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  • 05/26/2023 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    JOB SUMMARY:  The Paralegal II works under the supervision of the Legal Director and Staff Attorneys, and is responsible for routine legal issues, performs paraprofessional tasks and carries out a variety of paralegal, clerical and administrative functions to facilitate effective operations of the ORA. This position reports to and is evaluated by the Legal Director.

    ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following, and other related duties as assigned.


    1. Cataloging United States v. State of Washington historical and current documents into a searchable database and organized archival boxes and notebooks.

    2. Performing litigation paralegal tasks, including, but not limited to, arranging service of process, scheduling depositions, trial preparation, updating court calendar, reconciling office and court records, downloading court documents and other tasks as assigned.

    3. Assisting with the execution of contracts, resolutions, and other routine documents.

    4. Preparing and filing legal documents. 

    5. Drafting, formatting, proofing, editing, and cite checking legal documents in preparation for filing and/or recording of pleadings, formal complaints, discovery requests and responses, declarations, witness and exhibit disclosures, reports, requests for information, subpoenas, and other official documents.

    6. Drafting, proofing, and editing documents, including resolutions, legal reviews, correspondence, memos, and other documents.

    7. Performing legal research. 

    8. Reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing sources, compiling information, and recommending action.

    9. Performing administrative tasks, including, but not limited to, preparation of timesheets, purchase orders and travel requests.

    10. Establishing and maintaining databases while ensuring accuracy of data.

    11. Maintaining office calendars, arranging, and scheduling meetings, and reserving conference rooms.

    12. Managing and maintaining office files according to established systems; creating new files, closing/archiving files, and completing office filing.

    13. Maintaining office logs up-to-date and according to established standards. 

    14. Providing internal and external communications on behalf of the office; answering and screening telephone calls and walk-in inquiries; and attending meetings or hearings on behalf of ORA attorneys to take notes.

    15. Providing Notary Public service for ORA Staff and others.

    16. Independently performing complex and diverse clerical and general office support functions according to office policy and procedure.

    17. General office responsibilities include printing, copying, faxing, scanning, office/printer supplies, receive/sort/ route mail, and other office needs.   


    • High School Diploma or GED required. 

    • Associate degree required.

    • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

    • Experience with litigation matters preferred.

    • Working knowledge of legal terminology, practices and procedures required.

    • Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, or Paralegal Certification preferred.

    • 4 years experience as a Legal Secretary, Legal Assistant or Paralegal, or relevant experience in a legal office preferred.

    • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License and meet eligibility requirements for tribal insurance.

    • Lummi/Native American/Veteran preference policy applies.


    • Must pass pre-employment and random drug and alcohol tests to be eligible for and maintain employment, as required by the LIBC Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace Policy.

    • Position requires an extensive Criminal Background Check.

    • Must have or obtain a Washington Notary Public appointment.

    • Ability to drive and travel locally as directed and in accordance with the Lummi Nation’s policies and procedures to complete tasks.

    BENEFITS: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Life Insurance, Annual/Sick leave, Lummi Fitness Center Membership and 16 Paid Holidays. After successfully completing 90 day orientation   


    To obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application go to:  https://www.lummi-nsn.gov/widgets/JobsNow.php or request by e-maillibchr@lummi-nsn.gov  For more information contact the HR front desk (360) 312-2023.  Submit an LIBC application, cover letter, resume, short writing sample & reference letters to be considered.  If listing degrees or certifications include copies.  Mailing Address: 2665 Kwina Road, Bellingham, WA 98226.  Human Resource Fax number: 360-380-6991.

  • 05/18/2023 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    Marysville, WA - Paralegal  

    Long-established law firm is looking to hire a probate and estate planning paralegal to help manage and support the firm’s practice. We will consider an entry level applicant who is bright and ready to learn.

    Please submit resume and cover letter of interest.

    To: kelly@grovestreetlaw.com

    Reasonable compensation and competitive benefits included. This position could be full time or four days per week, Monday through Thursday.


  • 05/02/2023 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    At Our Children’s Trust, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Our Children’s Trust believes that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

    Our Mission:

    Our Children’s Trust is a non-profit public interest law firm that provides strategic, campaign- based legal services to youth from diverse backgrounds to secure their legal rights to a safe climate. We work to protect the Earth’s climate system for present and future generations by representing young people in global legal efforts to secure their binding and enforceable legal rights to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate, based on the best available science. We support our youth clients and amplify their voices before the third branch of government in a highly strategic legal campaign that includes targeted media, education, and public engagement work to support the youths’ legal actions. Our legal work – guided by constitutional, public trust, human rights laws, and the laws of nature – aims to ensure systemic and science-based climate recovery planning and remedies at federal, state, and global levels. We seek legally-binding, countrywide and/or statewide science-based Climate Recovery Plans that will return atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations to levels below 350 ppm by the year 2100.

