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We’re Going to Hire Some Extraordinary Litigators.
Maybe You.

We are looking for ambitious superstars to join our growing litigation boutique in Oakland, CA.

This isn’t the job for everyone, which is perfect, because you aren’t just anyone.

You identify as a law nerd – you love complex legal problems, you read about the law for fun, and you listen to Supreme Court arguments in areas you don’t even practice.

You’re practical – you know when to stop nerding out and apply common sense.

You’re a fantastic writer – that doesn’t just mean you love your own work like it’s art (though that’s ok – this stuff matters). Other people compliment your writing. Good writers ask you to edit their work.

You’re seasoned – you’ve been to court, you’ve taken depositions, and you want more.

You’re ambitious – maybe you’ve got a pretty good job at a pretty good firm. You want an amazing job helping build the best firm.

Being a lawyer is just one of the things you love and are great at. You want to work with people who feel the same way.

If this is you, we should talk. Contact us at nortonlaw@nortonlaw.com and tell us a little about yourself.

That’s you. Here’s a little bit about us.

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

— Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

“Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all deadly sins.”

— Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

Our clients don’t have one kind of legal problem, and we don’t specialize in one kind of law. We don’t have practice groups. You can have a long career litigating the same statute over and over again. You just can’t do it here.

“If you want a genius for your staff, don’t take Teller, get Gamow. But geniuses are a dime a dozen. Teller is something much better. He helps everybody. He works on everybody’s problem. He never gets into controversies or has trouble with anyone. He is by far your best choice.”

–Merle Tuve, recommendation for Edward Teller, 1939

Sure, we can appreciate a genius. It’s not disqualifying. But we are also a team, and everyone on the team plays. Our associates take and defend depositions, lead client meetings, define strategy, go to court, go to trial. That’s what lawyers at our firm do. Meaningful responsibility on important cases is not a perk we offer. It’s the minimum we expect.

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”

— Pearl Buck

The most important thing to remember is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.

— W. E. B. Du Bois

Yeah, we think of law as a craft. We believe the practice of law requires aesthetics and creativity as well as discipline and rigor. We are committed to excellence in all these aspects because we are determined to win for our clients, but also because winning without excellence would be small and shabby and grim. We practice excellence.