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ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER - Buffalo Office

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of New York is now accepting applications for a Full Time Assistant Federal Public Defender position in the Buffalo office.

This Assistant Federal Public Defender will represent clients before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Responsibilities include preparing the record on appeal, brief and motion writing and oral argument before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The successful candidate will also support Assistant Federal Public Defenders in the Trial Unit by preparing pretrial motions, legal memoranda, including sentencing memoranda, examining and analyzing discovery, performing legal research and assisting with other all aspects of case preparation. A candidate with appropriate experience may even handle some representations in the District Court but would primarily work in the Appeals Unit.

All applicants must either be admitted to the State Bar of New York or be a member in good standing of another state bar. Applicants must have strong writing and advocacy skills, the ability to work in a team environment, and a demonstrated commitment to criminal defense. Computer proficiency is required, as is familiarity with computer-assisted legal research and effective written communication skills.

This is a full-time position that precludes the private practice of law. Employees are considered at-will and are not covered by the Civil Service Reform Act. A final offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation including name, fingerprint and IRS tax check.

To apply, forward letter of interest, resume, the AO 78 Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment, three references, and writing sample in .pdf format to:

Chelsea Miller
zzNYWml_HR1@fd.org
Subject Reference: AFPD-Buffalo

This position announcement is available until filled. Rolling interviews will be held so apply promptly. All responses will remain confidential. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

LEGAL SERVICES ATTORNEY POSITION - LawNY,  Rochester, NY

The Legal Assistance of Western New York (LawNY®) Rochester Office has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney at its office located in downtown Rochester. LawNY® is funded in part by the Legal Services Corporation and provides free legal services to low-income families and individuals. The Rochester Office’s primary practice areas are civil rights, housing, public benefits, health law, employment, and elder law. Our 40 member staff includes attorneys, paralegals, and a legal support team who work closely across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing law related issues affecting our clients and community.

The attorney will be assigned to the Rochester Office’s Eviction Prevention Team. The Eviction Prevention Team focuses on helping low-income people maintain their housing, housing subsidies and income supports such as public benefits, medical coverage, child care, and emergency assistance. The position requires frequent interaction and relationship building with grassroots groups, community organizations, and social agencies. The attorney will utilize administrative hearing forums and the court system to challenge evictions, wrongful public benefit determinations and illegal practices. Working with other LawNY® staff members and the community, the attorney will develop strategies, including affirmative litigation, to address systemic problems that adversely impact low- income people. The attorney must have the caring, patience, and emotional maturity to help low-income people overcome crisis situations.
Requirements: Applicants must have at least 3 years or more of relevant experience and be licensed to practice law in New York State. Applicants must have excellent legal advocacy and writing skills, and must be able to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Most importantly, applicants must demonstrate strong commitment to helping low-income and disadvantaged people overcome barriers to housing, and medical and income supports. Preference will be given to candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and English.

Law school graduates who have taken the first available New York State Bar examination following completion of law school may qualify for a practice order pending admission to the New York State bar pursuant to the LawNY® practice order. Attorneys admitted in another jurisdiction may qualify for a practice order for up to 18 months pursuant to a court rule.
Procedure: Applicants should submit a cover letter describing qualifications, resume, and the name and contact information of (3) references by April 5, 2019 to ensure full consideration. Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled. Applications should be addressed to the attention of Lori O’Brien, Deputy Director, and sent by e-mail to lawnyapplications@lawny.org. Candidates can also apply via Indeed.com. Full job announcement.

IN-HOUSE COUNSELReal Estate and Construction - Mark IV Enterprises
MARK IV Enterprises is a leading residential and commercial real estate developer in the greater upstate NY area. We have provided residential and commercial property solutions for the discriminating consumer for over 50 years.
 
We are currently searching for an experienced attorney to manage all legal issues related to acquisition and development.
Responsibilities:

  • Draft and structure property contracts, as well as lease and occupancy agreements for firm projects across a large portfolio

  • Resolve disputes that arise during the development of a project

  • Manage tax certiorari

  • Provide day-to-day counseling on complex real estate, development, risk management and dispute resolution issues

  • Manage the structuring, documentation, negotiation and closing of real estate financing transactions

  • Manage legal issues related to design and construction; insurance matters;  property disputes and development

  • Manage outside counsel

  • Identify and implement opportunities for internal process improvements

Requirements:

  • Must have at least 15 years’ experience in real estate and construction law

  • J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school and be an active member in good standing of the NY State Bar

  • In-depth experience and working knowledge of commercial real estate, title insurance, surveys, zoning, casualty/liability insurance, and standard practices

  • Experience with real estate litigation

  • Strong understanding of the relationship between legal and business risk

  • Able to communicate positively, effectively and efficiently with internal staff and external agencies and entities

  • Experience with municipal law

For confidential consideration, reply to jobs@markiventerprises.com with resume and salary requirements.

ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY (Appellate) - Western District of NY

Full job posting may be found here.

STAFF ATTORNEY POSITIONS - LawNY

Staff Attorney - Jamestown Office, LawNY (Full position description)
The Jamestown office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) has an immediate opening for a full time Staff Attorney in our Family Law Unit. The attorney will work primarily on the Chautauqua County Family Court Project which represents qualified low-income individuals in custody cases assigned in Chautauqua County Family Court. The attorney position will also provide victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with specialized legal advice and representation in Family Court and other civil matters that affect their safety, stability and financial security.

Requirements: Applicants should have relevant legal experience and a demonstrated commitment to working with low-income families and individuals, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. Applicants must be admitted to the New York State Bar. Law school graduates who have taken the first available New York State Bar Examination following completion of law school may qualify for a practice order pending admission to the New York State Bar pursuant to the LawNY® practice order. Attorneys in another jurisdiction may qualify for a practice order for up to (18) months pursuant to court rule.

Salary: Dependent on experience. The entry level annual salary for a newly admitted attorney with no practice experience is $46,500. LawNY® provides an excellent health, dental and benefits package, with generous leave provisions.

Procedure: Applicants should submit:
1. A cover letter describing qualifications;
2. Resume;
3. Writing sample; and
4. Contact information for (3) references by March 15, 2019 in order to ensure full consideration. Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled. Applications should be addressed to the attention of Mr. Lynn L. Hartley, Managing Attorney, and sent to the following e-mail address: lawnyapplications@lawny.org.

Housing Staff Attorney - Bath Office, LawNY (Full position description)
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney to provide legal advice and representation to low-income tenants at risk of eviction, living in substandard housing, or otherwise at risk of homelessness. The position will include efforts to strengthen local code enforcement. The program has filed a successful federal court action on code enforcement procedures when violations are so severe that the rental housing is likely to be condemned. Breon v. Perales, No. 6:15-CV- 6335(MAT), 2015 WL 7289399, (W.D.N.Y. Nov. 16, 2015) In order to combat substandard rental housing, the position will include promoting more systematic approaches by local code enforcement officers and improving statewide supervision and standards.

The attorney will provide legal assistance to clients in Steuben and Allegany Counties, an area with pockets of extreme rural poverty. Many low-income households live in substandard mobile homes or dilapidated rental housing. LawNY® practices in a wide variety of courts, including justice court, state and county court, bankruptcy court and federal court, as well as administrative agency proceedings.

Requirements: Applicants should be attorneys or law school graduates with relevant legal experience, a demonstrated commitment to working with low-income people, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.

Law school graduates who have taken the first available New York State Bar examination following completion of law school may qualify for a practice order pending admission to the New York State bar pursuant to the LawNY® practice order. Attorneys admitted in another jurisdiction may qualify for a practice order for up to 18 months pursuant to a court rule.

Salary: Dependent on experience and based on a pay scale with annual increments. The entry level annual salary for a Staff Attorney is $46,500, increasing to $52,600 for an attorney with five years’ experience. LawNY® provides an excellent health and benefits package as well as generous leave provisions. This position is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Procedure: Applicants should submit the following: (1) a cover letter describing interest and qualifications, (2) resume, (3) writing sample and (4) the name and contact information of three references to the attention of Amy Christensen, Deputy Director via email to: lawnyapplications@lawny.org by March 15, 2019

Legal Services Supervising Attorney - Elmira Office, LawNY (Full job description)
The Elmira office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. ® has an immediate opening for (2) Supervising Attorneys to provide leadership and supervision in the delivery of comprehensive legal services to eligible clients. In addition to supervising other designated staff members, duties include providing direct services across the full range of general practice matters handled by the program at the Administrative, Trial Court and Appellate levels. Representation of eligible clients is expected in various civil areas including: Landlord/Tenant, Public Housing, Foreclosure, Public Benefits, Family Law and other matters within program priorities. Substantial involvement with the Courts, administrative tribunals and other agencies is expected.

Requirements: Admission to the New York State Bar and three or more years of legal experience is required. Experience with the courts and agencies in Schuyler and Chemung Counties is an advantage but not a requirement. Applicants must have excellent legal advocacy and writing skills and be able to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. In addition, applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to helping low income and disadvantaged people.

