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Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:37 pm
by Nynaeve
Please redirect me if there's a relevant thread on this (I looked and came up empty handed), but does anyone have any insight into working at the Law Department of the Port Authority of NY/NJ?

Per my law school's simplicity page, they're hiring, but I can't seem to track down anything online beyond cursory remarks on Glassdoor/Indeed. Specifically interested in work environment and QoL. Thanks.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:28 pm
by Anonymous User
Nynaeve wrote:Please redirect me if there's a relevant thread on this (I looked and came up empty handed), but does anyone have any insight into working at the Law Department of the Port Authority of NY/NJ?

Per my law school's simplicity page, they're hiring, but I can't seem to track down anything online beyond cursory remarks on Glassdoor/Indeed. Specifically interested in work environment and QoL. Thanks.


Are you referring to their internship program for the summer or as an attorney? I interned with them my first year and I have some insight, but mostly into the internship program.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:39 am
by Nynaeve
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:Please redirect me if there's a relevant thread on this (I looked and came up empty handed), but does anyone have any insight into working at the Law Department of the Port Authority of NY/NJ?

Per my law school's simplicity page, they're hiring, but I can't seem to track down anything online beyond cursory remarks on Glassdoor/Indeed. Specifically interested in work environment and QoL. Thanks.


Are you referring to their internship program for the summer or as an attorney? I interned with them my first year and I have some insight, but mostly into the internship program.


As an attorney. Cool, did you enjoy it? Anything you can share re: what you observed as to the attorneys?

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:39 am
by Anonymous User
Nynaeve wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:Please redirect me if there's a relevant thread on this (I looked and came up empty handed), but does anyone have any insight into working at the Law Department of the Port Authority of NY/NJ?

Per my law school's simplicity page, they're hiring, but I can't seem to track down anything online beyond cursory remarks on Glassdoor/Indeed. Specifically interested in work environment and QoL. Thanks.


Are you referring to their internship program for the summer or as an attorney? I interned with them my first year and I have some insight, but mostly into the internship program.


As an attorney. Cool, did you enjoy it? Anything you can share re: what you observed as to the attorneys?


In short: I enjoyed it very much, it was a great place to spend my first summer. I was with the Litigation group, I do not know how the transactional group is.

I saw that the attorneys did enjoy working there, but none of them seemed to love it. They definitely enjoyed the work more than big law or other places. It is mostly a 9-5 job, no weekends, few late nights unless there is a trial coming up.

For litigation specifically, the majority of the work was either personal injury or labor and employment. A great deal of slip and fall cases in the Terminal or Airports and a number of discrimination cases. As a young attorney, you handle everything from motions to witness interviews, to potentially arguing in front of a jury. Though not many cases go to trial. If you want to be a litigator, it is a great place to spend a few years.

Exit options: I saw people leaving for big firms, but fairly rarely. Mostly, I saw them transfer to other city or state agencies. At least one person went to be an ADA.

Its a lot of litigation, so the skills are very transferable. And their litigation group is large, lots of extremely smart attorneys working to benefit New Yorkers.

I think if you get it, it would be a great place to work.

Let me know if you have other questions!

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:27 pm
by Nynaeve
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:Please redirect me if there's a relevant thread on this (I looked and came up empty handed), but does anyone have any insight into working at the Law Department of the Port Authority of NY/NJ?

Per my law school's simplicity page, they're hiring, but I can't seem to track down anything online beyond cursory remarks on Glassdoor/Indeed. Specifically interested in work environment and QoL. Thanks.


Are you referring to their internship program for the summer or as an attorney? I interned with them my first year and I have some insight, but mostly into the internship program.


As an attorney. Cool, did you enjoy it? Anything you can share re: what you observed as to the attorneys?


In short: I enjoyed it very much, it was a great place to spend my first summer. I was with the Litigation group, I do not know how the transactional group is.

I saw that the attorneys did enjoy working there, but none of them seemed to love it. They definitely enjoyed the work more than big law or other places. It is mostly a 9-5 job, no weekends, few late nights unless there is a trial coming up.

For litigation specifically, the majority of the work was either personal injury or labor and employment. A great deal of slip and fall cases in the Terminal or Airports and a number of discrimination cases. As a young attorney, you handle everything from motions to witness interviews, to potentially arguing in front of a jury. Though not many cases go to trial. If you want to be a litigator, it is a great place to spend a few years.

