SENIOR ASSOCIATE FOR GROWING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND BUSINESS LAW FIRM
We are a small law firm in New York, with a thriving intellectual property and business law practice. We help entrepreneurs and creatives become successful.
Our dynamic IP and Business Law firm with offices in New York, New Jersey, and California seeks a Senior Associate to be the managing attorney of a robust caseload, supervise the legal team, and work with the Owner and Operations Director to ensure cases progress through the pipeline.
We are a growing firm where every member of the team is a key employee. Therefore, we think it is fair – and important – to lay it out, up front, what type of person we are looking for and what we expect from you.
Your primary duties will be to (1) assume full responsibility for the legal production pipeline, from Legal Strategy Sessions to delivery of work to the client; (2) oversee and manage the legal team and support staff; and (3) ensure all legal work is completed efficiently, accurately, and on-time. To be successful, you must be confident, flexible, growth-minded, comfortable in a management role, responsive, and a thorough and precise researcher, writer, and speaker.
We think the right candidate will have 3-7 years of experience with a top-tier practice in corporate or intellectual property matters. You must be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the following areas.
Analyzing Trademarkability and filing Trademarks;
Contract drafting and negotiation in the Entertainment realm;
Corporate transactional, compliance, and filing matters;
Management of a team.
Knowledge of California Business Law is a plus.
You must be good with basic technology. Experience with the Mac Operating System, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Westlaw, RocketMatter, RingCentral and/or Dropbox is preferred but not required.
Licensed in New York and New Jersey.
Excellent references required.
As a precursor to scheduling an in-person interview, we invite you to learn more about the type of person we are looking for and the type of firm culture we are building. If you are interested, follow the instructions at the end to send us your resume.
What are some of the characteristics that any member of our team must have?
You must be a positive person. If you see the glass half full, you are the type of person we are looking for. Our team is outstanding and does amazing work. We have a zero-tolerance policy for toxic people. We do not associate with negative attitudes, whiners, complainers, or victims, and you definitely will not fit in if you even think that you may fit into one of the above categories of negative people.
We need people who are not afraid of computers or learning new things that will make their jobs easier. You must be proficient with Word, Outlook, Dropbox, electronic legal research, and basic case management. We’re looking for someone who not only “follows” policies and procedures but embraces them and is thankful they exist.
We need high energy and enthusiasm for the work we do (and life in general). You must be able to work fast and switch gears quickly. You must be able to think on your feet and make smart decisions.
You also need to be detail-oriented. We plan to help a lot of people launch businesses and create lasting opportunities. We produce significant amounts of work on sometimes tight schedules. Working fast is no excuse for careless mistakes. No one’s life or business should be negatively impacted because our firm didn’t file the right documents, do the right searches, or meet deadlines. It can’t happen.
You must be willing to go the extra mile to get the job done right the first time. In our practice, getting it done right the first time for our clients is very important. We need everyone to work with this goal in mind.
You must, must, must have emotional intelligence and empathy. You must take criticism gracefully and deal well with people. You must be a team player. You will be supervising a dynamic group of people that make up our legal team. Our team is growing, and you will be instrumental in that growth. We need a Senior Associate who is an outstanding legal technician AND an excellent leader and supervisor. We are strong believers in the team approach and our office is a team environment, so if you are not a team player, this is not the job for you.
You need to be able to talk to people in a manner that is kind … and candid. You may need to deliver difficult messages with compassion and without talking down, barking, or snapping. You must be able and willing to confront issues early and head-on to help the team grow and thrive. We don’t sugarcoat the truth.
You should not be a person who gets angry quickly or blows their stack if someone says something you don’t like.
If, while you are reading this, you were distracted by the buzz of your cellphone or a Facebook alert, this is not the job for you. If you think there are many good reasons to not show up to work on time, or if you need to take more than 2 coffee, smoke, or cell phone breaks during the work day, this job is not for you. If you want to spend time Monday through Friday from 8-5 surfing the internet, Facebooking, or chatting on the phone and still expect to be paid, this is not the job for you.
If you are the type of person who stays on your cell phone having a conversation while you are placing a food order, pumping gas, or in the check-out line face-to-face with a cashier, this is not the job for you.
If you are one of those people who seems to get sick a lot on Friday mornings or Sunday nights, this really is not the job for you. We know and understand the difference between “sick” and *sick*. We give reasonable PTO. We know how to spot a pattern. If you get “sick” when it is convenient for you and don’t care what your long weekend does to the rest of the team, please do not apply for this position.
If you think your juris doctorate and years of work experience mean that you are too good or valuable or important to make coffee, stuff envelopes, or scan your own documents, this is absolutely, positively not the job for you.
To put it simply, we want you to do good work and lead our team to rally around our clients to help solve their legal problems. We want people who want to fight for artists’ rights.
If you think our office sounds like a no-fun, no-good place to be, this is not the job for you. If this sounds harsh or unfair, then this is not the job for you.
On the other hand, if you realize that the work environment we have created will help you get your job done efficiently, with other people who love their job, while helping people who really need it, and allow you to earn more money than you can anywhere else and also have a life outside of work, then you are the type of candidate we would like to meet.
If you are hired, you will be part of a wonderful team of people who work hard to get the job done right the first time and take pride in the work that they do. You will be part of a team that is rewarded for their hard work.
With regard to compensation, it is negotiable based upon experience and is subject to review after 180 days. The compensation package plan will give you some control over what you can earn working for our firm. If we succeed, you will too.
Is this going to be an easy job? No. It might be one of the biggest challenges of your life. But it is our belief that anything really great is worth working for, and that our greatest growth comes from our biggest challenges. You will be challenged. You will have fun. You will be compensated.
If you have gotten this far and are thinking about applying, it means that you are ready for a challenge and want to be part of a team that helps people and rewards good work.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for the Senior Associate position, e-mail your resume and cover letter in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the Subject Line, type your last name followed by a vertical bar “|,” the position you are applying to, and one adjective to describe you, all in Title Case. E.g., Smith | Senior Associate Awesome. In your cover letter, answer the following questions:
1. What do you enjoy about working with creatives and entrepreneurs?
2. What do you find most challenging about this type of client?
You should be detailed in your response, but don't go over two paragraphs. You should also tell us in another paragraph why you think you would be a good fit for this firm. In the last paragraph of your cover letter, tell us what you liked about our ad and what you did not like about our ad. You can be honest, we will not hold it against you.
Thank you for taking the time to read this entire ad, if you decide to apply and follow instructions, we look forward to following up with you.