Senior Attorney

Home / About Us / Careers / Senior Attorney

Senior Attorney

Location: Washington, D.C.

Position title:                       Senior Attorney

Location:                               Washington, D.C.

Reports to:                            General Counsel

Target start date:                As soon as possible

Application deadline:         Rolling until filled


Summary Description:

Over the past 20 years, ERI has built a reputation as one of the leading legal organizations representing communities and individuals from around the world whose rights, livelihoods and homelands are harmed by corporations, financial institutions and governments.  Our lawyers have worked closely with our clients, co-counsel, partner NGOs, campaigners and others to bring groundbreaking lawsuits and pursue legal advocacy to provide remedies and ensure legal accountability.

ERI seeks a seasoned litigator who is capable of advocating both inside and outside the courtroom, as well as mentoring and managing junior attorneys, to join our legal team.  The Senior Attorney’s docket will include work on our corporate accountability litigation and Foreign Legal Assistance litigation, as well as ERI’s US legal defense efforts, working with partner organizations to provide rapid response legal support, representing clients, providing legal advice and counsel, and coordinating with co-counsel and partner organizations. The Senior Attorney will be expected to supervise staff, in particular supporting the professional development of junior attorneys, represent clients, support U.S. litigation, cultivate and manage strategic partnerships, provide expertise internally and externally, and leverage a variety of legal, policy, communications, and coalition-building strategies to further our goals.


Roles and responsibilities:

  • Develop, oversee and support litigation, both proactive and reactive/defensive litigation, on behalf of ERI’s clients both in the US and from around the world ensuring highest quality work product
  • Review, edit and supervise legal team work to ensure the consistent production of high quality work product in all litigation and advocacy materials
  • Supervise and mentor staff attorneys, legal fellows, and other team members providing oversight, training, and expertise on a variety of litigation, policy, and communications activities
  • Conduct and supervise discovery activities including depositions, and train junior attorneys in discovery activities.
  • Help staff to meet goals and deadlines, providing timely and regular feedback and fostering a highly functioning, inclusive, innovative and collaborative team environment
  • Work with staff in other programs to facilitate information flow, maintain collaborative work relationships across the organization and to ensure consistency and integration in support of ERI’s strategic priorities
  • Draft and edit briefs, memos, briefing documents, written comments, blogs and other written materials
  • Represent ERI and our clients in court hearings, public meetings and workshops, and other processes
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge related to corporate litigation, Foreign Legal Assistance litigation, SLAPPs, and RICO and monitor relevant ongoing activities affecting program goals;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with relevant co-counsel, NGOs, and personnel of partner organizations,
  • Assist Development Department to provide timely and compelling reports, proposals and updates to funders, including representing ERI at donor meetings and conferences
  • Work in collaboration with the Communications Team to develop and align strategic messaging, and persuasively articulate the mission and goals of ERI’s litigation and legal defense in written and oral presentations, including at conferences and the media.


Required skills and experience:

  • Licensed to practice law in U.S. with D.C. bar membership or the ability to waive into the D.C. bar
  • Minimum 7-10 years’ experience of U.S. legal practice, including 3-5 years of significant litigation experience required, including civil litigation. (Experience with corporate accountability issues preferred, but not required.)
  • Knowledge of legal and policy issues surrounding one or more of the following areas: transnational litigation, corporate accountability, human rights, environmental justice, climate change, First Amendment, SLAPP and/or RICO suits
  • Excellent legal research, analysis, writing and communication skills
  • Experience supervising and/or mentoring professional staff, including mentoring and/or training junior legal staff
  • Ability to work independently and experience leading small teams
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and handle a heavy workload
  • Ability to travel periodically and for extended periods
  • Ability to work well with clients and partners from a diverse range of ethnic, geographic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Commitment to anti-bias and nondiscrimination


Desirable skills and experience:

  • Spanish language skills strongly desired
  • A passion for and commitment to justice and representing clients fighting powerful adversaries
  • Experience working with civil society organizations and a diverse range of people and groups
  • Sense of humor
  • Media, advocacy, and/or campaign experience
  • Experience coordinating movements, coalitions or networks
  • Experience with external fundraising to support project goals


We offer:

  • a competitive, non-profit sector salary and benefits
  • medical and dental insurance coverage
  • retirement and metro benefits
  • a casual and fun work environment


Duration: Full-time for at least one year. This a grant-funded position; we hope for long-term renewal but that is not currently guaranteed.


Candidates should send an email with the subject line “Senior Attorney 2019” to [email protected] with the following documents, in MS Word or PDF format. You must use the designated subject header, or your application may not be received:

  • Do not send a cover letter.Instead, send in a single document brief answers to the following questions, no more than 300 words each:
    • Why are you interested in working for EarthRights International?
    • Imagine you are supervising a newly-barred attorney in either 1) writing a key legal brief; 2) preparing for her first oral argument, or 3) taking his first deposition (pick one). What advice and guidance would you give?
  • Resume or CV (no longer than 2 pages)
  • 5-10 page sample or extract from a piece of legal writing without external editing
  • Do not send references.These may be requested at a later point in the process.

This information will not be linked to your individual application in any way, but helps ERI evaluate our efforts at recruiting a diverse set of applicants.

We will acknowledge applications received, and will contact those candidates selected for the interview stage. Due to the volume of applications, not all applicants will receive an interview. Additional materials may be requested at later points in the process.

EarthRights International is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and actively encourages people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQI people to apply.

For more information on the work of EarthRights International visit