Private Equity Firm seeks Real Estate Attorney

Warren Recruiting’s client, a highly successful private equity firm, is seeking a real estate attorney to join their real estate focused fund.  The ideal attorney has 4+ years of real estate experience including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, leasing, finance and development.  A Texas law license is required.  Compensation is $160k to $200K depending on the candidate.  This position is based in Houston, Texas.

Send resumes to RE@WarrenREcruiting.com

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Right of Way Attorney for Pipeline Project

Warren Recruiting’s client, a leading Pipeline developer, is seeking a right of way/ easement attorney for a long term project.  The ideal attorney has 2+ years experience focusing on pipeline oriented real estate work.  This project is scheduled to last about 12 months and this could turn into a full time position.   The work will entail reviewing pipeline easements and proposed amendments thereto. Training on company protocol with respect to their easements will be provided.   This position is located in West Houston.

If interested, please send a resume and hourly rate expectation to Pipe@WarrenRecruiting.com

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AMLAW 100 seeks Sr. Litigation Associate

Warren Recruiting’s Client, an AMLAW 100 law firm, is seeking mid to senior level litigation associate to join their successful practice.  The ideal candidate has 6+ years of big law litigation experience and is Texas licensed.  There is a real opportunity for partnership and the work includes general commercial matters as well as oil and gas litigation.  Compensation is top of the market.   Send resumes to SrLit@WarrenRecruiting.com.

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When is the right time for an associate to make a move?

Associates often wonder when the best time in their careers is to make a move. There is no definitive answer to this question but there are important things to be considered. If an associate has been at a firm for two years and they are generally happy with their chosen area of practice but are finding that the firm is not the right fit, this is an excellent time to look around and explore other options. We often hear that “all firms are the same,” but having worked at three Am Law 100 firms I have seen how different the firm cultures can be. An associates’ fourth or fifth year is a great time to start evaluating their career path at their current firm. If the odds of making partner are stacked against him this is an opportune time to make a move. You want to be at a firm for long enough to establish yourself before you are considered for partner. Lastly – if you take the leap of faith and stick with one firm, just be sure that you have gotten great experience and built a resume that will allow you to stay in the drivers’ seat of your career.

The best news is that 2011 is off to a great start and there is a significant increase in opportunities for associates looking to make a move!

Interested in learning about new opportunities? Contact Lori Black

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What goes down must go up – salaries on the rise

DLA Piper on Thursday became the latest firm to raise associate salaries pack to pre-2008 levels, according to the National Law Journal, an Am Law Daily sibling publication. The firm cut salaries in June of 2009 at the same time it announced plans to implement a broader merit-based pay system for associates, according the NLJ.

The skinny is this: Associates in major markets will have starting salaries pushed back up to $160,000 after the firm cut them back to $145,000, the NLJ says, citing an internal memo sent out Thursday. The firm had boosted starting salaries in New York back to the $160,000 mark in January, but Thursday’s memo means that move will now extend to the firm’s other key offices. Starting salaries for associates in secondary markets, such as Phoenix, Tampa Bay and Sacramento, will jump back up to $145,000 from $130,000, the NLJ reports.

The goal of the raise is to retain mid-level associates, but the firm decided to raise salaries for all associates at once rather doing so in steps, the NLJ says. Terry O’Malley, the firm’s U.S. managing partner, stressed that the firm did not decide on the raises because of job market pressures.

Source – ALM Daily

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Update your Resume, Update yourself

It’s one of the first things people think to do after losing a job: quickly get a résumé into as many hands as possible. But career experts say doing so without a strategic plan is a mistake — wasting time and energy and resulting in few callbacks. “Most people sprinkle their résumé around like confetti hoping they will land in the right spot,” says Ford Myers, president of Career Potential LLC, a Philadelphia-based career consulting firm. “It’s a bad strategy.” How to get the most out of your résumé:

Make a wish list. Take the time to identify the companies you want to work for before you sit down to write your résumé. “You have to know where you are headed,” says Robert Saam, a senior vice president at Woodcliff Lake, N.J.-based outplacement firm Lee Hecht Harrison. “This informs how to do your résumé.” For example, knowing a company you are applying to is in the midst of making acquisitions can help you structure your résumé to highlight relevant work experience, he says.

