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Mid to Senior Level Associate – Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning Focus – Advanced Tax Strategies (ATS)

Goodspeed | Merrill has an opportunity for a mid to senior level attorney desiring greater exposure to advanced tax solutions and strategies in the area of wealth transfer planning and estate planning. This position is a key role in the ATS team requiring a candidate who can effectively motivate, influence and direct team members to timely effect development and execution/documentation of wealth transfer plans including, basic estate planning, complex trusts, tax motivated wealth transfer planning and structures, including irrevocable trusts, split interest trust, FLP/FLLCs, Family Office, gifting, and other strategies involving wealth transfer and attendant income tax issues (i.e., grantor trust rules, partnership tax familiarity).

The ATS group is structured as a strong team-oriented environment built on a hybrid/virtual team platform. The ATS Team is dedicated to providing support and training to help increase the depth of understanding and familiarity necessary to confidently execute complex projects. This includes regular team coordination and one-on-one time with senior attorneys and partners intended to provide needed answers to questions and general instruction about projects. An ongoing commitment to learning and mastery of the concepts is expected and will create opportunities for advancement. Moderate client interaction and coordination will be expected to help in the design and implementation process and where necessary to explain plan components to clients or explain how various parts of the plan integrate to support the desired outcome.

Job Description

ATS Group Projects and Tasks will frequently involve (not all will be applicable to this position):

  • Tiered corporate and partnership structures
  • Implementation of optimized corporate qualified small business stock structures
  • Wealth transfer planning using inter-vivos trusts, gifting, and estate freeze techniques
  • Tax Equity transactions which provide offsets for taxable income
  • Enhanced risk management strategies, including captive insurance
  • Profits interests structures
  • Family Office Structures
  • General business counsel, including mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, contracts, and non-qualified compensation or equity incentives
  • “Tax Free” Reorganizations
  • QSBS eligibility determination and tax opinions/memos

The best candidate for this role will be a person who:

  • Demonstrates excellent internal and client communication skills, essential for effective team collaboration and client interaction.
  • Exhibits a proactive approach to managing multiple projects simultaneously, showcasing the ability to prioritize tasks without constant reminders.
  • Builds strong rapport with clients and articulates planning concepts clearly, ensuring effective communication throughout project execution.
  • Possesses proficient skills in creating checklists, assembling teams, delegating tasks, and completing them accurately and efficiently.
  • Demonstrates a detail oriented mindset
  • Thrives on taking projects to completion, showing dedication to seeing them through to the finish line.
  • Capable of breaking down complex tasks into manageable steps while maintaining overall integrity and goals.
  • Possesses moderate planning knowledge and understands the rationale behind the structure of finalized plans.
  • Demonstrates the ability to comprehend and document all necessary micro-steps for project completion.
  • Organizes team efforts effectively, ensuring tasks are executed as needed within the role.
  • Takes initiative in coordinating group efforts, encouraging participation and ensuring everyone feels valued and included
  • Maintains impeccably organized workspaces and materials, setting a high standard for cleanliness and orderliness in the group setting.
  • Prefers face-to-face discussions over emails, thriving in engaging conversations that facilitate deeper understanding and connection.
  • Articulates ideas and instructions swiftly and clearly, ensuring everyone is on the same page with meticulous attention to detail.
  • The ideal candidate will bring enthusiasm to group settings, boosting team morale and fostering collaboration

Requirements & Experience:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited university
  • LLM preferred (equivalent considered)
  • Five – Ten years Post JD/Active Practice
  • One + years Post LLM (if applicable)

Goodspeed|Merrill is a dynamic and rapidly growing law firm committed to providing top-notch legal services to our diverse client base. With a focus on excellence, innovation, and client satisfaction, we take pride in fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment. Goodspeed|Merrill is where passion meets excellence. We seek team members who are passionate about their clients, coworkers, and field of work.

To work with G|M you should appreciate:

  • A client-first mindset and willingness to put in extra effort as client priorities dictate
  • A culture of high achievement while enjoying the work and the people with whom you work
  • Flexibility in how we operate, intended to accommodate a growing and dynamic law firm environment

Benefits and Compensation:

The salary range for this position is $135,000-$165,000 depending on experience.

We have a dynamic bonus program.

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance (premium partially paid by GM)
  • Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Colorado Bar dues and CLEs

Goodspeed|Merrill is located near Lincoln and I-25 in the Meridian Business Park

Litigation Senior Associate Attorney

Goodspeed Merrill (G|M) is a dynamic and rapidly growing law firm committed to providing top-notch legal services to our diverse client base. With a focus on excellence, innovation, and client satisfaction, we take pride in fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment. G|M attorneys are known for sound judgment and decision-making along with outstanding problem-solving skills. They are, as a rule, determined, professional, and well-informed. G|M is where passion meets excellence.