Salary: Salary is dependent on experience and based on a pay scale with annual increments. The entry level salary for a Supervising Attorney is $53,100 increasing to $62,150 for an attorney with ten years of experience. LawNY, Inc.® provides an excellent health and benefit package as well as generous leave provisions.

Procedure: Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their interest and qualifications, resume, legal writing sample and (3) references to the attention of Thomas Dubel, Managing Attorney. Please send your application materials via email to: lawnyapplications@lawny.org by March 15, 2019 in order to ensure full consideration. Candidates may also apply via Indeed.com.

RESTORE ATTORNEY - Warsaw, NY
At Planned Parenthood we believe that diversity in identity and perspective enriches our agency and allows us to better serve our clients. We are committed to workforce diversity and aspire to reflect the communities we serve. To that end, we strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ identifying individuals, people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups to apply. In support of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York (PPCWNY)’s mission, the RESTORE Attorney will work with the RESTORE Director and Managers to develop a Legal Services Team which will provide services to Domestic Violence Survivors in Wyoming County; PREA Clients in area jails, correctional facilities and those under Department of Corrections Community Supervision; Clients needing assistance with filing sexual and/or interpersonal violence complaints with their school or college and/or participating in related investigation and adjudication processes; and to sexual assault survivors in the Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties. The primary job site for this position will be located in Warsaw, NY but travel to all 5 counties RESTORE serves is required. See full job description.

GENERAL PRACTITIONER - Underberg & Kessler LLP

Underberg & Kessler LLP seeks an experienced general practice attorney to join its Canandaigua, NY office.  Applicants must be admitted to practice in New York State and have active experience handling residential and commercial real estate transactions, trust and estate, and general business matters.  The successful candidate is highly motivated, has an existing book of business, exercises sound business and legal judgment, effectively manages client relationships, has strong business development skills and is motivated to grow his or her practice, possesses superb written and verbal communication skills, and values and thrives in a collaborative and collegial environment.
Please visit www.underbergkessler.com to apply and to learn more about the Firm.

RIVKIN RADLER LLP
Landlord/Tenant/Real Estate Litigation Attorney (Full time) - Uniondale, NY

Rivkin Radler LLP is seeking an attorney with 3-5 years of Landlord/Tenant/Real Estate Litigation experience to join our Uniondale, Long Island office. 
 Position requirements
·         Experience handling NYC based Landlord/Tenant court appearances and preparing predicate notices a must
·         Landlord/Tenant trial experience a plus
·         NYC based real estate experience preferred (residential and commercial)
·         Commercial/construction litigation experience a plus
If you or anyone you know is interested in applying, please click here. Please click here to see our other current openings.

LITIGATION ASSOCIATE - Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy, LLP

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP, a civil litigation firm with offices in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, seeks an attorney with 2-5 years litigation experience to join us as an associate in our Rochester, New York office.
 
Ward Greenberg specializes in the representation of businesses of all sizes, colleges & universities, hospitals & academic medical centers, and professional service firms. This includes service as national trial counsel for several Fortune 500 corporations. We are ranked by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® as a Metropolitan Tier 1 firm in 11 areas of practice. Our partners are members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and are recognized by Chambers USA. Our associates are regularly ranked as rising stars and up & coming attorneys.
 
Ward Greenberg associates receive real, meaningful experience early in their careers, including conducting depositions, arguing motions, and participating in hearings, arbitrations, and trials. We provide in-depth training and mentorship, as well as ample opportunities to observe and collaborate across a broad range of civil litigation.
 
Associate compensation is composed of competitive salary, productivity-based bonuses, 401K matching, and profit sharing. Fringe benefits include bar admission/renewal fees, bar association fees, and paid parking. Relocation expenses also compensated.
 
Candidates with excellent written and oral advocacy skills should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to tsears@wardgreenberg.com.

CORPORATE ASSOCIATE – Nixon Peabody LLP, Rochester, NY Office

At Nixon Peabody, our priority is to attract, retain and promote talented individuals who have an array of racial, ethnic, social, economic, religious, professional, personal, and other backgrounds.  Therefore, we encourage talented individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.
 
Our Corporate Practice Group is seeking to hire a mid-level associate to join our Rochester office. The ideal candidate will have three to four years of experience working on M&A and other business transactions for private and public companies, a broad knowledge of general corporate law, and will be expected to work on matters in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, commercial transactions, private placements and securities. In addition to general corporate transactions experience, the ideal candidate will also have experience assisting in the preparation and review of SEC filings, including periodic reports, current reports, proxy statements and registration statements.
 
