years CPA firm experience. Currently licensed CPA (or commitment to pass CPA exam before being promoted to Manager with subsequent obtaining of licensure), Enrolled Agent or Member of the Bar; Advanced taxation degree helpful; Accounting software knowledge (CCH Pro Systems in a paperless environment preferred) and proficiency in QuickBooks. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Washington, D.C.

Immigration Paralegal, Employment, Labor, Benefits, and Immigration - Seeking an experienced Paralegal to provide leadership and support to clients and internal staff. Works under attorney supervision and is responsible for the quality of the work and ensuring deadlines are met. Must have 5 years of experience in client-facing capacity with immigration law firm, department, or corporate immigration function. Must have experience with all aspects of business immigration particularly with the preparation and filing of H-1B, L-1, O1 , E visas, TN applications, J1 waivers, PERM, EB1 Immigrant Visa Petitions, Applications to Adjust Status and consular work. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D.

Responsibilities & Characteristics:

  • Manage a varied and fast-paced caseload of corporate immigration matters with large degree of independence.
  • Serve as a resource for client and office procedures.
  • Communicate regularly with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues.
  • Know procedural requirements for various types of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas and knows client processes.
  • Responsible for updating and managing status reports and for updating databases for particular clients.
  • Full utilization of case management and billing systems.
  • Correspond with clients directly on case processing and other procedural matters.
  • Run reports. Is able to prioritize own work and take on multiple projects.
  • Mentor less-experienced staff and assist in training and reviewing workflow for particular clients.
  • Interested in candidates that produce high quality work with strong attention to detail.

We encourage you to contact us if you are interested in contributing to the success of Duane Morris.

For More Information

Please contact our recruiting staff for more information.

Kathy Wallen
Human Resources Manager
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
Email: kwallen@duanemorris.com

Prospective candidates, please complete our employment application

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Amee R. McKim
Director of Legal Recruitment
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Peggy Simoncini Pasquay
Manager of Legal Recruitment and Relations
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
+1 215 979 1161

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Jennifer G. Davis
Manager of Legal Recruitment and Personnel
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
+1 215 979 1451

Staff Positions

Kathleen Wallen
Human Resources Manager
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
+1 215 979 1292

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It is the policy of this firm as a responsible member of the business and legal community to provide employment, training, compensation, promotion and other conditions of employment without regard to person’s sex/gender, pregnancy (including childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), age, race, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, familial status, civil union or domestic partner status, nationality or national origin, ancestry, citizenship, immigrant status, military status, veteran status, handicap, physical or mental disability, use of a trained service animal, medical condition, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, victim of domestic violence crime, sexual assault or stalking or membership in any “protected group” under federal, state or local law. This policy applies to all conditions of employment including but not limited to recruitment, selection, placement, transfer, promotion, training, compensation, benefits and termination. A more detailed statement of our firm’s policy is set forth in the Equal Employment Opportunity and Harassment Prevention Policy.

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