Legal Recruiting

Associate (Senior)

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP seeks an Associate (Senior) in New York, NY to work with partners, associates, paralegals and local counsel in various US jurisdictions and around the world to execute debt financings in connection with subscription facilities, strategic or sponsored acquisitions, spin-offs and divestitures, refinancings and recapitalizations, reorganizations and special situations. Requires J.D., LL.M. or equivalent and a minimum of  four years of experience. Must include four years of experience in each of the following: Conducting research and analysis on laws applicable to debt finance transactions, including the New York General Obligations Law, the New York Uniform Commercial Code, the Common Law of New York State, Delaware Corporation and Business Entity Laws, the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the United States Bankruptcy Code, Article 55 of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, the United Kingdom Banking Act 2009 and the Hague Securities Convention; Analyzing and synthesizing legal documentation to assess debtor and creditor rights and obligations, including a company’s ability to incur debt, liens, investments, restricted payments and/or dispositions in connection with a variety of debt finance related transactions and scenarios implicating the capital structure, particularly the indebtedness, of a company; Drafting and negotiating legal documentation, including debt commitment and fee letters, credit agreements, intercreditor and subordination agreements, guarantee and collateral agreements, account control agreements, company resolutions and organizational documents, and legal opinions in respect of such documentation; and Advising and representing clients on legal and commercial issues, in particular their rights and obligations, under applicable law and relevant legal documentation, and formulating strategy and tactics with clients, in respect of capital raising and structuring, as well as counterparty negotiations, to best achieve their financial, operational and risk management objectives.  The base salary for associate positions is $215,000 to $415,000/ year, depending upon class year. Must be admitted to practice law in the State of New York. Qualified applicants please submit resumes by accessing the following link: Please indicate job code JC23EW. EOE/M/F/D/V.

DC Associate - Judicial Law Clerk

The Washington office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is seeking to hire current judicial clerks interested in associate positions. The ideal candidate will have relevant work experience as well as excellent credentials. 

Entry Level Associate - Tax

The New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is seeking to hire third year law students graduating in 2023 for first year associate positions in our Tax practice group. Law firm and transactional experience is a plus, but not a requirement. The ideal candidate will have excellent credentials and will sit for the New York State bar. The base salary for incoming, first-year associates is $215,000.
Please note we are not accepting submissions from search firms for this position.

Junior or Mid-Level Associate - Antitrust

The Bay Area office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is seeking to hire a junior or mid-level associate for our Antitrust practice. The ideal candidate will have 2-4 years of experience in pre-merger notification and civil and/or criminal antitrust litigation, as well as excellent credentials.

Associate Salary: The base salary for associate positions is $215,000 to $415,000, depending upon class year.

Junior-Level Associate - Tax

The New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is seeking to hire an associate for our Tax Practice. The ideal candidate will have 1-3 years of relevant work experience with significant transactional experience including M&A and Private Equity tax work, as well as excellent credentials.

Associate Salary: The base salary for associate positions is $215,000 to $415,000, depending upon class year.

Mid-Level Associate - Debt Finance

The New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is seeking to hire an associate for our Debt Finance Practice. The ideal candidate will have 2-4 years of experience in private equity debt finance transactions. We will consider candidates with experience on the sponsor / borrower or lender side, even though our practice is borrower focused. The candidate should have the ability to manage complex transactions, as well as excellent credentials.

Associate Salary: The base salary for associate positions is $215,000 to $415,000, depending upon class year.

Mid-Level Associate - Executive Compensation & ERISA

The New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is seeking to hire a stellar mid-level associate for our Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits practice.  The ideal candidate will have a diversified executive compensation and benefits practice with experience advising both private and public companies, as well as alternative asset managers, on executive compensation matters, including supporting M&A, corporate governance and capital markets matters. Candidates should have 3-5 years of executive compensation and employee benefits experience, and be admitted to the New York Bar with excellent credentials. 
Associate Salary: The base salary for associate positions is $215,000 to $415,000, depending upon class year.

Mid-Level Associate - M&A

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is seeking to hire a stellar mid-level associate for our Mergers & Acquisitions practice, focusing on acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and joint ventures, private equity funds, and financial institutions. Candidates should have experience as a lead associate managing transactions and drafting definitive agreements as well as knowledge handling all other aspects of a transaction.  The ideal candidate should have 3-4 years of M&A experience, be admitted to the California Bar, and have excellent credentials. Candidates will be considered for Palo Alto or San Francisco. 
Associate Salary: The base salary for associate positions is $215,000 to $415,000, depending upon class year.

