Junior Litigation Associate

  • Stoel Rives LLP
  • Sep 15, 2021
Full time Legal

Job Description

About Stoel Rives and the Litigation Practice

Stoel Rives’ Litigation Group consists of more than 80 accomplished litigators. Our lawyers enjoy working together and collaborating across offices to develop deep knowledge about their clients’ businesses. Our litigators represent people and entities, large and small, across diverse industries. 

As a member of this group, you would have the opportunity to provide regional litigation services for national companies and handle a wide variety of cases for other clients with unique litigation needs. If you are interested in working with a group of collaborative, hard-working, and dedicated lawyers and staff, this is the place for you.

Like all of the firm’s practice groups, the Litigation group at Stoel Rives greatly values diversity. The Litigation Group is also one of the most diverse at Stoel Rives. Forty-five percent of its attorneys identify as women, racial and ethnic minorities, and/or LGBTQ+ lawyers.

Role Overview

The Portland office of Stoel Rives is seeking an associate with a minimum of 1 year of general commercial litigation experience to join its dynamic Litigation Group. The Litigation Group’s leanly staffed teams provide significant opportunities for professional growth and early responsibility over complex matters.  

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 many of these skills, and are enthusiastic to learn, we encourage you to apply. 

  • 1-3 years of general commercial litigation experience;
  • Excellent research and writing skills that can be deployed with flexibility to meet internal and external client needs;
  • Strong interpersonal skills including building rapport with clients, fellow attorneys, and staff; 
  • Good judgment, responsiveness, and perseverance;
  • Strong intellectual curiosity;
  • Self-motivation;
  • A commitment to client service and team success;
  • JD from an accredited university;
  • Active membership in the Oregon State bar or ability to waive in (preferred) 

What You Will Learn as Part of Our Team

We aim to provide opportunities such as drafting briefs and motions, analyzing complex factual situations, creating outlines of facts for internal strategy and/or presentation to court, contributing to an appellate brief, arguing discovery and/or dispositive motions, and providing strategic direction on several matters. While honing your legal skills, you will also be a valuable member 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, daycare 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 work-life balance. 

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.