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Construction & Design Associate (#734)

Posted 6 months ago

Dorsey & Whitney LLP is seeking a Construction and Design Associate with at least two years of experience to join our Construction & Design Practice Group in our Denver or Minneapolis offices. Our projects include a wide variety legal work, including:

Handling disputes on construction projects that involve the following: 
– Energy projects, including wind, solar, hydroelectric, and natural gas facilities
– Agricultural, food processing, and industrial facilities
– Mining and natural resource facilities
– Athletic stadiums and facilities
– Fulfillment center projects
– Manufacturing, research & development, and warehouse facilities
– General commercial construction

Ideal candidates will also have an interest in handling transactional matters for similar projects. 

Many of our clients are developing and implementing the newest technologies and processes, and this is an opportunity to join an experienced legal team and learn about a wide variety of industries, dispute resolution, and contract methods, including EPC contracts, project development, representing owners and developers, and working with clients that provide services to the construction industry, such as contractors and engineers.  This Associate will have the opportunity to fill a key role in working directly with our clients, including assisting in the development and implementation of strategies for dispute resolution, structuring of deals and projects, providing construction law advice, and negotiating and drafting contracts. 

Qualified candidates will have:
– A JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school;
– At least two years of construction experience;
– Colorado bar admission (for Denver candidates) or Minnesota bar admission (for Minneapolis candidates);
– Strong communication and writing skills; and
– Top academic credentials.

For Denver applicants only (as required by the Colorado Equal Pay Act): The starting salary for associate positions in our Denver office is $180,000. Pay is determined based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, depth of experience in the practice area. Associates are eligible to participate in Dorsey’s associate bonus program, subject to the program’s conditions and restrictions. 

Dorsey offers opportunities for advancement within a collaborative and dynamic environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Our benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance; domestic partner benefits (for same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners); Dorsey & Whitney 401(K) Retirement and Savings Plan; 15 weeks of paid parental leave, plus an additional 6-8 weeks of paid short-term disability for lawyers who give birth; adoption assistance; back-up child care program; education and college advising programs; well-being programs and activities; a 24/7 employee assistance program with confidential counseling; and more! 

Dorsey values the strength that comes from a diverse and inclusive work environment. It contributes to the success of our people and our clients and enriches our experience. We believe that everyone should feel at home and part of our community.

You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, military or veteran status, or any other legally-protected status.

Dorsey participates in E-Verify.

About Dorsey
Clients have relied on the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP since 1912 as a trusted legal advisor and valued business partner. With locations across the United States as well as Canada, Europe and Asia, Dorsey provides an integrated, dedicated approach to its clients’ legal and business needs. Dorsey’s diverse client base includes more than one-third of Fortune 100 companies. 
Our lawyers apply superb legal knowledge and skills with practical wisdom and a deep understanding of business and industry. We serve clients in nearly all industries, but focus on six key industries in which we have excellent depth and a history of achieving client success: 
– Banking and Financial Institutions
– Development and Infrastructure
– Energy & Natural Resources
– Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
– Healthcare
– Technology

Among Dorsey’s many distinguished alumni are U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, noted law professor and scholar William Prosser, Minnesota’s first woman judge Betty Washburn, former U.S. Vice President and Ambassador to Japan Walter Mondale, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Corporation Counsel of the City of New York Zachary Carter, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Recognized for our dedication to community, Dorsey has met the ABA Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge every year since the Challenge began in 1993 by devoting more than 3% of billable hours to pro bono work. 

One of our greatest strengths is a friendly, cooperative culture that values and appreciates each individual. Dorsey has received external recognition for our welcoming workplace, including:
– Mansfield Certification Plus (Diversity Lab)
– Best Law Firms for Women (National Association of Female Executives and Flex-Time Lawyers)
– 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index (Human Rights Campaign)
– Gold Standard Certification (Women in Law Empowerment Forum)
– Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplace (Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption) 

How to Apply
Dorsey accepts online applications at We do not accept application materials by mail or email except as a reasonable accommodation for qualified disabled applicants. Individuals who are unable to use our online process due to a disability should call 612-492-5033.

Please note that Dorsey is not currently accepting search firm submissions in connection with this opening. 

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