Associate Career Opportunities

Associate Benefits & Compensation
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite believes in providing excellent benefits to all our employees. The following is a snapshot of the benefits you will enjoy as an associate at RCA.

  • Reimbursement for the cost of the bar examination, a bar review course and the MPRE ethics examination 
  • Stipend to defray living expenses while studying for the bar examination 
  • 20 days paid vacation per year 
  • 40 hours of earned paid sick time per year
  • Tax-sheltered savings plan (401(k) plan and profit-sharing plan)
  • Professional liability insurance 
  • Bar dues and professional membership dues 
  • Pre-tax parking 
  • Firm-issued iPhone
  • Individual marketing budget set by your Practice Group Leader to support your business development goals
  • Hospitalization and medical insurance coverage paid in part by the firm for you
  • Optional life and long-term disability insurance 
  • Disability salary continuation benefit, firm-funded short-term disability 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Section 125 Cafeteria Plan
  • Optional dental insurance 
  • Optional additional group term life insurance

Detailed summaries of our programs and plan documents are available through our Executive Director. The language of the actual plan documents takes precedence over benefit summaries.

RCA's associate compensation is merit-based and increases with the associate's seniority at the firm. Bonuses are an important part of the compensation structure and are determined annually by the firm's Compensation Committee. The Committee relies on evaluations submitted by shareholders to make our salary determinations. Our salary levels are competitive with other firms in the Phoenix and Denver markets.

Becoming Shareholder
The firm considers associates for promotion to shareholder after seven years of practice, depending on the length of time the associate is with the firm and other appropriate factors. However, RCA does not have an "up or out" system. The firm will consider contract-based or flexible schedules, which serve both an individual's and the firm's needs (in addition to those associates not interested in the shareholder track). Among the criteria used to determine advancement are:

  • Professional skills 
  • Productivity 
  • Client responsibility 
  • Firm contributions 
  • Contribution to firm profitability 
  • Fiscal and administrative responsibility 
  • Professional activities 
  • Collegiality

Contact Us
We would be pleased to review your qualifications. Mail or email us an application packet that includes your personal letter of interest, resume and other supporting materials you believe best display your qualifications.

We will contact you if we are interested in speaking with you about employment. For out-of-state candidates, we routinely conduct initial interviews by videoconference. Please contact us for more information on joining RCA. 

       L. Shannon Bryant
Executive Director