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

 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

Career Opportunities 

Interested candidates must submit a resume, law school transcript, cover letter and the linked EEO form, to be considered.

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 or Senior Counsel, Ann Arbor, Newark, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Washington DC

Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP seeks additional associates or senior counsels in our national health care, higher education and cultural institution practices in the above-listed offices.  Experience the daily professional and personal satisfaction of knowing that your work has contributed to the public good in tangible and meaningful ways.

At Hawkins, you will work on sophisticated, innovative transactions and cutting-edge financial products whose end users are local governments or nonprofit corporations.  We represent public agencies, investment banks, hospitals, universities, social service agencies and cultural institutions.  We are the leading firm in this industry and maintain this position 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 contact with clients and senior partners.  

Ideal candidates will have 2+ years’ experience in a transactional, health care, nonprofit, real estate, corporate or securities law practice, will be motivated self-starters with excellent communication skills, a commitment to integrity and excellence, and have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Bar admission, or pending Bar admission, in the applicable jurisdiction of residence is required.

If you want more from your practice, and are looking for a unique opportunity to build a career in public finance, we want to hear from you.  Interested candidates should submit a resume, law school transcript and cover letter (including an indication of which of the above-listed offices is of primary interest).

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.

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.