Editor, Business of Law

ALM (multiple locations)

Posted 7 days ago

The locations for this position are:

  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC

Discover where your talent fits best at ALM…At ALM, we’re reinventing the way professionals use information, news, data, marketing solutions and events to manage the business of business. That requires creativity, collaboration and innovation. Headquartered in New York City with 18 offices worldwide, ALM brands have been serving their markets since 1843.  Join our team of talented ALMers working to create exceptional experience for our audiences and customers across the globe.

What you’ll do: The editor will supervise multiple reporters, delivering a steady mix of breaking news and enterprise coverage of law firms and the legal industry for The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal, The Recorder, Law.com and other award-winning ALM publications. Working closely with other editors, the editor will guide coverage, mentor reporters and edit several stories a day for the web and print. The editor will also be expected to write regularly. The primary coverage areas for the desk include:

  • Law firm management and economics
  • Law firm mergers and competition
  • Legal industry innovation
  • Client relationships
  • Partner moves and practice area trends
  • Talent management and recruiting
  • Lawyer ethics and attorney malpractice
  • Lawyer wellness, work-life balance, professional challenges

About the Team: The Business of Law Desk at ALM is a team of more than a dozen reporters and editors delivering unmatched coverage of the legal industry, anchored by exclusive news and insight into the workings of the largest law firms in the world, as well as reporting on midsize firms and new industry players seeking to compete with traditional partnerships. We are based in New York, London, San Francisco, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Hong Kong and Washington, D.C.

About the Job: You will work with reporters to break news and develop and execute daily stories, short-term enterprise, and longer-term enterprise and investigative reporting. You will work closely with other business of law editors, and also work with editors overseeing other legal themes to aggressively pursue important stories and work collaboratively on larger investigative and enterprise projects. You’ll need to show strong news judgment while coaching and supervising reporters of varying experience levels and juggling the needs of multiple publications. You’ll also contribute stories of your own on a regular basis.


  • Manage reporters in ALM offices around the country and edit their stories
  • Maintain a network of sources from law firms, corporate legal departments, recruiting firms and consultancies, and assist reporters in developing sources
  • Work closely and collaboratively with other Business of Law editors, and coordinate with other thematic editors and brand editors
  • Follow developments on the beat, getting to know the big players, firms, trends, challenges and problems facing the industry
  • Generate ideas for both daily and enterprise coverage; pitch and write stories of your own
  • Travel to meetings and events as necessary


  • Degree in journalism or communications, or relevant experience
  • At least 2-4 years or prior professional editing and/or reporting experience preferred, particularly covering the law or legal industry or business.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Be comfortable working in a collaborative, team environment
  • Ability to coach both experienced and newer reporters on stories, time management and efficiency
  • Comfortable editing for print or Web
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple tasks under strict daily deadlines
  • Multimedia skills (podcasting, audio and video editing) are pluses
  • Social media proficiency preferred, as is experience with content management systems

Application Materials: cover letter, resume and three published clips. Apply here.

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