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Associate Litigation Attorney for Special Education Law Firm - New York City (ZR_104_JOB)

Alliance Virtual Solutions
Posted Nov 19
Full Time
New York, New York

This position is for an Associate Attorney. The ideal candidate will have experience in the areas of 1) Litigation; 2) Special Education (not required but a big plus); 3) Have a desire to help children. Candidates must have experience with New York State Law and Procedures. Will consider experience during law school if you worked as a paralegal or a law clerk with litigation experience.

Candidates must have litigation experience handling cases from inception through all states of the litigation process through resolution. Candidates should have a strong interest in special education law and in ensuring that special needs children receive an appropriate education. Candidates should have excellent organization, writing and communication skills with strong attention to detail. Candidates must be motivated, self-starters and resourceful. Candidates must be highly organized and deadline oriented.

The firm is fast growing and the team needs may change quickly and often. The role requires flexibility in adapting to the firms needs and taking on a team work mentality. An ability to get the job done, support teammates and the desire to work within a small, but fast growing law firm is important.

How to Apply - Apply through this job post and make sure to include the following:

  • Must send appropriate resume, references AND cover letter that must address the following: 1) Why you are interested in special education law, 2) what skills do you posses that would make you an asset to the law firm, 3) what about your personality, attitude and disposition do you believe makes you the right fit for the company culture, 4) what is an example of when you were part of something bigger then yourself.
  • Font of Cover Letter should be Times New Roman, 12 Point.

Hours And Compensation

  • Hours: Full time hours
  • $400/Month Stipend towards Health Insurance Costs
  • 21 Days of PTO + and additional 5 sick days
  • Compensation: Compensation is $70,000 - $90,000.00 based on skill and experience. Will consider experience during law school if you worked as a paralegal or a law clerk.

Essential Job Functions

  • Punctuality
  • When necessary, weekend and evening hours to complete work assignments
  • Appropriate and professional email and phone etiquette with clients, colleagues, third parties and opposing counsel
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Meeting deadlines independently
  • Recording notes regarding client communications and updates on firm case management software - Proposing ideas for innovations, improvements and efficiencies
  • Complying with Employee Handbook and office policies, systems and procedures always- Must be a self-starter and resourceful
  • Passionate about children and families


  • The firm uses Mycase and Lawmatics
  • Candidate must have their own Microsoft office and Adobe programs


  • Experienced in New York litigation for 2+ years minimum (Can include paralegal and law clerk experience)
  • Status must hold a valid New York Bar license in good standing

Requirements- Litigation experience in New York, handling cases from inception through all stages of litigation to resolution or trial.

  • Ability to meet with new and current clients to understand their needs and concerns and determine how to best address them.- Ability to manage diverse caseload, draft documents, obtain documents and records from clients and state and local agencies, be familiar with all aspects of Special Education Laws in the State of New York.
  • Ability to review and edit legal documents, witness affidavits, direct examination questions, relevant notices, witness affidavits, due process complaints in the area of Special Education Law in the State of New York
  • Ability to propound, analyze and answer discovery.
  • Ability to negotiate with opposing counsel for possible settlements- Ability to represent clients at impartial hearing administrative proceedings, including direct and cross-examination of witnesses.
  • Ability to draft opening statements and closing briefs, draft and finalize stipulations of settlement.
  • Ability to create and maintain electronic case files
  • Ability to conduct legal research
  • Ability to prepare appeals to the Office of State Review
  • Ability to assist in the management of paralegals and administrative staff in various pre- and post-litigation tasks. - Ability to communicate with clients, attorneys, opposing counsels, judicial offices, professionally
  • Ability to represent clients at hearings, administrative proceedings
  • Must be a self-starter and resourceful
  • Passionate about children and families
  • Be a team player

Benefits- $70,000-$90,000.00

  • Sign on Bonus pay
  • Bonus Pay- 401(k) matching
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health Insurance
  • $400/Month Stipend towards Health Insurance Costs
  • 21 Days of PTO + and additional 5 sick days
  • Paid time off
  • Paternal leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Helping special needs children get proper education