Paralegal - Criminal Defense
Shannon Smith Law
Bloomfield Hills, MI US
Posted ago
Shannon Smith Law

Are you a paralegal looking for a new opportunity?

Shannon Smith Law, PC has a hard-earned reputation for defending some of the most challenging criminal cases brought over the last decade. 

We are looking for a paralegal who is excited about making a difference in their community and wants to be part of something bigger than themselves. You will have the opportunity to work on interesting cases, develop your skills, and expand your knowledge. 

We are dedicated to helping all our team members reach their goals and achieve excellence. We are committed to our team’s financial growth and offer competitive compensation and benefits. Our team is focused on your success and we work together to help you reach your goals. Your ideas, input, and work will be valued, appreciated, and justly rewarded and we’ll all have some fun along the way!

By making the decision to join us, you'll open yourself up to countless possibilities for growth and success. And best of all, you'll be doing work that you're passionate about and that makes a difference in the world. 

You may be a good fit if you:

  • If you are confident, independent, decisive, and take responsibility for your actions, then we would love to hear from you.
  • Believe in compassionate, empathetic relationships with clients.
  • Enjoy being a part of a team that is doing important work.
  • Understand that our work requires constant problem solving and you enjoy solving problems.
  • Ability to be self-directed, self-confident, and can enliven, engage and handle a variety of tasks.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills - you are able to inspire, and motivate. 
  • Enjoy a challenge, can learn quickly, and love details.


Can you:

  • Prepare, serve and file pleadings, motions, and other documents with the courts?
  • Write rings around other paralegals in concise, well-researched prose?
  • Manage complex and challenging cases and clients in a way that reflects our cultural values?
  • Keep track of discovery and trial deadlines?
  • Work independently, but also work alongside and collaborate with a dedicated team?
  • Manage multiple deadlines and handle staff questions without breaking a sweat?
  • Interact and communicate with our clients and team members from a place of compassion while adhering to the firm’s missions, values, and goals?
  • Calendar/schedule court hearings, conferences, and police and witness interviews as needed?
  • Strong technical skills in completing forms online, scanning documents, and other electronic communications.
  • Handle with ease the day-to-day interactions with clients, courts, and opposing counsel?
  • Utilize technical skills to maintain a "paperless" office environment?
  • Multitask effectively in a fast-paced environment?
  • Provide exceptional customer service with an empathetic ear to our clients?
  • Able to prepare cases for trial, witness and exhibit books, and all the steps involved in trial preparation?

If you’ve been nodding “yes” to most of these questions, you’re probably the worker we’re looking for…and we want to hear from you.

Compensation: $23.00 - $25.00 per hour + bonuses (Salary commensurate with experience)


  • Experience as a criminal defense paralegal preferred
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Prior experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat software
  • Prior experience with Clio Manage Software System preferred
  • Well organized, efficient, and able to prioritize tasks accordingly
  • You are positive and a solution-focused problem solver
  • Your middle name is “no drama”
  • You are a team player – no matter what the task requires of you
  • You want to be part of something and be integral to a winning team
  • Strong written communication (consistent, detail-oriented, and professional)
  • Strong verbal communication (personable, customer service oriented, and proactive)
  • Are passionate about helping people, without judgment. 

When our clients hire us, they are going through an extremely emotionally difficult period in their lives, and our goal is to help make their lives better, protect their reputations and families, and do so with empathy. Please look at our firm’s website. The cases we handle are hard. We represent

many who are falsely accused, and because of that, we work tirelessly to protect the constitutional rights for all of our clients no matter the situation.


  • Bonuses
  • Health insurance, including dental and vision available after 90 days.
  • Retirement account with company match after 180 days.
  • Paid vacation and holidays.

$23 - $25 per hour + bonuses
About Shannon Smith Law

We protect the rights and the freedom of professionals and parents accused of sex crimes and child abuse.

Shannon Smith Law, PC has taken on some of the most complex criminal cases pursued in Michigan state and federal courts since our founding.

We are a serious law firm for serious charges. We frequently take the most difficult cases. 

Why? Because we believe that a vigorous defense is crucial to keeping ‘justice’ in the criminal justice system.

We work tirelessly, ethically, and relentlessly to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

Our team thrives on the values of integrity and empathy in a team-oriented environment. The firm provides extensive training, supervision, and mentoring to help our attorneys and our support staff develop the skills necessary to provide exceptional representation to our clients.

Join us today and unlock your greatness. Together, we can create change.

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