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  • 02/08/2021 11:48 AM | WSPA Bevins (Administrator)

    Description

    This is an exciting opportunity to work for one of the top law firms in the U.S.! Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is looking for an experienced Legal Assistant to join our Corporate and Business Transactions team in our Seattle office.

    The Legal Assistant will provide and coordinate administrative and clerical support to attorneys and paralegals in the business transaction practices, supporting effective use of their time. This position requires an ability to work independently as well as in a team environment with timekeepers and staff members. Expertise supporting business transactions required. Additional experience mergers and acquisitions practices is a plus.

    At Davis Wright Tremaine, you will find challenging assignments, opportunities for professional growth and community involvement, and a culture of inclusion. DWT fosters inclusiveness and authenticity. Regardless of position, everyone here has a voice and the support is unparalleled.

    On a typical day you will:

    • Understand assigned timekeepers’ practice and clients
    • Extensive interaction with clients; acts as intermediary with clients and responds to client requests
    • Manage client billing process, including review and editing of pre-bills
    • Maintain up-to-date forms, including collaboration with other departments on templates
    • Check in regularly with attorney to ensure all aspects of any project are under control. Prompt as needed. Exercise careful judgment about when to ask for guidance
    • Assign appropriate tasks to other departments, and support staff. Follow up on status of all projects to ensure timely completion
    • Communicate clearly with all appropriate team members on project status
    • Set up data rooms for transactions; provide required information to IT for initial set up, organize data room structure, populate data room with required documents, communicate access information to data room participants, update and maintain data room, maintain due diligence/document production checklist in connection with data room documents Identify and organize documents for closings of complex financing or acquisition transactions, prepare initial checklists, research possible forms of documents, manage formatting for uniformity across all documents
    • Assist with transaction closings; monitor and update checklists, organize documents and signature packets for execution, monitor status of documentation and organize final executed documents as received, review documents for completeness, maintain electronic record of final executed documents, organize documents for closing transcripts, produce and transmit closing transcripts, distribute stock certificates

    Ensure that relevant documents are filed in the client’s minute book records and that equity ownership information is properly maintained
    Docket reminders for annual corporate filings (e.g., stock plan registration)
    Type, proofread, run comparisons, and edit correspondence, memoranda, agreements and other legal and business documents from notes, templates, drafts, or dictated text under time sensitive deadlines

    Maintain attorney and client records. Maintain email and electronic records
    Open new client and new matter files
    Schedule and coordinate appointments, meetings and conference calls and maintain calendars Answer, screen, and respond to phone calls
    Open and route mail, attaching appropriate files and documents
    Prepare and submit expense reimbursement reports and check requests
    Make travel arrangements
    Schedule conference rooms and arrange for food service and audio-visual equipment as needed Assist fellow assistants and additional attorneys as needed
    Notarize documents. Position may require assistant to become and maintain Washington Notary

    Join us if you can:

    • A minimum of three years’ experience as a legal assistant/secretary in a law firm environment is required. Expertise supporting business transactions, mergers and acquisitions practices is required
    • Ability to understand and follow work directions, manage multiple priorities and respond to urgent requests with minimal supervision
    • Ability to take initiative and ownership of projects and follow them through to completion, regardless of who is doing the work
    • Expertise in Microsoft Word and Outlook is essential. Must also be proficient in Adobe/Nuance, DocuSign, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with Office 2016 and Windows 10 is preferred
    • Excellent keyboarding, grammar, spelling and proofreading skills
    • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with clients, firm members, and other business contacts Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills, as well as the ability to handle stressful situations in a calm, composed manner
    • Ability to pay close attention to detail and be highly organized and accurate
    • Strong time management skills
    • Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, service environment
    • A high school diploma or GED certification is required
    • Availability and willingness to work overtime as needed or requested

    Who We Are

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm with eight offices nationwide. We are relentlessly committed to client service and look for candidates who share that commitment. At DWT, client service means having empathy for each client’s and each lawyer’s work and personal pressures, business objectives, and legal needs; anticipating their needs; and having the capabilities and commitment to deliver what matters most to them.

