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

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

Associate Openings
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Associate Openings
Entry-Level Associate Position (Washington, DC, or Denver, CO)

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP seeks an entry-level associate with zero to two years of experience for its top-tier communications regulatory practice. This position is to begin in fall 2022 and may be resident in our Washington, DC or Denver, Colorado office. WBK specializes in regulatory practice before federal and state agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Patent and Trademark Office, and state public utilities commissions, 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.

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 support each other personally and professionally using our individual talents and expertise. All attorneys are encouraged to be entrepreneurial and to contribute in their own ways—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.

Compensation and Benefits
Associates’ annual base compensation is based on a lockstep scale and ranges from $160,000 to $240,000. Associates are eligible for an annual bonus based on their performance during the preceding 12 months. In addition to compensation and bonuses, Associates are eligible for the following benefits: medical, dental and vision insurance; short term disability; long term disability insurance; life insurance; accidental death or dismemberment insurance; travel insurance; employee assistance plan; a 401(k) plan; profit sharing (once eligible); parental leave; vacation/personal leave; wireless phone service allowance and coverage of bar association dues consistent with WBK policies. Associates can also make pre-tax contributions for transportation, parking, dependent care, and a health savings account (if enrolled in a high deductible medical plan). All benefits listed above are subject to change at the discretion of the Partnership.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample to https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/723990.

Administrative Openings
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Administrative Openings
Marketing Specialist (Washington, DC)

Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP seeks a Marketing Specialist to become an integral part of our innovative marketing team. This position will support the marketing and business development efforts for the firm by increasing the firm’s and its attorneys’ visibility, building and coordinating critical business development resources, and collaborating with others in the Marketing Department to provide efficient and effective client service.

The Marketing Specialist will report to our Senior Manager, Operations & Marketing Services.
Responsibilities include:

Building Social Media and Press Presence
As a member of our marketing team, you will be involved with all aspects of the Firm’s social media and online presence:

  • Build the Firm’s social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and other platforms
  • Maintain the firm’s website – attorney bios, practice areas and news items
  • Draft and distribute press releases for significant Firm announcements
  • Manage and grow media lists for news distribution and handle intake of press inquiries
  • Create and manage distribution of newsletters, updates and other marketing collateral
  • Provide a consistent and compelling brand message through internal and external written communications
  • Support the #WBKForward Initiative (WBK’s commitment to community, inclusion, and service; to connect more deeply and give back in new and expanded ways to the communities we serve)

Maintain Essential Information for our Marketing Efforts and Practice
You also will help us to gather and maintain information that is critical to our marketing efforts and our practice:

  • Maintain and utilize the firm’s CRM database for client outreach
  • Assist with RFP drafts and the creation of business development materials
  • Research industry marketing strategies

Managing Law Firm and Attorney Rankings and Awards
Utilize your excellent writing skills to create, draft submissions for Chambers USA, Legal 500, U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” and other nominated awards. Identify other rankings for potential participation. Review and update our attorney profiles on appropriate rankings websites and recommend nominations for our attorneys. Strategize and take lead of the firm’s Annual “People’s Choice” Awards.

Identify and Promote Marketing / Business Development Growth Opportunities
Enhance your contribution and research skills by learning about our practice-specific legal areas: communications, cybersecurity, privacy, energy, and trademark law. Gather business intelligence by reviewing public records, legislative history, and news/media to effectively identify marketing and business development growth opportunities for the Firm.

Additional Assistance as Needed
Assist with firm events, host virtual events via Zoom or Microsoft Teams, purchase promotional items, assist with holiday promotions and other marketing initiatives as needed.

Important Qualifications
A strong candidate will have these essential qualifications: a self-starter with the ability to think and work independently; has attention to detail, is creative, has excellent writing skills, can multi-task and appropriately prioritize deadlines, and desires to improve upon existing processes continually. Must be able to work with all levels of law firm personnel and external vendors in a collaborative environment.

Education and/or Experience
Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or a relevant field, or 2-5 years of marketing experience. Proficiency in Canva, Adobe, Excel, cloud document management system and Microsoft Office applications required. Experience in database management is a plus.

About Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
WBK specializes in regulatory practice before federal and state agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Patent and Trademark Office, and state public utilities commissions, and in complex transactional matters presenting challenging regulatory issues.

WBK is a special place and we mean it when we say we are #notjustanotherlawfirm. 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 support each other personally and professionally using our individual talents and expertise. All employees are encouraged to contribute in their own ways—there is no single model for success. We avoid silos, hierarchy, and bureaucracy, working as a team to deliver results.

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 be considered for this position, please submit your resume, in confidence, along with your salary requirements to: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/792232.

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 can view all job listings and apply via Paylocity.

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.