    Position Summary:

    Reporting to the Managing Attorney/General Counsel, the Paralegal will assist OCT attorneys by providing clerical and research support services including document preparation and review; research and fact-checking; trial preparation; and plaintiff support. This position will also provide scheduling and meeting support for OCT’s legal team.


    This position is based in Eugene, Oregon or remote for the right candidate.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Support multiple lawyers and cases with litigation and non-litigation tasks
    • For assigned jurisdictions, organize case files and document databases in both paper and electronic formats
    • For assigned jurisdictions, track all case and docket requirements, and deadlines
    • Gather, review, analyze and summarize documents, orally or in writing, for litigation and case development purposes
    • Perform legal research, including cite checks and shepardizing, on Westlaw and with traditional research tools
    • Prepare discovery, pleadings, caselaw and document binders to prepare attorneys for meetings, hearings, and trial
    • Format and create tables for legal briefs and other court filings
    •  Prepare, edit, and file pleadings and other documents electronically through court filingsystems
    • Ensure arrangements for depositions, court reporters and service agents and ordering of transcripts of every court proceeding in a timely manne

      Additional Responsibilities

    • Assist with client management to ensure professional monitoring, collection, documentation, tracking and management of client circumstances and related evidence, and to apprise clients of status in cases, in coordination with counsel of record
    • Arrange case-related travel and logistics for plaintiffs and provide plaintiff support for travel needs including expense and reimbursement requests
    • Report client needs to counsel of record
    • Coordinate with Alliance and Outreach Manager on new client outreach
    • Conduct annual outreach and calculation of pro bono support to OCT
    • Prepare agendas for, and record minutes of, legal meetings and keep task lists updated as requested by Senior Paralegal and/or Managing Attorney.
    • Support the legal team with excellent knowledge of all facets of Microsoft 365, including SharePoint, and Google Documents/Sheets, and other case management software
    • Support other projects, such as PowerPoint presentations, as needed
    • Be familiar with the rules of practice for every court in which we work

      Minimum Qualifications:

      Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they have every one of the qualifications as described in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and our hiring processes are centered on assessing candidates based on diverse lived experiences. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. If you are unsure of whether you meet the qualifications of this position, or how this would be determined, contact us to discuss your application.

    • Exceptional proficiency with Westlaw, Google Drive, Microsoft 365, docket management, timekeeping, client management and document management software
    • Exceptional writing, organizational, and communication skills
    • Experience with state and federal court rules and electronic filing
    • Experience working in a fast-paced trial and appellate advocacy practice
    • Exceptional proficiency with the Blue Book for cite checking purposes
    • Highly dependable and available and able to respond quickly to litigation needs, including short deadlines and in high pressure situations
    • Demonstrated commitment to legal excellence Preferred Qualifications:
    • A Paralegal degree, three+ years of experience as a litigation/trial Paralegal or legal assistant, or equivalent experience
    • Experience in the fields of constitutional, human rights, environmental, or civil rights litigation
    • Experience in client management and an interest in working with youth and families
    • Understanding of legislative processes

      Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

      • Strong communication skills ensuring information is effectively exchanged with others

      • Ability to identify and solve problems with sound judgment and effective solutions

      • Respectful, approachable and team oriented, building strong working relationships and contributing to a positive work environment

      • Takes personal responsibility for job performance; receptive to feedback, willing to learn, and embraces continuous improvement

      • Displays emotional resilience and the ability to withstand pressure on an ongoing basis

        Salary and Benefits:

        The salary range for this position is $56,725 - $72,614 and is commensurate with experience. This position is a non-exempt position eligible for paid overtime. Benefits include 100% employer paid medical and dental for employee, long and short-term disability, life insurance, SIMPLE IRA plan, generous vacation, sick and holiday leave including restorative leave after 6 years. This position is part of the OCTWA Bargaining Unit.

        Working Conditions/Work Schedule:

        Work is primarily performed in a standard office setting. Work is primarily performed Monday through Friday during regular business hours; however, evening and weekend hours may be necessary dependent upon case activity, deadlines, and workload.

