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
Lateral Transaction Associate – Denver, CO

Our Ideal Candidate
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, a Tier 1 communications, energy, and technology law firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Denver Colorado, seeks a junior associate to join its busy and expanding transactional practice in its Denver office. The ideal candidate will have 2 4 years of experience and will be excited to work on sophisticated and creative transactions, especially in the rapidly evolving telecommunications and energy industries, and with emerging companies. Particularly valuable experience includes private equity or venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Experience or interest with commercial and technology transactions, project finance or real estate is also relevant. This opportunity is highly client-facing, so the ideal candidate should demonstrate excellent communications skills, client responsiveness and initiative.

WBK’s deep ties in the communications and energy industries lead to exciting opportunities in our transactional practice, which blends traditional corporate finance and M&A with infrastructure development and related commercial transactions. In addition, WBK transactional attorneys often work closely with regulatory colleagues across both offices to structure cutting edge energy and communications deals. For the right candidate, this opening is a chance to join a team with a rapidly growing client base and to develop the candidate’s professional skills and interests. An incoming transactional associate may have the opportunity to work on venture capital financings and acquisitions for emerging companies, energy and communications agreements for Fortune 100 companies, private equity-backed joint ventures for FCC auctions, development and acquisition of broadband infrastructure or electric generating facilities, power purchase and other energy agreements, radio and television station sales, wireless spectrum or cell tower leases, and general corporate and commercial transactions.

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. Our Denver office is a collaborative group of approximately 15 attorneys. 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, WBK lawyers must be flexible and creative, adapting to provide the highest quality service. 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. We welcome candidates from either the private or public sector; WBK has substantial experience onboarding those leaving government service for private practice.

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; a 401(k) plan; profit sharing (once eligible); parental leave; vacation/personal leave; wireless phone service allowance; coverage of bar association dues consistent with WBK policies; 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 submit cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample at https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/558094.

Associate Openings
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Associate Openings

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

Administrative Openings
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Administrative Openings
Legal Administrative Assistant – Washington, DC

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP seeks a Legal Administrative Assistant for its top-tier regulatory practice in Washington, DC. This is a non-exempt position with a 37.50-hour work week and the need for occasional overtime. We provide competitive compensation and benefits and an enjoyable, good-natured work environment. 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.

Job Description
Provide high-level administrative support to attorneys, which includes the following range of responsibilities:

  • Maintain attorneys’ calendars by planning and scheduling meetings, phone and video conferences, and travel.
  • Assist with legal pleadings and presentations.
  • Maintain and update attorney contacts and filing systems.
  • Properly record attorney time entries and adhere to all related deadlines.
  • Answer phones, take messages or field/answer all routine and non-routine questions.
  • Work independently and within a team on special projects.
  • Undertake occasional research projects.
  • Provide back-up coverage to the Receptionist as necessary.
  • Prepare check requests for expense and travel reimbursements.
  • Draft and type general correspondences, memos, charts, tables, graphs, etc. Proofread drafts for spelling, grammar and layout consistency, making changes when appropriate. Responsible for the accuracy and clarity of final copies.
  • Maintain accurate records of professional memberships, bar associations, and related attorney activities.
  • Prepare news and regulatory update emails for distribution to attorneys.

Qualifications
The ideal candidate is curious and eager to learn new skills, well organized, energetic, outgoing, positive, dependable, a self-starter, and flexible for overtime. He or she must also possess great verbal and written communications skills, strong attention to detail, excellent analytical skills, sound judgment, and must be computer literate, with proficiencies in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint. The ideal candidate must also be able to meet deadlines under pressure and juggle numerous tasks simultaneously, both as an individual and as part of a team.

Requirements
Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter via Paylocity. Salary is commensurate with experience. College degree or two (2) years’ experience in a law firm or professional services environment is required. Law firm experience preferred.

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.