Careers

With over 60 lawyers and professionals in its offices in Washington, D.C. and in Denver, we bring big firm legal skills with a small firm approach.

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.

Read WBK’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.

Lateral Openings
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Lateral Openings
Senior Associate, Of Counsel, or Partner

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, a Tier 1 communications and technology law firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado, seeks a senior associate, of counsel, or partner to join its growing privacy/data security and FTC/advertising/consumer protection teams in the Washington office. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of experience advising clients or working in federal or state government on consumer protection issues. Our practice is a unique hybrid of compliance/enforcement defense and policy advocacy; candidates should have excellent oral and written communication skills, and be as comfortable drafting a detailed legal brief as engaging in conversations with Capitol Hill and federal agency staff. WBK lawyers must be flexible and creative, adapting to provide the highest quality service to both Fortune 50 companies and tiny start-ups. We welcome candidates from either the private or public sector; WBK has substantial experience onboarding those leaving government service for private practice. Experience specific to the communications and technology sector is a plus, but not required.

WBK is a special place to practice law; we mean it when we say we are #NotJustAnotherLawFirm. With 65 attorneys, the firm offers clients the capabilities and expertise of a large firm combined with the personal style only a smaller firm can deliver. Each day, we work together for both the common good of the group and the common goal of building and maintaining a nationally recognized legal practice. We highly value collaboration, supporting each other personally and professionally using our individual talents and expertise. Every attorney is encouraged to be entrepreneurial and to contribute in their own way; there is no single model for success. We avoid silos, hierarchy, and bureaucracy, working as a team to deliver results. WBK has long been committed to community, inclusion, and service, with attorneys and staff devoting substantial time and energy to volunteerism, civic and community leadership, charitable giving, pro bono work, mentoring, service on nonprofit boards, teaching, and more. These activities are not just permitted but actively encouraged and supported at WBK.

To sustain and enhance these unique firm qualities, we seek candidates who have balanced excellence in law school and career achievements with a personal commitment to advance the legal profession and serve the broader community. WBK is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of gender, age, racial or ethnic background, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status. The ideal candidate will also bring a strong work ethic, team-oriented ethos, and a healthy, perhaps even irreverent, sense of humor. We look forward to meeting you.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample at https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/315521.

Transactional Associate

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, a Tier 1 communications, energy, and technology law firm with offices in Denver, Colorado and Washington, D.C., seeks a mid-level or senior associate to join a busy and expanding transactional practice in our Denver office. WBK welcomes all candidates who have five to eight years of experience working on sophisticated and creative corporate and commercial transactions, especially in the rapidly evolving telecommunications, media, energy, and technology fields, and who are ready to assume an active role leading such matters. The candidate will work closely with both our Denver and Washington, D.C. transactional teams but ideally will be located in Denver.

As a mid-size boutique, WBK’s transactional practice uses a varied toolkit to accomplish our clients’ objectives, so a solid transactional foundation is a must. Working collaboratively, often across our two offices, WBK’s transactional team focuses on corporate transactions and financings, commercial agreements, and other transactions relevant to the telecommunications, media, energy, and technology industries, as well as emerging company and general corporate representation. Particularly valuable experience includes private equity and venture capital finance, infrastructure project development and finance, and M&A. The ideal candidate will be familiar with a variety of deal structures and private company governance, including use of pass-through entities, and will have some facility with commercial transactions. Additional relevant experience could include telecommunications and energy regulation, technology transactions, real-estate transactions, tax, debt financing, and/or environmental law.

WBK offers excellent opportunities for a transactional attorney to expand his or her practice and professional focus by virtue of our broad, sophisticated client base and depth of industry experience. An incoming transactional associate may have the opportunity to work on commercial agreements for Fortune 50/100 companies, private equity-backed joint ventures for FCC auctions, development and acquisition of telecommunications infrastructure or electric generating facilities, power purchase and other energy agreements, radio and television station sales, wireless spectrum leases, and venture capital financings and acquisitions for emerging companies. Transactional associates also often work closely with regulatory colleagues to structure telecommunications, media, and energy deals.

Candidates, therefore, should have broad transactional experience and should understand how differences in client business goals and appetite for risk impact the complexity, dynamics, and tenor of a transaction. This position is highly client-facing; the ideal candidate will demonstrate strong communication skills and responsiveness to clients and colleagues. For the right candidate, this opening is a chance to become part of a team with a rapidly growing base of clients, and will serve as an excellent platform for the candidate’s further development, including opportunities for partnership.

Our Firm

WBK is a special place to practice law. We mean it when we say we are #notjustanotherlawfirm. With 65 attorneys, the firm offers clients the capabilities and expertise of a large firm combined with the personal style only a smaller firm can deliver. Each day, we work together for both the common good of the group and the common goal of building and maintaining a nationally recognized legal practice. We highly value collaboration, and we support each other personally and professionally using our individual talents and expertise. Every attorney is encouraged to be entrepreneurial and to contribute in their own way; there is no single model for success. Working as a team to deliver results, we avoid silos, hierarchy, and bureaucracy. WBK has long been committed to community, inclusion, and service, with attorneys and staff devoting substantial time and energy to volunteerism, civic and community leadership, charitable giving, pro bono work, mentoring, service on nonprofit boards, teaching, and more. These activities are not just permitted but actively encouraged and supported at WBK.

To sustain and enhance these unique firm qualities, we seek candidates who have balanced excellence in law school and career achievements with a personal commitment to advance the legal profession and serve the broader community. WBK is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of gender, age, racial or ethnic background, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status. The ideal candidate will also bring a strong work ethic, team-oriented ethos, and a healthy, perhaps even irreverent, sense of humor. We look forward to meeting you.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample at https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/355524.

Associate Openings
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Associate Openings

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

Administrative Openings
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Administrative Openings

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

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.

 

We have used the firm for over 70 years.  They have expanded their areas of expertise with technology, but have always retained remarkable responsiveness and very high cost effectiveness.