        Physical Working Requirements:

        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 will be provided to the extent possible and appropriate in the event of ADA qualifying disability.To Apply:

        Submit a resume and cover letter to our job posting site: To APPLY

  • 04/18/2023 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    Focal PLLC, a boutique, twelve-attorney law firm based in Seattle with a focus on technology, media, and internet law, is seeking paralegal with at least 2-3 years of experience to support our corporate, trademark and transactional practice groups. 

    While we are fully remote, we are ideally looking for someone based in Washington or Oregon (who is admitted to either bar) and who can travel on the very occasion that an in-person meeting may be required.  


    A.  Responsibilities 

    • Working with lawyers to prepare and file documents required to form, maintain, and/or dissolve companies, such as corporations and limited liability companies.
    • Collecting and organizing client and corporate information, tracking filing and renewal deadlines, and corresponding with third parties.
    • Assisting lawyers prepare documentation for a variety of corporate transactions, from mergers and acquisitions to debt and equity financings. This may include preparing or drafting due diligence request lists, document data rooms, form agreements, and closing binders.
    • Assisting lawyers prepare corporate governance documents, such as board minutes, board and/or shareholder resolutions, and equity grants.
    • Creating and maintaining corporate records, such as minute books, capitalization tables, stock certificates, and stock option ledgers.
    • Conducting legal research and analysis from time-to-time as needed, under the supervision and direction of lawyers.
    • Developing systems and processes to streamline contract or transaction origination and completion.
    • Map and manage the corporate group’s knowledge management systems, and establish and maintain a precedent database. 
    1.     Required
    •  At least 2-3 years of experience, a paralegal certificate and/or bachelors degree, or a combination of experience and education that allows the candidate to meet the needs of the firm.
    • A strong understanding of corporate governance requirements, preferably in Washington and Delaware. 
    • Strong communications skills, attention to detail, and a desire to work collaboratively and engage with clients.
    • Being responsive, proactive, organized and independent.·       We use Cloud-based systems for collaboration and knowledge management and the paralegal will need to be or become competent and comfortable with a variety of tools, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), Adobe Basecamp, Slack, Clio, DocuSign, and the Google suite (drive, calendar, email, etc.).
    2.     Preferred
    • Trademark support experience, including handling filings with the USPTO. 
    •  Experience with the USPTO system and industry software and applications.
    •  Experience with intellectual property rights and licensing, corporate/partnership formations, and the issues facing early-stage technology companies.
    • Familiarity with Carta or other third party capitalization table solutions often used by privately-held companies.
    (Though we prefer that candidates have these qualifications we are willing to train to the extent our new paralegal does not have such experience.)

    C.  Location, Benefits, and Salary

    Focal maintains an office in Seattle, but we have always been a remote-friendly firm and will remain that way. The paralegal is generally a remote position. All staff in the Seattle area are asked to attend one in-person staff meeting once per calendar quarter. 
    Our 12 attorneys are licensed in Washington (primary jurisdiction), New York, Oregon, California, and Illinois. We are accepting applications from anyone in the United States; though we prefer a candidate residing in the greater Seattle area.
    Focal offers a generous benefits package, including retirement matching, health insurance and paid time off. We anticipate this paralegal will earn between $65,000 to $85,000 in salary compensation.

    D.  About Focal PLLC

    We are proud that Focal maintains a collaborative work environment with legal professionals who strive to achieve a healthy work and life balance. Unlike traditional firms that often require 1800+ hours in annual billings, Focal attorneys bill on average 1000 hours a year. 

    We are an equal-opportunity employer and a certified (NAMWOLF) minority and women-owned law firm. Focal maintains a family friendly atmosphere. We value diversity and make an effort to look for diverse candidates. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other protected status as defined by federal, state, or local law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and parents are encouraged to apply. We take pride in our corporate culture as we prioritize wellness, work and life balance, diversity, and inclusion.

    E.   How to Apply

    Please submit a resume and cover letter for consideration to careers@focallaw.com, with the subject line: Corporate and Transactional Paralegal. 





