Family Law Paralegal
Law Office of Sam Byrd
Chattanooga, TN US
Posted ago
Law Office of Sam Byrd

We are looking for a paralegal with a passion for helping divorced and separated parents create a more peaceful future by managing co-parenting conflict while maximizing access to their children and money.

We are looking for an experienced full-time paralegal who can hit the ground running to build relationships of trust with our clients and provide them with practical life advice intended to help them reduce and manage conflict and create a more peaceful life for themselves and their children.

About the Job:
Our paralegal will interact and build relationships with our clients, while supporting our lawyers with legal research, drafting memos, pleadings, motions, and orders, and preparing for hearings and trials.

This position requires a combination of empathy, experience, and skill.

Family law is messy, and there is often no right or best answer. Even gathering the information can be difficult. You will need to be creative, organized, and efficient to do your job well.

Our clients are dealing with massive stress and anxiety. You should be empathetic and help put them at ease. 

If this exciting opportunity appeals to you, we look forward to reviewing your resume. Please follow these instructions. APPLICATIONS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Prepare a cover letter in with no more than two paragraphs and a single closing sentence. In the first paragraph explain what you believe are the 3 most important qualities that must be possessed by an attorney working with people experiencing divorce or child custody issues. In the second paragraph tell me why you applied to this particular ad. As a closing sentence please write, “I have read the instructions contained in the job posting and have followed the instructions.” 

In addition to your cover letter, please list 5 professional references who are familiar with your quality of work (supervisor, co-counsel, opposing counsel, judge, etc.).


Client-Focused Tasks:

  • Drafts pleadings, motions, agreements, and orders by customizing standard forms and/or templates.
  • Fills out legal forms
  • Drafts letters and documents by customizing standard forms.
  • Serves as the clients’ primary sources of contact by interacting with clients and building relationships with them by phone, email and in person
  • Communicates with clients with updates and gathers information
  • Provides more and better communication with clients
  • Strengthens the relationship between the client and the firm
  • Assures that the firm has the documentation necessary to best serve and understand the client’s needs
  • Schedules client calls and meetings.
  • Assures that the attorneys’ calendars are accurately maintained and organized in a logical and efficient manner
  • Helps prioritize and triage competing events and responsibilities.
  • Interacts with the courts and administrative agencies regarding hearings, motions and other appearances
  • Functions as the courts’ primary point of contact with the firm for all administrative and scheduling issues
  • Drafts, sends, and/or e-files correspondence and basic pleadings.
  • Reviews invoices to clients.

Attorney Focused Tasks:

  • Drafts legal correspondence.
  • Prepares discovery and responses to discovery demands.
  • Dockets and schedules events:
  • Adds ticklers/reminders to attorney and firm calendars as necessary.
  • Schedules mediations, hearings, trials, meetings, as necessary with court, opposing counsel, clients, staff, and attorneys.
  • Helps the attorney prepare the client and the file for court and/or mediation.
  • Assists the attorney during hearings and trials.
  • Researches laws and judicial decisions about current as well as past cases.
  • Drafts memos for attorneys summarizing legal research on issues.
  • Reviews pending legislation.
  • Assists in locating and obtaining documents and information from third parties.
  • Serve as witness or notary as necessary.

Manages the attorneys’ email:

  • Retrieves and reviews mail for assigned attorneys;
  • Assures that copies are included in the firm’s client file (paper, electronic, or both);
  • Sends a PDF of the mail to the client (if applicable);
  • Notifies attorneys of email necessitating attorney attention along with appropriate time frames for action or response.
  • Reviews mail for assigned attorneys, and provides to or handles for the attorney;
  • Sends a PDF of the mail to the client (if applicable).
  • Manages the firm faxes:
  • Sends a PDF of the mail to the client (if applicable);
  • Notifies attorneys of faxes necessitating attorney attention along with appropriate time frames for action or response, or takes appropriate action upon attorney approval.
  • Drafts legal correspondence as directed by attorneys
  • Puts documents initially drafted by attorneys into final form, ready to be delivered to the court, clients, co-counsel, and opposing counsel.
  • Drafts non-legal correspondence
  • Communicates with the firm’s bankers, suppliers, landlords, and others
  • Coordinates call for the attorney with individual clients, conference calls, or other calls involving several parties
  • Organizes the attorneys’ files
  • Assures that the client file is organized and ready (including exhibits) in advance of court, mediation, or other outside attorney meetings.
  • Substitutes for Secretary as necessary.

Administrative Tasks:

  • Assists Secretary in creating, updating, and managing client files and/or trial binders:
  • Prepares and maintains electronic client files or trial binders.
  • Prepares and maintains physical client files or trial binders.
  • Helps prepare client files or trial binders for court, including exhibits.
  • Scans and/or makes copies of documents.
  • Creates and updates firm forms, templates, and checklists.
  • Schedules conference room.
  • Enters time, expenses, and billing data.


The Essentials:

  • We are looking for someone who can hit the ground running. We are not looking to train a paralegal; we want a paralegal who can train others.
  • We need a paralegal who knows how to get things done, and how to project confidence and competence when dealing with people on behalf of our clients.
  • Our ideal paralegal knows how to read financial statements, understands equitable distribution, can help put together a child-centered parenting schedule.
  • Our ideal paralegal will be able to draft pleadings, motions, letters, agreements, and orders by customizing standard forms and/or templates.
  • Our ideal paralegal has experienced and overcome a “family law story” of their own to find peace and happiness.
  • Our ideal paralegal will have a growth mindset, an ability to relate to people in crisis, and a good sense of humor.
  • Our ideal paralegal will have a natural gift of being organized and detail-oriented.
  • We are growing, and you will be called upon to wear many hats. We need someone who does not think that the occasional need to scan your own documents is “beneath you."
  • Skills and experience are important and valued, but your personality, character, intelligence, and integrity are also extremely important considerations.
  • Our core belief system is founded on the Golden Rule and the Serenity Prayer; that is, to treat others the way you want to be treated, not the way you think they deserve to be treated” and “to have the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
  • We also strongly believe in personal responsibility, personal development, and becoming the best versions of ourselves that we can be.
  • The right fit will have personal values aligned with our Firm values so that these values will be integrated into client communications to help good parents make rational decisions during an irrational time in their lives.
  • The right fit will foster communication that is intended to reduce or manage conflict, enhance the quality of life of our client and their children, and avoid a damaging and expensive courtroom battle when possible.
  • The right fit will see problems as opportunities by focusing on the solution, not the problem.
  • If you see a case file as an opportunity to help someone build a new and better life, you’ll like the way we think.

$43,000 - $50,000 yearly
About Law Office of Sam Byrd

We believe the law is about relationships. The best ones become reciprocal; the more you put into them, the more you get out of them. The best relationships are based on communication and trust. The lawyer and customer relationship is no different.

Our goal is to improve the lives of legal staff and their clients. We believe legal professionals should have a practice and workload that allows room for what truly matters: yourself, your family, and your client relationships. We believe clients should receive abundant education about the problem they are experiencing through frequent and responsive communication so their problem can be resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible, allowing them to move on with their lives. We believe that our model makes our legal team and clients happier.

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