Junior- to Mid-Level Patent Associate in San Diego

Our client, a top national firm with an international presence, is seeking a junior- to mid-level Patent Associate with a background in electrical engineering or software engineering to join their growing IP practice. The preferred candidate will have experience in patent litigation, preferably including hardware, software, or apps. Those registered with the USPTO are especially welcome to apply.

Please reach out to us today to speak confidentially about this and many other opportunities in the area!

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Senior Real Estate Attorney (No book required.)

Our client, a top California-based law firm, seeks a mid- to senior-level Real Estate Attorney to work on broad-based real estate transactions, which would include acquisitions and dispositions, development, commercial leasing, private equity, joint ventures, land use, public-private partnerships and other related matters. Experience in working with long-term clients in a strategic or advisory capacity is required.

This is an opportunity to join one of the most highly-regarded firms in the country and assume a high level of reasonability and client contact. Furthermore, a book of business is not a requirement for this opportunity, even at the more senior levels.

Please contact us at (323)936-4880 or info@villasenorandassociates.com today to discuss this opportunity further!

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Two Exciting New Opportunities for Patent Associates in the Bay Area

Our client, a firm with offices throughout the United States and worldwide, is seeking a junior Patent Prosecution Associate for its well-established Intellectual Property practice. The right candidate will have an electrical engineering, computer science, physics, or related background. Experience in drafting intellectual property provisions, portfolio development and strategy is also welcome.

Our second opportunity is with another strong national firm, and they are currently seeking a junior level Patent Associate. The right candidate will have a degree in biology, pharmacology, chemistry (or a related field). This position will include counseling clients on a wide range of IP matters, including copyrights and trademarks, prosecution, and data protection.

Please contact us at (323)936-4880 or info@villasenorandassociates.com today to discuss this opportunity further!

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Mid-Level Corporate Associate in Los Angeles

Our client, a top California-based firm, currently seeks a mid-level Corporate Associate with general transactional experience, including M&A, joint ventures, and private equity. Additional experience in securities, finance, and regulatory matters is also welcome.

The firm opportunity is located in Century City, and the Corporate Group is comprised of a very well-respected group of attorneys at the forefront of their field.

Candidates who are ready and willing to assume significant responsibility and run with their own deals (with minimal oversight) are strongly preferred.

Please contact us at (323)936-4880 or info@villasenorandassociates.com to discuss this opportunity further!

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Mid-Level Corporate Associates – Tech/Emerging Companies (S.F. or S.V.)

We are seeking mid-level Corporate Associates in the Bay Area with substantive transactional experience handling matters such as M&A, venture capital, private equity, joint ventures and capital market transactions to work with a Top 100 Firm with strong ties to the start-up community.

Candidates should have experience at a top national firm, as well as involvement with emerging companies, venture capital financing, and private offerings. Excellent academic credentials are required.

Contact us today if you are interested in discussing your options – there are many, including this, and the firms are ready to hire immediately!

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In-House Position – Intellectual Property Counsel (Southern CA)

Villasenor & Associates is pleased to present a new listing for an in-house Intellectual Property Counsel position with a very well-established company in the food/beverage industry. The position will be based in the Southern CA area.

Our client is seeking an experienced, dynamic trademark and copyright lawyer to join the legal team at the company headquarters to help manage and enforce the company’s worldwide trademark and copyright portfolios. This is a great opportunity to work at an exciting company with a portfolio of well-known global brands and collaborate with business partners worldwide.

Responsibilities
• Support the Senior Legal Counsel in managing the company’s worldwide trademark and copyright portfolios, including multiple iconic brands.
• Supervise and work with outside counsel on trademark clearance and prosecution, copyright filings, and trademark opposition, cancellation, and invalidation proceedings.
• Draft and review IP-related agreements such as license, co-existence, and confidentiality agreements.
• Review product packaging and marketing materials, including web and social media, for appropriate use of trademarks and copyrighted works.
• Assist with other IP-related matters, including brand enforcement and IP litigation.
• Support IP counsel on strategic initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications
• Minimum seven (7) years of relevant experience either in-house or at a law firm. Experience working for a consumer goods company, a plus.
• JD with membership in at least one state bar.
• Experience with both domestic and foreign trademark clearance and portfolio management.
• Experience counseling clients on trademark, copyright, design patent, and right of publicity.
• Collaborative lawyering style.

Additional Details

Location – Southern California
Compensation – Competitive, but depends on experience

If you have some or most of these qualifications, and if this position sounds interesting, please feel free to send along your resume and we will be happy to review. If we feel you might be a good fit, we will contact you for an initial screening interview.

Thank you and please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Vice President & General Counsel (L.A. Area)

Villasenor & Associates is pleased to present our exclusive new listing for a Vice President & General Counsel position with a very-highly respected company. The position will be based in the Los Angeles area.

Our client, which does business in the retail automotive industry, is seeking its first General Counsel to oversee its day-to-day operations, as well as its strategic growth plans. The company boasts an iconic brand with a rich history and a longstanding presence in Southern California, and beyond.

Summary of Responsibilities

The General Counsel will plan, oversee, direct and support all legal activities for the organization, providing strategic advice to the Leadership Team on all corporate matters, including engaging outside counsel (as necessary).