  • 04/11/2023 2:14 PM | Anonymous

    Salary $35.74 - $41.66 Hourly

    Location: Suite 2050 Seattle, WA

    Job Type: Civil Service Exempt, Regular, Full-time

    Department: Law Department

    Job Number: 2023-00197

    Closing: 4/25/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

    Position Description

    The Seattle City Attorney's Office is seeking a Paralegal to join three other Paralegals, eleven Assistant City Attorneys, and two Legal Assistants in the Employment Section. The Section advises on and litigates employment matters arising from the City of Seattle’s workforce of over 10,000 employees in a variety of City departments. The work of the Employment Section is dynamic and often fast-paced. We take a collaborative, team-oriented approach to both litigation and advice work, seeking to build effective teams and strong, lasting relationships with City departments and their leadership. Paralegals in the Employment Section are critical to this professional philosophy and are valued members of our enthusiastic and experienced team.
    The Paralegal in this position will support Assistant City Attorneys representing the City in employment-related matters in a variety of forums, including state and federal courts, the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC), the Civil Service Commission, and union arbitrations. They will assist in all aspects of representation, including assisting with factual investigation, coordinating record collections, managing discovery, and actively participating in trials, arbitrations, and civil service proceedings.

    Job Responsibilities

    Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: 

    • Assisting attorneys in preparing for, strategizing, and representing the City at trials, hearings, and arbitrations.
    • Working closely with attorneys and legal assistants to ensure our office is producing quality work product in a timely manner.
    • Performing legal, factual, and records research.
    • Drafting and assisting with preparation of documents, including communications, records requests, pleadings, discovery, and requests for information.
    • Preparing and organizing documents for responding to discovery requests and for use as exhibits for depositions and motions. 
    • Coordinating collection of physical and electronic records from records custodians across all City departments. 
    • Managing all aspects of records collection, including initiating litigation holds, ensuring relevant records are retained, and documenting the chain of custody.
    • Assisting attorneys in responding to requests from administrative agencies, such as the EEOC and DOL. 
    • Providing eDiscovery support, including:
      • Staging documents on a network and mapping them in Nuix, focusing on eventual production.
      • Preserving and using metadata.
      • Maintaining chain-of-custody information and tracking data.
      • Coordination of document review and production.
    • Assisting attorneys in other ways, as assigned, and as required to provide the City with the best legal representation possible.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Bachelor's degree and two years of experience performing paralegal duties, OR a certification from a nationally accredited paralegal training institution and three years related experience, OR a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work.

    Desired Qualifications:

    You will be most successful in this role if you possess the following experience, skills, and abilities:

    • Litigation experience, particularly with electronic and traditional discovery.
    • Familiarity with eDiscovery applications and processes, including best practices for data collection, processing, analytics, strategic review, and production. Experience with Nuix Discover (formerly Ringtail) a plus. 
    • Working knowledge of court rules in state, federal, and appellate courts.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with individuals at all levels of the City.
    • Excellent research, writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Capable of providing timely work product with great attention to detail.
    • Ability to represent the City Attorney’s Office in a professional and ethical manner and demonstrate professionalism in all interactions with both employees and outside contacts.
    • Have excellent judgment, ability to work independently, self-motivated, and initiative.
    • Ability to take direction from multiple attorneys with differing priorities and excellent ability to follow up on all tasks.
    • Ability to anticipate and address attorney needs in both routine and unusual situations.
    Additional Information

    Race and Social Justice Initiative – The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in the Race and Social Justice Initiative by working to dismantle racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and provide equitable processes and services.

    Compensation – This position is part of a stepped salary program with an initial Step 1 placement ($35.74/hour). Advanced initial step placement may be considered under limited circumstances, but step salaries are not subject to negotiation. Employees placed at Step 1 will advance to Step 2 ($37.10) after 1,044 hours of regular service (approx. 6 months full-time). Employees placed at a step other than 1 will advance to the next step after 2,088 hours of regular service (approx. 12 months full-time). 

    This position is also eligible to receive annual wage increases in amounts which are usually aligned with increases that are bargained with the City’s Union Coalition. However, annual wage increases are not guaranteed every year. 

    The full salary range for this position is $35.74 - $41.66 per hour.

    Benefits – The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, 12 official holidays and 2 floating holidays, sick, and paid parental leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance for employees. City Attorney’s Office employees also have the opportunity to participate in a defined benefits retirement program and/or a deferred compensation plan. More information about benefits can be found at https://www.seattle.gov/human-resources/benefits/employees-and-covered-family-members/most-employees-plans

    Workplace Environment – Effective September 12, 2022, the Seattle City Attorney’s Office has implemented an Alternative Work Arrangements Policy.  Employees will have the option to work a hybrid schedule (2 days in office, 3 days remote for full-time employees).  This is subject to change as business needs require. 