G|M seeks an experienced Litigation Associate Attorney with 5+ years of experience. We are looking for an attorney who is passionate about the law, clients and his or her team; enjoys a culture of high achievement; and wants to be part of a growing and dynamic law firm.

The successful Litigation Associate Attorney candidate will have the knowledge and experience necessary to support the firm’s busy commercial, real estate, and employment litigation practices. The preferred Litigation candidate will decisively execute projects, have excellent writing and analytical skills, and enjoy working as part of a strong team. The preferred candidates will have a record of demonstrated leadership, have experience taking/defending depositions, and some trial experience.

As part of our application process, could you please complete the survey linked below?

https://go.cultureindex.com/p/bQovyeCuL8 

Job Description

Key Results:

  • Execute projects in a timely and professional manner.
  • Build and nurture positive relationships with team members and clients.
  • Independently manage their caseload, demonstrating the ability to prioritize tasks efficiently and effectively.
  • Provide structured and factually accurate analysis and advice to clients, ensuring clear and direct communication at all stages of the litigation process.

Requirements:

  • 5+years of active litigation experience in commercial, real estate, and/or employment litigation in Colorado state courts.
  • Aptitude and experience to plan and accomplish goals with efficiency, independence, and creativity, while working with a supervising partner or senior attorney.
  • Excellent writing skills coupled with strong analytical skills and the ability to formulate,
  • consider, and evaluate potential solutions and to execute on chosen strategies.
  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado
  • Team player with a “no task too small” attitude.
  • An attorney who is determined, professional, well-informed, knowledgeable, attentive, and proactive, and clear in communication.

To work with G|M you should appreciate:

  • A team culture of high achievement while enjoying the work and the people you work with
  • A client-first mindset and willingness to put in extra effort as client priorities dictate
  • Flexibility in how we operate, intended to accommodate a growing and dynamic law firm environment

Benefits and Compensation:

The salary range for this position is $130,000-$160,000 depending on experience. Additional bonus potential – $12,000 – $35,000. We have a dynamic bonus program for Associate level attorneys which permits time for business development without sacrificing bonus eligibility after achieving 1,600 billable hours.

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance (part of premium is paid by G|M)
  • Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Paid Time Off
  • Colorado Bar dues and CLEs
  • In-house mentoring program

Goodspeed Merrill is located near Lincoln and I-25 in the Meridian Business Park

Senior Associate – Employment

Goodspeed Merrill is a dynamic and rapidly growing law firm committed to providing top-notch legal services to our diverse client base. With a focus on excellence, innovation, and client satisfaction, we take pride in fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment. As we continue to expand our legal team, we are seeking a talented Senior Associate focusing on employment issues. Goodspeed Merrill is where passion meets excellence.

Job Description

Position Overview: The ideal candidate will have a solid foundation in employment law, with experience handling a variety of employment-related matters. The role is varied and requires superior comprehension of employment law issues as we represent both plaintiffs and corporate clients. This role requires a proactive and detail-oriented individual who can provide strategic counsel to clients while effectively managing caseloads. Experience with partnership disputes, complex incentive plans, trade secret litigation, accommodation management, leave, and wage-hour compliance are desirable.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct legal research and analysis on employment law issues.
  • Draft, review, and advise clients on employment-related agreements, policies, and documentation.
  • Contribute to business development activities including training, client email blasts, luncheons, and networking events.
  • Provide legal advice and guidance to clients on a range of employment matters, including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour compliance, and employee relations.
  • Contribute to and keep forms up to date including releases, handbooks employment agreements, and non-compete agreements.
  • Represent clients in administrative proceedings, negotiations, and mediations.
  • Operate with significant autonomy on matters with oversight and support as needed.
  • Prepare and advise clients on all types of employment related documents.
  • Collaborate with senior attorneys, partners, and legal staff to develop case strategies and solutions.
  • Stay informed about changes in employment laws and regulations.

This is an in-person role. Hybrid work may be considered after six months of employment.

Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) from an accredited law school.
  • Active bar membership in Colorado.
  • 5+ years of experience practicing law with demonstrable experience in employment law.
  • Strong understanding of federal and state employment laws and regulations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle a diverse caseload and work independently.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Occasional support on other corporate or litigation matters as needed.
  • Commitment to providing outstanding client service.

Benefits and Compensation:

The salary range for this position is $135,000-$155,000 depending on experience. We have a dynamic bonus program for senior associate level attorneys which permits time for business development without sacrificing bonus eligibility after achieving 1,500 billable hours.

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Colorado Bar dues and CLEs
  • In-house mentoring program