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Legal professionals play a critical role in making Schwabe a top-rated Pacific Northwest law firm and a ‎great place to work. We seek highly motivated team players who are committed to providing superior ‎client service. From paralegals to legal assistants and project managers to office assistants and file ‎clerks, your talent and knowledge will be respected and rewarded at Schwabe. ‎

Current Openings


 Estate and Trust Administration Paralegal – Portland, Salem, or Bend

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is seeking an experienced Paralegal in its Portland, Salem, or Bend office.

The position requires a minimum of 7 years of estate and trust administration legal experience in Oregon, excellent organizational abilities, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently and take ownership over assignments and work product in a fast-paced work environment. The position has substantial client contact as well as interaction with other professionals and court staff on a regular basis.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Collect, evaluate, maintain and monitor estate and trust assets, income, and expenses.
  • Facilitate asset transfers and distributions.
  • Prepare annual and final accountings along with all supporting documents.
  • Compile tax information and prepare estate tax returns and gift tax returns.
  • Draft estate planning documents.

Desired skills:

  • Knowledge of all aspects of estate and trust administration, including preparing and filing all probate and trust administration documents.
  • Ability to manage a matter from start to finish, independently and as part of the team.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to work effectively under deadlines.

Preferred Computer Skills:

  • Microsoft office suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Estate Works
  • Tax preparation software (Knowledge of GEMS is a plus)

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or Paralegal certificate is preferred. Any satisfactory combination of experience and education will be considered.
  • Experience in drafting estate planning documents.
  • Experience in Washington and California estate and trust administration is a plus.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume ‎to Melissa Tofell, Legal Support Services Manager, at Recruiting@schwabe.com.

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits including medical, dental, ‎life, LTD, 401(k)/profit sharing retirement, tuition reimbursement, EAP, and transit ‎subsidy.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ‎ancestry, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or other status protected ‎by law.


Office Assistant - Bend

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt has an opening for a full-time Office Assistant in the Bend office.  This position will support attorneys in the Business, Litigation and Real Estate departments.

The Office Assistant must deliver excellent internal and external client service in a pleasant and professional manner. This position will ‎provide support to the entire Bend office. In addition, this position requires the ability to learn and utilize computer software, follow instructions carefully ‎and accept a full variety of projects, work on multiple projects simultaneously, and meet ‎deadlines as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for organizing files, creating pleading indexes, closing files and working with the records department
  • Contact entry into Interaction
  • Drafting correspondence shells
  • Process invoices for payment and check requests
  • Travel arrangements
  • Prepare expense reimbursements
  • Project support under legal assistant or paralegal supervision
  • Errands such as delivery of documents to opposing counsel
  • Electronic file management, including saving emails to Filesite
  • Transcription
  • Scanning incoming mail and dispersing to the legal assistants or saving to Filesite
  • Copy and scanning projects
  • Assist with large mailings
  • Prepare UPS/FEDEX slips for overnight delivery
  • Responsible for conference room set-up, including AV equipment, lunch orders and clean-up following
  • Responsible for scheduling client meetings
  • Maintain supply room and kitchen area

Competencies:

  • Ability to manage multiple projects, activities and tasks simultaneously
  • High level of organizational skills
  • Highly developed verbal and written communications
  • Excellent time management skills

Preferred Computer Skills:

  • Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Interaction
  • Elite
  • FileSite
  • Intapp
  • Estate works

Education and Experience

  • High School diploma or GED required and one year of office experience. Any satisfactory combination of experience and education will be considered.
  • Experience working in a law firm is a plus. 

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to Melissa ‎Tofell, Legal Support Services Manager at Recruiting@schwabe.com.

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt provides a team-oriented working environment, offering competitive salaries and excellent benefits including medical, dental, ‎life, LTD, 401(k)/profit sharing retirement, tuition reimbursement, EAP, transit ‎subsidy, and paid time off.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ‎ancestry, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or other status protected ‎by law.


Contact Us


Erika Hayes
HR Manager
ehayes@schwabe.com
Direct: 503-796-2995‎

Christina York, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Human Resources Director
cyork@schwabe.com
Direct: 503-796-2467

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