Junior Associate Attorney Needed

If you are an Attorney with 1-3 years’ Family Law or Civil Litigation experience ready to join a rapidly growing firm with a positive team culture and opportunities for personal, professional and financial growth, then we’d love to hear from you! Our Family Law firm is currently accepting applications for a Junior Associate Attorney (“Associate Attorney”). We are ready to hire as soon as we find the right candidate.

What you should know about us before you apply. We are not your typical small law firm! Our founding and managing attorneys are entrepreneurs who are passionate about helping their clients keep what matters to them most – their children and their money. We have our sights set on being the “go-to law firm for divorce” in Riverside County, so you need to be ready to hit the ground running to serve our clients with outstanding representation.

This will probably be the most honest and most detailed job posting you will ever read. That’s because we want to be very up-front about our expectations about the job and our ideal candidate. If you are up for a job that is as rewarding and focused on the practice of law, please continue reading the rest of this ad. If you are up to the challenge, we look forward to seeing your resume’ and cover letter.

If the following describes you, then YOU may be a great fit for our team:

We need people who are not afraid of computers, technology, or learning new things that will make their jobs easier. If you aren’t confident in your tech skills and ability to learn, you are not the right person for this job. You MUST be competent and proficient in the use of Word and Outlook. You MUST be able to navigate the web like Magellan. You must be able to handle working with several different databases of information. If you are familiar with legal case management software and CRM programs, that is a plus.

If you lose stuff, are not organized, or get easily distracted, please don’t apply.

We are fully invested in policies and procedures and systems. We appreciate and nurture creativity and innovation, and we expect you to follow the rules. We also expect your input in creating and improving our systems to best serve our clients. If you don’t think that’s possible, please don’t apply.

If, while you have been reading this, you were distracted by the buzz of your cellphone or had to check a Facebook alert, this might not be the job for you.

If you think showing up for work 10 minutes late is no big deal, or if you need to take more than 2 coffee, smoke, or cell phone breaks during the workday, this job is not for you. If you want to spend time Monday through Friday surfing the internet, Facebooking, or chatting on the phone and still expect to be paid, this is not the job for you. Our expectation is for you to only work during open business hours Monday through Friday. We don’t expect you to take late night phone calls or work on the weekend.

You must be an optimistic, positive person. Our office does not do well with toxic people or drama queens, gossipers, or victims. You will not fit in here if you even think that you may fit into one of those categories of negative people.

In addition, you fit the following (and if you don’t this is not the right place for you):

  • Independent
  • Calm Under Pressure
  • Efficient
  • Respectful
  • Active Listener with Good Communication Skills
  • Warm, Empathetic and Caring
  • Team Player
  • Adaptable
  • High Energy
  • Positive

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Overall execution of client cases
  • Draft pleadings
  • Meet statutory deadlines
  • Correspond with client
  • Correspond with opposing counsel
  • Maintain client files, both electronic and hardy copy
  • Advise client on legal options for litigation and/or settlement
  • Meet with client as needed
  • Prepare clients for hearings and depositions
  • Represent clients in litigation hearings, including:
    • Short Cause
    • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    • Mandatory Settlement Conference
    • Sit second chair in Trials as needed
    • Trials as needed
  • Assist other staff and perform general administrative office tasks as requested.

We are growing, so you may be called upon to wear many hats. We need someone who doesn’t think scanning their own documents on occasion is beneath them. We are a team and we all pitch in to get things done.

Job Requirements:

  • The Associate Attorney must have graduated from an ABA or California accredited law school and be admitted to the State Bar of California. The Senior Associate Attorney must also not have any discipline record with any State Bar.
  • The Associate Attorney should have 1-3 years’ experience in Family Law or Civil Litigation, including litigation in the courtroom; experience with drafting and responding to discovery, experience with case management software, legal pleading preparation software, and general office computer systems and software.

Pay and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skill and experience and is negotiable. We also pay for continuing legal education, bar dues, and some voluntary bar memberships. Retirement benefits are available after 6 months of employment.

How to Apply:

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.

  • Send an email to greylegaljobs@gmail.com
  • In the Subject line, type your last name, followed by a hyphen and the word “associate,” followed by one word that describes yourself (lowercase).
  • In the body of your e-mail, answer the following questions:
    • Explain why you practice or want to practice Family Law. You should be detailed in your response, but don’t go over two paragraphs.
    • You should also tell us in another paragraph what you are looking for in a job including your salary requirements and why you think you would be a good fit for this firm.
    • As a closing sentence please write, “I have read the instructions contained in the job posting and have followed the instructions.”
  • Attach a PDF of your resume.
  • Attach a PDF of a recent writing sample or deposition transcript that demonstrates your substantive performance and the way you think about advocacy.

While we will do our due diligence on you, we will not immediately contact your current employer about your application so if this position interests you please apply.

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