Charleston Mid-Level Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety Associate

LawyersLabor, Employment and Workplace SafetyCharleston, SC

Job Description

At K&L Gates, we are looking for smart, imaginative and hard-working people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas to join us.  Perhaps our search for talented visionaries and your search for important and impactful work lead to the same place.

We are seeking an experienced mid-level associate to join the Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety (LEWS) practice in our dynamic Charleston office.  The ideal candidate will have five to seven years of labor and employment experience that includes litigating primarily in federal court and before federal agencies, and advising on a wide range of labor and employment issues, such as proper hiring and firing, proper discipline, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, noncompetition,  labor/management relations, union avoidance, trade secret protection and misappropriation, and wage and hour compliance.  In addition, the ideal candidate would have some experience with respect to the employment aspects of business transactions, including M&A due diligence, reviewing employment policies, and drafting employment-related documents, such as offer letters, employment agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, and separation agreements. Experience running and managing national litigation, and international employment experience, a plus. Strong academic credentials and excellent written and oral communication skills are prerequisites. Candidates must be self-starters with the ability to work individually and in teams.


K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with approximately 2,000 lawyers across five continents. We have experienced dramatic growth in the past decade and now rank among the largest U.S. based law firms in the world.  We take pride in constantly striving for innovation, imagination and an entrepreneurial spirit. We come up with big ideas and then roll up our sleeves to get the job done, guiding our clients through their most complex issues in a variety of industry sectors and across multiple regions of the world.

The industry recognition the firm has garnered in the past five years emanates from the foundation of a global community aligned on behalf of our clients. The people at K&L Gates are committed to working together to create a legacy for each other, the firm, our clients, and the communities in which we serve. We thrive in an inclusive and socially conscious environment that embraces diversity and takes a holistic approach to the career evolution of all our professionals.

To learn what makes us different from other law firms, including our collaborative approach, entrepreneurial spirit, and our commitment to diversity, check out our video, “Grow Your Career at K&L Gates.”

If you agree that we are different from other law firms - and the right place for you to grow your career - please apply for this position.  For more information or to view other job opportunities, please click here to go back to our careers page.

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We offer a dynamic work environment and excellent benefits.


The Firm is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the Firm that employment decisions shall be based on merit, qualifications and competence. Employment practices shall not be influenced or affected by virtue of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy governs all aspects of employment including, without limitation, recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, assignment and dismissal. In addition, it is the Firm’s policy to provide an environment that is free of unlawful harassment of any kind including, without limitation, that which is sexual, racial, age-related, disability-related or ethnic background-related.