Practice Development Lawyer – Tax

The U.S. Tax group of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is searching for a self-starting and highly motivated Practice Development Lawyer (“PDL”) with at least 3-5 years of experience as a tax lawyer.  The PDL supports the US Tax group’s practice by overseeing and running the group’s knowledge management (“KM”),  overseeing and managing the group’s training programs, supporting the group’s business development (“BD”) and professional development activities, and supporting the substantive development and growth of the group’s associates.  The PDL is primarily not working on client matters and the role is outside of the standard associate track and will be compensated accordingly. Partial remote arrangements considered. 

Job Description

Knowledge Management (“KM”)

Standard Forms, Annotated Models, Precedents, Checklists, and Other Work Tools

The PDL manages the creation and updating of standard forms, annotated models, and other work tools.  This includes working with group members to determine what standard forms, models and tools need to be created and updated and which to prioritize, developing a work plan, and managing the execution of the plan (which will include overseeing the work of associates).  This also includes developing a system for periodic reviews and updates, including adding new provisions to address changes in law (such as the new Inflation Reduction Act tax provisions) or in business practices. 


The Tax Group Wiki

The PDL is the keeper of the Tax Group’s internal wiki in all respects.  The PDL determines and manages how the content should be organized and labelled to best serve the group’s needs, what content should be added, when content should be taken down or modified, and how content should be collected.  The PDL takes feedback from users and educates the group on what is there and how to access it to encourage the best utilization.


Training Programs    

Working with the tax seniors, the PDL is responsible for organizing and overseeing the group’s formal training programs, including the annual first year training program, the recurring junior and mid-level trainings, and response-to-demand trainings. The PDL is also responsible for organizing and managing the group-wide weekly meetings including the training component of those meetings.  The PDL will solicit and gather input from group members regarding training needs and work with the senior members of the group to determine how to facilitate and deliver the training.  The PDL may also be involved in the development of content and assisting and managing associates in developing content and delivering trainings. 

Training will include both substantive tax law training, as well as training on skills, best practices, managing workloads, deals, and teams, working with others and with clients, and BD.    


Business Development (“BD”) and Professional Development

The PDL assists in the group’s business development activities which include supporting and assisting in preparing, developing content for, and executing external presentations (Cleary sponsored and otherwise), preparing “Client Alerts”, writing articles, and developing and writing other “thought leader” materials (such as the Cleary Corporate Governance Group’s annual “memo to board of directors”, and the Cleary quarterly legal developments newsletter).   

The PDL will also assist with client-specific BD such as preparing pitch decks and materials for one-on-one meetings with clients. 

The PDL will also support designing, planning, and executing other business and professional development activities such as client roundtables and professional association events. 


Development and Growth of Associates

The PDL plays a significant role in the development and growth of the tax group associates both through the activities described above and by serving as a resource, source of support, and problem-solver for the associates.  The PDL will work closely with the Tax Group’s Associate Development Manager (“ADM”), who works one-on-one with the associates on their development and growth as lawyers, as professionals, and as members of the Cleary community.  The Tax Group ADM manages the assignment function, the planning and managing of vacations and other absences, and associates’ well-being.


Liaison Functions

All of the activities described above require the PDL to be an excellent communicator as well as an excellent listener.  In addition to the interactions within the Tax Group, the PDL will be a key liaison to the firm’s broader KM team, BD team, library and information resources team, IT team, events planning team, alumni relations team, legal education/CLE team, recruiting team, and DEI team. The PDL will also collaborate with other PDLs and all members of Practice Development throughout the firm to develop and disseminate best practices and facilitate knowledge sharing.

Required Skills

The PDL is a key supporting member of the practice group.  The individual must be a self-starter, disciplined, have good communication and interpersonal skills, and  be able to take direction and give direction, to lead and to follow.  Additionally, the ideal candidate will have: 

  • Been admitted to and in good standing with New York State Bar.
  • Substantial knowledge of US tax law and the type of work conducted by Cleary’s U.S. Tax practice group, including familiarity with the various forms, and functions, of transactions and other documentation routinely used by the U.S. Tax practice group
  • Excellent written and verbal communication; strong presentation skills
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Strong service orientation
Ability to solve problems, including situations involving collaboration with attorneys and non-legal staff/departments.
Salary Range: $250,000 - $315,000 depending on experience

Pro Bono Attorney

Title:  Pro Bono Attorney

Location:  New York

Reports to:  Director of Pro Bono – U.S.