Use keywords. Particularly when answering ads through online job boards or through a corporate Web site, be sure to include critical keywords high up in your résumé. For example, for someone applying for a human-resources position, it would be wise to include key words such as “recruiting” and “hiring” near the top of a résumé for better search optimization. Other clues to the right keywords can be found in the job description — try to use words found there in your résumé.

Tell your story. Once you’re ready to send out the résumé, make sure it’s doing the job of showcasing your skills and accomplishments. Many résumé writers begin by trying to construct concise bullet points. But that can mean losing some of the critical pieces of information involved in what you’ve accomplished. So, Mr. Saam suggests first spelling out the details of a work-related situation, any obstacle, the action you took to resolve the issue, and the results of your actions. Write out the complete story, he advises, and then whittle it down to a series of concise descriptive bullet points.

Find an insider. Develop a networking list of friends, former colleagues, and acquaintances who might know people at your target companies. Taking the time to pinpoint key contacts at the company where you are applying will help ensure your résumé gets into the right person’s hands. What’s more, an introduction to an insider will help avoid needing to use the résumé upfront.

Try a personal touch. For Daniel Muldowney, who has been looking for a marketing job since he was laid off in March, putting a personal touch on his résumé is one way to grab the attention of hiring managers. Mr. Muldowney encloses a handwritten note with his résumé, making clear that he has researched each company, mentioning, for example, the firm’s last quarterly report or a recent speech made by the CEO. “The ultimate goal is to catch an executive’s attention,” says Mr. Muldowney.

Re-evaluate regularly. If you’ve been sending your résumé out for a month or more with no response, ask yourself a few questions. Have you developed a plan that outlines the job functions and industries that most interest you? Are there new keywords you need to incorporate or are your bullet points not playing to your strengths or the company’s needs?

Great examples of resumes are available on Warren Recruiting’s website.

Courtesy of WSJ

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Trust & Estates Attorney for The Woodlands, Texas

Warren Recruiting is seeking a Trusts & Estates associate to join a law firm in the Woodlands, TX.  Candidates should have at least 3 years of prior experience handling wealth preservation matters such as drafting trusts and wills, counseling on estate planning, handling probate issues and the like.  Certification in Trusts and Estates Law is a plus.  CPA license or LLM in Taxation a plus.

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Transactional Tax Attorney for Leading Law Firm

We are seeking a Tax associate with big law firm training for the Houston office of an international law firm.  The position will include working with the firmwide head of the tax practice, so is a great opportunity to work with lawyers who are at the top of their game.  Transactional tax experience is required, with energy industry transactions being a plus.  Strong academics are required.  Relocating lawyers are welcome!

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Trade & Compliance Attorney wanted for Leading Texas Firm

Warren Recruiting is seeking an associate attorney with at least 5 years prior experience in International Trade and specifically import compliance.  This is to join a great team of nice lawyers in the Dallas office of a Texas-based law firm.  They would also consider the person to be located in other of their Texas offices. Work will entail a variety of import and export matters, including export control issues and import/export compliance matters.  Strong experience in import-related matters before U.S. Customs and Border Protection is ideal.

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Top Plaintiffs Firm seeks Litigation Associate

Warren Recruiting is seeking a litigator from a top ranked law firm that is interested in joining a Plaintiffs law practice.  Candidates must currently have 3-5 years’ experience working at a large, national or international law firm and have strong academic credentials. Strong compensation and significant upside potential.  Great opportunity to get hands on experience and work with partners at the top of their fields.  Must be highly motivated and a self starter.

Contact Lori Black at Lori@WarrenRecruiting.com for more information.

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