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Associate --- Litigation (ERISA) --- Chicago

Associate Litigation (ERISA) Chicago


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McDermott is seeking a 1st 4th year Associate for our Litigation Practice Group who is prepared to assist primarily with ERISA litigation matters.  While no pre-existing ERISA litigation experience is required, we are looking to hire a candidate who is willing to learn and focus their practice primarily in that area.  Topics will include 401(k) class action litigation, Employer Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)-related litigation, Department of Labor investigations, and denial of benefits claims.


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 barred and in good standing in the state of Illinois
  • Must have outstanding academic credentials from a top-tier school and strong writing skills
  • General litigation experience, including complex commercial litigation or experience with ERISA litigation preferred
  • Judicial Clerks encouraged to apply


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.


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