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  • 06/03/2021 7:08 PM | Anonymous

    Cairncross & Hempelmann (“CH&”) is a full-service law firm in Seattle that advises our diverse client base in business, land use, real estate, litigation, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.  Our hallmark culture hinges upon respect, collegiality, and genuine care which extends to all CH& employees, as well as to our clients and their teams. 

    We are looking for an associate to join our sophisticated Business Group.  Our Business attorneys bring a wealth of experience and deep relationships with some of the Puget Sound region’s most innovative companies and individuals.  We represent clients with respect to corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, business transactions, intellectual property & technology transactions, security & privacy, employment and tax.

    The ideal candidate will have 2 – 6 years of relevant experience in general corporate transactions, M&A, and financing. The candidate should preferably have experience as a junior or midlevel associate with experience drafting complex transactional and commercial agreements, conducting due diligence and managing the due diligence process in M&A transactions, coordinating internal and client teams in all stages of a strategic transaction, and drafting and negotiating equity financing and convertible debt securities documents.

    Superior academic credentials, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and current WSBA membership (or membership in another state bar plus the ability to pursue WSBA membership) are required.  In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate that work will commence remotely, although the option of working remotely on a permanent basis is available for candidates that reside outside of the Seattle area.

    Our firm recently renewed our commitment to racial equality and social justice and implemented the CH& Racial Equality & Social Justice Plan that invites all attorneys and staff to engage, take action, and continue to broaden diversity and awareness in our communities.  The CH& Diversity Team was started in 2004 and drives the firm’s initiatives and action.  For more information, go to Diversity | Cairncross & Hempelmann

    We offer a competitive salary, generous benefits, friendly people and a wonderful working environment.  Check us out at  EOE.  Send cover letter, resume, law school transcript, references, a list of transactions you’ve worked on with a detailed description of your role in each transaction, and a writing sample (e.g., an appropriately redacted transaction document with your redlined changes and an explanation of your changes, or a document on which you were the primary author) to:


    Human Resources Manager

     Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S.

     524 Second Avenue, Suite 500

     Seattle, WA  98104-2323

  • 06/03/2021 7:05 PM | Anonymous

    One of Fortune’s Best Places to Work, Perkins Coie, LLP, a leading international law firm, is seeking a Corporate & Securities Associate in our Seattle office.  We’ve created a firm culture that is based on collaboration, dedication to serving our clients and mutual respect.  If you are interested in joining the team, please apply at the link below.

    Our Seattle office is seeking a mid-level associate with at least 4 years of corporate securities, SEC compliance, and corporate governance experience to join our thriving business group. The Corporate & Securities group’s practice focuses on capital markets transactions, corporate governance and compliance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate counseling for companies in a broad range of industries and at all stages of development. This is an excellent opportunity to join a collegial office environment while working closely with experienced practitioners on sophisticated matters at a national level. To be considered, please apply using the link below and provide your cover letter, resume, and law school transcripts.

    Principals only.

    Application Link:  

  • 06/03/2021 6:53 PM | Anonymous

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  • 06/03/2021 6:52 PM | Anonymous
    Thurston County Public Defense is currently recruiting for two (2) Defense Attorney positions. These are regular full-time positions with an end date. A Defense Attorney practices in either District Court, Juvenile Court, or Superior Court with moderate to minimal supervision from a higher-level defense attorney. Immediate placement for these positions will be in the Superior Court Unit for felony representation in response to the Washington State Supreme Courts decision on State vs. Blake.

    Depending upon qualifications, the successful applicant will be placed either at a Defense Attorney I or Defense Attorney II level. The Defense Attorney II is distinguished by years of experience and the responsibility to handle both adult and juvenile felony and misdemeanor caseloads.

    Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Provides legal representation to clients affected by State vs. Blake as identified by Thurston County Public Defense under the jurisdiction of the Thurston County Superior Court.
    • Communicates with clients that are incarcerated at several Washington State Department of Correctional facilities, the Thurston County Accountability and Restitution Center and other correctional facilities throughout Washington State.
    • Performs research for State vs. Blake resentencing; prepares motions and orders to vacate convictions, and other related work that pertains to State vs. Blake. 
    • Performs a variety of legal office work, prepares appropriate legal pleadings, does necessary research, maintains required statistical information.
    • Performs other legal work as required.

    • Defense Attorney I:  Graduation from an ABA accredited school of law and must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
    • Defense Attorney II: Graduation from an ABA accredited school of law and must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association with a minimum of two (2) years of practice as an attorney with criminal trial experience or its equivalent. 

