This is an exciting opportunity to work for one of the top law firms in the U.S. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is looking for an experienced Corporate Paralegal to join our team in Portland or Seattle.
This position is responsible for providing a full range of paralegal support to our emerging business and venture financing practice, working primarily on corporate formation, private placement equity financings, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate maintenance and support for our emerging company clients. Proactively communicates with clients to ensure client needs are met; possesses the ability to identify client issues and respond in a timely manner.
At Davis Wright Tremaine, you will find challenging assignments, opportunities for professional growth and community involvement, and a culture of inclusion and innovation.
Responsibilities Corporate Maintenance and Support
Prepares formation and foreign qualification documents and amendments for corporations and limited liability companies; prepares and manages filings for licensing and other permits.
Drafts corporate documents, including but not limited to bylaws, shareholder agreements, shareholder and board meeting minutes and consents, stock certificates, and form agreements, as appropriate.
Manages corporate minute books, capitalization tables and stock ledgers on behalf emerging company clients; proficient at using incorporation and cap table management software and applications; maintains firm best practices for keeping corporate records current and easily accessible.
Assists clients with administration of equity incentive plans; prepares equity grants using form agreements, as appropriate; researches and prepares required federal and state securities filings.
Manages multiple financings/deals running concurrently while also keeping corporate records current.
Private Placement Financings/M&A Work
Assists clients in preparing due diligence request lists and responding to due diligence requests in financing and M&A transactions; proficient in setting up and using different technology platforms (i.e. virtual data rooms) and other methods for responding to such requests; maintains best practices for organizing, tracking and communicating due diligence responses.
Prepares and maintains closing checklists for private placement financings and M&A transactions.
Acts as primary interface with filing services for any corporate filings required to complete a financing or M&A transaction; keeps all parties aware of filing deadlines.
Assists in closing of private placements and M&A transactions, including drafting ancillary documents, preparing signature pages, updating investor schedules, tracking receipt of signatures, and compiling fully executed copies of documents and agreements
Prepares stock certificates, Form D’s and other securities filings required in connection with the financing or M&A transaction.
Prepares closing volumes; updates stock ledgers and capitalization tables as needed
Qualifications Education and Experience
A strong background in providing corporate support to emerging companies and venture financing experience is required; background in M&A transactions very helpful.
Bachelor’s degree and completion of paralegal program of study, or clear demonstration of equivalent knowledge and skill.
Skills and Abilities
Advanced proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and Outlook) for the creation and editing of documents, Proficiency in cap table management software, including Carta and Capshare, is not required, but candidate will be expected to become proficient in both quickly.
Proficiency in the use of electronic signature applications (e.g. DocuSign) and document retention databases (e.g. Google Docs, Dropbox and other proprietary virtual data rooms).
Ability to quickly adapt to new technologies and methods of client communication as needed.
Ability to understand and follow work directions, make discretionary decisions, manage multiple priorities and respond to urgent requests with minimal supervision.
Excellent proactive communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain effective working relationships and communicate verbally and in writing, with clients, firm members, and other business contacts.
Exceptional client service skills, as well as the ability to handle stressful situations in a calm, composed manner.
Ability to pay close attention to detail and be highly organized and accurate.
Strong time and task management skills.
Ability to work effectively and juggle multiple tasks in a team-oriented service environment.
Physical Requirements While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP believes that embracing diversity and inclusion brings out the best of what each individual has to offer and inspires us to build strong and lasting connections with each other, our clients, and our communities.
We are committed to creating and cultivating a diverse workforce and inclusive environment where every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is our policy to hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all employment-related decisions without regard to an employee’s sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical condition), race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religious creed, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, military condition, military or veteran status or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal laws.
This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.
Internal Number: 10348412
About Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
The List that Shaped a Legacy
Davis Wright Tremaine is dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences.
This commitment has remained intact for decades as the firm has grown across the nation and to China. Today, Davis Wright is a full-service firm with approximately 500 lawyers in nine offices on the east and west coasts of the United States and in Shanghai. We are recognized for excellence in a broad number of areas, with 89 of our attorneys across 31 practice areas cited as leaders in their fields in the most recent Chambers USA guide, and over 140 of our attorneys across 56 practice areas included in the 2015 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."
Focused on the Future
While we honor and have great regard for our history, Davis Wright is focused on the future of providing legal services. We believe the future will reward those lawyers and firms that innovate and persist in tuning their services to the real-life, changing business needs of their clients. The ability to deliver customized excellence is based on listening to and understanding our clients, and being sufficien...tly flexible to adapt our approach to the client’s needs in the context of the particular situation in which we were hired. That involves talking with our clients, learning what their success measures are, and collaborating with them to ensure our service helps them accomplish those measures.
This always involves excellent lawyering but it also includes:
deep industry knowledge,
gains in efficiency in performing work that does not require a customized solution, or
the application of technology to reduce cycle time and improve quality.
How We Work with Clients
We use a number of techniques to ensure we understand our clients. We use client teams to enhance communication and collaboration among our lawyers, to advance our understanding of our clients’ business objectives, and to confirm with clients that our service model is aligned with their needs. Each year, we conduct dozens of face-to-face client service interviews, led by senior members of the firm, to solicit specific feedback on our lawyers and work, and to understand how, from the client’s perspective, we can improve. And, on a daily basis, we expect our lawyers to deliver value that includes not just excellent legal service but also business insight, user-friendliness, and flawless support.
We believe the way we work with clients is a distinctive feature of the firm and we make it a priority to reinforce its importance.
Teams That Collaborate
In terms of our services, we supplement depth and strength in the core legal functions of litigation, business transactions, intellectual property, and employment with nationally-recognized, broadly-based teams focused on a number of highly regulated industries—including communications, media, financial services, health care, energy, and hospitality. These teams collaborate effectively to provide a unified legal solution that is well-informed by the particular business and regulatory circumstances that influence our clients’ businesses and the legal work they need.
We focus on what we do extremely well. This means we will not be all things to all clients, but that they will place a high value on their relationship with Davis Wright.