    Application Process – For your application to be accepted you must:

    • Complete the online City Application.
    • Attach a resume detailing your relevant experience.
    • Attach a cover letter describing your interest in the position and how you meet the above qualifications. 

    Who may apply – This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications.  The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, medical condition, or pregnancy.   The Seattle City Attorney's Office encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

    Questions?  Contact our Human Resources team at LAW_HR@seattle.gov


  • 04/03/2023 3:04 AM | Anonymous

    Elite Paralegal Services is seeking experienced and motivated independent contractor senior paralegals who can work on an as-needed basis reviewing medical records and drafting medical summaries for on-going litigation cases. We have consistent active projects coming into our business.

    If you are an experienced senior paralegal with 7-10 years experience reviewing medical records, drafting medical chronology summaries and able to work on an as-needed basis, please forward your resume.

    We require strong motivation to succeed, excellent work-product, superior written and verbal communication skills, outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task. Skills using Word, Excel, PP, Outlook, Adobe is a must.

    You must be exceptionally professional, thoughtful, and dependable. As an independent contractor, the position offers flexibility, facilitating the hours you want to work from any location. Hourly rates range begin at $25 up to $50 per hour depending on experience.  ICs are responsible for their taxes and any benefits.

    Send Resume to: shawn@eliteparalegalservices.com

  • 03/07/2023 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    Civil Paralegal

    Job Description

    Come work at a place where you have a direct impact on the quality of life for Kent residents, business owners and visitors alike!

    Do you have exceptional technical and paralegal skills with experience performing broad and complex duties?  Are you interested in a meaningful job where you are engaged in social concerns and the betterment of the Kent community through work on issues impacting the environment, safety of area residents, Kent's economic vitality, and efficient and accountable government? Are you tired of tracking and billing hours? Do you desire an easier commute, free parking, and a work location that is close to bus and train lines? If so, then Kent's Civil Paralegal position may be just what you're looking for! The Kent City Attorney's Office is looking for a new addition who enjoys exercising initiative and collaborating with others to join its team and to provide paralegal support to its Civil Division. We offer competitive pay, a sound retirement system, and excellent medical benefits.

    **A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete.  Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not automatically attach it to your application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  Please note that you cannot attach documents to your application after it has been submitted.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your online application, please call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

    There is one (1) full-time, benefited position that will be filled by this recruitment process.  This is a non-represented position.  The City may establish a non-ranked applicant pool for this classification that would be in effect for up to 12 months.

    The selection process to fill this vacancy may consist of both a written exam and a panel interview.  This position is open until filled; however, a first review of applications will take place on March 27.


    $6,061.00- $7,376.00 monthly; depending on experience

    For a listing of benefits, please visit the following link: Employee Benefits | City of Kent (kentwa.gov)


    Under the direction of the Deputy City Attorney perform duties of a paralegal for the Office of the City Attorney as authorized by state law and court rules and as delegated by an attorney or the Paralegal and Policy Analyst.

    Work is characterized by confidential and paraprofessional level duties in researching, writing, reviewing, and preparing information and documents as they relate to court cases, public records, contracts, and other legal matters involving the City of Kent; support duties ranging from simple to complex and specialized, such as organizing office activities, communicating with representatives in other departments, outside agencies, and the general public; preparing, processing and maintaining legal documents, forms, correspondence, contracts, legal memoranda and related files and records; and performing a variety of other paralegal duties. This is an experienced-level classification in which the incumbent performs broad and complex duties, usually under short deadlines, that require extensive legal, technical, and administrative knowledge and skill. Incumbent is also required to exercise a substantial amount of tact, independence, good judgement, and initiative, and must be able to prioritize work and complete it accurately and timely according to priorities set by the supervisor.

    The Civil Paralegal position is distinguished from the Criminal Paralegal position given the significant and substantive legal work required of the position across a number of different fields within the law.

    Work is performed under limited supervision. Supervisor sets the overall objectives and resources available. Incumbent and supervisor work together to develop the deadlines, projects, and work to be completed. Incumbent is responsible for the work, plans, and carries out the assignment, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives. Incumbent keeps supervisor informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far-reaching implications. Work is reviewed in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results.


    Provide a variety of paralegal and clerical, technical, and administrative support duties to the department’s attorneys and Paralegal and Policy Analyst, many of which are complex and specialized.

