Legal Assistant
Douglass & Runger
Memphis, TN US
Posted ago
Douglass & Runger

Do you want to help our attorneys give supporting and unyielding representation to provide clients with a brighter future?

We are an enterprising family, probate law firm, and personal injury firm that is on track for aggressive growth and we need an experienced Legal Assistant to join our team and work directly with the attorneys to support the team and help clients.

We want to be known for helping clients come out of extremely emotional processes feeling as though they are a better person and that they had a team behind them that really cared and fought for them. We are growing fast, and we need a Legal Assistant who can hit the ground running.

This position will be responsible for important work, including:

  • Setting up and maintaining client files, physically and digitally through the use of practice management software
  • Being an integral part of the legal process by drafting letters and pleadings on family law cases, probate cases and personal injury cases our law firm handles
  • Filing pleadings electronically on the Court’s electronic filing system
  • Interacting with clients, both in person, via email, and over to the phone to assist the attorneys in handling cases
  • Creating a positive and professional impression and experience for all clients
  • Being a key team member by supporting the attorneys and other staff members as needed, including assisting the receptionist periodically with some call screening
  • Generating invoices on active client matters as need be

If these statements appeal to you, then you may be our Legal Assistant:

  • You can maintain your professional composure in all situations, even stressful ones, and flourish in a fast-paced small law firm environment
  • You smile when you answer the phone or deal with clients
  • You are an amazing scheduler with a high degree of attention to detail
  • You are very good with calendars, e-mail, spreadsheets, word processing, and the internet
  • Your middle name is “No Drama”
  • You are an awesome juggler of tasks and can change gears quickly
  • You do not think scanning and copying are “beneath you”

We love to help people learn and grow and look forward to supporting you through the training process, but we need a Legal Assistant with experience in providing support to our awesome team of attorneys. The ideal candidate will be able to take initiative on work that needs to be done, complete tasks with minimal hand-holding, and will have the foresight to complete tasks that the candidate knows will need to be completed at some point down the line but which may not need to be completed right now.

This is a full-time job where you are expected to manage a caseload, so you absolutely must be able to work in the office for 40 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with skill and experience and is negotiable. There is an opportunity for growth in our firm for those candidates who can demonstrate their profitability. We give opportunities for personal and professional development.

Prepare a cover letter with no more than TWO paragraphs and a closing sentence. In the first paragraph explain what you believe are the 3 most important qualities needed in someone who works with (1) family law clients or (2) probate law clients or (3) personal injury clients (You can pick whatever practice area client you would like) and why you believe they are the most important qualities needed for someone who works with those particular type clients. In the second paragraph, explain 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.”

We look forward to reviewing your application.

APPLICATIONS RECEIVED THROUGH THIS SYSTEM AND THAT DO NOT FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Responsibilities
  • Arrange travel, schedule meetings and appointments for the team, such as depositions, and coordinate with outside vendors for events
  • Ensure client billing is processed properly using daily time records with assistance from the accounting department
  • Assist with the creation of various litigation documents, including pleadings, motions, subpoenas, affidavits, contracts, and briefs for case preparation, and proofread documents a needed
  • Undertake other duties as needed to ensure the firm operates efficiently
Qualifications
  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience in a law firm or office environment as an administrative assistant or secretary
  • Some knowledge of legal software, case management, and docketing programs
  • Applicants must have excellent communication skills and organizational skills
  • Comfortable working with all Microsoft Office products
  • Must be able to type at least 50 WPM
Compensation
$30,000 - $38,000 yearly
About Douglass & Runger

Douglass & Runger is a growing, small law firm servicing clients primarily in the areas of family law and probate law. We help our family law clients navigate the divorce process by protecting the things most important to them: the well being of their minor children and their personal assets, and we provide our probate clients peace of mind after the death of a loved one by navigating them through the probate process. We maintain a family like environment for not only our clients, but also our attorneys and staff and are protective of our in-office culture. We provide our clients the security of knowing that they have a law firm that will support them through difficult life obstacles they face no matter what!

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