Qualified candidates will be motivated self-starters with stellar academic credentials, superb judgment and communication skills, a commitment to excellence and have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
 
NP is an industry leader in corporate transactions.  Our firm has over 200 business lawyers who work together to handle the full range of mergers, sales, acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, licensing, and strategic transactions for both private and public clients – from structure and strategy to negotiation and documentation. Please visit our website to learn more about who we are and what we do – https://www.nixonpeabody.com/work/corporate-finance/ma-and-corporate-transactions  
 
A career at Nixon Peabody is the opportunity to do work that matters. It’s a chance to use your knowledge to shape what’s ahead.  To share, to innovate, to learn at a firm that taps the power of collective thinking. To learn more, or to apply online, please visit our website at http://www.nixonpeabody.com/Careers

CHIEF LITIGATION OFFICER - Empire Justice Center, Rochester, NY

Empire Justice Center, a highly respected, statewide legal services organization, is seeking a Chief Litigation Officer (full time, exempt position) to join our team. This is an opportunity to join one of the most effective organizations serving low-income individuals and families in New York State. 

As a member of the leadership team, the Chief Litigation Officer will lead the legal work of Empire Justice and provide information, technical assistance, supervision, training and support to staff on litigation and serve as a resource in overseeing and managing ongoing relationships and capacity related to litigation and legal assistance. Full position description.

This position is available immediately. Applications accepted until position filled. To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three professional references to address below. No phone calls or hard copies please. ChiefLitigationOfficer@empirejustice.org

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY -  Shaw & Murphy, PLLC, Ithaca, NY

Local, well established Law Firm seeks a full-time mid-level Associate. Collegial person with five or more years' experience for our General Practice Law Firm with two partners, one mid-level Associate, and three paralegals, three offices, six counties served. 

Seeking experience in Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Estate Planning and Administration, Civil Litigation, Family and Matrimonial, Criminal Defense, Business Entities and Not-for-Profits. Knowledge of Greek Chapter Law and University issues desirable. 

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Immediate opening. Visit ShawLawFirm.com. Submit letter and resume to Liam G.B. Murphy at 109 E. Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. 

COMPLEX COMMERCIAL DISPUTES ASSOCIATE - Nixon Peabody LLP, Rochester, NY Office

At Nixon Peabody, our priority is to attract, retain and promote talented individuals who have an array of racial, ethnic, social, economic, religious, professional, personal, and other backgrounds.  Therefore, we encourage talented individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

Qualified candidates will have approximately four to six years of commercial litigation experience, including significant direct responsibility for drafting pleadings, motions, memoranda and correspondence for use in state and federal court, arbitration, or mediation proceedings, drafting and responding to sophisticated and complex discovery requests, managing electronic discovery, conferring, negotiating, and communicating with opposing counsel, and preparing for, defending and conducting depositions. Hearing and trial experience is a plus, but not required. New York State Bar admission also is required.
 
The ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter with stellar academic credentials, superb communication and writing skills, a commitment to excellence, and have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate also will have a strong interest in building a practice in Rochester, and being a part of the local community.
 
More than a third of Nixon Peabody’s lawyers are litigators. Our team of litigators, located in our offices across the United States, represent clients at every level of the judicial system; in international forums; and in mediation, arbitration, and other methods of alternative dispute resolution. We help our clients manage virtually all forms of disputes, from relatively simple matters to highly complex cases.
 
At Nixon Peabody, our commitment to pro bono is reflected in our policies; we give billable credit for pro bono work and recognize our lawyers’ achievements through awards programs and during our evaluation process. We believe our time giving back is time well spent.
 
To learn more, or to apply online, please visit our website at http://www.nixonpeabody.com/Careers

LITIGATION ASSOCIATE – Leclair Korona Cole LLP
Leclair Korona Cole LLP concentrates its practice in civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial, employment, insurance coverage, personal injury, and securities litigation.  We are a successful team of attorneys, rich in experience, who counsel our clients through complex challenges. We are driven to fulfill our clients’ expectations by delivering high quality service.

Our firm is expanding and is seeking a Litigation Associate with 3 or more years of litigation experience.  Candidates should possess strong research and writing skills. 

Benefits: Competitive compensation, employer contribution 401(k), paid holidays, vacation and sick time, parking, and a comprehensive benefits package.

