With approximately 45 attorneys, Stoel Rives has one of the largest real estate and construction practices on the west coast. 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 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 and Construction group at Stoel Rives greatly values diversity. In 2022, forty percent of attorneys and thirty-three percent of new attorney hires identify as diverse (women, racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ lawyers and lawyers with disabilities).
The Seattle office of Stoel Rives is seeking an associate with 4+ 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.
• 4+ 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 develop and nurture relationships with colleagues, clients and industry partners;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Detail orientation and pride in your work;
• Good judgment, responsiveness, and perseverance;
• Intellectual curiosity and desire to learn;
• Self-motivation and desire to build a positive reputation for yourself and your firm;
• A commitment to client service and team success;
• JD from an accredited university; and
• Active membership in or commitment to applying for the Washington 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: Compensation, Benefits, and More!
The pay range for this position in the State of Washington is $220,000+; however, the base compensation presented to a candidate may vary based on skills and overall experience. This information is provided per Washington’s Equal Pay and Opportunities Act. This salary range is based on market location.
In addition to base compensation, Stoel Rives has a total rewards program that includes an annual discretionary bonus and rich benefits offerings. For example, our benefits offerings include paid family & medical leave (and an on/off-ramp program for expecting parents), unlimited PTO, a flexible schedule program, remote work options, and a sabbatical program for eligible attorneys. We also offer competitive and robust medical, dental, vision, life, long-term disability, AD&D, EAP, FSA, and Voluntary Life, ADD, and LTC options. We also provide a generous firm-contributed health savings account and a pre-tax transportation/parking plan. To help meet billable hour expectations, we also allow up to 50 hours of billable credit for diversity, equity, and inclusion-related activities, as well as an additional up to 50 hours for pro bono activities.
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. Additional information can be found here.