Lead Attorney
Washington, DC 
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description

AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable people over 50 build economic opportunity. Our approach emphasizes equitable outcomes for populations that have faced systemic discrimination. We serve all people 50 plus and their families. Through vigorous legal advocacy and evidence-based solutions, and by building supportive community connections, we foster resilience, advance equity and restore hope.

The Lead Attorney role provides legal counsel and represents clients in civil litigation and other legal proceedings. Leads the investigation of potential cases, preparation of cases for filing and trial, preparation of amicus briefs, and the conduct of discovery and negotiations. Collaborates with senior management to develop strategic plans to achieve the organization's litigation goals.


  • Leads and supervises litigation matters including the planning, strategy, and execution of a case.
  • Oversees and investigates potential cases to determine whether to recommend filing a lawsuit or an amicus brief.
  • Performs legal analyses, drafts pleadings, briefs, and other court filings as needed
  • Conducts written and oral discovery, including taking and defending depositions. Conducts research and writes amicus briefs as needed.
  • Leads mediation and settlement negotiations on behalf of the clients. Argues procedural and dispositive motions.
  • Researches and writes amicus briefs.


  • J.D. required.
  • 8+ years of post-J.D. experience as a practicing attorney, with 2+ years of experience as first chair or as lead counsel in litigation matters with responsibility for leading the planning, strategy, and execution of complex cases.
  • Must be a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar or be eligible for admission to the District of Columbia Bar.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully litigate cases individually or in teams along with capability to multi-task in a fast-paced professional environment.
  • Highly self-motivated and entrepreneurial with an ability to exercise discretion and respect for confidentiality.
  • Experience with class or collective actions, especially on behalf of plaintiffs.
  • Proficiency leading employment discrimination litigation matters preferred.
  • Knowledge in legal matters concerning low-income or older populations desired.

AARP will not sponsor an employment visa for this position at this time.

Additional Requirements

  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships
  • Independent judgment in evaluation options to make sound decisions
  • In office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.

Compensation and Benefits

AARP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including a 401(k); 100% company-funded pension plan; health, dental, and vision plans; life insurance; paid time off to include company and individual holidays, vacation, sick, caregiving, and parental leave; performance-based and peer-based recognition and tuition reimbursement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
8+ years
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