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 2019. 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

Employment Litigation Associate

Date Posted: August 22, 2019

The firm's Employment and Benefits practice group seeks an associate with 3-6 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. Assignments will include litigation, employer counseling and drafting of agreements and policies.

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Candidates must have significant law firm 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.

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Construction Litigation Associate

Date Posted: August 22, 2019

The firm's Sacramento Litigation group seeks an associate attorney with 4-6 years of experience in construction law. This position will offer opportunities to work on a wide variety of issues in construction litigation matters including mechanics liens, stop notices, payment and performance bonds, delay claims, scope of work issues and other construction issues.

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Candidates must have significant law firm experience with all aspects of discovery and law and motion practice. Clerkship experience is a plus. A distinguished academic record and exceptional research, writing and verbal communication skills are essential. The successful candidate will have strong public speaking and advocacy skills. 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.

For consideration, please address cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and a brief, recent writing sample that demonstrates the candidate’s analytical skills 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.

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San Francisco

Natural Resources Associate

Date Posted: July 9, 2019

Downey Brand LLP is seeking an associate with 3 to 6 years of experience to join its Natural Resources Department in San Francisco. This position involves representation of public and private-sector clients statewide in a broad range of land use, environmental, energy, and water matters.

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The candidate should have significant experience working with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and in either (1) environmental and land use litigation (including preparation of administrative records, writs, or law and motion practice); or (2) administrative enforcement, permitting, regulatory compliance, and environmental transactional matters. Knowledge in the areas of NEPA, Clean Water Act, Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, endangered species, land use, public agency law, or energy is desired. A background in general civil litigation in federal or state court is also helpful.

The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, excellent analytical skills, and an attention to detail. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who enjoys accepting significant client and matter responsibilities and challenging natural resources assignments within a legislative and regulatory landscape that is ever changing. 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, 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 at trial and on appeal 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 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. All inquiries will be held in confidence.

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