Staff Attorney

Job Type

Full Time


Details: COMPENSATION Salary commensurate with experience.



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


Martínez Aguilasocho & Lynch, APLC ("MAL") is a private, public interest law firm based in California's Central Valley and dedicated to the mission of improving the lives of farm workers and their families nationwide. For over twenty-five years, MAL attorneys have been representing the United Farm Workers of America and individual farm workers throughout the state in all types of complex legal matters.

MAL's primary practice is labor and employment law, with a focus on representing Spanish-speaking farm workers, or farm workers that speak indigenous languages from Mexico in wage and hour employment cases, sexual harassment cases, employment discrimination cases, and labor organizing matters. Our lawyers have substantial experience representing employees in class action and representational lawsuits to enforce statutory rights under both federal and state wage and hour laws, as well as fair employment practice laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.

MAL staff attorneys devote almost all of their services to the thousands of migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout California, the Pacific Northwest, and other states. MAL attorneys work at a very high pace and within the modest resources of their organizational clients who serve and/or represent farm workers. Practice areas include labor, wage and hour class actions, general employment matters, contract interpretation, grievance and interest arbitration, First Amendment, and legislation.

MAL staff attorneys contribute to various advocacy efforts, including but not limited to: civil employment law litigation in state and federal courts; Agricultural Labor Relations Board and National Labor Relations Board; Workplace Health and Safety; Collective Bargaining and Unionization; Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination; Retaliation and Illegal Termination; and Legislation.


Professional Services

Interviews workers, organizers and others and prepare declarations or reports on results

Prepares for and handles administrative agency cases and arbitration hearings (from intake to post hearing briefs)

Prepares for and handles civil trials and appeals at the local, state, and federal level.

Handles infringement defense and licensing of client’s intellectual property, including federally registered trademarks

Develops case strategy

Conducts legal research

Writes legal memoranda for other attorneys and/or clients

Prepares and organizes discovery issues and case preparation

Analyzes facts, law and evidence

Participates in the development and execution of research projects

Answers questions and provides information on companies and industries to support organizing and bargaining efforts. This information includes, but is not limited to: financial, corporate, market and power structure analysis; assessment of political, legislative, regulatory, and community organizing opportunities

Prepares reports, leaflets, memos, articles for publication, speeches, testimony, correspondence and other material for use inside and outside the UFW

Monitors federal, state and local regulatory and legislative developments relevant to strategic campaigns

Planning & Administration

Research, report and interpret Local Rules, Rules of Court, Wage Orders, Codes, Administrative Regulations, and state and federal statutes

Coordinates and arranges administrative support for litigation

Available to work a flexible schedule to interview witnesses, clients in preparation for litigation

Effectively handles detail oriented and multi-tasks.

Independently follows up and follows through on projects

Independently tracks key information with relevant agencies and reports to in-house staff accordingly

Plans, prioritizes and organizes projects effectively

Staff Development

Provides basic orientation to new staff

Attends relevant trainings, as instructed, and shares information with other staff

Attends professional/industry conferences and meetings

Budget Management

Responsible for documenting authorized expenditures

Makes recommendations for needed expenditures

Major Relationships

Maintains key relationships with relevant organizational counterparts

Develops and maintains relationships with key vendors

Develops and maintains relationships with key persons in relevant agencies

Communicates with researchers in other organizations

Maintains relationships with organizational, business and government contacts


Provides guidance to Legal Assistants, Paralegals, administrative project staff, law student interns and others, as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Candidates must be licensed to practice law in California and demonstrate a commitment to social justice work.

Proficiency with computers including MS word, excel, G Suite (Gmail, Drive, etc.) and internet

Demonstrated commitment to working for social change and economic justice and sensitivity to Union principles and farm worker issues

Sound judgment; ability to work with diverse clients and maintain confidentiality

Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision and in a team environment.

Demonstrated ability to follow up, track and calendar deadlines with appropriate reminders.

Ability to work a flexible schedule and travel as needed throughout California with personal vehicle.



Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form and deal with non-verbal symbolism (formulas, graphs, etc.).


Requires the ability to type at a rate of no less than 40 Net Words Per Minute (NWPM).

Valid Class “C” Driver’s License.


Must be willing to occasionally work unusual hours.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Level of Language Proficiency


Excellent communication skills: both oral and written. Ability to speak, read and write in Spanish and English. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general professional journals, technical procedures, governmental regulations, financial reports and legal documents. Ability to write reports, correspondence, basic motions, pleadings, briefs and other documents related to litigation and/or arbitrations. Requires ability to effectively present information and to respond to questions from clients, agencies, the general public, and other attorneys. Ability to read and interpret relevant Codes, regulations and other legal documents. Ability to synthesize information and explain it in simple and clear language.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

ONLY RESUMES with cover letters and brief writing sample WILL BE CONSIDERED.