We hire interesting individuals with demonstrated academic achievement who seek early responsibility as part of a practice geared towards trial litigation. We value multi-dimensional candidates who demonstrate initiative, a humble self-confidence, and the ability to work beyond their comfort zone.

The firm annually hires most of its associates through the summer program and from lawyers completing federal judicial clerkships. In fact, 90 percent of our attorneys have clerked. Occasionally, we hire lateral associates who may join at various times during the calendar year. Although we welcome applications from outstanding attorneys at any point during the year, our traditional window for associate hiring begins in the winter and extends through spring for employment commencing in the fall. Our needs tend to be at the junior to middle levels, and rarely at a more senior level due to the firm's relatively short track to partnership.  


We offer a competitive benefits package including:

  • Bar exam fees, bar review course and stipend
  • Clerkship bonus
  • Relocation expenses
  • 4 weeks paid vacation per year
  • 401k plan
  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, AD&D, and long-term disability insurance
  • Domestic partner benefits
  • Flexible spending account
  • Commuter check program
  • 20 weeks paid leave for the primary caregiver for newborns (maternity or paternity)
  • 6 weeks paid leave for the secondary caregiver
  • Back-up childcare
  • A number of our partners and associates have flexible work arrangements allowing them to meet their families' specific needs

Fall 2018 Employment

We will begin considering applications in February 2018 from federal judicial clerks for fall 2018 associate employment. California bar preferred. Principals only.

Please submit your resume with cover letter, law school transcript, writing sample and list of references to:

Holly Saydah
Director of Attorney Recruiting and Professional Development
Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
633 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111-1809
Telephone: (415) 773-6649
Fax: (415) 397-7188
Email: RecruitingInfo@keker.com

Non-Discrimination Policy

Keker, Van Nest & Peters is committed to providing all of its employees equal opportunity in any and all employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, medical condition, disability, or sexual orientation as required by law.