Exit options: I saw people leaving for big firms, but fairly rarely. Mostly, I saw them transfer to other city or state agencies. At least one person went to be an ADA.

Its a lot of litigation, so the skills are very transferable. And their litigation group is large, lots of extremely smart attorneys working to benefit New Yorkers.

I think if you get it, it would be a great place to work.

Let me know if you have other questions!


Thanks. This is very helpful. I'm very interested, but am having trouble learning about the Law Department online. Martindale Hubbel suggests the divisions are as follows: http://www.martindale.com/The-Port-Auth ... people.htm . Is that incorrect? Is it just "Litigation vs. Transactional"?

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:47 pm
by Anonymous User
Nynaeve wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:Please redirect me if there's a relevant thread on this (I looked and came up empty handed), but does anyone have any insight into working at the Law Department of the Port Authority of NY/NJ?

Per my law school's simplicity page, they're hiring, but I can't seem to track down anything online beyond cursory remarks on Glassdoor/Indeed. Specifically interested in work environment and QoL. Thanks.


Are you referring to their internship program for the summer or as an attorney? I interned with them my first year and I have some insight, but mostly into the internship program.


As an attorney. Cool, did you enjoy it? Anything you can share re: what you observed as to the attorneys?


In short: I enjoyed it very much, it was a great place to spend my first summer. I was with the Litigation group, I do not know how the transactional group is.

I saw that the attorneys did enjoy working there, but none of them seemed to love it. They definitely enjoyed the work more than big law or other places. It is mostly a 9-5 job, no weekends, few late nights unless there is a trial coming up.

For litigation specifically, the majority of the work was either personal injury or labor and employment. A great deal of slip and fall cases in the Terminal or Airports and a number of discrimination cases. As a young attorney, you handle everything from motions to witness interviews, to potentially arguing in front of a jury. Though not many cases go to trial. If you want to be a litigator, it is a great place to spend a few years.

Exit options: I saw people leaving for big firms, but fairly rarely. Mostly, I saw them transfer to other city or state agencies. At least one person went to be an ADA.

Its a lot of litigation, so the skills are very transferable. And their litigation group is large, lots of extremely smart attorneys working to benefit New Yorkers.

I think if you get it, it would be a great place to work.

Let me know if you have other questions!


Thanks. This is very helpful. I'm very interested, but am having trouble learning about the Law Department online. Martindale Hubbel suggests the divisions are as follows: http://www.martindale.com/The-Port-Auth ... people.htm . Is that incorrect? Is it just "Litigation vs. Transactional"?


That list does not look correct. I can tell you that it does not have all of the PA attorneys on there. While I was there I never noticed a strict split of attorneys working on different matters. The older attorneys had more experience in some matters so were more likely to handle them while younger attorneys were assigned to work on those matters with the more experienced attorneys. In your first year, you will handle every type of case.

It was just litigation vs. transactional. Interns could work on both matters, but otherwise litigation and transactional stayed separate.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:22 am
by Nynaeve
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:Please redirect me if there's a relevant thread on this (I looked and came up empty handed), but does anyone have any insight into working at the Law Department of the Port Authority of NY/NJ?

Per my law school's simplicity page, they're hiring, but I can't seem to track down anything online beyond cursory remarks on Glassdoor/Indeed. Specifically interested in work environment and QoL. Thanks.


Are you referring to their internship program for the summer or as an attorney? I interned with them my first year and I have some insight, but mostly into the internship program.


As an attorney. Cool, did you enjoy it? Anything you can share re: what you observed as to the attorneys?


In short: I enjoyed it very much, it was a great place to spend my first summer. I was with the Litigation group, I do not know how the transactional group is.

I saw that the attorneys did enjoy working there, but none of them seemed to love it. They definitely enjoyed the work more than big law or other places. It is mostly a 9-5 job, no weekends, few late nights unless there is a trial coming up.

For litigation specifically, the majority of the work was either personal injury or labor and employment. A great deal of slip and fall cases in the Terminal or Airports and a number of discrimination cases. As a young attorney, you handle everything from motions to witness interviews, to potentially arguing in front of a jury. Though not many cases go to trial. If you want to be a litigator, it is a great place to spend a few years.

Exit options: I saw people leaving for big firms, but fairly rarely. Mostly, I saw them transfer to other city or state agencies. At least one person went to be an ADA.

Its a lot of litigation, so the skills are very transferable. And their litigation group is large, lots of extremely smart attorneys working to benefit New Yorkers.

I think if you get it, it would be a great place to work.

