Allensworth is a unique place to work. We designed it that way. Our firm combines excellence in construction law with a serious, ongoing commitment to collegiality, teamwork, and authenticity. We hire real people who love what they do and who enjoy being part of a close-knit, positive team that’s dedicated to serving our clients.
We’re a small firm on purpose. We’ve found that the ideal setting to practice the intricate, demanding, and endlessly evolving realm of construction law is with a select team of top-notch professionals who aren’t just smart, but who also embody our core values.
We want to enjoy the work we do and the people we work with. We strive to minimize politics, turf battles, and bureaucratic nonsense, and whenever humanly possible, eliminate silos and walls. As colleagues, we maintain a level of respect and teamwork that supports and enriches our process, our workplace, and our service to clients and each other. This doesn’t happen by accident. We take our time to get to know candidates through a series of interviews and conversations with many members of our team, and while that makes for a longer hiring process, it’s worth it because we end up with incredibly talented people who tend to stick with us for a long time.
Our team is composed of professionals whose intelligence is matched by their drive and commitment to excellence. As self-starters who are never satisfied with the status quo, they seek out opportunities to grow and innovate, and we’re there to help. We support professional development and continuing education initiatives, we help our team members get plugged into professional associations and leadership opportunities, and we provide direct mentorship and in-house training because we know that by investing in our team members, we’re investing in the overall success of our firm and our clients.
We offer great benefits and perks like 401(k) matching, employee health insurance covered at 100%, and Class A offices in downtown Austin with modern amenities and local beverages on tap. And consistent with our core values, we enjoy having fun together. We’ve got a lunchtime crossword crew, monthly birthday happy hours, and various events throughout the year (some highlights include axe-throwing competitions, DIY sushi-making classes, casino night, group trivia, office Olympics, and running the Cap 10k as the “Weapons of Mass Construction” team).
Finally, and above all, we are fiercely committed to our clients. No one is more important. Our job, ultimately, is to handle clients’ legal issues to enable them to do what they love: developing, designing, and constructing. Everyone at our firm puts our clients’ needs first—and if you join us, you will, too.
If that all this sounds appealing to you, you might be a good fit for the “A-Team.” Click the button below to see if we’re currently hiring.
Many law students, particularly from top schools, feel a certain pressure to begin their careers at big firms. At Allensworth, our summer program is designed to present an alternative: a rich, hands-on experience with active mentorship that only a small, focused firm can offer.
An attorney’s mentors and colleagues can make—or break—a legal career. This is especially true for young lawyers. Because we’re a small firm, our summer clerks work directly with some of the most experienced and talented construction lawyers in Texas. These attorneys, some of whom are also law school faculty and industry leadership members, devote serious time and attention to training, teaching, and mentorship. Summer associates sit in on mediations and depositions, learn how to draft discovery and negotiate contracts, and experience firsthand our commitment to client service. We make the clerkship as similar to actual employment here as possible—an approach that’s in everyone’s best interests.
We also put a great deal of time and effort into the informal side of their summers. We are looking for people who can hold a conversation, whom we’d enjoy working with, and who have a genuine desire to practice construction law. Our clerks get to know all of our attorneys and professional staff through lunches and various social events. We want to get to know our clerks as people, as well as professionals, to figure out whether they would thrive as a permanent part of the Allensworth team.
Perhaps the most striking thing about joining Allensworth as part of our professional staff is the genuine teamwork that powers the firm. We have a remarkably talented group of legal assistants, paralegals, and administrative and business professionals who tend to join us early in their careers and stay with us for a long time. Our collegiality and cohesion play a key part in this.
Our professional staff are vital to the firm’s success. They’re highly capable and respected, enjoy a great deal of autonomy, and work side-by-side with our attorneys. We strive to minimize the hierarchies that exist in many law firms by taking a collaborative, team approach and by recognizing the contributions of all members of our team, not just attorneys. Although describing a law firm as a family is often a terrible cliché, at Allensworth, it happens to be true.
It’s also true that the firm strongly encourages and supports advanced training for staff members, particularly with professional development and technology. Whether it’s involvement in professional associations, accounting classes, business or contract law classes, or almost any kind of certification or training, if it makes you better at your job, you’ve got our support. We know that our professional staff are essential to our success, and we treat them that way.
If you’re an experienced construction lawyer and are considering changing firms, take a look at Allensworth. We think you’ll like what you see. And perhaps more importantly, what you don’t.
What you won’t see are two things that are usually big issues for lateral attorneys: origination credits and strict billable hour requirements. We don’t believe in formulas. Our firm is a true team, and while there are incentives in place and potential bonuses to be earned, we don’t financially pressure attorneys to rack up billable hours or hoard work. Instead, we promote teamwork, reward initiative, and provide ample opportunities for professional growth and business development. Younger lawyers are given opportunities to lead and to undertake new challenges at a much earlier stage than at larger offices. Likewise, experienced construction attorneys who show leadership, drive, and a command of the law have the chance to accelerate their path to partnership.
At Allensworth, you’ll see a remarkably positive culture, real collegiality, and a great place to practice law. When we bring in laterals, we’re not buying a book of business. We’re bringing in a great lawyer, a valued colleague, and someone who we believe has the drive, talent, and spirit to grow with our firm. In return, laterals get direct contact with clients, a foothold in a fertile, growing market, and most importantly, an opportunity to become our partner.