    • Knowledge of all criminal rules of Washington State, techniques of interviewing and preparation and defense of all variety of criminal cases, with emphasis on lower level felonies and all misdemeanors.
    • Knowledge of RCW 13.34; good communication with parents, legal custodians and guardians.
    • Ability to perform legal research; analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to legal problems.
    • Present law, facts evidence and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form.
    • Work harmoniously and maintain good public relations.

    Other Position Related Information

    Questions about this position?
    For more information about this position, please contact Mia Pagnotta, (360) 786-5868.

    This position is:
    - NOT represented by a Union
    - NOT eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    - Eligible for benefits

    Items required for consideration:
    - Application
    - Letter of Interest
    - Resume
    - Supplemental Questionnaire (Question 1)
    - Applications Disclosure Form (Pursuant to RCW Section 43.43.830) (Questions 2-7)

    All details here.

  • 06/03/2021 6:45 PM | Anonymous

    Columbia Legal Services seeks multiple full-time bilingual (English/Spanish) Staff Attorneys to join our statewide advocacy team. Our staff attorneys engage in systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy and community engagement to dismantle the structures that perpetuate poverty, racism, and other injustices in Washington and increase communities’ access to political power. We seek a mix of both developing (0+ years) and more experienced candidates. All interested applicants who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply.

    These positions are based in Kennewick, WA and Yakima, WA. These offices have historically had a strong focus on serving immigrant client communities in Eastern and Central WA, consisting largely of farmworkers and their families. Examples of recent and current work include class action litigation on behalf of H-2A farmworkers, raising federal anti-trafficking and state wage law claims; class actions to obtain the right to overtime pay for dairy workers; legislative advocacy to ban private, for-profit detention, including the Northwest Detention Center; supporting workers at fruit packing sheds in their efforts to gain union recognition; challenging county jails’ practices of collaborating with ICE; and advocating for regulations to protect residents of temporary farmworker housing from COVID-19.

    Due to the pandemic, CLS staff have been working from home. Once it is safe to reopen the offices, this position may still do some work from home but this position will require some physical presence at the office, as well as an ability to attend required meetings at the office and in the community.


    • Collaborate with advocates on complex trial, appellate, and class action litigation in state, federal, and administrative forums.
    • Advance policy advocacy in the state legislature and at the local and federa

    Investigate practices and laws identified by the communities we serve that affect their rights or benefits, perpetuate poverty and racism, or impact access to political power, and devise creative strategies for addressing these problems.

    • Collaborate with community groups to support their initiatives and strategies.
    • Coordinate with other advocacy groups, legal services organizations, and the private bar to identifyopportunities to advance the law for our client populations and communities.
    • Analyze complex problems using a race equity lens and develop creative, practical, systemic solutions inconjunction with clients and communities most impacted by these problems.
    • Experienced attorneys are expected to provide mentorship to others at CLS.

    This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee, and others may be assigned.

    Bilingual skills in Spanish/English required.

    • Law degree and license to practice in Washington, or ability to take next Washington bar exam.
    • Experience in policy advocacy, complex litigation, or appellate advocacy is a plus.
    • Lived or other demonstrated meaningful and sustained experience with people living in poverty, people of color, immigrant, or indigenous communities or the criminal legal system.
    • Humility, humor, and flexibility.
    • Commitment to exposing and dismantling all forms of structural bias and oppression.
    • Demonstrated initiative and creativity, interest in learning and exploring different legal areas and ability to apply multi-forum advocacy approaches at a strategic level.
    • Excellent written and oral communication, research, negotiation, and analytical skills.
    • Commitment to continuous learning and openness to new ideas.
    • Ability to work well on a team, prioritize responsibilities, and meet time-sensitive deadlines.
    • Understanding of the importance of self-care, and a willingness to take breaks and vacations.
    • Ability to travel occasionally in the office geographical area to engage with community, and around the state to meet clients and to attend all-staff meetings and trainings.

