Lateral

The firm hires lateral associates depending upon the needs of our practice areas. We also hire on an opportunistic basis when we encounter individuals who represent a strong fit for our culture and client mix. Ball Janik LLP excels in diverse practice areas that offer excellent opportunities for personal growth and advancement in the legal profession.

Associates can expect to assume a high level of responsibility and independence early in their careers. Consistent with our business-oriented approach to client service, specific projects are rarely staffed by more than two attorneys, and more experienced associates commonly take overall responsibility for particular matters, with as-needed supervision by a partner.

Charting a Course to Success

The high level of responsibility we expect from associates is balanced by our strong commitment to mentorship and appropriate professional guidance. We encourage open communication, allowing all associates to take advantage of the experience, legal knowledge, and wisdom of the partners and senior associates.

Practice group leaders work with associates on an individual basis to explain the guidelines for associate training and development.

Senior associates and partners provide ongoing training and feedback to new associates working with them on client projects. In addition to this informal feedback, we conduct semi-annual progress reviews and annual performance reviews, using evaluations from partners, senior associates and practice leaders to guide the growth and development of each associate.

Associates attend the firm’s retreats, held either in Portland or at resorts outside the city. Regular practice group meetings occur throughout the year to discuss client matters, attorney workloads, practice area issues, legal developments and new laws within the practice area, feedback from attorneys on CLEs they attend, and any other topics specific to the practice group. Associates meet monthly to discuss ideas and concerns which may be directed to firm management.

Continuing Education

Continuing education, training, and development of our attorneys is essential to ensuring superior client service. Ball Janik pays for continuing legal education programs outside the firm as part of an attorney’s ongoing development and education in specific practice areas. In addition, regular training opportunities and professional development through firm meetings or CLEs, practice group meetings, and firm retreats are available. The firm also maintains an in-house CLE library for specific practice area needs and attorney skill sets. Attorneys may check out the CLE material to listen at their convenience and obtain MCLE credits.

Partnership Track

It is the firm’s hope that all associates will become partners. The timeframe for an associate to become a partner is approximately eight to ten years, although this may be adjusted depending upon the associate’s development. Admission to the partnership occurs approximately six months after an associate is voted a partner.

Compensation and Benefits

The firm is committed to providing a compensation and benefits package for associates that is competitive with those offered by leading area firms. Salaries are based upon experience and level of professional development. Our two-tier bonus system is designed to recognize and reward those associates who satisfy the firm’s minimum billable hour expectation and produce superior work and, separately, to compensate associates for exceptionally hard work that directly benefits clients and increases the productivity of the firm.

For lateral attorneys coming from other jurisdictions, the firm allows three weeks of paid leave to study and sit for the Bar examination, in addition to covering fees for the Bar examination, Bar review course, and Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

 

current opportunities

construction/construction defect litigation associate

Ball Janik LLP is seeking a Litigation (including Construction and Construction Defect) associate for its Portland, Oregon office. Qualified applicants should have a minimum of 1-3 years litigation experience, including construction and construction defect. Outstanding writing and oral advocacy skills are required, as well as strong academic credentials and admission in the Oregon State Bar. Qualified applicants should submit a resume, transcript, cover letter and writing sample in confidence to Heather Oden, Executive Director, Ball Janik LLP, 101 SW Main Street, Portland, OR 97204. Applications are also accepted electronically at hoden@balljanik.com.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Ball Janik LLP is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to not discriminate against and to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social or economic status, marital status, age, disability, and veteran status.

commercial litigation associate

Ball Janik LLP is seeking an experienced commercial litigation associate for its Portland, Oregon office. Qualified applicants should have 3-5 years commercial and corporate litigation experience, and should be capable of handling complex multi-million dollar commercial litigation disputes. Outstanding writing and oral advocacy skills are required, as well as strong academic credentials and admission in the Oregon State Bar. Admission to the Washington State Bar is preferred. Qualified applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample in confidence to Heather Oden, Executive Director, Ball Janik LLP, 101 SW Main Street, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97204. Applications are also accepted electronically at hoden@balljanik.com.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Ball Janik LLP is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to not discriminate against and to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social or economic status, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status.

insurance coverage litigation associate

Posted January 30, 2017

Ball Janik LLP is seeking an experienced insurance coverage litigation associate for its Portland, Oregon office, with 3-5 years’ experience. Qualified applicants should be experienced pursuing and managing insurance coverage claims for policyholders, including multimillion dollar construction defect and construction litigation disputes, and should have entrepreneurial drive and initiative. Outstanding writing and oral advocacy skills are required, as well as strong academic credentials and admission in the Oregon State Bar. Admission to the Washington State Bar is also preferred. Qualified applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample in confidence to Heather Oden, Executive Director, Ball Janik LLP, 101 SW Main Street, Suite 1100, Portland, Oregon 97204. Applications are also accepted electronically at hoden@balljanik.com.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Ball Janik LLP is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to not discriminate against and to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social or economic status, marital status, age, disability, and veteran status.