Let me know if you have other questions!


Thanks. This is very helpful. I'm very interested, but am having trouble learning about the Law Department online. Martindale Hubbel suggests the divisions are as follows: http://www.martindale.com/The-Port-Auth ... people.htm . Is that incorrect? Is it just "Litigation vs. Transactional"?


That list does not look correct. I can tell you that it does not have all of the PA attorneys on there. While I was there I never noticed a strict split of attorneys working on different matters. The older attorneys had more experience in some matters so were more likely to handle them while younger attorneys were assigned to work on those matters with the more experienced attorneys. In your first year, you will handle every type of case.

It was just litigation vs. transactional. Interns could work on both matters, but otherwise litigation and transactional stayed separate.


Thanks, really helpful. Hoping to hear back--just applied.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:22 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:Please redirect me if there's a relevant thread on this (I looked and came up empty handed), but does anyone have any insight into working at the Law Department of the Port Authority of NY/NJ?

Per my law school's simplicity page, they're hiring, but I can't seem to track down anything online beyond cursory remarks on Glassdoor/Indeed. Specifically interested in work environment and QoL. Thanks.


Are you referring to their internship program for the summer or as an attorney? I interned with them my first year and I have some insight, but mostly into the internship program.


As an attorney. Cool, did you enjoy it? Anything you can share re: what you observed as to the attorneys?


In short: I enjoyed it very much, it was a great place to spend my first summer. I was with the Litigation group, I do not know how the transactional group is.

I saw that the attorneys did enjoy working there, but none of them seemed to love it. They definitely enjoyed the work more than big law or other places. It is mostly a 9-5 job, no weekends, few late nights unless there is a trial coming up.

For litigation specifically, the majority of the work was either personal injury or labor and employment. A great deal of slip and fall cases in the Terminal or Airports and a number of discrimination cases. As a young attorney, you handle everything from motions to witness interviews, to potentially arguing in front of a jury. Though not many cases go to trial. If you want to be a litigator, it is a great place to spend a few years.

Exit options: I saw people leaving for big firms, but fairly rarely. Mostly, I saw them transfer to other city or state agencies. At least one person went to be an ADA.

Its a lot of litigation, so the skills are very transferable. And their litigation group is large, lots of extremely smart attorneys working to benefit New Yorkers.

I think if you get it, it would be a great place to work.

Let me know if you have other questions!


Do you have any idea what their starting salary is?

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:48 pm
by Anonymous User
The PA's salaries are posted online.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:51 am
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:The PA's salaries are posted online.


yes, I have checked them out but they all differ (I am assuming by experience). I was asking if anyone knew the salary for fresh out of law school attorneys. I am considering submitting an application.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:43 am
by Anonymous User
Sort by hire date then do some LinkedIn creeping.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:31 pm
by Anonymous User
Nynaeve wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Nynaeve wrote:Please redirect me if there's a relevant thread on this (I looked and came up empty handed), but does anyone have any insight into working at the Law Department of the Port Authority of NY/NJ?

Per my law school's simplicity page, they're hiring, but I can't seem to track down anything online beyond cursory remarks on Glassdoor/Indeed. Specifically interested in work environment and QoL. Thanks.


Are you referring to their internship program for the summer or as an attorney? I interned with them my first year and I have some insight, but mostly into the internship program.


As an attorney. Cool, did you enjoy it? Anything you can share re: what you observed as to the attorneys?


In short: I enjoyed it very much, it was a great place to spend my first summer. I was with the Litigation group, I do not know how the transactional group is.

I saw that the attorneys did enjoy working there, but none of them seemed to love it. They definitely enjoyed the work more than big law or other places. It is mostly a 9-5 job, no weekends, few late nights unless there is a trial coming up.

For litigation specifically, the majority of the work was either personal injury or labor and employment. A great deal of slip and fall cases in the Terminal or Airports and a number of discrimination cases. As a young attorney, you handle everything from motions to witness interviews, to potentially arguing in front of a jury. Though not many cases go to trial. If you want to be a litigator, it is a great place to spend a few years.

Exit options: I saw people leaving for big firms, but fairly rarely. Mostly, I saw them transfer to other city or state agencies. At least one person went to be an ADA.

Its a lot of litigation, so the skills are very transferable. And their litigation group is large, lots of extremely smart attorneys working to benefit New Yorkers.

I think if you get it, it would be a great place to work.

Let me know if you have other questions!


