HAWS-KM’s ongoing success is a direct result of the firm’s experienced personnel, progressive leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedicated commitment to serving clients.

HAWS-KM is strategically focused on:

  • bringing innovative approaches to complicated issues,
  • striving to deliver superior results for our clients,
  • delivering extraordinary client service, and
  • building community.

We value our attorneys and staff for their past experiences, diverse talents, and personal contributions.

  • Collegiality, collaboration and respect are the key elements of the HAWS-KM work environment.
  • Employees at all levels are supported and encouraged to maximize their individual career growth potential.
  • In addition to providing a positive, pleasant work environment, HAWS-KM offers a very competitive benefit package.

HAWS-KM is an equal opportunity employer. The firm provides equal opportunity with respect to hiring, promotion, training, discharge, compensation, benefits or other terms, conditions or privileges of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, military service, or genetic information.

 

HAWS-KM is a great firm for associates to build a rewarding and successful career.

  • Our associates work in a positive, pleasant environment where the firm’s values and goals are clearly defined.
  • Substantive work is assigned to associates early on in their careers.
  • New associates have the unique opportunity to work directly with clients on dynamic and sophisticated legal matters.

Teamwork

HAWS-KM recognizes that a team approach is the best way to provide the highest level of client service. Associates gain valuable legal skills and experience from the numerous opportunities afforded them to work on trials and special projects alongside shareholders, as well as other associates.

Pro Bono

Pro bono work is also an important part of HAWS-KM’s culture, and each HAWS-KM lawyer is encouraged to actively participate.

Professional Development

HAWS-KM offers its lawyers a strong professional development program. Associates are encouraged to maximize their individual career growth potential. The firm strives to ensure that associates receive the training, mentoring and support they need to succeed at the highest levels.

  • Associates have daily, informal interaction with their peers and shareholders in their practice groups.
  • The firm’s Associate Training and Mentoring Committee organizes monthly attorney lunches where educational programming and informative sessions are presented by members of the firm, experts, consultants, and the judiciary.
  • Associates are encouraged to attend Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars to help them hone their skills and further enhance their knowledge applicable to their practice.
  • Associates are taught the importance of cultivating strong and meaningful relationships with both clients and professional staff.

“I enjoy the collegial atmosphere of HAWS-KM. The environment is fast-paced and there is a real effort made to recognize attorneys for their hard work and good results.

As an associate, you have opportunities to work on high level cases from beginning to end. These are real opportunities on actual cases where your involvement counts. Most of my cases are in Minnesota or North Dakota, however, I am also working on cases around the country. The national case involvement is an interesting aspect of our practice as it exposes you to developing law in different jurisdictions, and offers an interesting perspective on how trends in these cases are developing nationally.

The popular monthly attorney lunch series includes an associate presentation on new developments in the law. The meetings have some structure, but also informal time to sit down and check-in with other lawyers you may not see each day. We also use this forum as a sounding board if you have a unique issue to explore.”

John Wells, Associate

Evaluations

Associates are evaluated on an annual basis by those shareholders with whom they have worked. Respective shareholders provide written evaluations, and each associate completes a pre-review questionnaire. The review meeting is conducted by the associate’s supervising shareholder and a member of the firm’s management committee.

Associate Compensation

  • Compensation is commensurate with experience.
  • Salary increases are based on the associate’s demonstrated:
    • Legal skills
    • Hard work
    • Client relationships
    • File management
    • Mentoring relationship
    • Dedication to the firm as a team player
    • Respect for all the firm’s employees
    • Participation in community service and professional associations
  • Access to a discretionary annual bonus plan

Benefits

HAWS-KM offers our associates a highly competitive and comprehensive suite of benefits, including:

  • Health and dental insurance
  • Flex benefit plan (e.g., day care, out of pocket medical)
  • Long term care insurance
  • Life and disability, accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Firm sponsored short term disability insurance
  • Voluntary supplemental short term disability insurance
  • Voluntary accident and critical illness policy
  • Fitness and wellness program:
    • On-site fitness center
    • Discounts to fitness club memberships provided through health insurance
  • Annual flu shot
  • Paid parking
  • Portable device allowance
  • Monthly data plan allowance
  • 401(k) plan
  • Paid bar association dues and CLE expenses

Experienced Litigation Attorney

About you:

  • 3-5 years of experience as a litigator, to include experience with complex litigation 
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Ability to develop and implement case strategies
  • Desire to build client relationships and collaborate with talented team

Position details:

We are expanding our team and are looking for an experienced litigation attorney. This position will focus on complex litigation matters involving products liability and transportation litigation. Ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills with a proven track record of independently managing files.
The required skillset includes experience with:

The required skillset includes experience with:

  • Brief writing
  • Drafting pleadings
  • Responding to written discovery
  • Legal Research and writing
  • Handling files independently
  • Interfacing with clients
  • Taking depositions
  • Strategizing creatively and collaboratively with a practice group or client team
  • Presenting arguments before a judge and/or jury

About the firm:

HAWS-KM, a collegial, mid-sized firm, offers attorneys the opportunity to work on complex and high stakes matters with exceptional clients and experts. Our practice places a premium on and values high standards of achievement, quality, analytical ability and drive for excellence. We have an outstanding team of attorneys, paralegals and staff with which to work and prepare cases.     

