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.
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Associate (Denver, CO)
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, a Tier 1 communications, energy and technology law firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado, seeks an associate to join its regulatory and administrative law practice in its Denver office. The ideal candidate will have at least 1-5 years of experience and a demonstrated interest in topics related to energy, broadband and closely regulated industries. Our practice centers on state public utility commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and regulatory policy matters in the Rocky Mountain West and nationally.
Candidates should have excellent oral and written communication skills and demonstrate interest in the law and economics of closely regulated network industries. The practice involves written and hearing room advocacy for investor-owned utility, rural electric cooperative, broadband and transportation clients. Knowledge of state public utility law, the Federal Power Act, PURPA and the Telecommunications Act of 1996 are a plus. WBK lawyers have been active in state commissions across the nation, as well as on appellate matters in the state and federal courts. Our national regulatory policy practice has involved working on state legislation, and testifying in both state legislatures and Congress.
WBK lawyers must be flexible and creative, adapting to provide the highest quality service to both Fortune 50 companies and start‐ups. We welcome candidates from either the private or public sector; WBK has substantial experience onboarding those leaving government service for private practice.
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.
Compensation and Benefits: Denver Associates’ annual base compensation is based on a lock-step scale and ranges from $150,000 to $185,000. 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; life insurance; long term disability insurance; accidental death or dismemberment insurance; short term disability 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; and pre-tax payment/contributions for transportation, parking and 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.
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 send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/389386.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.”