Litigation Associate


Permanent - Full Time


San Francisco

Job Role

Dispute Resolution - Litigation

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About Withersworldwide International's Law Firm of the Year 2021

For 125 years, our firm has focused on and helped successful people, families, entrepreneurs, family businesses, governments and institutions negotiate the wide range of legal issues they face in their business and personal lives. Over time, we have gained valuable insights into the ways wealth can be generated, preserved, deployed and enhanced. We assist our clients in a variety of industry sectors including real estate, manufacturing, motorsport, luxury brands, sport, hotels and hospitality, technology, energy, art and cultural assets, life sciences, charities and philanthropy and financial services. With 18 offices our experience means we can see the global picture. We provide legal advice across a range of different practice areas including estate planning, personal and corporate tax and, corporate, banking and finance, access to capital (both private and public) both equity and debt, real estate, intellectual property, immigration, international trust structuring, philanthropy, luxury assets, international probate, public international law and international arbitration. 

Dispute Resolution

Withers has defended the interests of successful individuals, businesses and brands for many years, pursuing matters swiftly and robustly where necessary. With over 180 lawyers across Europe, Asia Pacific, the US and the Caribbean, we have an established international dispute resolution practice acting in complex country-specific and multi-jurisdictional cases, which is well known, among other areas, in the art, sport, fashion, luxury assets and natural resources sectors.

We represent a range of domestic and international clients – from high-net-worth individuals and their families to corporate entities and governments – on an array of personal, professional and business disputes, and we are recognised globally for our experience in complex, cross border litigation. Our practice areas include commercial litigation, contract disputes, asset recovery and enforcement, board and shareholder disputes, insolvency, fraud, international arbitration, public international law, tax controversy, media and reputation management, employment and regulatory, divorce and family, trusts and succession, white collar investigations, and professional negligence. With a disputes portfolio valued at $14 billion, we have also pioneered the use of arbitration and mediation in commercial, family and, more recently, trust disputes.

The Role

The focus of this role will be on working with team members on all phases of litigation and arbitration, including drafting pleadings, motions and discovery, conducting legal research, taking and defending depositions, analysis of information produced in discovery, assisting with court appearances and ultimately handling court appearances, and brainstorming with team members on developing strategies for each case.  

Key Skills and Experience

  • Admitted to and in good standing with the California Bar
  • Strong academic credentials (JD required)
  • 4 – 5 years’ experience as a litigation attorney
  • Excellent research, drafting, writing and communication skills
  • Experience drafting documents, including but not limited to pleadings (complaint and answer), discovery requests, responses to discovery requests and memoranda of law
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong, in-depth analytical ability and intellectual curiosity
  • Strong project management ability; ability to balance a large number of competing priorities
  • Team player
  • Exposure to sophisticated disputes and investigations
  • Experience with depositions and court proceedings a plus
  • International experience a plus
  • Experience with Excel and PowerPoint a plus

COVID – 19 Vaccination Requirement

Withers Bergman LLP requires all new hires to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  Reasonable accommodation(s) based on medical or religious grounds will be provided to qualified candidates.  Candidates will be required to verify their vaccination status only after a conditional offer of employment is made.  Applicants should not provide information about their vaccination status or need for accommodation prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment.


Equal Opportunities Employment Statement

The firm is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  Equal employment opportunity has been and will continue to be a fundamental principle at the firm. Employment at the firm is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  The firm prohibits and will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment on the basis of any of these classifications or characteristics.

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