Senior Associate Attorney
Rust Belt Business Law
Erie, PA US
Posted ago
Rust Belt Business Law

  • Did you know that Erie has the poorest zip code in America
  • Did you know that Erie is consistently ranked one of the slowest growing cities in America
  • Did you know that Erie is the home of the top 50 fastest-growing law firm in the country?

If the possibilities there excite you, then read on, my friend...

Can you imagine going to work every day knowing that you're making a positive difference in our community?

Our law firm exists to help entrepreneurs and small business owners with the legal issues that keep them up at night.

We take pride in seeing our clients’ businesses grow and thrive, helping new products enter the marketplace, and helping to create family-sustaining jobs at high-growth businesses.

We are looking for an experienced Attorney for our fast-growing law firm. Yes, this position does require you to be present in Erie occasionally. We are flexible about working remotely, or working from home, but you should plan on being in the office at least 25% of the time.

Our firm is small enough that everyone is a critical part of the team, yet big enough to offer the security and benefits you want. Work where you know the Owner, have daily interaction with our clients, and participate as a vital player on a high-growth team.

We provide opportunities for our team members to grow personally, professionally, and financially.

What are some of the characteristics that any member of our team must have?

You must be a positive person. If you see the glass half full, you are the type of person we are looking for. We have a zero-tolerance policy for toxic people and workplace drama. Our team is outstanding and does amazing work. We do not do well with negative attitudes, whiners, complainers, or victims, and you definitely will not fit in if you even think that you may fit into one of the above categories of negative people.

We need people who are not afraid of computers or learning new things that will make their jobs easier. You must be proficient with Word, Outlook, Dropbox, electronic legal research, and basic case management. Also, we’re looking for someone who not only “follows” policies and procedures, but also embraces them and are thankful they exist. In fact, if you get excited about creating new policies, procedures, templates, checklists, or systems because you know they make your life easier, you’ll probably make your way to the top of our list.

We need high energy and enthusiasm for the work we do (and life in general). You must be able to work fast and change gears quickly. You must be able to think on your feet and make smart decisions.

You also need to be detail-oriented. We plan to help a lot of people launch businesses and create lasting opportunities.

We produce significant amounts of work on sometimes tight schedules. Working fast is no excuse for careless mistakes. No one’s life or business should be negatively impacted because our firm didn’t file the right documents, do the right searches, or meet deadlines. It can’t happen.

You must be willing to go the extra mile to get the job done right the first time. In our practice, getting it done right the first time for our clients is very important and we need everyone to work with this goal in mind.

You have emotional intelligence and empathy. You cannot be someone who does not take criticism well or cannot deal well with people. You must be a team player. Our team is growing, and you will be instrumental in that growth. We are strong believers in the team approach and our office is a team environment, so if you are not a team player, this is not the job for you. If you think you can fake being a team player, you can’t. Don’t try.

You need to be able to talk to people in a manner that is confident, kind, and candid. You might need to deliver difficult messages with compassion and without talking down, barking, or snapping. You must be able and willing to confront issues early and head-on to help the team grow and thrive. While it is important to show that you care about our clients, it is more important to care about them. Plus, this role comes with the added responsibility of supervising other attorneys.

If, while you are reading this, you were not distracted by the buzz of your cellphone or a Facebook alert, this might be the job for you. If you think there are many good reasons to show up to work on time, or if you don't take needless coffee, smoke, or cell phone breaks during the workday, this job is for you. If you don't spend time Monday through Friday from 8-5 surfing the internet, Facebooking, or chatting on the phone this may be the job for you.

If you think our office sounds like a fun place to be, this is the job for you.
If this sounds harsh or unfair, then this is not the job for you. You should stop reading this ad right now.

Do you understand the difference between a dad joke and a bad joke? This is important because a variety of each echoes throughout our office on a daily basis. You will not be required to laugh at all of the Owner’s jokes, but it will be noted when it is time for your performance reviews.

If, on the other hand, you realize that the work environment we have created will help you get your job done efficiently, with other people who love their job, while helping people who really need it, allow you to earn a great income, and also have a life outside of work, then you are the type of candidate we would like to meet.

If you are hired, you will be part of a wonderful team of people who work hard to get the job done right the first time and take pride in the work that they do. You will be part of a team that is rewarded for their hard work.

With regard to compensation, it is negotiable based upon experience and is subject to review after 180 days. The compensation package plan will give you some control over what you can earn working for our firm. If we succeed, you will too!

Is this going to be an easy job? No. It might be one of the biggest challenges of your life. But it is our belief that anything really great is worth working for, and that our greatest growth comes from our biggest challenges. You will be challenged. You will have fun. You will be compensated. You will still get to see your family, and take vacations.

If you have gotten this far and are thinking about applying, it means that you are ready for a challenge and want to be part of a team that helps people and rewards good work. Or maybe you’re just interested in hearing some bad jokes at an interview.

Other requirements include the following:

  • Conveys confidence in person and on the phone,
  • Shows empathy to clients and puts them at ease during challenging times,
  • Demonstrates exceptional communication skills,
  • Able to hold yourself and others accountable,
  • A go-getter with a strong work ethic


This role will work directly with our clients. From the initial "handoff" meeting, after the client works with our sales department, all the way through the closing of the file, you will be responsible for helping the clients accomplish their goals.

We want someone with some real-world business experience. Frequently, the best advice is not just legal advice - it's also business or financial advice.

Your primary duties will be:

  • assume full responsibility for the legal production pipeline, from intake to delivery of work to the client
  • manage a dynamic caseload
  • ensure all legal work is completed efficiently, accurately, and on-time
  • potentially supervise a team of associate attorney

To be successful, you must be confident, flexible, growth-minded, comfortable in a fast-paced environment, responsive, and a thorough and precise researcher, writer, and speaker.


We think the right candidate will have between 5-10 years of experience handling an active caseload.

You must be good with basic technology. Experience with the Mac and Windows Operating Systems, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Casemaker, Rocket Matter, G Suite, and/or Dropbox is preferred but not required.

You must have an active law license in Pennsylvania.

Excellent references are required.

$100,000 - $125,000
About Rust Belt Business Law

Rust Belt Business Law was launched in 2010, and we have gained an excellent reputation in the community, with our clients, and with our referral sources. In fact, in 2020, we were ranked among the top 500 fastest-growing law firms in the country (#68, to be precise). Update: We were #41 in 2021 and have continued to grow.

We help small businesses create jobs, pursue opportunities, and improve our economy.

We've rebranded our firm and launched with this video:

Also, check our Instagram account at @TeamRustBelt

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