Job Description

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is looking for a full-time junior litigation attorney to join the firm's alternative-track attorney program, DWTSurge. The chosen contract attorney will support firm associates and assist the Litigation Practice Group with a high-profile ongoing case.

Attorneys with prior experience from medium/large litigation firms or in-house corporate environments who are looking for substantive legal work and flexible hours are encouraged to apply. Candidates can expect to work remotely, collaborate with DWT attorneys as part of a team, and provide high-value legal services to a global DWT client.

While the initial engagement is for a 6-month contract term, we anticipate that the work will be relatively steady and that successful candidates may be renewed for additional terms, potentially through Q3 2024. Attorneys interested in marking a real-world impact and value the opportunity to be part of mission-driven work are encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 3+ years of litigation experience in a law firm or in-house legal setting.
  • Residency and active bar admission in one of the following states: AK, AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, KS, MD, MN, MT, NJ, NY, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WDC.
  • Prior experience supporting depositions, conducting discovery, reviewing and ensuring quality control in discovery efforts, supporting third-party reviews, and using Relativity.
  • Interviewed and prepared clients, witnesses, and experts through the litigation process through trial.
  • Experience assisting with and attending meet and confers, judicial conferences, and other stakeholder meetings.
  • Experience updating case chronologies, maintaining document lists, conducting substantive research, reviewing prior filings and electronic materials, and preparing motions and memos.
  • Confidence interacting with internal DWT partners, associates, as well as various litigation stakeholders
  • High level of organization and willingness to shift gears to support a fast-paced team with different responsibilities
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to produce high-quality work with minimal supervision and direction.

Please note that this is a temporary contract position managed by DWT’s flexible contract attorney program, DWTSurge. Compensation will be paid on an hourly basis, commensurate with experience and skill level (see below). This is a benefitted full-time role. We are interested in candidates who are 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.


The hourly compensation rate for this role is $80 to $100 per hour. Actual pay will be adjusted based on the candidate’s education, training, experience and other job-related factors permitted by law. Full-time contract attorneys may be eligible for health insurance, vision care, 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.

All applications should be submitted via LinkedIn or by sending a resume and cover letter directly to DWTSurge Senior Recruiter, Mariah Watson, at The DWTSurge Recruiting team will be in touch as we review your application materials.

 For this opportunity, we are not currently accepting third party submissions.

 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 demographic data. 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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