Job Description

The Business & Tax practice group in the San Francisco office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP seeks a junior to mid-level associate with a minimum of 1 or 2 years of experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, emerging company work, venture capital and growth capital investment transactions, and/or general corporate law. Candidates must have strong academic credentials, writing and drafting skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and be a team player.

Our practice represents the interests of emerging and mature companies in significant financing and M&A transactions in many industries, including fintech, health, digital media, consumer products/food and beverage, advertising, games, enterprise, software services, and retail, among others. The group provides excellent opportunities for professional development, promotion, and cross-office work.

The candidate must be a member or pending member of the California State Bar. This is a great opportunity for a confident, self-motivated associate with a desire to build a comprehensive corporate practice in a collegial environment. This position will be based out of the San Francisco office and work with our San Francisco Senior Associates, Counsel and Partners. We expect approximately half of this role to be dedicated to emerging company/venture capital work, with the remaining half to be dedicated to M&A work.


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.

To apply, please upload a cover letter addressed to Deverie Hart, Senior Manager, Lawyer Talent Acquisition; resume, a copy of your law school transcript, and a brief writing sample (10 pages max).

We are not accepting submissions from third-party recruiters.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP believes that embracing diversity and inclusion 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.


We are committed to creating and cultivating a diverse workforce and inclusive environment where every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is our policy to hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all employment-related decisions without regard to an employee’s sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical condition), race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religious creed, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, military condition, military or veteran status or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal laws. 


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


The annualized salary range for this position in California is $205,000 to $215,000. Actual pay will be adjusted based on the candidate’s education, training, experience and other job-related factors permitted by law. Full time employees may be eligible for a bonus and health insurance with an optional HSA, long term disability, dental insurance, vision care, life insurance, Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, 401(k), vacation, sick time, 10 paid holidays each year and an employee assistance program. For full-time employees, the initial sick leave benefit is 80 hours of sick leave per year. Attorneys generally take approximately three weeks of vacation from work each year, and it may vary depending on the needs of the clients and the firm. Additional voluntary benefits programs include: voluntary accident insurance, voluntary life, voluntary disability, voluntary long-term care, and pet insurance. Commuter and Transit programs are also available.


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