Washington State Paralegal Association


  • 10/14/2019 9:56 AM | WSPA Bevins (Administrator)

    Corporate Paralegal

    Description of position:

    Costco Wholesale is seeking an experienced corporate paralegal to join the legal team at its headquarters in Issaquah, Washington. In this role, you will provide primary paralegal support, with some administrative duties, to three corporate/transactional attorneys supporting several of Costco’s business units, including merchandising, e-commerce, and information technology / information security. This position will focus on corporate and procurement transactions and business operations, not litigation.


    • Draft corporate, commercial, procurement and settlement agreements, termination letters and other template agreements for review with responsible attorney.
    • Assist with compliance review of private label packaging, advertising and marketing material. 
    • Assist with information security incidents, including coordination of working group matters.
    • Review confidentiality agreements / non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and manage NDA process for department.
    • Review commercial contracts including software license agreements, software-as-a-service agreements, reseller agreements, master services agreements, IT services agreements, consulting agreements, SOWs, software development agreements, and merchandising agreements.
    • Finalize, update, format, and maintain contracts, policies, forms, presentation slides, notebooks, spreadsheets and shared documents and sites using Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Acrobat, and Google tools and platforms.
    • General research on matters as they arise, including legal, member, and due diligence.
    • Spearhead special projects as necessary, such as modernizing internal processes or handling business escalations. 
    • Heavy communication by phone and email with internal Costco clients and outside counsel.
    • Intake and referral of legal matters to other counsel inside and outside when attorneys are unavailable.
    • Track compliance issues and follow-up with responsible persons across several departments; log transactions and events into Costco tracking and compliance tools.
    • Administrative support includes: 
    • Review, code and process outside counsel invoices for payment, including verification against Costco’s outside counsel policy including invoicing policies and communicate with outside counsel and internal legal team members to resolve issues;
    • Prepare budget reports for each period, quarter and annually and track monthly expenditures to budget;
    • Make travel arrangements and expense reports;
    • Manage filing of electronic and paper copies of agreements, email, other correspondence and files; and
    • Assist attorneys with CLE (continuing legal education) and payment of annual bar association dues.



    • At least seven years of relevant paralegal experience, preferably with at least some in-house experience; paralegal certificate a plus.
    • Strong familiarity with contracting processes, commercial contracts and a corporate/transactional legal practice; experience drafting and reviewing contracts preferred.
    • Proven and reliable ability to maintain confidentiality in all legal matters. 
    • Proactive attitude and a strong interest in learning.
    • Proven ability to stay calm, congenial, and adjust positively to changes in direction and/or assignment.
    • Advanced skills using Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google tools and Adobe Acrobat.
    • Strong attention to detail and interpersonal skills with an emphasis on written and verbal communication.
    • Well-organized, able to identify and prioritize tasks, excellent troubleshooting skills, and ability to successfully manage multiple projects.
    • Ability to make sound critical decisions and accept personal responsibility for those decisions.
    • Knowledge of Costco (or similar consumer retail and/or e-commerce business) operations a plus.
    • Technology transactions background and/or technical aptitude a plus.

    At Costco, you will build a long-lasting career in a renowned culture where the company is committed to taking care of its employees, members, and suppliers.  You will be empowered to independently drive results within your areas of responsibility, and you will feel good about what you are helping to build.

    To Apply: send resume sgardner@costco.com 

  • 06/22/2016 10:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We are co-sponsor for the CLE program put on by the Seattle University Law School on October 7, 2016 from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm.  

    Information on the program and how to register can be found here.

  • 05/08/2016 8:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    May 21, 2016 from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

    First Floor Conference Room, 901 5th Avenue, Seattle

    The CLE schedule includes:

    • Deposition and Technology: Changes Impacting the Practice of Law, Steve Crandall, CEO, Prolumina
    • Litigation Dynamics: How Paralegals and Attorneys Can Work Better TogetherBoyoon Choi, Choi Capital Law, PLLC
    • Ethics in Discovery for Paralegal, Rachel Saimons, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

    The luncheon program will feature:

    • Introduction of new WSPA Officers and Directors
    • Paralegal Awards
    • Introduction of the newest LLLT, RP, CRPs

    Also during the seminar:

    • Legal service providers with products and information
    • Silent Auction with proceeds going to WSPA CLE seminars
    • Delicious lunch included with registration fee

    Registration is only $50 for members and $75 for non-members.

    Register here.  

    Space is limited, so register early!

  • 03/27/2016 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Save the Date

    Call for Speakers and Topics

    Do you know a dynamic speaker? Is there a topic you have been waiting to learn more about? We would love to hear your suggestions! Email ideas for speakers and/or topics for the spring CLE to Brenda Cothary. Send your ideas by April 10.

    We look forward to seeing you at the Spring CLE on May 21! Registration details will follow soon.

  • 03/27/2016 1:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The public is invited to bring their legal questions to the 22nd annual Law Day – Free Legal Advice Clinic on Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Skagit Transit Station in downtown Mount Vernon. 

    A free divorce seminar will also be hosted at 2:00 p.m. at the Skagit County Superior Court, Hearing Room C.  Law Day is celebrated nationally each year to promote the importance of the rule of law to a free society.

    This event is a walk-in clinic. All patrons will be served on a first come first serve basis.  For more information please call, (360) 416-7585 (se habla espanol).

    Event Sponsors:

    Community Action of Skagit County -Volunteer Lawyer Program, the Washington State Paralegal Association- Northwest Chapter, and the Skagit County Law Library.

    We are currently recruiting legal assistants, paralegals, paralegal students and attorneys for Law Day. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Alicia Engstrom at (360)540-459 or by email at alicia.engstrom@yahoo.com.  Thank you.

Washington State Paralegal Association
19540 International Blvd., Ste. 105
SeaTac, WA 98188



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