    CLS is proud to be a unionized employer. This full-time, exempt position is a bargaining unit position, represented by Washington Legal Workers, our in-house labor union. Salary is commensurate with years of experience, based on a scale governed by our collective bargaining agreement. The salary range for an attorney with 0-10 years of experience is $62,424 - $80,295, which increases with years of experience and includes an annual cost-of-living adjustment. Bilingual skills are compensated at an additional $720 per year. We also offer a comprehensive compensation package with 15 paid holidays, between 15-21 paid vacation days, 12 sick days, and between 3-5 personal days each year, as well as paid parental and family medical leave benefits and a partially-paid sabbatical every 7 years. We pay 100% of employee premiums for excellent health, vision, and dental benefits plus 50% of the maximum out-of-pocket deductible and offer heavily subsidized family premiums. We also offer a 403(b) retirement benefit with employer contribution and a match, disability and life insurance, a subsidized transit pass, a student loan repayment assistance program, and an employee wellness program. 

    To Apply

    Send a cover letter, resume, and a 5-10 page writing sample, in PDF format to Please make Eastern WA Staff Attorney your subject line. We accept applications on a rolling basis. CLS will only contact you if we decide to pursue your application. If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application process, please contact the above email. We are committed to an environment of mutual respect, collaboration, and equal opportunity for all employees, and strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, people who have been affected by mass incarceration, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. We believe in building and sustaining an organization that is reflective of the communities we serve, and is diverse in work background, experience, education, race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, national origin, or sensory, mental and physical abilities. We believe that the resulting diversity is both a source of program strength and a matter of fundamental human fairness.

  • 05/19/2021 1:55 PM | Anonymous

    Patent Associate

    Dorsey’s Patent group is seeking an associate with two to three years of experience and a technical background in computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field and an interest for patent prosecution involving complex software systems. Successful candidates maybe based in Seattle, Salt Lake City, or Denver, and a demonstrated commitment to one of these locations is preferred.  You will join an exceptional team of attorneys, agents, paralegals, and staff servicing a wide array of clients – from large multinational corporations to entrepreneurs and innovative startup companies.  You will have responsibility for an active docket of patent prosecution matters – from drafting applications through all phases of domestic and foreign patent prosecution.  You will have the opportunity to counsel clients on patent strategy, and gain exposure to conducting searches and preparing patentability, invalidity, and non-infringement opinions.  In our general practice firm, there are also opportunities to support litigation and transactional practices.


    Dorsey’s patent group includes a diverse team of 35 Patent attorneys and 5 agents and technical advisors spread across five of Dorsey’s offices (Denver, Minneapolis, Palo Alto, Salt Lake City, and Seattle) who advise clients around the world on developing domestic and international intellectual property portfolios; conducting patent prosecution, including reexamination, reissue, and foreign filings; preparing patentability, validity and infringement opinions; supporting intellectual property commercialization and technology transfers; and performing M&A intellectual property due diligence.  We are supported by a talented and dedicated team of paralegals and legal staff.


    The following qualifications are required:

    - USPTO admission

    - Two to three years of patent attorney or agent experience

    - B.S. and/or M.S. in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering, or a B.S. in Engineering with relevant technical Electrical Engineering or Computer Science work experience

    - Strong academic performance and writing ability


    Preferred candidates will thrive in a fast-paced, client-centric team where they enjoy a significant amount of responsibility for seeing matters through to completion.


    Colorado bar admission preferred for Denver candidates. Washington bar admission preferred for Seattle candidates. Utah bar admission preferred for Salt Lake City candidates.


    In addition to submitting your cover letter, resume and transcript with your application, please also submit a patent prosecution writing sample.


    For Denver applicants only (as required by the Colorado Equal Pay Act): The starting salary for associate positions in our Denver office is $150,000. Pay is determined based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, depth of experience in the practice area. Associates are eligible to participate in Dorsey’s associate bonus program, subject to the program’s conditions and restrictions.


    Dorsey offers opportunities for advancement within a collaborative and dynamic environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Our benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance; domestic partner benefits (for same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners); Dorsey & Whitney 401(K) Retirement and Savings Plan; 15 weeks of paid parental leave, plus an additional 6-8 weeks of paid short-term disability for lawyers who give birth; adoption assistance; back-up child care program; education and college advising programs; well-being programs and activities; a 24/7 employee assistance program with confidential counseling; and more!


    Dorsey values the strength that comes from a diverse and inclusive work environment. It contributes to the success of our people and our clients and enriches our experience. We believe that everyone should feel at home and part of our community.


    You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, military or veteran status, or any other legally-protected status.


    Dorsey participates in E-Verify.


    For Denver applicants only (as required by the Colorado Equal Pay Act): The starting salary for associate positions in our Denver office is $150,000. Pay is determined based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, depth of experience in the practice area. Associates are eligible to participate in Dorsey’s associate bonus program, subject to the program’s conditions and restrictions.