Thanks. This is very helpful. I'm very interested, but am having trouble learning about the Law Department online. Martindale Hubbel suggests the divisions are as follows: http://www.martindale.com/The-Port-Auth ... people.htm . Is that incorrect? Is it just "Litigation vs. Transactional"?


That list does not look correct. I can tell you that it does not have all of the PA attorneys on there. While I was there I never noticed a strict split of attorneys working on different matters. The older attorneys had more experience in some matters so were more likely to handle them while younger attorneys were assigned to work on those matters with the more experienced attorneys. In your first year, you will handle every type of case.

It was just litigation vs. transactional. Interns could work on both matters, but otherwise litigation and transactional stayed separate.


Thanks, really helpful. Hoping to hear back--just applied.


I applied to this as well. I have mixed feelings -- seems like great hours and cool work, but low pay. Have you heard back yet?

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:30 pm
by Anonymous User
I applied to this as well. I have mixed feelings -- seems like great hours and cool work, but low pay. Have you heard back yet?


Yep, had an interview last week. When did you apply? They don't move fast.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:11 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:The PA's salaries are posted online.


yes, I have checked them out but they all differ (I am assuming by experience). I was asking if anyone knew the salary for fresh out of law school attorneys. I am considering submitting an application.


Im the OP from above - the one who posted the experience as an intern.

I do not remember for sure what the starting salary was, I think it was low 60k or high 50k. When I interned there, however, attorneys did not receive a salary bump for a very long time but were beginning to see salary bumps the year after.

Its not the best, but its okay.

As for hiring, some of their HR staff retired so they might be a little slow in getting back to people.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:14 pm
by Anonymous User
Starting salary seems to be $82-85k from what I can gather from the salary information online, i.e. entry level attorneys hired in 2015 and 2016.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:40 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:
I applied to this as well. I have mixed feelings -- seems like great hours and cool work, but low pay. Have you heard back yet?


Yep, had an interview last week. When did you apply? They don't move fast.



I am looking to submit an application. Where did you find their posting? Do you know how many rounds of interviews they have?

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:08 pm
by Anonymous User
I have done two rounds of interviews - different poster from those who have already discussed interviewing.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:16 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:I have done two rounds of interviews - different poster from those who have already discussed interviewing.


How was your second round interview? I am wondering how long until they get back to us with a decision.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:38 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I have done two rounds of interviews - different poster from those who have already discussed interviewing.


How was your second round interview? I am wondering how long until they get back to us with a decision.


Different poster. Second round was longer, but very similar to first round.

Anyone know how QoL is there now?

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:50 pm
by Anonymous User
From my interviews it seems like most people work 9-6 or so and no weeeknds. I think the bond folks work more during a closing or other times but still not terribly bad compared to biglaw.

It sounds like a pretty great gig if it's 40-50 hours a week, interesting work and fairly good pay. Again, I am assuming starting pay of ~$82k from the posted salary information.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:07 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:From my interviews it seems like most people work 9-6 or so and no weeeknds. I think the bond folks work more during a closing or other times but still not terribly bad compared to biglaw.

It sounds like a pretty great gig if it's 40-50 hours a week, interesting work and fairly good pay. Again, I am assuming starting pay of ~$82k from the posted salary information.


What do you mean by "bond folks"? Is that what the corporate attorneys there specialize in? Having trouble figuring out more about their corporate practice online. Thanks.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:43 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:From my interviews it seems like most people work 9-6 or so and no weeeknds. I think the bond folks work more during a closing or other times but still not terribly bad compared to biglaw.

It sounds like a pretty great gig if it's 40-50 hours a week, interesting work and fairly good pay. Again, I am assuming starting pay of ~$82k from the posted salary information.


What do you mean by "bond folks"? Is that what the corporate attorneys there specialize in? Having trouble figuring out more about their corporate practice online. Thanks.


Seems like it's broken up between contracting, leasing and bond work - with more senior people specializing into specific roles.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:21 pm
by Anonymous User
Anyone know how many entry level attorneys theyre hiring?

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:28 pm
by Anonymous User
Has anyone received an offer? I went on a second round interview and its been a week and no notice yet.

Re: Port Authority of NY Law Dept

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:29 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I have done two rounds of interviews - different poster from those who have already discussed interviewing.


How was your second round interview? I am wondering how long until they get back to us with a decision.


Different poster. Second round was longer, but very similar to first round.

Anyone know how QoL is there now?



Have you received an offer yet? I am still waiting to hear back.