Laterals

Transition to a highly-focused Boston law firm with a personalized approach to your development.

Open positions

Built for individual growth

Attorneys who have begun successful careers with other firms, in-house, or in public service often seek a lateral transition to Choate. Our practice focus and commitment to lean staffing with dedicated teams enable our associates to develop expertise and play important roles in client relationships early in their careers. Because integration is critical to our lateral associates’ success, every lateral is paired with a partner and peer mentor who focus on ensuring a smooth and quick integration into the Firm. 

The Choate Bonus Program

Choate is built different, and our differences provide material benefits to our clients and the best-in-class talent which joins us.  We are focused on capitalizing on our unique model in everything we do.

This includes associate compensation.  So, in addition to paying base salaries and “market” bonuses which are consistent with the top firms in the country, we have created a new long-term bonus program which is intended to provide appropriate rewards and incentives to our team for their significant contributions to the Firm and its clients over a multiple-year period. This new program tracks billable hours for each calendar year, starting with 2018.  At the end of each calendar year starting with 2019, all associates who are in good standing and meet their billable hour thresholds for at least the prior two years will receive an additional special bonus payable at year-end.  The program also offers analogous awards to our counsel, non-equity partners, patent agents and staff scientists.  

Please contact us to learn more about Choate’s compensation and benefits programs.

I had been working at a large law firm that was based out of Boston for a little more than six years when I made the move to Choate. The transition was similar to the extent that I moved from one large firm to another, but I could tell immediately that this is a very different law firm culture, which was probably one of the biggest things that attracted me to Choate.

Recent Lateral

When I decided to move to Boston, I was intent on finding a firm that would provide an opportunity to handle complex, high-stakes cases like the ones I worked on in New York but also allow me more latitude to take on responsibility sooner. Choate was attractive because it offered the best of both worlds.

Recent Lateral from New York

Open Positions

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Open Positions

Experienced Licensing & Technology Attorney

Choate, Hall & Stewart seeks an experienced licensing and technology transactions attorney with a minimum of seven years' experience to work in its Business Department. The individual should be well-versed in a broad range of software and data transactions and commercial contracts. Our Private Equity and Business & Technology practices include working with emerging and established companies and venture capital and private equity investors and their portfolio companies in a range of industries, including enterprise and SaaS software and services, FinTech, HealthIT, internet and digital media.

Extensive experience in strategic licensing and general commercial licensing transactions for technology companies; strategic alliances and joint development agreements; open source issues; and due diligence in private equity and venture capital transactions is required. Experience advising clients on a range of compliance strategies regarding privacy, data protection, international data transfers and cybersecurity is a plus. 

Qualified candidates should have outstanding academic credentials; very strong drafting and writing skills; excellent client relationship and interpersonal skills; and ability to manage significant workflow, including more junior members of a team.  Large law firm and/or in-house experience with a large company is required.  The ideal candidate will have a strong technical background in engineering/computer science.

Real Estate - Midlevel Associate

Choate is currently seeking a mid-level real estate associate with three to five years of experience in real estate transactional work. The individual should have significant experience representing real estate clients such as funds, developers, investors and lenders regarding complex commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing, joint ventures, leasing and workouts. The individual will also be expected to be familiar with zoning and permitting processes and due diligence. The ideal candidate will possess excellent professional judgement and negotiation skills and be highly motivated to provide exceptional client service.

Intellectual Property - Patent Agent or Junior Patent Associate (Chemistry)

Choate is currently seeking an associate or patent agent with one to three years of experience and a strong technical background in chemistry. Some experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications and conducting IP due diligence and FTO analyses is required. Advanced degree required (PhD preferred; will consider an MS with substantial industry experience). Registration with the USPTO required; prior firm experience preferred. Candidates should have an excellent academic record, top-notch communication skills and a creative and entrepreneurial perspective on IP. Please apply with a resume, transcripts and a writing sample.

Intellectual Property - Patent Agent or Junior Patent Associate (Biological Sciences)

Choate is currently seeking an associate or Patent Agent with one to three years of experience and a strong technical background in biological sciences. Some experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications and conducting IP due diligence and FTO analyses is required. Advanced degree required (PhD preferred; will consider an MS with substantial industry experience). Registration with the USPTO required; prior firm experience preferred. Candidates should have an excellent academic record, top-notch communication skills and a creative and entrepreneurial perspective on IP. Please apply with a resume, transcripts and a writing sample.

Corporate/Private Equity - Mid-level to Senior Associate

Choate is actively seeking a fourth to seventh year associate (law school class of 2011 to 2014) who has significant experience in corporate and transactional work representing private equity & venture capital investors and technology and life sciences companies in equity financings, mergers & acquisitions and recapitalizations. The ideal candidate possesses excellent professional judgment, is highly motivated to provide exceptional client service and values the opportunity for personal and professional growth in a collaborative environment. Large firm experience preferred.

Intellectual Property - Patent Agent or Junior Associate (Electrical Engineering)

Choate is currently seeking a staff scientist, patent agent or 1st to 3rd year associate with a strong technical background in electrical engineering.  Experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications is required.  Some litigation and/or post-grant experience desired.  Advanced degree in EE required.  Registration with the USPTO preferred; prior firm experience preferred.  Candidates must have superior organizational and communication skills (written and oral) and a demonstrated commitment to providing exceptional client service.

Experienced Associate - Finance and Restructuring Transactions

The Finance & Restructuring Group is seeking a highly-qualified 3rdto 6thyear associate to join our diverse, fast-paced practice. The candidate will work on matters representing lenders, private equity and institutional investors and corporate clients in a wide-range of asset-based and cash-flow financing transactions, junior capital investments, restructurings, and bankruptcy matters. Significant experience working on the transactional aspects of complex finance matters is strongly preferred.

The ideal candidate possesses strong academic credentials, sound professional judgment and is highly motivated to provide exceptional client service. Large firm experience preferred.

Experienced Associate - Borrower Side Debt Finance

The Finance & Restructuring and Private Equity Groups are seeking a finance lawyer with at least three years of large firm transactional experience to play an important role on it's borrower-side finance team, principally partnering with our nationally-recognized private equity group to represent private equity fund sponsors and their portfolio companies in connection with acquisition financings, recapitalizations, restructurings and other interactions with lenders.

The ideal candidate would have significant experience representing borrowers and issuers in large syndicated credit facilities, have knowledge of current market terms and trends, and familiarity with various debt structures (first lien, second lien, mezz, unitrache, cash flow, ABL, etc). Candidates must possess excellent professional judgement and strong motivation to provide exceptional service.