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Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Goodspeed Merrill (G|M) is seeking a dynamic and experienced Paralegal/Legal Assistant to support a thriving and growing Litigation practice. Work in partnership and under the direction of attorneys at Goodspeed Merrill to develop close relationships with clients, establish legal needs, help them understand their options, and support their representation in court and and/or negotiations.

Paralegals at G|M provide active support by investigating the facts of cases, organizing and maintaining legal files, and writing reports used to prepare for trial. You will obtain formal statements and affidavits that are useful in court, conduct research, prepare legal documents, and perform other duties to ensure that G|M clients receive the best and most cost-effective legal solutions.

In this hybrid role, you will also handle legal assistant/admin duties regularly including scheduling appointments with clients, planning meetings in-person or on-line, maintaining calendars, and in most cases supporting multiple attorneys by handling legal research, client billing matters and various legal correspondence.

Completion of a professional certification program is desirable (but not mandatory), along with 5+ years of related experience & knowledge, and an ability to think critically, analyze problems, and recommend solutions. Candidates should be highly detailed and organized with a proven ability to work independently and collaboratively with a variety of team members.

The successful candidate will be familiar with standard legal concepts, practices, and procedures necessary to support a growing general litigation practice. He or She will be comfortable relying on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals with a certain degree of creativity and latitude, while performing a variety of tasks under the general supervision of the Practice lead and/or accountable attorney.

Job Description

Experience, Education, and Certification Requirements:

  • Minimum 5+ years’ experience as a Paralegal or Legal Assistant
  • Experience in working concurrently with multiple attorneys in a practice
  • Completion of a professional certification program is a plus
  • Experience may substitute for completion of a certification program
  • Knowledge of and experience with both Colorado and Federal court systems and the Rules of Civil Procedure (CRCP/FRCP)
  • Bachelor’s degree and advanced education is a plus
  • County court experience is also desirable
  • Familiarity with and or ability to learn systems necessary for the practice of law (ProLaw, MS Office, MS Teams, etc)

Responsibilities and Key Results:

  • Manage day to day activities including documentation of matters in ProLaw
  • Perform conflict checks and open new matters
  • Calendar deadlines, court hearings/trials, and arbitration deadlines/hearings
  • Provide organization to client documents and related documentation
  • Preparation of disclosures and production of documents including creation/maintenance of indexes and utilization of Bates labeling
  • Prepare deposition summaries
  • Communicate with Attorneys and/or Partners on work status and client issues that arise
  • Achieve positive reviews/feedback from clients
  • Proportionately contribute to overall client satisfaction and firm operating goals
  • Attain minimum billing hours (utilization) on a monthly and annual basis
  • Be available 8 hours per day, if not out of office at meetings, hearings, depositions, or trial

G|M has a reputation for developing close relationships with clients. Attorneys and staff at G|M are known for displaying sound judgment and decision-making along with outstanding problem-solving skills, and as a general rule are determined, professional and well informed.

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 you work with.
  • Flexibility in how we operate, intended to accommodate a growing and dynamic law firm environment.
  • Outstanding benefits including:
    • Health Insurance
    • Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability
    • 401(k) Plan
    • Paid Time Off
    • Incentive bonus program with reasonable billable/revenue requirement
  • We offer competitive compensation commensurate with experience, with this position ranging from $60,000 to $75,000.
  • G|M is located in the Meridian International Business Center at Lincoln & I-25 with convenient commutes to all of the greater metropolitan Denver area. To apply, please send your resume to [email protected] and include the position title in the subject line.

Associate Attorney – Litigation

Goodspeed Merrill (G|M) is growing rapidly… and we are seeking an experienced Associate Attorney to grow with us and join our thriving Litigation practice. You will work with other Attorneys, Partners and Staff to develop close relationships with clients, establish legal needs, provide sound legal advice, help clients understand their options, and provide representation as necessary.

The Associate Attorney will have knowledge of and experience in supporting a Litigation team that represents clients in court cases and other kinds of adversarial legal proceedings such as arbitrations, mediations and administrative law proceedings. The role requires an attorney that understands what it means to be a well-spoken client advocate and appreciates what it takes to present cases in front of judges, juries, and panels. G|M attorneys are known for displaying sound judgment and decision-making along with outstanding problem-solving skills, and as a general rule are determined, professional and well informed.

The preferred Litigation candidate will have excellent writing and analytical skills, experience in commercial, real estate, and/or employment litigation, and enjoy working as part of a strong team. He or She must have experience as part of a litigation team and have trial experience with Colorado state and federal courts, as well as arbitration panels. Top candidates will display natural leadership qualities and have experience, drafting briefs, and managing the discovery process. Experience taking/defending depositions is a plus.

Job Description

Key Results:

  • Achieve positive outcomes and reviews from clients.
  • Proportionately contribute to overall client satisfaction and firm revenue/profitability goals.
  • Attain minimum billing hours (utilization) on a monthly and annual basis.
  • Attain Effective Rate goals on a monthly and annual basis.

