Staff Attorney – Remote

Staff Attorney

The Staff Attorney supports Farm Sanctuary’s work on behalf of farm animals by assisting with a variety of legal and compliance matters, including contracts, intellectual property, and trusts and estates matters. The position reports to the General Counsel.


  • Advice & Support: Provide legal advice and support as needed to internal teams including Visitor Experience, Communications, Development, and Shelter
  • Contracts: Serve as internal point of contact for all Farm Sanctuary contract requests, advising staff on contract terms, negotiating, drafting, and reviewing a wide variety and large volume of contracts, maintaining contract files, and tracking relevant deadlines and expirations
  • Trusts & Estates: Advise on trusts, estates, and other planned giving matters, and manage pending bequests
  • Lobbying Registration & Reporting: In support of Farm Sanctuary’s advocacy efforts, research and advise on compliance with applicable federal, state, and local lobbying laws and regulations, and prepare lobbying registrations and reports as needed
  • Intellectual property: Advise on a variety of intellectual property issues, including copyright and trademark issues
  • Compliance: Advise on compliance with applicable laws and regulations governing the operation of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
  • Research: Conduct legal research and analysis of specific legal questions, and prepare memoranda, opinions, and position papers upon request
  • Perform other duties assigned by the General Counsel


  • Juris Doctor with a preferred minimum of 2 years’ experience in the practice of law
  • Status as a member in good standing of the bar in the District of Columbia or any state of the United States
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, and to proactively identify and resolve legal and business issues
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, handling varied tasks simultaneously while meeting tight deadlines
  • Proven excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Proven excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated interest in farm animal protection and knowledge and support of the mission and campaigns of Farm Sanctuary
  • Understanding of nonprofit sector and related legal issues strongly preferred

Job Specifications

  • Full time, at will, exempt position
  • Remote position with a preference for a remote office location in Washington, DC, or New York, NY
  • Requires schedule flexibility, including weekend and evening hours as needed
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Competitive benefits package, including paid holidays; personal days; vacation and sick leave; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 403(b) plan; flexible spending accounts; and long-term disability insurance

All interested applicants are required to complete Farm Sanctuary’s Employment Application. Instructions for sending supplemental materials will be provided within the application.

For questions or to request a copy of the employment application by mail, please contact