Mid-Level Construction & Design Associate

  • Stoel Rives LLP
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • May 11, 2021
Full time Construction Legal

Job Description

About Stoel Rives and the Real Estate, Development & Construction Practice

With more than 60 attorneys, Stoel Rives has the largest Real Estate, Development & Construction practice team in the Pacific Northwest. Our attorneys pride themselves on providing companies in the real estate development industry with strategic and practical legal advice. 

As a member of the Real Estate, Development and Construction team, you can look forward to being part of a dynamic practice with other lawyers and professionals who thrive in a stimulating, collaborative environment.

Like all of the firm’s practice groups, the Real Estate, Development & Construction team at Stoel Rives greatly values diversity. In 2019, fifty percent of income partner promotions, and fifty percent of new hires identify as women, racial and ethnic minorities, and/or LGBTQ+ lawyers.

Role Overview

The Portland office of Stoel Rives is seeking an associate with 3 to 7 years of sophisticated construction litigation and contract drafting experience for its Construction and Design subgroup. You will work on a number of construction and design contracts, using different project delivery systems, as well as a wide variety of litigation matters related to construction projects, both public and private.

Members of our team can expect to benefit from involvement in the local business community and major development projects, high quality mentoring and training, cross-office collaboration, and meaningful client contact. 

The Skills Needed to Be Effective in This Role

We pride ourselves in forming diverse teams with a wide array of interpersonal and professional attributes. We don’t expect any one person to embody all of these skills, but the below serves to describe our ideal team player. If you have most of these skills, and are enthusiastic to learn, we encourage you to apply. 

  • 3-7 years of sophisticated construction litigation and contract drafting experience, including on industrial, multi-family, commercial, and large residential development matters;
  • Strong interpersonal skills such as ability to build and maintain relationships with the local business community;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Detail oriented and ability to produce client-ready documents;
  • Good judgment, responsiveness, and perseverance;
  • Strong intellectual curiosity;
  • Self-motivation;
  • A commitment to client service and team success;
  • JD from an accredited university; and
  • Active membership in or commitment to applying for the Oregon State Bar.

Stoel Rives: Part of Our Team

A broader question you may have is, “How will this position enhance my legal skills and career trajectory?” At Stoel Rives, we offer a unique lateral integration program and core competency model that are designed to provide a roadmap of the practical skills, abilities, and client service techniques our lawyers need to succeed and progress at the firm. We also established a New Lawyer Integration Program that has deepened our relationships and connections with our new lawyers, while providing them with the mentoring, resources, and information necessary for success.

How You Will Live Life Well at Stoel Rives

At Stoel Rives, you will enjoy a robust benefits package that includes an inclusive parental leave policy, paid family medical leave, equivalent health benefits for LGBTQ+ employees’ spouses and partners, a generous employer health savings account contribution, telemedicine services, day care and medical expense flexible spending account, and employee assistance program. In 2017, we launched an extended leave support program for our lawyers who take family, medical, and other approved leaves. This program also aids with transitioning to and from leave.

We are also proud participants of the ABA Well-Being Pledge, strongly believing that the well-being of our employees is paramount to the success of the firm. In addition, the firm’s Culture Committee supports the firm’s mission, vision, and values in bringing together spectacular client service and job satisfaction.

To learn more about the benefits of working as an attorney at Stoel Rives, click here.

What We Are Doing to Ensure A Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Environment

Stoel Rives places a high priority on attracting and retaining lawyers with different backgrounds and life experiences. This makes us better and happier as people, as an organization, and as legal advisers. We are proud to offer many engagement opportunities including a firmwide DE&I Committee, Associates Committee, Pro Bono Committee, Affinity Groups, and Parenting Circle.

We proudly partner with Diversity Lab to implement innovative programs to advance Stoel Rives’ DE&I goals, including the aggressive metrics-based goals we’ve adopted as one of five founding Move the Needle Fund firms. Our efforts with Diversity Lab include certification under the Mansfield Rule, to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in our firm’s leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for opportunities, along with participation in the OnRamp Fellowship for legal returners and the OnTrack Sponsorship program. Additional information on these programs, can be found here.