    Serve as liaison between the attorneys and the public, outside attorneys, and other City departments and their employees; reply to residents by providing answers to questions and information regarding legal and court procedures; resolve complaints and make referrals as necessary and appropriate.

    Provide legal research and obtain information to assist attorneys; prepare draft opinions for attorney review; and organize materials necessary for attorney implementation.

    Prepare drafts of contracts, letters, memoranda, legal opinions, and other documents.

    Research and prepare documents such as ordinances, resolutions, committee and council motions, and supporting documents or presentations for council and committee agendas; prepare meeting minutes.

    Prepare legal documents relevant to administrative and court proceedings, such as notices of appearance, affidavits, declarations, subpoenas, notices of deposition, answers, motions to dismiss, orders, etc. for review and revision by attorneys; assist in the preparation of appellate level motions and briefs; properly and timely file legal documents with courts and administrative boards and commissions; ensure that court and administrative documents conform to court or administrative rules and are filed in a timely manner; schedule all deadlines for court proceedings and ensure deadlines are met.

    Learn, understand, and apply the laws relating to Washington’s Public Records Act;  receive, review, and prepare the department’s records, and at times other departments’ records, in response to requests; review documents subject to public disclosure and properly apply public records exemptions; prepare exemption logs; prepare five-day letters and letters documenting responses to requests and the withholding of exempt records; assist other departments in the City’s efforts to comply with the Public Records Act; develop, implement and monitor the department’s records retention schedule.

    Assist with highly sensitive personnel and labor issues maintaining strict confidentiality; maintain the confidential labor and personnel files for the Office of the City Attorney and other departments.

    Receive and monitor all bankruptcies where the City is named as a creditor and prepare Proof of Claims for filing.

    Maintain an accurate, up-to-date and complete filing system for the civil division files, including Lawbase.

    Receive, sort, and distribute incoming mail and ensure outgoing mail is timely processed; prepare and arrange for the personal service of process and documents.

    Answer telephones and assist callers and attorneys by answering questions, taking messages, routing, and screening information as needed.

    Proofread legal documents and correspondence to ensure correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, legal terminology, and format.

    Maintain the law library; update books, legal resources, and supplements.

    Order and receive office supplies and multimedia requests for the department.

    Process timesheets and payroll for the department; process invoices through the City’s accounts payable system.

    Organize and coordinate office activities to assure efficient workflow; determine time constraints and maintain deadlines; cross train with other department staff on all departmental functions; provide work direction and training to new employees and temporary staff under the direction of the supervisor.

    May monitor and track Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for attorneys, as assigned, and ensure that WSBA licenses are timely renewed.

    Actively support and act in accordance with the vision, mission, values, and goals of the department and the City.


    Fill in for and assist other office personnel as assigned.

    Perform related duties as assigned.



    • Legal terminology, documents, and procedures relevant to court and administrative proceedings
    • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances, policies, and procedures related to municipal operations
    • Municipal government organization, operations, structure, policies, and objectives
    • Principles, practices, and procedures of civil and administrative law, including administrative and court procedures and rules
    • Budgeting procedures including accounts payable, accounts receivable, monitoring, transfers, and reporting
    • Record and file keeping and organizational techniques
    • Modern office practices, procedures, and equipment; municipal and legal software; Microsoft Outlook, Word, Teams, and Power Point; Adobe
    • Organizational techniques for computer file directories, templates, form banks, etc.


    • Electronic legal research, analysis, organization, and evaluation of case facts and legal precedents; concise expression of written communications
    • Extensive writing skills, including preparation of legal memoranda, opinions, legal documents, briefs, findings of fact and conclusions of law, other legal correspondence, and reports
    • Advanced writing skills using correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary
    • Effectively using interpersonal skills in a tactful, patient, and courteous manner
    • Working in a team environment and taking initiative
    • Maintaining, in an organized fashion, voluminous complex files and records and implementing electronic filing processes
    • Advanced document preparation using the Microsoft suite of programs


    • Read, interpret, apply, and explain documents such as applicable rules, laws, regulations, and policy and procedures manuals
    • Speak and effectively present information and respond to questions from attorneys, adverse parties, residents, City staff, or representatives of outside agencies
    • Provide effective paralegal and administrative support
    • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
    • Effectively plan and organize work to meet schedules, timelines, and set priorities
    • Respond to diverse assortment of inquiries
    • Complete work with many interruptions
    • Coordinate projects with multiple departments, outside agencies, and citizens
    • Exemplify personal and professional etiquette appropriate to a professional, respected law office
    • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others
    • Provide excellent customer service in a timely and pleasant manner
    • Work confidentially and with discretion
    • Make decisions within set parameters and take responsibility for such decisions



    High school diploma or equivalent supplemented by either two (2) years of college level course work in paralegal/legal assistant education/training or the completion of a formal paralegal or legal secretary education/training program; and


    Three (3) years of increasingly responsible legal assistant experience, including at least one (1) year of paralegal experience.


