Forge Your Future

Watt Tieder's summer associate program is the central focus of our recruiting efforts. Through our summer program, we are able to expose law students to every aspect of the firm's practice and its attorneys, as well as assess the abilities of the summer associates as future Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald attorneys. The program has been very successful in helping us build our firm from the ground up with talented attorneys. 

Summer associates are given a broad range of assignments designed to familiarize them with the firm's practice. We also strive to allow summer associates to work with as many attorneys as possible, including the most senior partners at the firm. Summer associate assignments range from short, one day legal research issues, to the preparation of extensive legal briefs, motions, and other pleadings. The substantive issues addressed by our summer associates relate to all areas of our practice, from complex evidentiary and civil procedure matters to more substantive contract and construction issues. 

In addition to traditional work assignments, we strongly encourage our summer associates to gain additional experience through observing our attorneys in action. We frequently arrange for summer associates to attended depositions, court proceedings, and various corporate transactions. During the summer, we also offer an extensive series of in-house seminars to provide our summer associates with further insight into the firm's areas of expertise.

For consideration, please send your cover letter, resume and references to

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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    Why Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald?

    We believe that our firm offers associates the exceptional professional opportunities of a large firm with the advancement opportunities of a smaller firm. New associates are afforded a high level of client interaction and responsibility during the early stages of their careers. 

  2. 2
    Who are Watt Tieder’s clients?

     Our clients are general contractors, sureties, architects and engineers, equipment suppliers and materialmen, subcontractors, lenders and manufacturers, as well as corporate owners, developers and various public bodies. We represent many of the major players in the construction industry including URS, Dillingham, J.F. Shea, Kiewit, Mitsubishi, Morrison Knudsen, Impregilo, Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland and Travelers. 

  3. 3
    What is Watt Tieder’s Summer Associate Compensation Program?

    All of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald’s offices offer summer associate compensations that are competitive with law firms in the surrounding metropolitan areas.

  4. 4
    Does Watt Tieder have a Mentorship Program for Summer Associates?

    Yes. Each summer associate is assigned to an attorney mentor that helps to ease the transition from law school to law firm. Watt Tieder mentors serve as both guides and listeners and ensure that each summer associate gets the most out of the summer program. 

  5. 5
    Do you allow split summers?

    Split summers for second year law students are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Watt Tieder does not allow split summers for first year law students. 

  6. 6
    Does the firm accept applications from third-year students?

    While the majority of our first-year associates are hired from the summer associate program, we do interview third-year law students on an as-needed basis. 

  7. 7
    What is the partnership track?

    Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald may consider attorneys for partnership after eight years of practice with the firm. 

  8. 8
    What is the firm’s policy on judicial clerkships?

    The firm encourages judicial clerkships. New associates who have completed a one-year judicial clerkship join the firm as second-year associates, thus receiving a full year credit for their clerkship.

Recruitment Team


Vivian Katsantonis
Christopher Brasco
Adam Tuckman

Virginia Recruiting Coordinator
Kristy Kellogg


David McPherson