Job Openings

The firm is always interested in hearing from 3rd, 4th and 5th year associate candidates with substantial experience in any of the firm’s practice areas in a law firm setting. To submit your application for consideration in the absence of a posting below suited to your qualifications, please click here:  Lateral Associate Application

Recruiting Professionals/Agencies

Professional recruiters and search/placement firms must have signed terms and conditions on file with Downey Brand prior to submitting candidates.

Fall Associate/Entry Level Associate Candidates

Most of the firm’s first year/entry level associate hires are made from its Summer Associate classes. We do not anticipate hiring additional entry level associates in 2022. You may submit your materials to our applicant tracking system for possible consideration in the event an opportunity is identified in the near term:  Entry Level/Junior Associate Application

 

Sacramento

Water Law Attorney

Date Posted: April 25, 2022

The firm seeks an attorney with 5 to 8 years’ experience to support its water litigation and water transaction practice. Litigation experience including drafting pleadings, performing discovery, and arguing motions is essential.

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This position involves representation of public and private sector clients statewide, in both state and federal court, in a broad range of water-related issues including water rights, water supply, flood control law, federal reclamation law, public agency law, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and California Environmental Quality Act compliance. Familiarity with natural resource or regulatory issues is a plus. Associate salaries are based on years of experience and bonus consideration is given for productivity and performance.

The successful candidate will have a distinguished academic record and have exceptional research, writing, and interpersonal communication skills. Must be a current, active member of the California Bar Association and be willing to relocate to Sacramento if not from the area. Please address cover letter, resume, law school transcript and a brief, recent writing sample to Maureen Cooper, Recruiting Director. Downey Brand LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No telephone calls or e-mail applications, please. Principals only.

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Employment Litigation Associate

Date Posted: April 26, 2022

The firm's Employment and Benefits practice group seeks an associate with 3-5 years of experience for its employment practice in Sacramento. Experience defending and advising corporate employers against wage and hour, wrongful termination, and employment discrimination claims in California state and federal courts desired.

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Assignments will include employment counseling, drafting of agreements and policies, and litigation. Candidates must also have significant law firm litigation experience drafting motions, arguing law and motion matters, and taking and defending depositions. Distinguished academic record and exceptional research, writing and verbal communication skills are essential. Associate salaries are based on years of experience and bonus consideration is given for productivity and performance. Must be a current, active member of the California State Bar.

Please address cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and a brief, recent writing sample that demonstrates the candidate’s analytical skills electronically to Maureen Cooper, Recruiting Director, via the firm’s web application. Downey Brand LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No telephone calls or e-mail applications, please. Principals only.

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Natural Resources Attorney

Date Posted: June 29, 2022

The firm is seeking an attorney with 4 to 10 years of experience to join its Natural Resources Practice Group in San Francisco or Sacramento. This position involves representation of public and private-sector clients statewide in a broad range of environmental matters.

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The candidate should have significant experience in administrative enforcement, permitting, regulatory compliance counseling, and environmental transactional matters, and experience with environmental litigation in state or federal court (including discovery, preparation of administrative records, and law and motion practice) is helpful, but not required. Knowledge in the areas of CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Fish & Game Code, endangered species, and/or related fields is desired.

The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, excellent analytical skills, and an attention to detail. The candidate should be a self-starter who enjoys client and matter responsibilities and challenging natural resources assignments within a legislative and regulatory landscape that changes often. A distinguished academic record, as well as exceptional research and writing skills, are required. Associate salaries are based on years of experience and bonus consideration is given for productivity and performance. The candidate must be a current and active member of the California State Bar.

With one of the state’s largest natural resources practices, Downey Brand has built a solid reputation as a leader in water, environmental, and natural resources law. Its attorneys counsel clients on compliance strategies and regularly appear in some of the most complex resources disputes in the west.

Please address cover letter, resume, law school transcript and a brief, recent writing sample to Maureen Cooper, Recruiting Director.

Downey Brand LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No telephone calls, please. All inquiries will be held in confidence.
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San Francisco

Natural Resources Attorney

Date Posted: June 29, 2022

The firm is seeking an attorney with 4 to 10 years of experience to join its Natural Resources Practice Group in San Francisco or Sacramento. This position involves representation of public and private-sector clients statewide in a broad range of environmental matters.

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The candidate should have significant experience in administrative enforcement, permitting, regulatory compliance counseling, and environmental transactional matters, and experience with environmental litigation in state or federal court (including discovery, preparation of administrative records, and law and motion practice) is helpful, but not required. Knowledge in the areas of CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Fish & Game Code, endangered species, and/or related fields is desired.

The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, excellent analytical skills, and an attention to detail. The candidate should be a self-starter who enjoys client and matter responsibilities and challenging natural resources assignments within a legislative and regulatory landscape that changes often. A distinguished academic record, as well as exceptional research and writing skills, are required. Associate salaries are based on years of experience and bonus consideration is given for productivity and performance. The candidate must be a current and active member of the California State Bar.

With one of the state’s largest natural resources practices, Downey Brand has built a solid reputation as a leader in water, environmental, and natural resources law. Its attorneys counsel clients on compliance strategies and regularly appear in some of the most complex resources disputes in the west.

Please address cover letter, resume, law school transcript and a brief, recent writing sample to Maureen Cooper, Recruiting Director.

Downey Brand LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No telephone calls, please. All inquiries will be held in confidence.
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