    In place of the above requirement, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.


    • Notary Public License or ability to obtain within six (6) months of employment
    • Paralegal certification preferred
    • Multilingual desirable
    • Completion of position relevant background check


    Typical business office machinery and equipment including, but not limited to, personal computer, the Microsoft suite of programs, legal research software, document imaging systems, printers/copiers, telephone, fax machine, and calculator.


    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. 

    While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk; and hear.  The incumbent frequently is required to reach with hands and arms.  The incumbent is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The incumbent is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds with or without assistance.

    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.


    Work is performed in an indoor office environment subject to frequent interruptions by residents, employees, telephone calls, and inter-office activities; may be required to occasionally attend evening meetings or travel to off-site meeting locations; incumbent may be exposed to individuals who are irate or hostile; noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.

    The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • 02/27/2023 6:35 PM | Anonymous
    • Paralegal, Costco Wholesale Corporation, Issaquah, WA

      Description of position:  Costco Wholesale is seeking a paralegal to primarily support corporate counsel in handling securities, corporate governance, and environmental and social sustainability work, and secondarily to support other corporate counsel.


    • Assist with periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Forms 10-Q and 10-K).
    • Assist with annual meeting work, including preparation of proxy statement, dealing with shareholder proposals, and shareholder engagement.
    • Prepare and file all SEC Form 3s, 4s and 5s for directors and officers.
    • Prepare and file SEC Form 8K reports.
    • Prepare and file documents and forms for ongoing corporate operations, including minute books for parent company and global subsidiaries.
    • Prepare simple legal documents including powers of attorney and certificates of incumbency.
    • Assist with preparation and distribution of materials for board of director and board committee meetings, and other maintenance of board portals.
    • Assist in preparing written minutes of meetings (and resolutions) and circulating minutes for approval.
    • Assist corporate counsel with research on securities, sustainability and ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance) matters.
    • Review, code, and process outside counsel invoices for payment, including verification against Costco’s outside counsel policies, and communicate with outside counsel and internal legal team members to resolve issues.
    • Prepare budget reports for each period, quarter, and year; track monthly expenditures to budget.
    • Make travel arrangements and prepare expense reports.
    • Manage filing of electronic and paper copies of agreements, email, other correspondence, and files.
    • Assist corporate counsel with CLE (continuing legal education) and payment of annual bar association dues.
    • The option of working from home two days per week is offered, subject to occasional variation in business needs
    • Qualifications:

    • At least five years of paralegal experience within a law firm or in-house environment dealing with SEC compliance and filings for public companies and subsidiary maintenance.
    • Proven and reliable ability to maintain confidentiality in all legal matters.
    • Proactive initiative, attitude, high engagement, and a strong interest in learning.
    • Proven ability to stay calm and congenial, and to adjust positively to changes in direction and/or assignment.
    • Advanced skills using Microsoft Office suite, Google tools, Adobe Acrobat, and Foxit PhantomPDF.
    • Strong attention to detail and interpersonal skills, with an emphasis on written and verbal communication.
    • Well-organized, able to identify and prioritize tasks, excellent trouble shooting skills and ability to successfully manage multiple projects.
    • Ability to make sound critical decisions and accept personal responsibility for those decisions.
    • Confidence in communicating directly with senior leaders of the Company.
    • Recommended:

    • Knowledge of Costco (or similar consumer retail and/or e-commerce business) operations a plus.
    • Paralegal certificate.
    • Experience with EDGAR.

    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.  To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Gardner at sgardner@costco.com

    Costco Wholesale is an equal-opportunity employer and strives to provide a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are also committed to recruiting, hiring, training and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds and make all employment decisions without regard to any protected status.


  • 02/16/2023 7:48 PM | Anonymous

    Family Law Paralegal - Snohomish County/Everett, WA - Remote/Hybrid

    Join one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 100 Best Workplaces for 2022 to work with a highly skilled legal team that moves mountains to support our clients. We're looking for a dynamic Family Law Paralegal with experience in Snohomish County to join the McKinley Irvin family, supporting our Everett Attorneys either remotely, in-office, or hybrid.

