Careers

Hawkins has been at the forefront of public finance for over 150 years, and is a national leader in infrastructure project delivery. We have a diverse array of practice areas and professional competencies within and related to public finance and infrastructure fields that enables the firm to deliver comprehensive and excellent service to our clients. The firm's team approach to client relationships is a major factor in recruiting new attorneys. Our attorneys include graduates of some of the country's most respected law schools. Most of our partners began as associates at the firm, and many of our attorneys have had prior service in government at the federal, state and local levels. This expertise enhances our abilities to serve our public sector, non-profit and financial institution clients.

Whether you're seeking opportunities as an attorney or as staff, Hawkins is always interested in candidates with superior qualifications and initiative who are seeking a challenging and rewarding work environment. Above all, the firm promotes dedication to the highest level of professionalism in an atmosphere of collegiality. We welcome your interest and questions.

Hawkins is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The firm prohibits discrimination or harassment based upon race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, marital or partnership status, sexual orientation, actual or perceived gender and gender identity, veteran's status or any other legally protected status. This policy pertains to every aspect of an individual's relationship with the firm, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training and development, promotion, transfer, discipline, termination, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment. 

A Word From Our Associates

 

When working on bond transactions, one can easily become focused on the financing itself and forget the purpose of the financing: to build a road, maintenance tracks, or purchase railcars. Drafting annual disclosure documents may be the best way to really get an understanding of the full scope of a client’s operations and appreciate the “bigger picture”. I have personally experienced this while working on one of our client’s Annual Disclosure Statements. Each year, over a period of several months, I have had the opportunity to work closely with the client’s legal and finance teams, as well as with representatives of other participating agencies. We discuss their operations, assist with drafting the disclosure, and work to form the reports from the various teams and agencies into a cohesive whole, with the goal of giving investors a clear picture of the client’s operations.

This work is incredibly rewarding. By collaborating with the diverse agencies, I have gotten a sense of the scope and complexity of the client’s operations. Finally, drafting disclosure documents is a great reminder of how our work ultimately benefits the communities we, and our clients, serve.

            Associate, New York City Office

“You do what??” When I tell new acquaintances that I am public finance attorney, most react with: “Oh, what is that?” I explain that I work on bond transactions, mostly to fund projects for non-profit hospitals or for the development of affordable housing. I usually stop there, as any further discussion tends to be met with glassy-eyed stares and obligatory head nods. This field is not particularly glamorous; there may never be a prime-time drama about bond lawyers, and I doubt my job description would mesmerize the kids in my daughter’s class on career day (I get it, I can’t top tech start-up founder or airline pilot); still, I feel very lucky to do a job that at its core helps people and society.

To illustrate: a few years back, our team was working on a financing to benefit a nationally-recognized, regional children’s healthcare system. In the midst of document drafting, conference calls, and email exchanges addressing the minute details of the transaction, I took a routine call with the hospital’s general counsel that put everything into perspective: this financing was allowing the hospital to lower its borrowing cost in order to help build a pediatric specialty facility that would serve the needs of more children. As the general counsel was telling me how excited their team was to complete the financing for the new facility, she mentioned one of the hospital’s favorite annual traditions. Minutes later, I was watching YouTube videos of costume-clad hospital staff and senior management dancing, flash-mob style, to the Halloween classic “Thriller”, surrounded by smiling patients and parents also dressed in their Halloween finest. It was hard to miss how much this group of professionals cared about the families they serve. Since I’ve already given away that I am less than cool, I admit that I also thought to myself “that facility is probably bond-financed.”

Financing →  Infrastructure → People. I work on transactions that raise money. Generally speaking, the money is used to build or refinance projects – whether hospital facilities or affordable housing units – that help people. Although I may not see the patients’ smiles or join a dancing flash mob, I know my work is essential to the completion of these projects. It may not sound glamorous, but it’s pretty rewarding.

            Associate, San Francisco Office

 

Career Opportunities

Finance Transaction Associate, New York, NY

A rare opportunity to apply your skills, grow professionally in a sophisticated national practice and be able to see from your office window each day tangible evidence that your work has improved the world.   Mid-sized, top-ranked law firm, with offices in nine U.S. cities, is seeking an associate for its New York (World Trade Center) office with a minimum of one year of transactional experience in structured finance, project finance or securitizations to join the country’s leading municipal housing finance securities practice.  As a member of the municipal housing finance team, you will experience the daily professional and personal satisfaction of knowing that your participation in challenging and innovative transactions across the country results in affordable housing for thousands of families.  We represent public agencies, investment banks and other financial institutions in nationwide  project finance and structured finance transactions for low and moderate income multi-family and single-family housing. We have maintained our leading position in the industry we helped create more than a half century ago  through our unrelenting commitment to client service, excellence, integrity and collaborative problem-solving.

We offer a collegial work setting, a problem-solving environment and extensive direct client contact, on a team providing skill development and growth.  Qualified candidates will be motivated self-starters with a commitment to ethics and excellence and have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Bar admission or pending bar admission is required. Interested candidates should submit a resume, law school transcript  and cover letter.

Associate - Affordable Housing, Washington, DC

Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP is seeking an associate with at least three years of experience with HUD affordable housing, low-income housing tax credit or related programs is required. The position will be located in our Washington, D.C. office.  All candidates should include a resume and cover letter. A writing sample would be helpful.

Diversity

Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP is committed to maintaining an inclusive culture and fostering a professional atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices. Hawkins has a longstanding commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse community of administrative staff and attorneys.

Hawkins is proud of its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. It is through the collaboration of individuals from diverse backgrounds that the firm is able to deliver the highest quality services to its clients. We value each individual’s contributions to our legal practice. The firm supports the professional and personal development of individuals from distinct backgrounds and cultures.