We have a very pleasant work environment and offer a competitive compensation and benefit package, including a hybrid work option, dress for your day policy, paid parking and fitness center access. HAWS-KM is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse working environment and providing mentorship for our team.  

A minimum of 3 years of private practice experience is required and ability to independently handle files.

Submit Application
Please email resume and cover letter to our Office Administrator, Jessica Hanson, at [email protected].

The law clerk position at HAWS-KM is a year-round clerkship.  Our law clerks work full time during the summer and part time during the school year. HAWS-KM welcomes 1L or 2L students to submit an application. The pay for this position is $40 per hour and parking is provided.

HAWS-KM is a 21 lawyer St. Paul firm practicing in complex civil litigation. We offer our law clerks a practical, hands-on experience designed to develop the skills needed to become a successful attorney.  Our law clerks are given an active role in assisting with pending cases and given the opportunity to engage in case investigation, perform legal research, draft memoranda, briefs, or other legal papers, craft discovery requests, prepare discovery responses, and prepare contracts and other binding legal documents. In addition, HAWS-KM law clerks are regularly invited to attend client meetings, participate in case evaluations and case reviews, as well as attend depositions, hearing, mediations, arbitrations and trials.

HAWS-KM’s COVID-19 protocols are designed to ensure attorneys, clerks, and staff feel comfortable and safe in the working environment. HAWS-KM has a Work From Home Policy that allows some remote work, if desired. HAWS-KM believes, however, that working in the office to the extent possible will aid clerks in developing and fostering meaningful relationships with other clerks, attorneys, and staff, as well as allow clerks to participate in and attend meetings, depositions, or trials.

 
Submit Application
Candidates meeting these qualifications are invited to submit resumes, references and cover letters via email to Maya Digre, [email protected]

“As a previous law clerk at HAWS-KM, I developed core legal skills from writing briefs and organizing document production to preparing for hearings and trials. HAWS-KM treats its clerks like first-year associates. From day one, I was encouraged and trusted to seek out work from partners and associates and to excel in many different areas.

Highlights of my clerkship:

  • Working on a motion for summary judgment that was granted, and subsequently helping prepare the appellate brief when the Order was appealed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
  • Assisting with trial preparation for a plane crash case, which included drafting materials for motions in limine and attending conferences with our corporate clients.
  • Attending depositions, settlement conferences, mediations, and hearings for experiential observation.

As a clerk, I collaborated with nearly every attorney at our firm and the majority of that work was substantive. I am fortunate to have developed lasting relationships with my colleagues. Overall, as a clerk,  my input mattered, my arguments were well taken, and the firm demonstrated its commitment to my development as an attorney that has carried through to my current role as an associate.”

Aidan Zielske, Associate

We are not hiring for specific paralegal positions at this time, but always welcome resumes from qualified applicants. To be considered for future career opportunities, please forward your resume to Jessica Hanson, [email protected]

Office Assistant/Backup Receptionist 

HAWS-KM, a downtown St. Paul litigation law firm, has an immediate opening for an office assistant/backup receptionist. In addition to backing up our receptionist, duties include:

  • Copying, scanning and printing large volumes of documents
  • Processing outgoing mail
  • Hospitality (Placing food orders for meetings, maintaining conference rooms and beverage areas)
  • Troubleshooting copiers
  • Stocking printer locations with paper and supplies

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • The ability to work independently and be self-motivated

Prior front desk experience in a professional environment is preferred. 

The nature of this position requires full in-office attendance and does not qualify for remote work.  

Submit Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter via email to Jessica Hanson, Office Administrator at [email protected].

“I have enjoyed serving as the firm’s receptionist for more than 15 years, managing incoming telephone calls, and greeting clients and visitors to our office.  I am comfortable making suggestions for improvement that impact my area and feel that the firm values my opinions.  In my position, I also have many opportunities to work on a wide variety of projects and enjoy the independence the firm gives me to accomplish those projects.”     Geraldine (Geri) Scholl , Receptionist

“HAWS-KM is a great place to work because of our people.  The team members I support are always willing to assist and guide me if I have questions.  The combination of their support and my skills enables me to have confidence and pride in my work product.”  Gail Chapman, Legal Secretary

“I have enjoyed working with senior litigators for eleven years on complex litigation matters. Our cases are very interesting, we enjoy working together, and I know the lawyers are very appreciative of my work. Everyone in the firm is very helpful and always willing to pitch in and lend a hand. I enjoy learning new systems and have been given many opportunities to grow in my career. Others in the firm now look to me as the “go-to” resource for help with court filing questions and appellate briefs. I keep very busy doing work I really enjoy with wonderful people. The years have flown by!”  Cheryl Miller, Legal Secretary

“As HAWS-KM’s Billing Manager, I really enjoy my role and the contributions I make to the firm. The atmosphere here is friendly and everyone is approachable and willing to help each other.  I am friends with everyone I work with and I look forward to coming to work each day!”  

Jennifer Russell, Billing Manager