    Interested in this unique opportunity to join an amazing firm? For a full job description, please visit: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=57503&clientkey=6BB1C280CC57C5A22AA5705137AB61D2

    A completed application, cover letter, resume, and salary expectations are required for consideration.

    What We Offer: 

    • Work that makes a meaningful difference in the lives of others
    • A supportive community of purpose-driven individuals
    • Competitive compensation, PTO, and benefits
    • State-of-the-art technology, resources, and support
    • Opportunities to work 100% remote, on-site, or hybrid, depending upon preference
    • $28-50/hour commensurate with applicable experience

    What You Contribute:

    First and foremost, we are empathetic advocates for our clients. We provide a supportive refuge during their time of crisis, while relentlessly pursuing the best possible outcome for their futures. To continue our mission, we are looking for similarly minded, full-time Paralegals. If you want to build your future along with ours, we'd love to hear from you.

    Key Areas of Responsibility:

    • Communicating with clients, court personnel, experts, and opposing counsel
    • Drafting, filing, serving, and tracking general pleadings and documents/correspondence
    • Maintaining Attorney’s calendar and case schedule docketing, including sending reminders and tracking trial deposits
    • Handling large volumes of financial documents, organizing, and analyzing them
    • Reviewing and organizing discovery
    • Helping Attorneys prepare for hearings, mediations, and trials

    What you bring to the table:

    Snohomish County experience required

    • At least 3-5 years of family law or fast-paced litigation experience required with solid academic credentials
    • Excellent oral and written communication
    • Ability to meet multiple deadlines under time constraints
    • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task
    • High degree of professionalism and dependability
    • Proficiency in litigation software including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, Family Soft, and time-keeping applications
    • King County experience is a plus

    Paralegal Total Rewards

    • Job Salary Range: $26.50 – 56.34 per hour 
    • Expected Hiring Range: $28 - 50/hr. est. annualized $58,240 – 104,000
    • Eligible for annual discretionary bonus 

    McKinley Irvin offers a competitive total rewards package with compensation commensurate with experience and generous benefits, including but not limited to:

    • Choice of PPO/HDHP health plans
    • Choice of two dental plans
    • Vision insurance 
    • 401k retirement plan with generous matching
    • Flexible paid time off starting at three weeks per year
    • 10 paid company holidays annually
    • Commuter subsidies
    • Group Life and Disability
    • College-bound-graduate laptop program
    • Casual Fridays
    • Onsite, Remote, or Hybrid work option
    • Thriving and engaged culture of smart coworkers

    About McKinley Irvin:

    With offices in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett, Kirkland, Vancouver, and Portland, McKinley Irvin is the Pacific Northwest's largest family law firm. For over 30 years, we've dedicated ourselves to our clients, their families, and the evolving nature of what it means to be a family. It is our goal to achieve the best possible results for our clients, while at the same time delivering world-class personal service.

    Our Philosophy:

    We believe families are the root of civilization, that healthy families create healthy communities, and that communities are the foundation of the country. By helping one family at a time, we better our society as a whole.

    Interested in this unique opportunity to join an amazing firm? For a full job description, please visit: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=57503&clientkey=6BB1C280CC57C5A22AA5705137AB61D2

  • 02/16/2023 7:34 PM | Anonymous

    THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN R. BONIN, a long-established Personal Injury Law Firm, seeks to add additional Paralegal to our dynamic team of professionals in Shelton. Typical daily duties include interacting and working with clients, written and verbal correspondence with health care providers and insurance adjusters. Additional components of position include reconciling medical bills and insurance ledgers; information gathering, and preparation of settlement demands. This position requires a high attention to detail and excellent communication skills. Ability to work as part of a team and comply with established office protocols is essential. Have the ability and knowledge of drafting pleadings. Wages depend on experience. Spanish speaking encouraged to apply.

    Job Type:



    $40,000.00 to $52,000.00 per year (DOE)


    Retirement plan matching up to 3% of gross

    Dental insurance

    Health insurance

    Paid time off – two weeks after 1st year


    8-hour shift; Monday to Friday


    Law Firm office: 1 year (Preferred)

    Send Resume totrevor.richie@johnbonin.com

    Work Location: One location – Shelton, Washington

    P.O. Box 783

    Shelton WA  98584

    O: (360) 427-7474

    F: (360) 427-7475

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