Job Posting – Interdepartmental Staff Attorney with Matrimonial and Family Law Experience

AM Law 200 Firm Honigman LLP seeks an Interdepartmental Staff Attorney (“IDA”) for its industry-setting Professional Attorney Track, a three-tiered non-partnership career trajectory.  Honigman is looking for smart, highly motivated, organized self-starters with a commitment to legal excellence and technology adoption to join our Professional Attorney Track’s IDA program. This position is a non-partnership track position, and therefore has no business development obligations. However, the Professional Attorney Track provides multiple opportunities for career advancement for attorneys that have the ambition and skills to work on big-law matters.  Honigman is a premier business law firm with offices in Chicago, across Michigan, and in Washington, DC with an international practice.  Regularly honored as one of the Best and Brightest Places to Work nationally and regionally, we earned this recognition by hiring the best people and providing them with critical support for professional development and growth, in a great environment with top-tier culture, compensation and benefits.  With more than 350 attorneys practicing in 60 different areas of concentration, Honigman prides itself on understanding clients’ businesses and being exceptionally responsive to their business goals and needs.

POSITION SUMMARY

Honigman Interdepartmental Staff Attorneys gain experience in an array of practice areas through assignments from across the Firm’s six departments. A significant amount of IDA assignments come from the Corporate areas of Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity as well as Litigation e-discovery, but IDA projects are also assigned by the Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Labor & Employment, and Insurance Departments.  This role in particular will receive assignments from the Matrimonial and Family Law group, among others.  The expectation is that, by exploring Honigman’s various practice areas through their assignments, the IDAs will progressively develop a practice focus as they build their careers at the Firm, and this role will include at least a partial focus on Matrimonial and Family Law.  IDAs may also participate in secondments with clients as the need arises.  Beyond traditional legal work, IDAs also participate as key members of the Firm’s legal operational efforts in adopting new practice technologies, legal project management functions, product/service development, outside counsel guidelines and other business-of-law issues, and more.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Perform high quality research and writing.
  • Effectively communicate at all levels of the Firm.
  • Demonstrate excellent problem solving skills.
  • Keep work organized in a logical manner; manage time and resources effectively; consistently track and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of concepts, issues, and resources in the matrimonial and family law practice areas, including but not limited to:
  • Reviewing, drafting, negotiating and advising clients on complex prenuptial, postnuptial, separation, divorce, partnership, and cohabitation agreements
  • Providing support to supervising attorney who represents clients in proceedings involving spousal support/alimony, child support, child custody, guardianship, paternity, grandparents’ rights, parenting time issues, personal protection orders and international family law issues
  • Assisting in analyzing complex asset and business valuations and negotiate lump sum and creative property settlements
  • Preparing marital balance sheets using Excel
    • Demonstrate working knowledge of concepts, issues, and resources in other relevant practice areas, including but not limited to:
  • Handling M&A due diligence work, including knowledge of and proficiency with KIRA software;
  • Reviewing and negotiating standard commercial contracts and non-disclosure agreements;
  • Performing substantive document review using all available technology (namely Relativity), including reviewing documents for responsiveness, confidentiality, issues, and privilege, as well as assisting with corresponding privilege log;
  • Retrieving and organizing documents and assist with deposition preparation, as required; and
  • Drafting and reviewing memos and other summarizing documents for dissemination to the broad matter team regarding a variety of practice areas.
  • Understand and know how to apply ethics rules and knows when to seek guidance on issues of ethics and professionalism.
  • Understand assigning attorney’s needs and client’s goals to ensure efficient responsiveness and communications; communicate regularly and effectively.
  • Assume ownership and manage assignments through to a successful conclusion; understand project budgets; and use technology to accomplish tasks efficiently.
  • Keep matter service teams informed about issues and progress and interact respectfully at all times.
  • Demonstrate high energy and enthusiasm for successfully completing work assignments on time.
  • Strive to continuously improve knowledge, skills and abilities and seek guidance and feedback to improve performance and productivity.
  • Take ownership of and accept responsibility for work performed.
  • Consistently demonstrate reliability and punctuality.

 QUALIFICATIONS

  • J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited institution;
  • Licensed Michigan attorney in good standing;
  • Outstanding interpersonal, analytical, organizational, and communication (written and verbal) skills required;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under significant time constraints;
  • Strong experience drafting, negotiating and advising clients on complex agreements, such as prenuptial, postnuptial, separation, divorce, partnership, and cohabitation;
  • In-depth knowledge of Matrimonial, Divorce, and family law with experience advising clients throughout the entire process;
  • Empathy and a deep desire to positively impact the lives of clients in crisis;
  • Prior due diligence experience greatly preferred, as is prior litigation discovery experience. Including working with document collections, searches, reviews, and productions;
  • Adaptability and flexibility to implementing new ideas and approaches; and
  • Strong overall technology skills and a willingness to learn and apply new practice technologies or applications as they become commercially available. 

Compensation and Benefits

In addition to highly competitive compensation, Honigman offers many benefits as part of its Staff Attorney program, including comprehensive medical coverage and dental care programs, life and disability insurance, student loan refinancing and consolidation services, open/flexible vacation policy, and a 40l(k) plan.

How to Apply

To apply, send your résumé, law school transcript and cover letter to

AttorneyRecruiting@honigman.com, referencing IDA Family and Marital Law Staff Attorney in the subject line of your submission.

Honigman is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other category prohibited by applicable local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, and termination.

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