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 enthusiastic legal assistant, to join our team in Seattle. This position provides critical support for a client project team, including typing, editing and formatting legal documents and correspondence, filing documents with various courts and the American Arbitration Association (AAA), both electronically and by messenger, arranging for service of documents on opposing counsel, telephone communications with clients and business contacts, file maintenance, substantial data entry, and other tasks as assigned.
DWT is a full service law firm with more than 500 attorneys practicing in offices across the United States. Headquartered in Seattle and with offices in Bellevue, Portland, Anchorage, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C.; we serve clients with local, regional, national, and international interests.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Type, proofread, format and edit correspondence, pleadings, discovery responses, and other legal documents, often with short deadlines.
Daily entry of information and documents into electronic databases.
Open new client matters and initiate conflict checks.
Maintain paper and electronic files.
Draft correspondence and communicate with project team and client contacts.
Schedule appointments, depositions, meetings; maintain calendars; set up conference calls.
File pleadings in state and federal courts in many different venues, as well as in AAA arbitration proceedings.
Track and calendar internal and litigation deadlines.
Answer, screen, and respond to phone calls.
Open and route mail and email; attach files and documents.
Enter billable time into time-keeping system.
2+ years' experience as a litigation secretary, or similar experience.
A high school diploma or GED certification is required.
Strong skills in word processing and computer use: ability to type 65 wpm with high accuracy; proficiency in MS Office Products (Word, Outlook, Excel) and Adobe Acrobat or Nuance required; some knowledge of PowerPoint, time keeping programs, NetDocs, and SharePoint sites preferred; ability to perform internet research.
Experience filing documents with state and federal courts, as well as with the American Arbitration Association preferred.
Able to read and understand court/arbitration rules, and to ensure compliance with assigned judge's individual rules and practices.
High attention to detail and sensitivity to confidential materials.
Able and willing to learn new electronic programs.
Excellent grammar, proofreading and organizational skills.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
High level of energy; able to work at a fast pace and to prioritize tasks.
Able to work in a team-oriented, service focused environment and to handle stressful situations in calm, composed manner.
Able to understand and follow work instructions with minimal supervision.
Availability and willingness to work overtime as needed or requested.
Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and 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.
This position 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.
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About Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
The List that Shaped a Legacy
Davis Wright Tremaine is dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences.
This commitment has remained intact for decades as the firm has grown across the nation and to China. Today, Davis Wright is a full-service firm with approximately 500 lawyers in nine offices on the east and west coasts of the United States and in Shanghai. We are recognized for excellence in a broad number of areas, with 89 of our attorneys across 31 practice areas cited as leaders in their fields in the most recent Chambers USA guide, and over 140 of our attorneys across 56 practice areas included in the 2015 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."
Focused on the Future
While we honor and have great regard for our history, Davis Wright is focused on the future of providing legal services. We believe the future will reward those lawyers and firms that innovate and persist in tuning their services to the real-life, changing business needs of their clients. The ability to deliver customized excellence is based on listening to and understanding our clients, and being sufficien...tly flexible to adapt our approach to the client’s needs in the context of the particular situation in which we were hired. That involves talking with our clients, learning what their success measures are, and collaborating with them to ensure our service helps them accomplish those measures.
This always involves excellent lawyering but it also includes:
deep industry knowledge,
gains in efficiency in performing work that does not require a customized solution, or
the application of technology to reduce cycle time and improve quality.
How We Work with Clients
We use a number of techniques to ensure we understand our clients. We use client teams to enhance communication and collaboration among our lawyers, to advance our understanding of our clients’ business objectives, and to confirm with clients that our service model is aligned with their needs. Each year, we conduct dozens of face-to-face client service interviews, led by senior members of the firm, to solicit specific feedback on our lawyers and work, and to understand how, from the client’s perspective, we can improve. And, on a daily basis, we expect our lawyers to deliver value that includes not just excellent legal service but also business insight, user-friendliness, and flawless support.
We believe the way we work with clients is a distinctive feature of the firm and we make it a priority to reinforce its importance.
Teams That Collaborate
In terms of our services, we supplement depth and strength in the core legal functions of litigation, business transactions, intellectual property, and employment with nationally-recognized, broadly-based teams focused on a number of highly regulated industries—including communications, media, financial services, health care, energy, and hospitality. These teams collaborate effectively to provide a unified legal solution that is well-informed by the particular business and regulatory circumstances that influence our clients’ businesses and the legal work they need.
We focus on what we do extremely well. This means we will not be all things to all clients, but that they will place a high value on their relationship with Davis Wright.