Senior Associate Attorney for an elite, rapidly-growing law firm.
Ag & Business Legal Strategies (ABLS)
September 10, 2018
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Full Time - Experienced
HOW TO APPLY: We don't accept applications directly through the Iowa Bar Association Job Board. The apply link here should take you directly to our application portal where you will be given an opportunity to submit your resume, so we can be in touch with you about the next steps in our process from there. If that link does not work for any reason, please apply via the link here: https://bit.ly/2Mir2yH
ABOUT THE FIRM
Ag & Business Legal Strategies (ABLS) is a small but rapidly growing law firm located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. By leveraging a highly entrepreneurial culture with cutting edge technology, the firm is able to help farmers get creditors off their backs, preserve assets, and minimize taxes like no other law firm in the country. The specialized expertise that defines this firm has landed the owner in venues from Congress (championing changes to how the bankruptcy code impacts taxes owed by “right-sizing” farmers and the farming industry as well as the proper locations for businesses to file their reorganization cases – close to the farmers) to the United States Supreme Court, to appearances on various radio programs popular within the farming community across the Midwest. The owner is a frequent presenter at legal education seminars and ag financial industry training seminars.
ABLS exists to help farmers, providing them with cutting-edge services in debt restructuring negotiations and bankruptcy. Its client-centric model aims to help farmers and businessmen understand the depth of their problems and explore all possible solutions available to them, including any available options that may not be particularly popular with them. The goal is to find a solution to the problem, not merely kick the can down the road.
The Senior Associate Attorney position is a high-level position within the firm with a reporting relationship directly to the owner of the firm. The primary responsibility of a Senior Associate Attorney is to handle all aspects of a client’s case including communicating with clients, accountants, creditors, and other counsel; evaluate the overall financial, tax and legal position of the client; assist client in determining a strategy to be executed to meet realistic goals; draft pleadings, conduct discovery, prepare for and attend court hearings, conferences, and prepare for and attend trials. Most matters are resolved through negotiations with multiple creditors instead of through litigation. Though the Senior Associate’s caseload is determined by the owner, the Senior Associate should always look to relieve the owner of cases to allow the owner to focus on the big picture goals and vision for the firm.
This is an exciting opportunity for a right-fit candidate to work directly with one of the foremost experts in the country in this space and grow into increasing levels of authority and autonomy as the firm grows. An ideal candidate will be excited by the opportunity to live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; work with and learn from one of the foremost experts in this field; embrace technology and a systems-driven entrepreneurial law firm culture; and have a passion for tax law – specifically, how income tax law impacts farmers and the agricultural industry.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Senior Associate’s primary responsibilities will be to handle all aspects of the case for any client to whom the Senior Associate is assigned, including, as relevant to the individual client and matter:
Maintaining consistent and timely communications with the client, accountants, creditors and other counsel about all key developments of the case.
Collaborating with the client, owner, accountant, and the Chief Financial Strategist on the likely outcome for creditors both with and without restructuring negotiations.
Conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, preparing for and attending court hearings, conferences, and preparing for and attending trials.
Submitting relevant work, expenses, and time entries to get all invoices to clients in a timely manner and following up as required to ensure all fees owed are collected timely and Evergreen Retainers are promptly replenished.
Systems Refinement & Management Duties
This firm utilizes a mixture of technology and carefully crafted policies and procedures to help leverage the power of the firm’s full team to the benefit of their clients and deliver a consistent work product regardless of the individual personalities involved in any given case. Consequently, the duties below are a critical aspect of this role.
Work with the owner of the firm, its professional legal administrator and/or Chief Operating Officer, as relevant, to refine and optimize the firm’s policies and procedures that are relevant to any workflows within the Senior Associate Attorney’s area of responsibility.
Train subordinate staff (e.g. paralegals, legal secretaries, et. al.) on the firm’s policies and procedures, and audit compliance with the same as appropriate.
Cultivate expert familiarity with the firm’s law practice management software and other technological systems to leverage the power of these tools to enhance efficiency, transparency, and constancy of the firm’s work product throughout all assigned cases.
Marketing & Rainmaking Responsibilities
As delegated by the owner of the firm, the Senior Associate may share some responsibilities for certain marketing and rainmaking activities for the firm, such as those outlined below.
Manage the firm’s relationships with current clients, former clients, and outside referral sources.
Conduct initial consultations with prospective clients and serve as the principal contact between the firm and its clients.
Prospect for new clients through marketing, networking, writing articles, and speaking engagements.
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience but is designed to be highly competitive for the region and includes a generous benefits package. The target compensation for an ideal applicant, with significant relevant experience, would include a base salary of $90,000, plus incentives that could easily climb into the six-figure range by hitting clear, defined, benchmarks.
At a minimum, the Senior Associate Attorney must have a law degree from an accredited law school and be licensed in the state of Iowa or have the ability to be licensed in the state of Iowa within a reasonably short period of time. Attorneys licensed in the state of Illinois are also encouraged to apply.
At a minimum, the Senior Associate Attorney must have at least five years of practice experience, which can include a judicial clerkship. An ideal candidate will have over seven years of experience in at least two of the subject areas outlined below.
An ideal candidate will have subject matter expertise in the following three areas, listed in order of importance:
Knowledge and familiarity with the agricultural industry.
Bankruptcy & Commercial Law.
An ideal candidate will possess the following core technical skills, listed in order of importance to this role:
Understanding of how income taxes affect business.
Ability to evaluate probable outcomes in bankruptcy scenarios.
Ability to determine the priority of liens on real and personal property.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience but is designed to be highly competitive for the region and includes a generous benefits package. The target compensation for an ideal applicant, with significant relevant experience, would include a base salary of $90,000, plus incentives that could easily climb into the six-figure range by hitting clear, defined, benchmarks.
About Ag & Business Legal Strategies (ABLS)
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