Private Wealth ( Trusts and Estates ) Junior Associate or Staff Counsel

Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell   •  

Houston, TX

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


Less than 5 years

Posted 240 days ago

This job is no longer available.

We are seeking qualified candidates for an Associate or Staff Counsel position with our Private Wealth Practice Group, sometimes known as the Trusts and Estates practice. The position will be based in our Houston office. We are flexible as between a junior-level Associate (including a recent or pending graduate with a JD or LLM) or a more senior person who is not interested in a partner track position but has extensive experience in the field. Ideal candidates will be one of the following: 

  • Associates with 3 years or less prior associate-level experience in estate planning, trust and probate law;
  • Recent graduates (or those who are graduating in May 2018) with law or LLM degrees, even if they have not yet been employed as permanent associates;
  • More experienced candidates who are looking for a long term non-partner track Staff Counsel position, with a concentration on drafting, legal research and administration, and limited expectations of business development. 

Please note that we are accepting resumes from recruiters for this position. 

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Strong legal research skills, particularly in tax matters;
  • Strong technical drafting ability, as well general writing and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with probate and trust administration;
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and deadlines, working for multiple attorneys;
  • Prior experience working in the private wealth, trusts and estates fields in private practice.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Ability to analyze complex problems, and communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Strong organization and matter management skills;
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with Clients, Partners, Associates and Support Staff;
  • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team;
  • Unless a newly licensed attorney, experience with estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax law, and good technical drafting experience with preparing multiple types of estate planning and administration documents;
  • Unless a newly licensed attorney, familiarity with probate court procedures and experience in non-contested matters;
  • Clear and effective drafting skills, including technical drafting;
  • Good legal research skills;
  • If a newly licensed attorney, in lieu of actual experience in the estate planning field, there should be strong academic performance, and a record of demonstrated interest, part-time employment, and/ or prior work experience which would demonstrate a likelihood that the estate planning field is a permanent field of interest. 


Juris Doctor, or on track to receive one by May, 2018. Other than newly graduated candidates who have not yet sat for the bar, qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in Texas. Newly graduated candidates will be expected to pass the bar promptly and remain licensed and in good standing in Texas.