Bousquet Holstein PLLC is a versatile law firm with offices in Syracuse and Ithaca, representing clients across many industries. The firm’s clientele is comprised of businesses and individual clients for whom we provide legal advice and counsel on a broad range of matters covering more than 30 different practice areas.

Our mission and core beliefs are the guiding principles of our firm and determine how we practice law, respect and serve our clients, support our attorneys and staff, and achieve our goals and those of our clients. Our firm’s identity is grounded in the value of teamwork and respect for everyone’s individual contributions — and we are committed to fostering a diverse workplace that reflects the communities in which our clients and employees live and work.

With a history of over 60 years serving the Syracuse area, our firm feels a profound commitment to our community. This responsibility is a pillar of our company culture, and the contributions we collectively and individually make to our community are an integral part of who we are.

Bousquet Holstein PLLC currently has the following job opportunities available. For questions or inquiries regarding attorney positions, please contact Samantha Kasmarek, Director of Attorney Recruitment & Development at skasmarek@bhlawpllc.com. For inquiries on all other positions please contact Human Resources at HR@bhlawpllc.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Administrative Assistant (Syracuse, NY)

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is a full-service law firm based in Syracuse, New York, serving individual and business clients through an interdisciplinary and team-based approach.  The Firm was founded on a set of core beliefs, including a belief in the value of teamwork and respect for each individual’s contribution.  As part of our belief in each employee’s individuality, and our drive to enhance the versatility and quality of our legal services on a continuous basis, we are committed to fostering a diverse workplace that reflects the communities in which our clients and employees live and work. 

We currently seek a full-time experienced Administrative Assistant to join our Corporate/Immigration/Brownfields Practice Groups.

Salary Range: $24.62 – $29.00/hr.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide sophisticated calendar management for Attorneys.
    • Prioritize inquiries and requests while troubleshooting conflicts; make judgements and recommendations to ensure smooth day-to-day engagements
  • Complete a wide range of administrative tasks that facilitate the attorney’s ability to effectively service internal and external clients
    • Assisting with projects; designing and producing complex documents, reports and presentations; collecting and preparing information for meetings with clients and internal staff; composing and preparing correspondence; maintaining contact lists
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for internal and external clients
    • Prioritize and determine appropriate course of action, referral or response, exercising judgement; access to internal/external information of a highly confidential nature
  • Work closely with attorneys keeping them informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities
    • Anticipate needs in advance of meetings, phone calls, etc.
  • Manage all aspects of the Practice Group’s strategic/organizational plan
    • Evaluate and assist in developing procedures for improved workflow and anticipate future needs as the practice group grows
  • On-going relationship building with external clients

Requirements:

  • Prior work experience as an Administrative/Executive Assistant
  • Professional approach to work with focus on client service; strong indicators are excellent communications skills, attention to detail, and initiative to complete tasks independently
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access)
  • Ability to multi-task and adjust to changing work priorities on an as-needed basis
  • Possess good organizational skills, judgment, and ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines

This position is an outstanding opportunity for a highly-motivated individual interested in working in an administrative capacity assuming a pivotal role in two fast-paced practice groups.

Individuals from historically under-represented groups within the legal community are encouraged to apply.  Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to Lisa Bachar, Director of Human Resources, at lbachar@bhlawpllc.com.

Real Estate Associate (Syracuse, NY)

Bousquet Holstein PLLC seeks an associate attorney to work on real estate matters in our Syracuse office.  The ideal candidate should be organized, detail oriented, and able to function effectively in a team-oriented environment.  The ideal candidate will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.