Interested applicants can confidentially submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and salary requirements by mail or e-mail to:
Elizabeth Siniscalco
Leclair Korona Cole LLP
28 E. Main Street, Suite 1500, Rochester, NY 14614
HumanResource@leclairkorona.com

UNDERBERG & KESSLER LLP - ATTORNEY OPENING

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY - Underberg & Kessler LLP has an opening for an attorney in its Residential Real Estate Practice Group in Rochester, NY. Our team provides legal services for clients in commercial and residential real estate purchases and sales, financing, leasing, and related matters. Qualified candidates must be admitted to practice in New York State and have a minimum of two years of experience with residential real estate transactions, including mortgage lending. This position is responsible for ensuring legal compliance with a strong background managing non-attorney closing personnel required, familiarity with closing software, and the ability to work in an accurate, detail-oriented and highly productive manner. Please visit www.underbergkessler.com to apply and learn more about the Firm.

CORPORATE ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY - Underberg & Kessler is seeking an attorney with a minimum of three years of experience to join its Corporate Practice Group in our Rochester, NY office. Candidates should have a working knowledge of corporate legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financial/securities offerings, and governance and compliance issues, the ability to assist in the formation of business entities, including limited liability companies, profit and non-profit corporations, lending transactions, and negotiation of commitment letters, commercial loan documents, and the review of due diligence items. Candidates must be admitted to practice in New York State, be highly motivated, comfortable meeting with clients and developing business, and have strong research and computer skills. Please visit www.underbergkessler.com to apply and learn more about the Firm.

CORPORATE ATTORNEY FOR SMALL PRO BONO PROJECT

A local City of Rochester-based grassroots organization with a mission of enriching the historic Susan B. Anthony Preservation district and connecting greater Rochester to the neighborhood through art and wellness courses, programs and events for children and adults, is looking for an attorney volunteer to help the organization become a 501(c)(3). Contact Alissa Brennan to learn more about this opportunity. If you cannot volunteer to assist pro bono, but know of someone who may be interested in doing so, please forward this request.

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY - Hamberger & Weiss

Insurance defense firm has immediate openings for full time associates in its Buffalo and Rochester offices.  Selected candidates will be provided with full training enabling them to advance to immediate litigation experience.  Health insurance, 401K and flexible vacation time are included in the benefits package.  Recent law school graduates and admitted attorneys will be considered. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and transcript.  Submissions for the Buffalo office should be sent to Mr. Daniel Bowers at dbowers@hwcomp.com. and submissions for the Rochester office should be sent to Mr. Ronald Weiss at rweiss@hwcomp.com

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE
Large corner office available for attorney to share with small law firm on East Ave. near Main St. across from Appellate Division.  Possible opportunity for personal injury overflow work. 

Contact:  Laurie Donofrio @ ldonofrio@kwdllp.com

IMMIGRATION STAFF ATTORNEYS at Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP)
We are seeking to fill several full-time positions based in the Batavia, NY office of the Immigration Program of the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) to handle our work under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) contract at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, and some WNY county jails which hold immigrant women.

The ideal candidates will be admitted to practice law, have at least one year experience in litigation, preferably in immigration removal proceedings, and want a career in litigation defending low-income immigrants detained at the Batavia Federal Detention Facility who are subject to removal for a variety of reasons including criminal convictions, unlawful entry and visa overstays. The ability to speak both Spanish and English fluently is very highly preferred. In the alternative, fluency in French and Mandarin are also very desirable.  If the potential candidate possesses two or more years of immigration litigation experience but does not speak a language other than English, s/he is also encouraged to apply.

Also required are strong organizational skills to track and report required data about the work in a timely and accurate manner; an ability to work cooperatively with fellow staff and supervisors; the means and willingness to travel between the Buffalo office and the Batavia office, and to county jails in the eight counties of Western New York, as needed (a driver’s license is required); strong oral and written advocacy skills; a willingness to work independently while also taking direction and operating as part of a team; the organizational ability required to juggle many cases efficiently; and the flexibility to handle other tasks which the attorney may be called upon to handle at VLP, such as community outreach and education.

This position will be under the direct supervision of the VLP Immigration Program Supervising Attorney and the program’s Director, Sophie Feal.
Please send a resume, a cover letter clearly explaining your interest and qualifications for this position, and contact information for 3 references to: Sophie Feal, Esq., ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. 237 Main St, Suite 1000 Buffalo, NY 14203 or sfeal@ecbavlp.com

For information on VLP, see www.ecbavlp.com  VLP is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is based on experience. VLP is a non-profit agency with excellent fringe benefits including fully paid health insurance, a cafeteria plan for dependent care and parking costs, long term disability insurance, life insurance, and generous leave time. The work atmosphere is congenial, respectful and flexible.