The various duties will include, but are not limited to:
• Strategic Direction
• Organizational leadership
• Consumer, Automotive Regulatory, Dealership, Employment and Environmental Law
• Corporate Governance
• Litigation Management
• Private Equity and Real Estate Financing
• Real Estate Development/Construction
• Corporate Development
• Tax
• Staff/Functional Management

Desired Skills, Knowledge & Experience

• Experience serving as the General Counsel for a public or private company of greater than $1B in revenue
• Automotive, Retail, Financial or closely related industry experience
• Expertise in transactional, consumer, employment and general commercial law issues
• Strong executive presence and credibility; ideally comfortable working directly with a Board of Directors
• Significant experience and familiarity with California law is highly preferred
• Must be an active Member of the California Bar

Personal Characteristics

• Highly intelligent, energetic, analytical, imaginative, and results-oriented, the successful candidate will bring a fresh perspective to the role, as well as provide strong strategic support for the continual growth of the company’s business
• An aggressive leader capable of reducing unnecessary costs and intelligently streamlining the legal function in order to reduce third-party legal billings
• Humble, yet highly confident in his/her ability to ensure that the organization remains a first-class company that is innovative, resourceful and highly respected
• Excellent executive presence and communication skills, both internally and externally, and the ability to relate well with all levels within a highly team-oriented environment
• A strong work ethic and ability to roll up his/her sleeves and get the job done
• High integrity and a personal sense of commitment to excellence; treats others with respect and ensures adherence to quality standards and ethical business practices

Additional Details

Location – Los Angeles area
Travel – This position will require up to 25% travel
Compensation – Depends on experience, but the general range is $250K – $300K

If you have some or most of these qualifications, and if this position sounds interesting, please feel free to send along your resume and we will be happy to review. If we feel you might be a good fit, we will contact you for an initial screening interview.

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Administrative Assistant Position

Villasenor & Associates has been a leader and pioneer in the legal recruiting field for over 30 years. We are currently seeking an Administrative Assistant/Office Manager to join and support our team! This opportunity is ideal for someone who has previously worked as a career assistant (ideally in the legal field) and is currently looking for a flexible/reduced-hours opportunity.

This is a part-time position with some flexibility in the weekly schedule. We envision this person working approximately 20-30 hours per week. Compensation is competitive and depends on experience. Although this is a part-time position (in terms of hours), we ideally prefer someone who would like to join the business long-term and play an integral role in the day-to-day operations.

Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of experience working in a professional office environment, preferably, a law firm or legal department.

Job Duties:
– Work directly with Managing Partners in maintaining active files and accounts
– Devise and implement updated file management system
– Extensive client contact including handling incoming calls, emails and scheduling
– Manage various correspondence and appointments for Managing Partners
– All other administrative support such as filing, scanning, and document management
– Other duties, as assigned

Qualifications:
– At least 5+ years of experiences working as an Assistant, Office Manager or Recruiting Administrator
– Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred
– Ability to multi-task and prioritize
– Knowledge/experience of working with law firms is preferred
– Must possess a strong attention to detail, and high level of organization
– Strong administrative, communication, and writing skills (spelling and grammar)
– Must have fluency in basic computer skills, specifically with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)

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Land Use Associates – Southern CA

Real estate development has continued to explode and law firms are in need of well-qualified land use attorneys to help their clients navigate the tricky and nuanced process developing land.

We are seeking land use attorneys with 2+ years of experience with any mix of the following types of experience: zoning, entitlement processing, public hearings, municipal law, CEQA/NEPA, other regulatory matters, government contract work (including bid protests), and related litigation.

Your work will primarily consist of representing private property owners and developers before city councils, county boards, planning commissions and other local, state and federal administrative bodies.

Opportunities exist with firms large and small and we welcome the opportunity to speak with you further about your career and the lateral options available to you, so please reach out today!

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Seeking Litigation Partners

My firm is currently seeking established Litigation Partners with a portable book of business.

I am offering an opportunity to join a thriving and growing law firm with a number of very attractive factors working in its favor. Having just met with the firm management today, this is a very fresh assignment and the firm has a TON to offer!

THE FIRM: The firm has multiple offices throughout the country and enjoys an excellent reputation, both locally and nationally. Locally, the firm is located in Century City and has approximately fifty attorneys, working across a number of different practice areas. The litigation group represents about half of the office and maintains a very diverse and broad-based practice. Some areas of focus within litigation include: complex commercial/business disputes, entertainment (soft IP), products liability, class actions, insurance coverage, white collar, employment, etc.

WHAT IS NEEDED: The firm and I are really looking for Partner-level candidates who can be at least 50% self-sustaining, or pretty close to it. With billing rates expected in the $400-$600/hour range, that would mean that the portable book would need to be in the range of $500K – $ 750K. Ideally, the level of experience would be 8 to 10 years and beyond.

As for desired area of experience, it can be flexible, although there is a priority for an Entertainment Litigation Partner with experience in trademark/copyright and related litigation matters (audit experience would be a plus). The transactional entertainment group is very busy and they would love to add a litigator with that specific skill set to help with disputes arising from those clients.

WHAT IS OFFERED: An opportunity to work in a collaborative, ego-free environment with other like-minded Partners; a competitive compensation model that rewards you handsomely for work you handle, personally, as well as generate for the firm; a very realistic and approachable billing rate that will allow for continued growth of your book; support and encouragement from the firm to build your book and seek out new clients; a beautiful office space with top-notch amenities and friendly, engaged support staff.

This is a terrific opportunity for a young, hungry Partner with a burgeoning book OR perhaps for a Partner that has simply hit their limit at their current firm due to any number of constraints (billing rates, conflicts, glass ceiling, etc.).

Please feel free to reach out to me today and I’ll be more than happy to discuss (confidentially, of course) this and other opportunities.

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