Associate – Cryptocurrency Litigation & Regulatory Defense – New York

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Associate - Cryptocurrency Litigation & Regulatory Defense - New York

Associate – Cryptocurrency Litigation & Regulatory Defense – New York

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The New York office is seeking a 1st 5th year Associate for our Litigation Practice Group.  McDermotts specialized team exclusively advises clients in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry.  This job posting is for a spot on the crypto team.  This role focuses on crypto litigation, enforcement defense, and providing regulatory advice.  In-depth crypto and blockchain knowledge is required.  The ideal applicant has prior experience or a demonstrated interest in crypto law.  Since the inception of the crypto industry, McDermott has been at the forefront of crypto litigation, government investigations, crypto-tracing, asset recovery, bankruptcy litigation, and regulatory advice. 

The crypto team at MWE is one of the only groups in the world that is Chambers Ranked for Crypto-Asset Disputes. The head of the group was recently recognized as a “Trailblazer” by the American Lawyer for his progressive work in Crypto and is one of ten lawyers that is Chambers Ranked in Crypto-Asset Disputes.

Applications should be submitted online through our web apply portal.  Questions can be directed to Amanda Ryan, Lateral Associate Recruiting Manager, at

Job Requirements:

  • Must be a current member of the New York bar
  • Must have outstanding academic credentials from a top-tier school and strong writing skills
  • Deep understanding about cryptocurrency and blockchain is required
  • Experience in cryptocurrency-related litigation, government investigations, or regulatory advice is preferred        

We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our McDermott workforce. Consistent with that commitment, in light of the substantial and growing body of evidence that vaccinations remain the most effective protection against the spread of COVID-19, we require that members of our McDermott workforce be fully vaccinated.

At this time we are not asking you to provide any information about your current vaccination status, whether you would seek a medical or religious accommodation to the policy, or for any other medical information.  We are only notifying you of the policy if you are interested in moving forward with the application process.

Expected Pay Range for Associates: 2023/2022 Class Compensation Years: $215,000

                                                           2021 Class Compensation Years: $225,000

                                                           2020 Class Compensation Years: $250,000

                                                           2019 Class Compensation Years: $295,000

                                                           2018 Class Compensation Years: $345,000

                                                           2017 Class Compensation Years: $370,000

                                                           2016 Class Compensation Years: $400,000

                                                           2015 and more senior class compensation years: $415,000

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