    What’s in it For You?
    DWT offers competitive compensation in addition to ample benefits including but not limited to:

    • Choice of health and vision insurance plans
    • 2 paid volunteer days for qualifying community service work Dental plan
    • Fertility and adoption benefit
    • Paid sabbatical after 13 years of service
    • Tuition reimbursement
    • Commuter benefits
    • Retirement contribution

    Physical Requirements

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to feel and reach with hands and arms and frequently required to sit, stand, walk and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

    This job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP believes that embracing diversity and inclusion brings out the best of what each individual has to offer and inspires us to build strong and lasting connections with each other, our clients, and our communities. We are committed to promoting a diverse workforce and inclusive environment where every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is our policy to hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all employment-related decisions without regard to an employee’s sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical condition), race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religious creed, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, military condition, military or veteran status or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal laws.

    APPLY HERE

  • 02/03/2021 4:37 PM | WSPA Bevins (Administrator)

    Litigation Paralegal

    Description

    Lane Powell has 140 years of experience serving as a strategic business advisor and legal counsel to premier public and private companies. Synonymous with excellence and innovation, Lane Powell’s attorneys bring to their work a spirit of entrepreneurialism that is reflected in a client roster that includes some of the most venerable – and dynamic – companies and individuals in business today.

    The Litigation Paralegal is responsible for actively contributing in a team environment by providing support to Shareholders, Associates and Staff Attorneys and will be an integral member of the team by assisting in the identification, collection, analysis and management of documentary and electronic evidence.

    JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Drafts correspondence and basic pleadings including subpoenas, interrogatories, requests for production, affidavits and declarations
    • Utilizes computer databases and other Firm provided technology for document management, tracking and case analysis and to develop timelines, charts and graphs
    • Drafts stipulations, collects, reviews and prepares medical records summaries
    • Drafts correspondence, memoranda and other basic documents for internal or client use
    • Accurately and completely records billable time and tasks in compliance with Firm policy and client imposed billing protocols
    • Meets or exceeds annual billing requirements
    • Analyze basic legal requests and escalate for Senior Paralegal or Attorney review
    • Independently completes a variety of assignments, based on attorney and case needs, tracks and ensures deadlines are met

    Minimum Requirements:

    • 2 – 5 years prior paralegal experience in a law firm or legal setting
    • Working knowledge and understanding of federal and state court rules and civil procedures
    • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
    • Ability to follow instructions and take actions independently
    • Ability to manage cases and work within deadlines
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
    • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • A Bachelor’s degree or Associates degree with a Paralegal Certificate is preferred, but we will consider other candidates from non-traditional backgrounds that demonstrate an interest and ability to learn and succeed
    • Experience in electronic discovery or an interest in learning and becoming eDiscovery Certified
    • Experience with mass tort and/or complex litigation

    Hours / Schedule / Location:

    • 37.5 hours per week / Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM / Seattle office
    • This is a full-time, non-exempt position that requires regular and predictable attendance in our Seattle office
    • Infrequent travel may be required for cross-office projects (all travel is currently on hold due to COVID-19)
    • At this time, the employee may be expected to work from home due to COVID-19, with a return to the office date unspecified at this time. The employee will need to have internet access and a space to work; Lane Powell will provide a laptop and all necessary technology

    Pre-Employment Screening:

    • Any job offer will be conditional upon successfully completing a pre-employment background screening and reference check

    Lane Powell PC is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications for employment from qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. If you need reasonable accommodations to apply for any position, please let us know. All employment decisions, practices and procedures are carried out without regard to gender, race, color, religion, national origin, political ideology, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or any other applicable legally protected status. This policy applies to all personnel activities including employment, promotion, transfer, compensation and termination.

