Job Description

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is seeking an experienced mid to senior-level debt financing attorney for part-time engagement through DWTSurge, the firm’s alternative staffing program. The attorney will assist the Debt Finance Group and will be dedicated to supporting transactions for numerous clients, including businesses, funds, and financial institutions.

The attorney will negotiate, structure, and draft loan agreements, security agreements and other credit facility documents and otherwise advise clients on issues in debt financing transactions. Candidates should be able to operate with a high level of independence, possess strong client service abilities, and exercise good judgment as part of a highly collaborative team.  West coast and New York-based candidates are preferred.

This is a contract position for a specified term that will be on a part-time basis, with an anticipated average of 10-20 hours of work per week. There is the potential for the work to occasionally increase to around 30 hours per week based on deal flow. The contract term is expected to begin in May. The volume and hours of work may fluctuate week to week, so we are interested in candidates who can be flexible about their hours of work and availability. While the engagement is for an initial 6-month contract term, there is a possibility of renewal for additional terms for successful candidates. We are looking for attorneys who can commit to working with DWT on an exclusive basis for the engagement.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 5+ years of debt financing experience with a mid-sized or large law firm, supporting large institutional clients, including borrowers and lenders
  • Residency and active bar admission in WA, CA, OR, or NY is preferred; candidates with residency and bar admission in the following locations will also be considered: AK, AZ, CT, FL, GA, IL, MD, MN, MT, NJ, OH, OK, PA, RI, TN, TX, VA, and WDC
  • Experience with various debt financing transactions, such as senior and mezzanine credit facilities, secured and unsecured lending, syndicated and bilateral lending, revolving credit agreements, acquisition financing, and debt restructuring
  • Familiarity with drafting loan documents, including loan agreements, promissory notes, security agreements, guaranties, subordination agreements, and waivers and amendments
  • Experience interfacing directly with large institutional clients and running an organized transaction, including managing checklists, supervising junior associates and paralegals, and identifying and discussing substantive issues with the lead attorney.
  • Excellent legal drafting and communication skills, including oral and written advocacy
  • Availability to work an average of 10-20 hours per week, remotely
  • Flexibility to increase hours, as needed, on an ad-hoc basis
  • Commitment to work with DWT exclusively

Please note that this is a temporary contract position managed by DWT’s flexible attorney program, DWTSurge. Compensation will be paid on an hourly basis, commensurate with experience and skill level (see below). This is a non-benefitted role. We are interested in candidates electing to pursue a more flexible way of providing continuous, high-value legal services to the firm and our clients. If you are interested in a more traditional law firm position, please check the DWT careers page for lateral opportunities.

Salary Range

The hourly range for this position is $200-250 per/hour. Actual pay will be adjusted based on the candidate’s education, training, experience and other job-related factors permitted by law. Part-time contract attorneys may be eligible for 401(k), and paid sick leave.

Additional benefits include:

  • First Stop Health Telemedicine: Speak with a licensed physician or mental health counselor 24/7, covered by the firm
  • TELUS Health Employee Assistance Program: Receive support with mental, financial, physical, and emotional wellbeing
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Milk Stork: Virtual lactation consulting, breast milk shipping and nutritional testing covered by the firm
  • Wellness Benefits:
    • Peloton App
    • Headspace App


Paid sick leave is accrued on a biweekly basis at a rate of 1 hour per 30 hours worked.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to DWTSurge Recruiting Manager, Mariah Watson, at We are currently not accepting third party submissions for this opportunity.

We are an AmLaw 100 law firm with eleven offices nationwide. We are relentlessly committed to client service and look for candidates who share that commitment. At DWT, client service means having empathy for each client’s and each lawyer’s work and personal pressures, business objectives, and legal needs; anticipating their needs; and having the capabilities and commitment to deliver what matters most to them.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. It brings out the best of what each individual has to offer and inspires us to build strong and lasting connections with each other, our clients, and our communities.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of the fabric of Davis Wright Tremaine - central to who we are and what we do. Our vision is to foster a culture where all talented individuals - including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession - can have, and can see, a path to success. In order to support this vision, we request that you voluntarily provide the following demographic data for your candidate. All self-reported demographic information is stored securely in a manner that is compliant with DWT’s privacy and security policies and is only accessible by authorized members of the Talent Acquisition and HR Departments; it is not shared with any of the hiring decision-makers.

Davis Wright Tremaine provides reasonable accommodations for those who need them to complete the application or recruiting process and for employees who need reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their positions due to a disability or for religious reasons. If you need to request accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please email

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