At Bousquet Holstein, you will find a close-knit team of attorneys, paralegals, and staff in an encouraging environment with a strong united interest in serving our clients with the highest quality legal services.  Bousquet Holstein has always believed in the importance of treating each employee fairly and equitably.  We pride ourselves on creating an atmosphere that fosters collaboration and collegiality – teamwork is central to our approach.  Finally, an appropriate balance between personal and professional life is one of our core values.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Admission to practice law in New York State (or eligibility to waive into NYS);
  • Between 2 and 7 years of real estate law experience;
  • Experience with commercial and residential real estate sales, purchases, and financed transactions, including experience negotiating contracts, reviewing due diligence materials, finalizing conveyance documents, and completing closings;
  • Experience with commercial and residential leasing, including experience negotiating lease terms and conditions, and working on the enforcement of leases, such as writing and responding to demands concerning rent, maintenance, and other typical landlord and tenant matters; and
  • The ability to effectively conduct, analyze, and explain legal research, including experience with electronic research, writing memoranda, and developing legal strategies based on research.

In addition, experience or interest in the following is a plus:

  • Working with institutional lenders, including advising on and writing loan documents, such as notes, mortgages, assignments of leases, and other typical lending documents;
  • Reviewing real property title documents, such as abstracts of title and surveys, and preparing title insurance commitments and policies, as well as reviewing proposed title insurance commitments from other transaction parties;
  • Preparing for and completing the enforcement of leases in Landlord and Tenant Court and NYS Supreme Court;
  • Assisting or leading real property litigation matters, such as boundary line disputes, contract breaches, homeowners’ association disputes, trespass matters, and disputes between real property co-owners;
  • Advising on and preparing zoning and other land use applications, such as site plan applications, variances, and other applications to municipalities;
  • Working with or forming homeowners’ associations or condominiums, including experience with CPS-7 and offering plan applications to the NYS Attorney General, reviewing and advising on HOA or condominium declarations or other governing documents, and experience enforcing or defending against restrictive covenants in HOA and condominium communities; and
  • Assisting with the formation of New York State entities, such as LLCs and business corporations, and experience writing or reviewing business governing documents, such as LLC operating agreements.

Duties

The Real Estate Associate duties include working with the attorney and paralegal teams at Bousquet Holstein to: (a) prepare, review, and organize real estate transaction documents, including conveyance, title, lending, and security documents, for conveyances and leases, as well as completing transaction closings; (b) research real estate legal questions and assist in developing legal strategies to address the needs of clients; (c) prepare for and complete real estate litigation matters, which may include occasional court appearances; and (d) prepare for and complete zoning and other land use applications, which may include submissions to and appearances before municipal boards.

To Apply

If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Samantha Kasmarek, Director of Attorney Recruitment & Development at SKasmarek@bhlawpllc.com.  All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Salary range: $91K – $100K, with bonus potential tied to performance metrics.

General Litigation Associate (Syracuse, NY)

Bousquet Holstein is hiring a general litigation associate for its Syracuse office.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have 2-6 years of litigation experience
  • Have experience assisting with or conducting discovery, mediations, arbitrations, and trials;
  • Perform legal research and write effectively, and;
  • Have experience in one or more areas of civil litigation, such as business, commercial, employment, real estate, and/or trusts & estates.

Salary range: $91K – $100K

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter that includes salary range to Samantha Kasmarek, Director of Attorney Recruitment & Development.
skasmarek@bhlawpllc.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Matrimonial / Family Law Attorney (Syracuse or Ithaca, NY)

Bousquet Holstein seeks an attorney for its Matrimonial/Family Law group.  This position can be based out of either Syracuse or Ithaca.

The ideal candidate will have 1-5 years of matrimonial and family law litigation experience. The attorney will handle a wide-range of matters including divorce, equitable distribution, custody, parental access, child support, and enforcement proceedings.  More information about the matters handled by this group can be found on the firm’s Divorce and Family Practice Group page.

Must be admitted to practice in New York State. Trial experience a plus.

Salary range: $91K – $100K

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter that includes salary range to Samantha Kasmarek, Director of Attorney Recruitment & Development.
skasmarek@bhlawpllc.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Experienced Trusts & Estates Attorney (Syracuse, NY)

The firm is looking to add an experienced attorney to the Trusts and Estates Practice Group in Syracuse, New York.  

In addition to being admitted to practice in New York, candidates must have at least 3 years of experience in estate and trust planning and administration.

