Staff Attorney

Civil Rights Law Firm Seeks Litigator with 2-5 Years’ Experience

February 2, 2024—Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit, civil rights law firm, seeks a dynamic and motivated litigator who shares our vision of creating a society that strives toward justice and fairness for all. Ideal candidates have at least 2 years’ experience in complex, civil rights and/or class action litigation. This position opening is in DRA’s New York, NY, Chicago, IL or Berkeley, CA offices, or fully remote work upon request, on a case-by-case basis.

DRA advances equal rights and opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities through high-impact litigation utilizing federal, state, and local disability law. With offices in New York City, Chicago, and Berkeley, DRA fights for equal access and dramatic improvements for people with disabilities in all areas of life, including: technology, health care, employment, transportation, education, voting, juvenile justice, and housing. With a high success rate for more than 30 years DRA continues to take on significant and novel cases to achieve a meaningful impact for people with disabilities across the nation.  For more information on DRA’s mission and impact visit

Core Responsibilities

  • Contribute meaningfully to litigation and investigations including case development, legal strategy, factual research, legal research, site visits, and client development
  • Represent clients in complex class action and other high impact lawsuits, , through all stages of litigation as needed, including, written discovery, document review, taking and defending depositions, meeting and conferring with opposing counsel, motion practice, brief writing, in-court argument, client management, and appellate, trial, and monitoring work
  • Negotiate settlement agreements, including drafting structured negotiations agreements, mediation statements, term sheets, settlement agreements and representing clients in and/or attending negotiation sessions and conferences
  • Conducting client outreach, development and maintenance of relevant relationships with individuals and organizations within the disability community
  • Support and engage in DRA’s fundraising and communications efforts
  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Commitment to DRA’s mission to advance equal rights and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities nationwide
  • At least 2 years of litigation or equivalent experience, preferably in civil rights. We will not consider candidates with less than 2 years of experience for this position. Candidates with more than 6 years litigation or equivalent experience should apply for the senior staff attorney position
  • Excellent writing and advocacy skills
  • Knowledge of legal principles and practices related to high impact or class action litigation
  • Self-directed with strong initiative, strong communication skills, efficient time management, time-keeping, follow-through, effective at working in teams, and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines
  • Connection to disability or passion for our mission desirable, but extensive disability law experience not necessary
  • An active license in good standing with the California, New York, or Illinois State Bar (or plans to become licensed in California, New York, or Illinois within one year of their hire date)


DRA offers a competitive salary of $90,000-112,350/year, based on years of legal experience. Comprehensive benefits including top tier medical, dental, and vision insurance with 100% paid employee premiums, 401(k) with company contribution, generous holiday and paid time off benefits, and additional health and commuter benefits.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 20.

How to Apply

Please send the following to with “Staff Attorney” as the subject

  1. Cover letter (including how you learned about this job opening and whether you are seeking employment in CA, NY, IL or fully remote employment)
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references (at least two direct supervisors)
  4. A list of the major cases you have worked on and a description of your role
  5. A writing sample (5-10 pages)

DRA is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and inclusive culture.

DRA encourages applications from all qualified individuals and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, veteran status, disability, AIDS/HIV status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. 

DRA is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in all aspects of the employment process.  If a reasonable accommodation is needed for the hiring process, please contact with the subject line “Accommodations Request.”