Experience:

  • 2 – 5 years practicing Law with exposure to a wide array of Litigation matters.
  • Specific experience in commercial, real estate, and/or employment litigation.
  • Sufficient experience to be comfortable planning and accomplishing goals with a certain degree of creativity and latitude, while performing a variety of tasks under the general supervision of the Partner or Senior Attorneys.
  • Deposition experience is a plus.

Knowledge:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited university
  • Licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado
  • The successful candidate will be familiar with standard legal concepts, practices, and procedures necessary to support a growing Firm.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent drafting skills coupled with strong analytical skill and the ability to formulate, consider, and evaluate potential solutions.
  • Team player with a “no task too small” attitude.
  • A strong vision for your future coupled with a desire to develop and build your own practice.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team conducting research, preparing legal documents, and performing other duties to ensure clients receive the best and most cost-effective legal solutions.
  • An attorney that is determined, professional, well informed, knowledgeable, attentive, and proactive.
  • A motivated individual with a proven ability to develop effective relationships that lead to success for the Firm and specific practice area.

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 you work with.
  • Flexibility in how we operate, intended to accommodate a growing and dynamic law firm environment.
  • Outstanding benefits including:
    • Health Insurance
    • Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability
    • 401(k) Plan
    • Paid Time Off
    • Colorado Bar dues and CLEs
    • Reasonable billable/revenue requirements
    • In-house mentoring program
    • After a probationary period, this position may have limited work from home (WFH) options
  • We offer competitive compensation commensurate with experience, with this position ranging from $105,000 to $135,000, plus a comprehensive and compelling bonus structure based on billable hour thresholds, origination of client matters, and collected revenue.
  • G|M is located in the Meridian International Business Center at Lincoln & I-25 with convenient commutes to all of the greater metropolitan Denver area. To apply, please send your resume to [email protected] and include the position title in the subject line.

Associate Attorney – Corporate

Goodspeed Merrill (G|M) is growing rapidly… and we are seeking an experienced Associate Attorney to grow with us and join our thriving Corporate Law practice. You will work with other Attorneys, Partners and Staff to develop close relationships with clients, establish legal needs, provide sound legal advice, help clients understand their options, and provide representation as necessary.

Corporate Associate Attorney candidates will have knowledge of and demonstrated experience in Corporate Services with strong fundamentals in general corporate matters including, corporate formation, corporate structuring, drafting and review of operating agreements, bylaws, shareholder agreements and other similar corporate documents, equity purchase and sale transactions, corporate governance, and contracts drafting & review.

The Corporate position will support a broad practice area, reviewing, drafting, and modifying a full range of documents and agreements used in the practice of Corporate law. Our ideal candidate will be adept at handling a wide array of transactions including asset sales, stock and real property transactions, finance, fund placements, and real estate transactions.

Job Description

Key Results:

  • Achieve positive outcomes and reviews from clients.
  • Proportionately contribute to overall client satisfaction and firm revenue/profitability goals.
  • Attain minimum billing hours (utilization) on a monthly and annual basis.
  • Attain Effective Rate goals on a monthly and annual basis.

Experience:

  • 4 – 8 years practicing Law with experience handling a wide array of Corporate Law transactions.
  • Specific experience in reviewing, drafting, and modifying a full range of documents and agreements relating to asset sales, stock and real property transactions, finance, fund placements, and real estate transactions.
  • Sufficient experience to be comfortable planning and accomplishing goals with a certain degree of creativity and latitude, while performing a variety of tasks under the general supervision of the Partner or Senior Attorneys.

Knowledge:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited university
  • Licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado
  • The successful candidate will be familiar with standard legal concepts, practices, and procedures necessary to support a growing Firm.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent drafting skills coupled with strong analytical skill and the ability to formulate, consider, and evaluate potential solutions.
  • Team player with a “no task too small” attitude.
  • A strong vision for your future coupled with a desire to develop and build your own practice.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team conducting research, preparing legal documents, and performing other duties to ensure clients receive the best and most cost-effective legal solutions.
  • An attorney that is determined, professional, well informed, knowledgeable, attentive, and proactive.
  • A motivated individual with a proven ability to develop effective relationships that lead to success for the Firm and specific practice area.

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 you work with.
  • Flexibility in how we operate, intended to accommodate a growing and dynamic law firm environment.
  • Outstanding benefits including:
    • Health Insurance
    • Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability
    • 401(k) Plan
    • Paid Time Off
    • Colorado Bar dues and CLEs
    • Reasonable billable/revenue requirements
    • In-house mentoring program
    • After a probationary period, this position may have limited work from home (WFH) options
  • We offer competitive compensation commensurate with experience, with this position ranging from $105,000 to $145,000, plus a comprehensive and compelling bonus structure based on billable hour thresholds, origination of client matters, and collected revenue.
  • G|M is located in the Meridian International Business Center at Lincoln & I-25 with convenient commutes to all of the greater metropolitan Denver area. To apply, please send your resume to [email protected] and include the position title in the subject line.