Staff Attorney - Litigation

5 - 7 years experience  •  Legal Services

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/16/17
Richmond, VA
5 - 7 years experience
Legal Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/16/17


Firm Information

Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in 26 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses, from Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises. Its lawyers provide litigation and other dispute resolution services in multi-jurisdictional and other high-stakes matters; deliver regulatory counsel; and execute the full range of strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. Reed Smith is a preeminent advisor to industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, advertising, entertainment and media, shipping and transport, energy and natural resources, real estate, manufacturing, technology, and education. For more information, visit

Position Summary

Reed Smith’s Staff Attorney team consists of over 30 licensed attorneys.  The Staff Attorney team supports all U.S. Reed Smith offices in a variety of practice areas, including, but not limited to, commercial litigation, financial services litigation, financial transactions, real estate transactions, contracts, and multi-plaintiff litigations. 

Our Staff Attorney team is currently accepting resumes for candidates to support Reed Smith’s Complex Litigation Group.   Ideal candidates have at least 5 years of prior experience in commercial litigation.  Basic knowledge of federal and state court practice, experience preparing answers, discovery, and dispositive and other routine motions required.  Case management experience is strongly preferred. 

In addition to his/her billable assignments, a Staff Attorney also performs certain substantive non-chargeable tasks as necessary, including participation in regular meetings with the Group and other non-billable matters related to the Firm’s business.

The overall annual hours’ expectation for Staff Attorneys is 1,750 quality hours, of which a minimum of 1,650 are client chargeable hours. 

These positions are located in Reed Smith’s Richmond, Virginia office.

Essential Functions

Candidates for all staff attorney positions must be able to provide effective and reliable legal services to clients and supervising attorneys.  Strong organization and matter management skills are critical.  

Staff Attorneys are also required to:

  • Provide thorough factual and legal research and analysis in pleadings, memoranda and other written documents.
  • Manage matters from commencement to final resolution, including management of local counsel in other jurisdictions.
  • Complete tasks efficiently. 
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Learn substantive legal topics and factual subject matters as needed.
  • Work professionally with clients, partners, associates and support staff.
  • Work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Perform non-chargeable administrative work and other related work as assigned.
  • Adhere to attorney ethics rules


& Licensure:

Juris Doctor.  Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in the state of employment.  During employment, must meet requirements for continuing licensure for law practice; some opportunities for obtaining in-house CLE via Reed Smith University will be available.


At least 5 years of prior associate-level experience in commercial litigation.  Strong knowledge of federal and state court practice, experience preparing answers, discovery, and dispositive and other routine motions required.  Case management experience is strongly preferred.  Experience litigating under the FCRA, TCPA, and FDCPA, is preferred.

Technical Skills:

Experience using and proficiency with MS Office. 



Desktop computer and other office equipment such as remote email access device, fax machine, copier, scanner, etc.

Physical Demands:

Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office equipment; lift and move objects weighing approximately 30 lbs.

Mental Demands:

Factual and legal analysis.  Continuous learning of new legal principles and factual subject matters.  Must follow up on outstanding issues and keep attorneys informed of status.  Regularly handle highly confidential matters with discretion and judgment.  Responsible for high volume of work with frequently short deadlines and must be able to deal with stress associated with fast-paced work environment.  Works with multiple internal teams as well as external parties and must therefore be able to communicate effectively with various people at all levels.


Works in a typical office setting.  May be called upon to work hours in excess of 40 hours in a workweek (including potential for evening and weekend work when required to meet deadlines).  Job duties may require occasional travel to other Reed Smith offices and off-site locations.

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