    Send resume to Kim Foster : fosterk@lanepowell.com

  • 02/02/2021 2:42 PM | WSPA Bevins (Administrator)

    POSITION DESCRIPTION

    COWLITZ INDIAN TRIBE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

    Title: Paralegal
    Schedule: 8 AM-5 PM Monday-Friday Location: Longview, WA Classification: Full-time
    Opening Date: January 28, 2021 Salary Range: $28.85 to $38.46 DOE Closing Date: Rolling

    PARALEGAL

    Position SummaryThis position will perform a full range of Paralegal duties within the legal department under the direction of the Acting Lead Staff Attorney.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

    1. Intake legal matters for attorney review and calendaring all deadlines.

    2. Prepare Tax Exemption for Sales to Tribes Forms for multiple departments within the Tribe.

    3. Prepare Tax Exemption Fee Land Forms for governmental purposes.

    4. Assist with documentation of the fee to trust application process.

    5. Review subpoenas and contact the appropriate parties to facilitate compliance when needed.

    6. Assist with due diligence process in real estate procurement including obtaining deeds, liens and notes and verifying same.

    7. Prepare, review, and revise routine correspondence for the legal department.

    8. Organize and maintain files, correspondence, and other internal records.

    9. Perform factual legal research and compile and type statistical reports.

    10. Maintain employee confidence and protect operations by keeping human resource and legal information confidential.

    11. Prepare outgoing mail and correspondence, including e-mail and faxes.

    12. Schedule, attend, and take notes for internal and external meetings for the legal department as may be directed.

    13. Prepare, review, and turn in purchase orders, check requests, travel advances, travel reconciliations, monthly mileage reconciliations, and monthly Visa reconciliations for the Legal Department.

    14. Perform general office administrative duties as assigned.

    Supervisory Responsibilities:

    None.

    Competencies:

    To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

    Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

    Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.

    Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

    Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

    Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

    Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

    Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

    Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

    Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

    Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

    Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

    Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

    Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

    Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

    Qualifications

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Preferred Education and/or Experience

    Two-year certificate from college or technical school, 5 years legal experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in Indian Country is preferred.

    Language Skills

    Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

    Mathematical Skills

    Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

    Reasoning Ability

    Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

    Computer Skills

    To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of MS Outlook Contact Management systems; Internet Explorer Internet software; MS Excel Spreadsheet software and MS Word Processing software.

    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Work Environment

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The position is currently remote due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Candidates should be comfortable in a work-from-home environment with the required internet access to accommodate work needs.

    Requirements: Must submit to and pass a background check and drug screen.
    The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and a Drug & Alcohol-Free workplace.

    Except as provided by Title 25 CFR, Section 472 which allows for Indian preference in hiring, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, physical handicap, marital status, politics, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.

    Please mail or fax resume and cover letter to: Human Resources Department
    Cowlitz Indian Tribe
    P.O. Box 2547 
    Longview, WA 98632 Fax: (360) 578-1641

  • 02/02/2021 2:39 PM | WSPA Bevins (Administrator)

    PI Paralegal / Case Manager - Plaintiff Personal Injury


    The Sullivan Law Group is seeking a personal injury paralegal / case manager to support two plaintiff personal injury attorneys in Everett, WA.

    We are conveniently located two blocks west of the county courthouse and have free onsite parking. Pay is competitive and include benefits after a probationary period, including the same health insurance plan as the attorneys with all premiums paid, an employer matching retirement plan, and paid time off.

    The ideal candidate has worked in a personal injury practice and/or within the court system. The candidate must have a strong sense of organization and self-motivation, as well as professional appearance and demeanor.

    Position Responsibilities:

    - Assist in all pre-suit activities on personal injury cases, including client contact, obtaining records, and routine correspondence.

    - Assist with document management and file organization.

    - Attend or assist at trial, as necessary.

    - Assist with daily administrative tasks including attorney calendars.

    - Call clients / witnesses (scheduling / brief questions / providing information).

    - Other general duties as necessary to support and maintain the law firm.
    Related keywords: paralegal, attorney, legal assistant, legal, personal injury paralegal, attorney or counsel or lawyer

    Job Type: Full-time

    Pay: $21.00 - $33.00 per hour

    COVID-19 considerations:
    Since COVID, we have been taking special precautions, including extra air filters in each occupied room and extra cleaning. Most of us are working at home. In the near future, however, this job is full-time and requires being present at the office.

    apply by email to defenseandpifirm@gmail.com


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