Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
LATERAL TRANSACTIONAL ASSOCIATE – Denver, CO
Our Ideal Candidate
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, a Tier 1 communications, energy, and technology law firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Denver Colorado, seeks a junior associate to join its busy and expanding transactional practice in its Denver office. The ideal candidate will have 2-4 years of experience and will be excited to work on sophisticated and creative transactions, especially in the rapidly evolving telecommunications and energy industries, and with emerging companies. Particularly valuable experience includes private equity or venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Experience or interest with commercial and technology transactions, project finance or real estate is also relevant. This opportunity is highly client-facing, so the ideal candidate should demonstrate excellent communications skills, client responsiveness and initiative.
WBK’s deep ties in the communications and energy industries lead to exciting opportunities in our transactional practice, which blends traditional corporate finance and M&A with infrastructure development and related commercial transactions. In addition, WBK transactional attorneys often work closely with regulatory colleagues across both offices to structure cutting edge energy and communications deals. For the right candidate, this opening is a chance to join a team with a rapidly growing client base and to develop the candidate’s professional skills and interests. An incoming transactional associate may have the opportunity to work on venture capital financings and acquisitions for emerging companies, energy and communications agreements for Fortune 100 companies, private equity-backed joint ventures for FCC auctions, development and acquisition of broadband infrastructure or electric generating facilities, power purchase and other energy agreements, radio and television station sales, wireless spectrum or cell tower leases, and general corporate and commercial transactions.
WBK is a special place to practice law. We mean it when we say we are #notjustanotherlawfirm. With 65 attorneys, the firm offers clients the capabilities and expertise of a large firm combined with the personal style only a smaller firm can deliver. Our Denver office is a collaborative group of approximately 15 attorneys. Each day, we work together for both the common good of the group and the common goal of building and maintaining a nationally recognized legal practice. We highly value collaboration, supporting each other personally and professionally using our individual talents and expertise. Every attorney is encouraged to be entrepreneurial and to contribute in their own way; there is no single model for success. We avoid silos, hierarchy, and bureaucracy, working as a team to deliver results. WBK has long been committed to community, inclusion, and service, with attorneys and staff devoting substantial time and energy to volunteerism, civic and community leadership, charitable giving, pro bono work, mentoring, service on nonprofit boards, teaching, and more. These activities are not just permitted but actively encouraged and supported at WBK.
To sustain and enhance these unique firm qualities, WBK lawyers must be flexible and creative, adapting to provide the highest quality service. We seek candidates who have balanced excellence in law school and career achievements with a personal commitment to advance the legal profession and serve the broader community. We welcome candidates from either the private or public sector; WBK has substantial experience onboarding those leaving government service for private practice.
Compensation and Benefits: Denver Associates’ annual base compensation is based on a lock-step scale and ranges from $150,000 to $185,000. Associates are eligible for an annual bonus based on their performance during the preceding 12 months. In addition to compensation and bonuses, Associates are eligible for the following benefits: medical, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; long term disability insurance; accidental death or dismemberment insurance; short term disability insurance; travel insurance; a 401(k) plan; profit sharing (once eligible); parental leave; vacation/personal leave; wireless phone service allowance; coverage of bar association dues consistent with WBK policies; pre-tax payment/contributions for transportation, parking, and dependent care; and a health savings account (if enrolled in a high deductible medical plan). All benefits listed above are subject to change at the discretion of the Partnership.
WBK is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of gender, age, racial or ethnic background, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status. The ideal candidate will also bring a strong work ethic, team-oriented ethos, and a healthy, perhaps even irreverent, sense of humor. We look forward to meeting you.
To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample at https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/558094.