Richards Layton & Finger

Professional Staff

Our professional staff plays an integral role in delivering the exceptional service that stands as the bedrock of our firm’s reputation. We deeply value our professional staff and promote a welcoming, supportive environment that enables our team to reach their professional and personal goals.

We look for extraordinary individuals with a track record of success and a commitment to the Delaware community.

Below are our current professional staff openings:


Professional Development Director

Richards, Layton & Finger, Delaware’s largest law firm, seeks a full-time exempt (or part-time, minimum 30 hours per week) Professional Development Director in Wilmington, DE. This is an excellent opportunity for an innovative self-starter to work directly with firm leadership to ensure the technical, professional and personal development of the Firm’s attorneys. The successful candidate will be responsible for a wide range of activities and responsibilities, including but not limited to following:

  • Analyze, plan, and manage the orientation, training and development activities for the Firm’s attorneys.
  • Support and advocate for associates as a member of the firm’s Associate Committee.
  • Work with department chairs and practice group leaders to advance group-specific training and experience goals.
  • Support the firm’s diversity initiative as a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Develop and maintain statistical reports.
  • Participation as a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
  • Oversee the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, the mentor/buddy program, the evaluation process, and the Bar Examination process.
  • Select and recommend outside presenters and trainers.
  • Coordinate the development and organization of training materials, manuals, and presentations.
  • Work to maintain and improve morale, firm culture, and associate retention/experience.
  • Counsel and coach associates to improve their success and experience at the firm.
  • Conduct exit interviews and provide outplacement support to transitioning attorneys.
  • Develop, plan and lead associate meetings and team-building events.
  • Ensure their own development through attendance and participation at industry associations and trainings.
  • Track, analyze and evaluate professional development and retention trends. Make related recommendations.

Qualifications include:

  • JD required.
  • Knowledge of attorney training and development, preferably gained in a law firm setting or through legal industry training.
  • Five to seven years of progressively more responsible work experience.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary in order to communicate with a diverse group of attorneys, staff and clients and provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact while safeguarding confidentiality.

Please send cover letter and resume to Danforth@rlf.com.