Strong candidates should also have:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong organizational, time management and project management skills
  • A positive attitude, and a desire to work as part of a team

Salary range: $91K – $100K

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to the Director of Attorney Recruitment, Samantha Kasmarek at skasmarek@bhlawpllc.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Tax and Development Finance Attorney (Syracuse, NY)

Bousquet Holstein, PLLC, a mid-sized law firm with offices in Syracuse and Ithaca, NY with a variety of local, regional, national, and international clients, is seeking to hire an attorney experienced in federal taxation and in ownership and equity structures for business transactions and real estate development projects, including federal and New York State tax credit transactions.

We encourage applications from people of all races, religions, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and ages, as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Experience: 

We are looking for candidates with demonstrable experience in some or all of the following areas:

  • Tax-informed structuring of commercial real estate (including multifamily) development transactions;
  • Formation of limited liability companies, partnerships, corporations, and other business entities, including experience with allocation structures for multi-tiered LLCs/partnerships to achieve economic agreements among project owners and investors;
  • Transaction and project financing experience with developers, investors, lenders, governmental agencies, and bond issuers;
  • Planning, negotiating, and structuring project finance involving federal business tax credits (e.g., green energy/investment, low-income housing, and rehabilitation (historic properties) tax credits), state tax credits (NYS tax credit experience in particular), and other state and local economic development programs and incentives; and
  • Merger and acquisition transaction structuring and financing.

Required Competencies:

  • Licensed to practice law in New York State
  • 4+ years of relevant experience
  • Additional consideration may be given to candidates having a degree or experience in taxation (including LL.M), accounting, finance, economics, or other quantitative disciplines 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Dedication to client service, strong quantitative skills (including use of Excel), and tenacity and stamina when problem solving.

Salary range: $91K – $100K

Inquiries will be kept confidential. A cover letter and resume and should be submitted via email to Director of Attorney Recruitment, Samantha Kasmarek: skasmarek@bhlawpllc.com

1L 2024 Summer Associate

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is a full-service law firm with offices in Syracuse and Ithaca, New York, serving individual and business clients through an interdisciplinary and team-based approach.  The Firm was founded on a set of core beliefs, including a belief in the value of teamwork and respect for each individual’s contribution.  As part of our belief in each employee’s individuality, and our drive to enhance the versatility and quality of our legal services on a continuous basis, we are committed to fostering a diverse workplace that reflects the communities in which our clients and employees live and work. 

1L 2024 Summer Program

The Bousquet Holstein 1L Summer Program provides an outstanding law student with a demonstrated commitment to an inclusive community with training and mentorship geared towards building strong skills for the legal profession. The program runs for approximately 10 weeks and affords a student a paid opportunity to work alongside attorneys in both offices (Syracuse and Ithaca) as well as in all of the Firm’s practice areas. The student will also take part in Firm events and activities, as well as community-wide events attended by attorneys and professional staff of the Firm. 

Eligibility

Candidates must:

  • be a full-time student in good standing in their first year of law school at an ABA-accredited law school.
  • demonstrate a commitment to our core beliefs through life and work experiences.

Application Materials

Applicants interested in our 1L Summer Program must submit the following materials in PDF format to skasmarek@bhlawpllc.com on or before February 1, 2024:

  • a current resume;
  • a typed personal statement of 1,000 words or less highlighting your community engagement, life experiences, and any other contributions that have fostered diversity, inclusion and excellence.
  • A fall semester law school transcript.  We encourage candidates to submit the grades that are available at the time of application submission, even if all grades have not yet posted. A complete transcript should be submitted to Ms. Kasmarek once available.

Process:

The hiring committee will review applications and select candidates for interviews. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom during the week of February 12th.

After reviewing application materials and conducting interviews, the selection committee will chose the candidate that best demonstrates a commitment to our core beliefs.

Future Employment with Bousquet Holstein

Employment through the 1L Summer Program is limited to the summer 2024 program, however we encourage all applicants for the 1L Summer Program, whether selected or not, to also consider applying for our 2L Summer Associate Program once the application is open.

Salary:  $3,307.70 biweekly