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
I take personal satisfaction working as an attorney in public finance law knowing that at the end of the day my efforts contribute to the public good in tangible and meaningful ways. I feel especially privileged to be able to work primarily with 501(c)(3) organizations and assist them in realizing their goals of building hospitals, schools, community and cultural centers, and other facilities that improve lives and provide social benefit to our communities.
One of the first nonprofit organizations with which I worked provides housing and care facilities for autistic individuals. It had outgrown its existing facilities and wanted to ensure its ability to serve its clients and their families without the unnecessary worry of running out of space or not being able to provide adequate services.
Another particularly memorable nonprofit borrower was an organization that provides manufacturing employment for the blind—what a great concept and service!
Of course, learning about the work these organizations do is interesting and the legal issues involved in their financings are varied and intellectually stimulating; but, above all else, it is rewarding for me to know that my efforts further something that has a real, positive impact on the lives of these organizations’ program participants, their families, and the community.
Associate, New York Office
The term “associate” is more than a title at Hawkins, it truly means a “business partner” with the related responsibilities and opportunities that come with the role. Hawkins gives its associates substantial responsibility and direct contact with clients from day one, regardless of whether you are a first year or fifth year. Within my first few months, I was managing deals, drafting contracts, and advising clients. The partners always made sure I had a seat at the table, and clients were told they could call the partner “or my associate” and be provided the same high level of service.
Over the years, I have had the chance to work on multi-billion dollar transactions across the country, many of which have never been done before and more than a few of which have won awards for their innovative approach. These projects have included everything from airports, courthouses, renewable energy facilities, water treatment plants, and wildlife habitat restoration, to name just a few. It has been both exciting and professionally rewarding to see these projects featured in the news or hear them come up in conversation.
While my practice focuses mainly on the procurement, design, construction, financing and operations/maintenance of public infrastructure, each assignment entails a wide array of issues from insurance to labor to real estate. Being involved in nearly every aspect of these extremely complex transactions has required me to be both a generalist and a specialist. There is never a dull moment or a day you do not learn something new. And the best part is that I learn from accomplished attorneys, our clients are always enjoyable to work with, and our projects are vitally important to the daily lives of millions of people.
Hawkins is an ideal place to start a legal career or advance one. As a lateral associate coming from big law, I joined the firm with specific things in mind that I wanted for my career – cutting-edge projects, broad legal experience, a law firm with an excellent national reputation, and a collegial environment. I have found all this and more at Hawkins.
Associate, New York Office
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.
Infrastructure Associate, New York, NY & Newark, NJ
This associate position is available in the infrastructure group. The team is based in New York and practices nationally representing public agencies and financial institutions in implementing infrastructure projects on an alternative delivery and public-private partnership basis in the water, solid waste, social infrastructure, transportation and power sectors. We are looking for a candidate with 2-5 years of corporate transactional experience at a major law firm who is interested in representing public sector clients around the country in complex procurement and contract work developing large scale public works projects.
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.
Paralegal, New York, NY
This full-time position will assist attorneys with all aspects of a busy financial transaction practice. Duties will include drafting documents, coordinating deal closings, the assembly of transcripts of proceedings, computation of statistics and preparation of letters and forms. There will be significant attorney and client contact. The highly motivated individual will also be involved in legal research. Flexibility with overtime may be required.
A four (4) year college degree is required for this position. Hawkins is looking for someone who anticipates attending law or business school and can make a minimum two year commitment to this position. The position requires a strong work ethic, the ability to multi-task, careful attention to detail, and excellent communication skills.
Arbitrage Rebate Analyst, New York, NY
The arbitrage rebate analyst works within the firm's Financial Analysis & Services group ("FAS"). FAS consists of non-attorney professionals working under the purview of the firm's tax department. The primary role of the analyst is to prepare various financial analyses and calculations relating to bond financings to ensure compliance with certain federal tax laws and regulations. Certain projects relating to "arbitrage" entail gathering historical investment information and analyzing such information using Excel spreadsheets to determine optimal investment returns. The analyst prepares reports using Word and Excel which include a summary of all assumptions and methodologies and the calculations for municipal bonds. Other projects may include developing and refining financial models, preparing yield calculations, loan amortization schedules, cash flow analyses, swap/hedge analysis, presentations, marketing materials, and research.
The arbitrage rebate analyst position requires an undergraduate degree, preferably in finance, economics, mathematics, statistics or other technical fields. Knowledge of fixed income securities (especially municipal bonds), accounting and general financial market terminology is preferred. Strong working knowledge of Excel and Word. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Detail-oriented with excellent organization skills. Salary is competitive.
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.