Join Our Team

Founded in 1862, Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson, P.C. is a full service, civil practice law firm. With 14 attorneys, our firm is one of the largest in northwest Illinois. Our goal is to utilize the highest ethical standards in providing excellent, cost-effective legal services to our clients.

Our Current Available Positions

Associate Attorneys

We encourage qualified lateral candidates to apply for attorney positions. We are always looking for good people to provide high level service to our clients. Hiring decisions are based on the applicant’s academic background, experience, and our current needs. If you are interested in applying for a lateral position, please submit the requested information through this site.

Summer Associate Program

Our Summer Associate Program is our primary method of hiring entry level attorneys. The program is designed to provide each summer associate with an opportunity to work closely with WMPJ attorneys in our many different practice areas. This allows us to get to know each associate by working directly with her/him on a daily basis to allow us to see and understand the work, attitude, enthusiasm, personality, and judgment of each clerk.

Our goal is to involve summer associates in many areas of practice and to expose them to the day-to-day aspects of our legal practice. Summer associates typically have the opportunity to attend hearings and depositions, draft memorandum, motions, and pleadings, as well as attend hearings and trials. Each summer associate will work closely with a mentor to guide them through the summer experience.

We also are proud of the communities in which we live and practice law. An integral part of our program is providing social opportunities to permit our summer associates to get to know us and our families outside of the office and to know the community. Our summer associates are invited to business and community events, such as: dinners, happy hours, firm outings, golf outings, and other events throughout the summer.

While we typically conduct on-campus interviews of second year law students at regional law schools, we also consider resumes from candidates across the country. If you are interested in applying for the summer associate program, please submit the requested information through this site.

Firm Administrator

We seek a full-time Firm Administrator to handle day-to-day administrative matters. Prior accounting or finance experience is important, as are solid organizational skills, dependability, motivation, and attention to detail. Technological proficiency is desirable. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Supervision of all accounting functions
  • Supervision of firm human resources
  • Management of office facilities, including building, grounds, equipment and supplies
  • Support for attorneys in development and execution of best practices in firm administrative matters
  • Management of billing, collections, and accounts payable
  • Performance of special projects as directed by the Firm’s Executive Committee

All inquiries will be kept confidential.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.