Legal Assistant/Paralegal - Vancouver
Job Details
Vancouver Office - Vancouver, WA
Full Time

McKinley Irvin is AV rated and recognized as a Tier 1 firm on U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Law Firms." We have offices in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Kirkland, Everett, Vancouver, and Portland. Our 35+ attorneys focus exclusively on family law. For more than 30 years we’ve dedicated ourselves to our clients, their families and the evolving nature of what it means to be a family. First and foremost, we are empathetic advocates for our clients and relentless in our pursuit of the most favorable outcome on their behalf. We’re looking for a similarly minded full-time legal assistant/paralegal to join our collegial downtown Vancouver team.

Our legal assistants/paralegals are key components in our service delivery - relied upon by our attorneys and clients alike. They take responsibility for many aspects of our cases.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Attend case status meeting with Attorney and maintain attendant Client Status Reports.
  • Draft, file, serve and track general pleadings and documents/correspondence.
  • Docket case schedules, hearings, mediations, depositions and associated deadlines.
  • Run child support synopses using legal database application(s).
  • Assist Attorney in drafting motion paperwork, Property Settlement Agreements/Separation Contracts, final orders, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs), Joint Statement of Evidence, ER 904 Notice, witness/exhibit lists, Interrogatories, Requests for Production and Subpoenas Duces Tecum and other case related pleadings and/or correspondence.
  • Assemble motion documents, exhibits, Sealed Financial Source Documents, mediation materials, ER 904 Notice, Joint Statement of Evidence and trial notebooks.
  • Prepare, assemble and arrange for delivery answers to Interrogatories and Requests for Production.
  • Review answers to Interrogatories and Requests for Production for deficiencies and prepare memorandums and correspondence regarding same.  Compare and contrast discovery responses and case records in Excel or Word.
  • Format and revise Asset and Liabilities spreadsheets.
  • Schedule trial witnesses for trial preparation with Attorney, maintain testimony schedule, spreadsheet and binder for trial witnesses.
  • Supervise filing and document indexing & categorization projects with Legal Assistant and Document Clerks.

When new legal assistants/paralegals start with us they:

  • Must have at least 3-5 solid years of experience in family law or fast-paced litigation;
  • Are case management pros and fully conversant with state and local court rules and procedures;
  • Have extremely strong oral and written communication;
  • Demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Are unflappable under time constraints and multiple deadlines; and
  • Approach their work systematically making time keeping a natural part of their day.

What we need:

  • Superior organization and strong attention to detail with follow-through that’s complete only when the task is finished with professionalism throughout
  • Ability to work efficiently, independently, and accurately in a fast-paced environment
  • Uncommonly strong listening and diplomatic communications
  • Optimism and motivation
  • Solid communication skills to interact with all levels of Firm personnel, clients of the Firm, opposing counsel, court personnel, and vendors
  • Collaborative demeanor with desire to work with and integrate into our collegial office
  • Problem solving approach to just about everything
  • Proficiency in litigation software including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, Family Soft, and time-keeping applications


What we offer:

  • A progressive and innovative law firm structure that provides opportunities for you to grow
  • State of the art technology, resources and support
  • An upbeat atmosphere with enjoyable and respectful colleagues
  • A competitive compensation package, including a strong benefit package

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