Position Summary:  Working as part of Cleary Gottlieb’s dedicated Pro Bono team, including the Director of Pro Bono – U.S., the Pro Bono Immigration Attorney and other pro bono specialists, the Pro Bono Attorney will assist in the overall management and development of the firm’s pro bono program.  The Pro Bono Attorney will sit in New York and primarily support the development of the firm’s litigation-focused pro bono projects, casework and knowledge management resources.  The individual will work closely with relevant stakeholders internally and externally to manage existing pro bono litigation initiatives and launch new initiatives that build on the core strengths of the firm, bring those initiatives to successful execution, and provide support and guidance to volunteer attorneys and partner supervisors along the way.  While the Pro Bono Attorney will specialize in litigation matters, the individual should be enthusiastic about supporting all aspects of the firm’s pro bono program, including our robust clinical program and development of opportunities in new substantive and geographic areas.

Key Responsibilities:

  • The Pro Bono Attorney will assist in all aspects of the management and administration of the firm’s U.S. Pro Bono practice, including:
    • proposing and assisting with the execution of the firm’s internal and external pro bono-focused events;
    • organizing and managing pro bono legal clinics with the firm’s corporate clients;
    • producing and contributing to presentations and other work product in support of pro bono reporting, marketing, website content and other internal and external communications; and
    • ensuring the efficient administration of all aspects of the program, including with respect to staffing considerations, conflicts and matter management, and more.

  • The Pro Bono Attorney will also support the development of the firm’s litigation Pro Bono practice, including:
    • working with relevant nonprofits and pro bono partners to identify new litigation-focused pro bono projects that advance and support the rights of marginalized populations;
    • monitoring, developing and growing existing litigation projects in an effort to leverage the firm’s resources efficiently and effectively;
    • mentoring associates in their pro bono work and interests, including by presenting substantive legal training opportunities and engaging in cultural competency efforts; and
    • providing support and consultation as needed in connection with ongoing litigation matters.

Required Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of litigation experience in a law firm and/or legal services organization (and preferably both), with strong and demonstrated experience in state and federal court litigation (unrelated to immigration work) that is germane to the firm’s pro bono practice. Expertise/experience in racial justice work a plus.  Applicants must demonstrate a willingness to engage with clients, volunteer attorneys and staff and pro bono partners with compassion while advancing cases and causes that improve quality of life, pursue individual and collective justice and result in impactful change.  A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school is required; must be admitted to the New York Bar. 

 Salary Range: $200,000 - $250,000 depending on experience. 

Please note we are not accepting submissions from search firms for this position.

Secured Transactions Resource Lawyer - Debt Finance

The New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is seeking to hire a Secured Transactions Resource Lawyer for our Debt Finance Practice, as well as other practice areas that have secured transactions needs, including the financial institutions and Latin American groups. The Secured Transactions Resource Lawyer will support these practice areas in secured transactions matters.  The Secured Transactions Resource Lawyer will be supervised by and work closely with senior lawyers who specialize in secured transactions.

Primary responsibilities of the Secured Transactions Resource Lawyer, include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafting and reviewing various collateral and security documentation (including, but not limited to, perfection certificates, intercompany notes, stock powers and allonges, IP short form security agreements, control agreements and collateral schedules)
  • Performing due diligence on collateral
  • Coordinating with domestic and foreign local counsel on the negotiation of local-law collateral documentation and related workstreams
  • Drafting and coordinating post-closing collateral documentation (including, but not limited to, joinders of new loan parties and supplemental collateral documentation and annual perfection certificate updates)
  • Reviewing and coordinating UCC lien searches and financing statements, termination statements and continuations
  • Assisting the deal teams in reviewing and drafting pledge and security agreements and credit agreement provisions relating to collateral, as needed
  • Working with junior associates with respect to their responsibilities in relation to the foregoing tasks

Required Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3-4 years of relevant corporate experience (Debt Finance secured transactions experience strongly preferred), be admitted to the New York Bar with excellent credentials, and have the ability to communicate effectively, as well as possess strong client service skills.

The base salary for this position is $120,000 to $160,000.  Actual pay is determined based on a number of job-related factors, including skills, education, training, credentials, experience, scope and complexity of role responsibilities, and performance.