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Experienced Criminal Defense Associate

Employment Type
Full Time

New York City

Salary Range
$115,000 - $130,000 annual

  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Annual Paid Bar Admission Dues
  • Commuter Benefit Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Medical, Dental and Supplemental Vision care for all eligible employees, spouses, domestic partners and their children
  • Merit Bonuses
  • Generous PTO program
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Benefits
Why Work Here?
This position offers hands on experience in all aspects of criminal defense at a nationally recognized law firm committed to building its criminal defense practice. It is a unique opportunity to pursue a career in criminal defense in a collegial environment with all the challenges of complex criminal defense litigation but without the pressure of excessive caseloads.  The opportunity affords extraordinary growth potential, including the opportunity to gain experience in employment law and disability rights practices.

Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C. established in New York City in 1949 is a preeminent employment law firm.  In 2010 Vladeck expanded into criminal defense with the addition of partner Susan Walsh. Since then, the firm has moved beyond its precedent setting work as a labor and employment firm traditionally focused on protecting the hard-earned reputations and careers of working professionals to include the representation of the criminally accused, largely focusing on complex federal criminal matters. The candidate will work directly with and benefit from the mentorship of Susan Walsh.  Susan has extensive criminal defense experience on the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts, has been recognized for her extensive bar work and pro bono clemency representation and has taught trial advocacy and related courses for more than a decade.

We are seeking an attorney with a passion for representing the accused who is ready to delve into all aspects of criminal defense on the trial and appellate level and expand into civil litigation. The firm’s long history of representing the rights of the individual against the powerful is reflected in criminal defense work that is guided by the principle that no person should stand alone against the full might of the government in a criminal prosecution or investigation.  Nor should any person’s life be defined by their worst day.     

Vladeck seeks an experienced criminal defense attorney eager to join a team that considers client service its utmost value and adheres to the philosophy that effective legal representation must embrace a holistic approach to meeting individual client needs. This associate position will also be afforded the opportunity to learn as well as assist in plaintiff’s side employment and disability cases.

The firm strives to operate as a team with each lawyer bringing their individual talents to work together toward ensuring the highest quality client service.  Candidates must be high-energy, ready to hit the ground running in a fast-paced position that will provide limitless opportunities for career development in both criminal defense and plaintiff’s side employment. The firm recognizes and supports a healthy work/life balance. At the same time, the candidate must understand that unlike other areas of practice, criminal defense necessarily involves far greater physical presence in order to meet the needs of witnesses, clients, and courts. Additionally, the firm supports and encourages pro bono work and engagement in bar activities.

Core Responsibilities
  • Management of criminal cases from inception to trial and beyond.
  • Draft and prepare reports, briefs, motions, and correspondence.
  • Review, analyze, and digest discovery materials.
  • Regular court appearances, while managing out-of-court case responsibilities.
  • Maintenance of regular, effective, and compassionate communication with clients, including jail visits.
  • Participation in potential new client consultations and involvement in client cultivation.
  • Litigation of applications, motions, hearings, and trials.
  • Develop skills in civil litigation, particularly employment and disability rights law.
Required Qualifications, Skills, and Experience
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in a criminal defense practice either in federal court or in a U.S. state or local jurisdiction.  Please do not apply with less than three years’ experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds and lived experiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to challenging government overreach and unfairness in the criminal process.
  • Criminal trial experience, including litigation of hearings and jury trials.
  • The ability to handle the pressure and responsibilities of a criminal defense practice.
  • Commitment to continuously seek professional and personal development through participation in CLEs and trial skills courses.
  • Admission to practice in New York State.  Please do not apply if you are not admitted to the New York State Bar.
Required Submissions

Please submit one PDF including the following items:
  • Cover letter explaining interest in the position and including an estimated earliest start date as Vladeck is looking to fill this position immediately.
  • Current resume highlighting candidate’s relevant experience and achievements.
  • Current writing sample.
  • List of three professional references.
[Note: References will not be contacted without first notifying the candidate.]
All application materials will be treated as confidential.
How to submit an application

Send complete applications to resumes@vladeck.com.