Paralegal-Litigation Section, Civil Division (Internal Applicants Only)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on June 17, 2022
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***This is an internal recruitment and is open to current PAO employees at this time***

This is a newly funded fulltime position, subject to funding approval by the King County Council. 

Supervisor: Teresa Potter 
Salary: Range 49 - $30.6775 (Step One) - $38.8857 (Step Ten) hourly*
Location: 1191 Second Avenue, Seattle
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This position will be primarily telecommuting. Employees will be provided with a County-issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.

This is a regular paralegal position (not special duty) 

Job Duties

The successful candidate will perform a wide variety of support tasks that require the exercise of initiative and independent judgment along with the ability to anticipate needs and appropriately respond.  Candidates must possess excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently; strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact with all levels of clients and County staff; analytical and critical thinking skills to make decisions and initiate action; time management skills to effectively and accurately handle multiple tasks within often short deadlines; and the ability to handle emergency situations and work under pressure.   Strong computer skills using Advanced MS Word, Adobe Pro, Outlook and Excel required.  Working knowledge of Legal Files desirable.  Civil litigation experience is required.  Interest in and knowledge of personal injury, employment, and environmental litigation highly desirable.

  • Research, investigate, compile and document pertinent information related to allegations contained within tort and employment lawsuits filed against King County.
  • Read and summarize deposition transcripts, medical records, employment records, and other documents as required.
  • Oversee all aspects of case organization, including analyzation and preparation of complex discovery, conduct document collections, and document reviews, manage electronic discovery, and trial preparation.
  • Draft, prepare and respond to a variety of legal documents such as complaints, answers, briefs, discovery, motions, etc.
  • Draft and prepare letters, memos and other correspondence.
  • Attend Equity and Social Justice trainings including discussions.
  • Perform related work as required.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge of legal office practices and procedures
  • Knowledge of Civil court rules and procedures
  • Knowledge of complex filing systems.
  • Skill in remaining calm in high-stress situation and meeting deadlines.
  • Skill in working on numerous tasks simultaneously and accurately.
  • Skill in remaining objective, non-judgmental and sensitive to a situation and in conducting business in a professional manner.
  • Ability to maintain office confidentiality.
  • Skill in working independently and as a member of a team.
  • Skill in interview, analytic and research techniques.
  • Ability to prepare a variety of clear and concise written materials using proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, clients, and others.
  • Ability to access and utilize information from various computer systems.
  • Skill in using computers and a variety of software such as Word, Adobe Pro and Excel.
  • Knowledge of Legal Files software.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to accept feedback and coaching
  • Commitment to Equity and Social Justice work including ongoing cultural competence development.
  • Must have demonstrated predictable and reliable attendance.
Tracking Number: 55S-2022-June-Reg 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.