Fierce Advocacy and Careful Consideration

Associate Attorney - Junior Level

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Experience:

  • Illinois Licensed Attorney: 2 plus years
  • Litigation experience required.
  • Employment law experience (plaintiff or defendant).

The Prinz Law Firm is a woman-owned boutique legal practice focusing on employment and business law. Unlike typical firms in our field, we serve both employees and employers, and we do so through fierce, transparent, and compassionate representation. Our work is varied and can include litigating non-compete agreements, negotiating executive compensation and severance packages, litigating Title VII and other discrimination matters, drafting employment agreements and employee handbooks, conducting workplace investigations, providing workplace trainings, and training businesses to form positive workplace cultures. While our office is located in Chicago, Illinois, we have litigated matters and worked with clients across the country. In all we do, our experienced attorneys and staff take pride in cultivating client relationships marked by trust, professionalism, creativity, and flexibility.

After client support, nothing matters more to us than our firm culture. Our small practice is marked by a highly collaborative team that leans on one another to accomplish big projects and overcome tough challenges. And no matter one’s position or role, we value one another as co-workers and make mutual respect and good humor hallmarks of our day-to-day interactions.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

We are looking for an Associate who can manage litigation cases and resolve legal disputes on behalf of clients by drafting agreements and policies, negotiating contracts, advising clients on how to avoid disputes, and guiding clients through complex litigation.

The position of Associate has a broad range of duties including assisting senior attorneys in preparing for depositions, hearings, trials, and maintaining files. Additionally, the Associate is responsible for reviewing and organizing documents, along with drafting written reports, contracts, settlement agreements, and other legal documents. And the Associate will have opportunities to draft and argue dispositive motions and have direct client interaction.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS:

Qualified candidates must have at least 2 years of experience in employment law.

  • Strong understanding of employment litigation and litigation experience.
  • Experience and familiarity with the application of equal employment opportunity policies.
  • Ability to analyze complex factual and legal issues.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities, expectations, and needs.
  • Proactive attitude and ability to work well independently, but also within a team structure.
  • Demonstrates maturity, dependability, reliability, and punctuality.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, and ability to summarize information clearly and concisely.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and Word are essential.

BENEFITS:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • 401K profit sharing
  • Paid time off
  • Other

TO APPLY:

Submit résumé, cover letter, and writing sample to careers@prinz-lawfirm.com with subject line: Associate Attorney - Junior Level

WRITING SAMPLE REQUIREMENT:

This is a learning exercise so that we can assess how you would approach a situation in which you have limited information. We want you to learn from this exercise, but no information other than what is detailed below will be provided.

DETAILS FOR WRITING SAMPLE

Your client, a Senior Marketing VP at a large global institution, is a woman who has been passed over for promotion in favor of male colleagues on 3 occasions. She has worked for the organization for over 15 years and moved her way up to this level. There are no women above her level within the Chicago office of the company (although there are many women leaders in other offices). The client claims that she had stellar reviews, was told she was in line for these positions, and that the men promoted were less qualified than her. We need to investigate our client’s claims by requesting a copy of her personnel file under the Illinois Personnel Records Review Act. We also want to offer the employer an alternative option of negotiating an amicable separation. The client’s annual salary is $250,000 with a target bonus of 150%.

The client would prefer to leave the company because of how she has been treated, but needs to keep the job if she cannot get severance that is enough to support her family for at least 6 months to a year. She does not want to give up her bonus, but her bottom line is severance that includes one year of pay. She also would need a letter of reference.

INSTRUCTIONS

Draft a demand letter that includes a request for the personnel file. This should not be a complete or finished draft, but it should be an example of how you would learn from and apply the limited facts that we have about this case. Keep in mind that attorneys often go through at least 3 or 4 drafts before we have a letter prepared.

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