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
Read More + Read Less -
Lateral Openings

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

Associate Openings
Read More + Read Less -
Associate Openings

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

Administrative Openings
Read More + Read Less -
Administrative Openings

Administrative Assistant (Entry Level)
Washington, DC

To be considered for this position, please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=66005&clientkey=A20996B513B8B8CE447749612059F666

Description:

 Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP seeks an Administrative Assistant to support the office of our Managing Partner and provide firm-wide overflow administrative support, when necessary.  This is a non-exempt position with a 37.50-hour work week and the need for occasional overtime.

Responsibilities:

 This position will provide efficient and effective administrative support to the office of our Managing Partner and firm-wide overflow administrative support, when necessary.  The following is not a comprehensive list of responsibilities.  Responsibilities may be added or changed at any time with or without notice, as deemed necessary by the Firm.

  • Maintain and update filing system;
  • Enter attorney time and ensure Firm deadlines are met;
  • Review client prebills and invoices and input narrative changes. Responsible for final proof to confirm all changes are reflected in final invoices, preparing cover letters, and ensuring final bills are sent by Firm deadline;
  • Monitor e-mail accounts to ensure important correspondence is not missed and address messages as appropriate;
  • Coordinate birthday gifts, flowers, and holiday cards for clients and friends of the firm;
  • Handle holiday card cycle for clients and friends of the firm;
  • Update and maintain Outlook contacts;
  • Maintain hard copy of Managing Partner’s daily calendar and trade press materials;
  • Document production: print and assemble documents and binders for various meetings;
  • Prepare, submit, and track check requests and expense reports for attorney expenses;
  • Relieve receptionist for daily lunch break;
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned by Executive Assistant and Managing Partner; and
  • Provide attorneys with overflow support for administrative tasks, when necessary and appropriate.

Qualifications:

 The following traits and qualities will help to ensure success in this position:

  • Excellent communication skills – articulate and practice excellent listening, verbal, written, and oral communication skills. Must be able to articulate ideas and findings, both verbally and in writing, to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Strong work ethic; work equally well independently, as well as in groups, under high-pressure situations and with little or no supervision.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Success in this position requires the ability to balance day-to-day work challenges, accommodate multiple demands, shifting priorities, and rapid change.
  • Job ownership – a strong desire to see things through and take pride in the results produced.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times.

Requirements:

 Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or at least two (2) years of experience in a law firm or professional services environment is required.

  • Law firm experience preferred.
  • Experience (and proficiency) in Microsoft Office Suite required. Experience with document management systems and legal timekeeping and expense platforms preferred.

 

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.

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.