Associate Attorney (Corporate/Transactional)

SPZ Legal - Oakland, CA


About SPZ

SPZ Legal, P.C. is a boutique business law firm based in Oakland, California that helps passionate and mission-driven businesses grow and scale their ventures. Our Bay Area and International Clients commonly have an impact on society by: increasing access to capital for minority and women-owned businesses through the use of technology, reducing the environmental impact of plastic waste, making offices and buildings more energy-efficient, and empowering college students to have life-changing experiences studying abroad. While the majority of our clients are technology startups, we advise clients in a wide variety of industries, including charitable organizations, as outside general counsel.

About the role

As an Associate Attorney, you will advise clients on forming legal entities, funding their venture through outside capital, growing their team while complying with employment laws, protecting their intellectual property, and increasing revenue by negotiating sales and other commercial agreements. Most of your time will be spent drafting, reviewing, and negotiating various types of business agreements. You will also communicate directly with clients to advise them on legal compliance and business strategy.

What you can expect from us

We are staunch believers in treating our people well, and offer a collaborative environment to foster your professional development while providing you a real opportunity for work-life balance. To that end, SPZ’s partners will work closely with you to develop and hone both your legal and client management skills. Working in a small, close-knit team, you will have the opportunity to take on additional roles within the firm depending on your level of interest and capabilities.

What we can expect from you

You are an attorney who is excellent at problem-solving and can understand our clients’ goals and help them achieve their desired outcome while complying with the law and protecting their interests. You are great at communicating with clients, SPZ staff and other external parties in a professional and friendly manner. You take great pride in your work and are highly attentive to detail. You are passionate about entrepreneurship and mission-driven businesses.



  • Licensed to practice law in the State of California
  • 2+ year(s) experience as an attorney in a law firm or in-house
  • Prior experience with at least 3 of the following areas of law: business entities, corporate governance, IP, contract review, employment, securities, data privacy, and charitable organizations
  • High capacity for solving problems with attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and generally tech-savvy and innately able to pick up new software quickly
  • Excellent with project management and multitasking


  • Demonstrated passion for entrepreneurship and/or mission-driven organizations
  • Prior experience interacting with clients to furnish legal advice


  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience
  • Unlimited PTO and flexible remote work policy
  • 401(k) matching after 1 year of service
  • Health care benefits
  • Training and CLE opportunities
  • Structured mentorship

Job Type: Full-time


  • relevant: 2 years (Required)


  • Oakland, CA 94612 (Preferred)


  • Licensed to practice law in California (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Flexible schedule
  • Professional development assistance

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture
  • Autonomous/Independent -- enjoys working with little direction
  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous


  • Monday to Friday