Litigation Associate

Masuda Funai

Masuda Funai, a mid-sized law firm based in Chicago, is seeking an Illinois-licensed litigation associate with 3 to 4 years of commercial litigation experience. In this role, you will primarily assist clients with civil court litigation of commercial and business-related disputes, as well as other dispute resolution proceedings, as required by the needs of the Practice Group.


  • Manage litigation and dispute-resolution files for clients, including conducting regular communication with clients
  • Prepare for, conduct and defend depositions throughout the United States without immediate supervision, including travel as required
  • Prepare and sign pleadings, motions and other related litigation documents in accordance with Rule 11 obligations
  • Argue contested, dispositive and discovery motions
  • Conduct witness interviews and gather client materials
  • Conduct research and draft appropriate legal memorandums
  • Respond to clients in a timely, forthright, and professional manner
  • Coordinate and collaborate with litigation attorneys, legal assistants, and assigned staff, as well as provide reasonable support to colleagues


  • Active license to practice law in Illinois
  • 3-4 years of commercial litigation experience at a law firm
  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school
  • Federal and state court experience
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Flexible and adaptable with the ability to multi-task
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills with proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate
  • Able to work independently in a fast-paced work environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proficient in e-discovery review with ESI review platforms

Additional Information

  • 1750 annual billable hours requirement
  • Associate Mentoring Program includes regular check-ins with senior partner
  • Hybrid, flexible schedule
  • Generous PTO policy
  • Complimentary membership to onsite fitness center
  • Remote work stipend for technology, home office and incidentals
  • Generous 401(k) profit sharing plan and personal financial advisor
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical, dependent care, and commuter benefits
  • Premium medical, dental, and vision insurance plans through BCBSIL
  • Complimentary Basic Life, AD&D and Long-Term Disability insurance
  • Complimentary Identity Protection
  • Optional Voluntary Life, Accident, Critical Illness, Short-term Disability, and Pet Insurance

About Us

Since its founding in 1929, Masuda Funai has focused its practice on successfully representing international and domestic companies entering, operating and expanding in the United States. With offices in Chicago, Schaumburg and Los Angeles, the firm assists clients in every aspect of business, including establishing, acquiring, financing and selling operations and facilities; transferring overseas employees to the U.S.; providing employment and benefits counseling; structuring the distribution and sale of products throughout the U.S.; and delivering commercial and patent litigation services. To learn more, visit .

Masuda Funai is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse workplace.

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