    About Dorsey

    Clients have relied on the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP since 1912 as a trusted legal advisor and valued business partner. With locations across the United States as well as Canada, Europe and Asia, Dorsey provides an integrated, dedicated approach to its clients' legal and business needs. Dorsey’s diverse client base includes more than one-third of Fortune 100 companies.

    Our lawyers apply superb legal knowledge and skills with practical wisdom and a deep understanding of business and industry. We serve clients in nearly all industries, but focus on six key industries in which we have excellent depth and a history of achieving client success:

    - Banking and Financial Institutions

    - Development and Infrastructure

    - Energy & Natural Resources

    - Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

    - Healthcare

    - Technology


    Dorsey’s distinguished alumni include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, noted law professor and scholar William Prosser and former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale. Recognized for our dedication to community, Dorsey has met the ABA Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge every year since the Challenge began in 1993 by devoting more than 3% of billable hours to pro bono work.


    One of our greatest strengths is a friendly, cooperative culture that values and appreciates each individual. Dorsey has received external recognition for our welcoming workplace, including:

    - Mansfield Certification Plus (Diversity Lab)

    - Best Law Firms for Women (National Association of Female Executives and Flex-Time Lawyers)

    - 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index (Human Rights Campaign)

    - Gold Standard Certification (Women in Law Empowerment Forum)

    - Adoption Advocate (Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)


    How to Apply

    Dorsey accepts online applications at We do not accept application materials by mail or email except as a reasonable accommodation for qualified disabled applicants. Individuals who are unable to use our online process due to a disability should call 612-492-5149.


  • 05/19/2021 7:23 AM | Anonymous

    The Metropolitan King County Council hereby gives notice of judicial vacancy in the West Electoral District of the King County District Court. The Council currently intends to fill this vacancy pursuant to state law and county code. To be eligible to serve as a district court judge in this position, an individual must be a registered voter and legal resident of the West Division’s electoral district and a lawyer admitted to practice law in Washington State.  RCW 3.34.060; K.C.C. 2.68.075.  The election precincts that make up the West Division’s electoral district are set forth in Section 1.B. of King County Ordinance 19095.  Pursuant to K.C.C 2.70.020, to be considered for appointment, a candidate must have a current rating of, at a minimum, “qualified” for a district court judicial position from the King County Bar Association and at least one other bar association operating in King County with an eligible judicial candidate evaluation process, as defined in K.C.C 2.70.020.F.2.  Under the County Code, ratings are “current” until the expiration date stated in the rating communication or until three years after the date the rating communication was issued if no expiration date is stated. Any individual wishing to be considered for appointment must deliver to the clerk of the council, in electronic form, the following application materials:

    1.  A letter of interest, which must specify the division of the district court to which the applicant is requesting appointment and should explain why the individual wishes to serve as a district court judge, how the applicant is qualified to do so and specify the division of the district court to which the applicant is requesting appointment;

    2.  The individual’s resume;

    3.  A copy of the completed responses to questionnaires submitted to the King County Bar Association to obtain its rating;

    4.  A copy of the communication from the King County Bar Association and from at least one bar association defined in K.C.C 2.70.020.F.2 informing the individual of the individual's rating for appointment to the district court; and

     5.  Any supporting information the individual would like the council to consider.

    These application materials must be received by the clerk of the council, in electronic form, not later than 4:30 p.m., June 24, 2021.  The clerk's email address is:

    For questions, regarding the KCBA evaluation process, contact Anne Daly at or (206)267-7018.

  • 05/14/2021 3:13 PM | Anonymous

    One of Fortune’s Best Places to Work, Perkins Coie, LLP, a leading international law firm, is seeking a Environment, Energy, and Resources Associate Attorney in our Seattle, Bellevue, Madison, and Portland office.  We’ve created a firm culture that is based on collaboration, dedication to serving our clients and mutual respect.  If you are interested in joining the team, please apply at the link below.

    Perkins Coie LLP is seeking a midlevel transactional associate to support its highly regarded national Environment, Energy, and Resources practice group.  The associate would be located in the firm’s Seattle, Bellevue, Boise, Portland, or Madison office.  Candidates must have 4-6 years of experience specializing in transactional work and excellent academic credentials.  This position will focus on transactional work involving electric energy, mining, oil and gas, and other resource industries.

    Application Link: