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    About The Firm

     

    Banyan Legal Counsel is a boutique employment and business law firm in Seattle that strives to make legal services more accessible to businesses and nonprofits owned or led by women, BIPOC, members of the LGBTQIA community, and others who have been historically underserved by the legal profession. Our goal is to help our clients overcome challenges such as negative stereotypes, language, cultural, and other systemic barriers, institutional biases, and limited access to critical resources by providing high-quality, affordable legal services tailored to their unique needs.

     

    We have an extremely fast-paced work environment that requires every member of our team to be flexible, adaptable to changing priorities and conditions, and comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity. We seek a deep understanding of where our clients are coming from – their culture, personal background, preconceived ideas about their business or working with lawyers, and what success means to them – and client satisfaction is our highest priority. We are not hierarchical and every team member plays a critical role in client service. Applicants should enthusiastically pitch in wherever needed, from answering phones to marking exhibits to designing client gifts, and openly accept suggestions and feedback from any member of the team. We have embraced remote work during the COVID pandemic and are unlikely to return to a regular office environment.

      

    Associate Attorney Position

     

    We are looking for a highly motivated attorney to join our team of passionate, hard-working, deep-thinking problem solvers. The position will initially focus on providing direct services to clients and then expand to include client outreach and business development.
     
    Job duties will include:

    • Legal research and keeping up to date with relevant laws, business news, and updates in Washington, California, and other states as needed;

    • Advising clients about HR/employment law, regulatory compliance, business matters, and generally acting as their CPS (chief problem solver);

    • Drafting and revising contracts and other written work product and carefully tailoring language to meet our clients’ needs without being overly reliant on forms or templates;

    • Handling federal, state, and local agency workplace audits, charges, complaints, and investigations;

    • Handling all aspects of employment and business disputes and litigation;

    • Working closely with and reviewing work product from team members and co-counsel; and

    • Writing for the firm newsletter, blog articles, and social media posts about our work and driving outreach and engagement activities with our target client base and communities.

     
    The right candidate for this position:

    • Isn’t afraid to be challenged, takes pride in producing high-quality work product, and gives and accepts direct feedback with grace and an open mind;

    • Is genuinely excited to work with our client base, has a collaborative approach to working with others, and wants to be part of a small team in which their actions have a big impact;

    • Is highly analytical – has a probing mind and curiosity to think deeply and get to the bottom of things to solve a problem or find an answer, is able to synthesize different types of information from varied sources and draw insightful conclusions, and isn’t satisfied with an easy answer;

    • Is reliable, trustworthy, and comfortable working remotely with very limited in-person interaction but frequent online communications with team members and clients; and

    • Is entrepreneurial-minded and has emotional intelligence and well-developed people skills – thinks like a business owner and is excited about marketing, networking, and business development.

     

    Required qualifications and experience:

    • Licensed to practice in Washington with no history of discipline (additional licensure in California or other states is a plus) and 3 to 10+ years of full-time post-law school legal work experience, preferably in a small firm or company;

    • Demonstrable experience in employment law and business or corporate law, nonprofit law, or litigation;

    • Excellent legal and non-legal research skills and versatile writing abilities (persuasive writing, contract and policy drafting, and client-facing communications) with impeccable grammar; and

    • Proficiency with technology we use in our Mac-based virtual office, including advanced facility with Google Workspace, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat or other PDF software, and online communication tools and productivity platforms.

     
    We prefer to hire a full-time attorney, but we're open to considering more experienced candidates who desire a part-time work schedule. Our normal workweek is usually no more than 40-50 hours, but occasional evening and weekend hours may be required due to client exigencies.
     
    Salary range is $80,000-$100,000 DOE. We offer full-time employees paid vacation and holidays, group health insurance after 90 days of employment (fully paid by the firm for the employee only, and dependents may be added at employee’s expense), and 401k participation with up to 4% firm match after one year of employment.
     
    Interested applicants, please email Linda Fang at [email protected] with your resume and a cover letter describing your experience working in employment law and our other stated practice areas, and why you believe you would be a good fit to work with us and our clients.

      

    Legal Assistant Position

     

    We are looking for a highly organized and motivated legal assistant to join our team of passionate, hardworking, deep-thinking problem solvers. A super hero title for this position would be “The Organizer”.
     
    Job duties will include:

    • General office support for our paperless office, including organizing electronic files, keeping our knowledge database updated, and providing administrative support for other team members;

    • Keeping track of pending matters and deadlines for the entire firm, scheduling and calendaring dates, and reminding team members of upcoming deadlines;

    • Providing support to and anticipating needs of the firm owner wherever needed;

    • Client intake and communications and providing outstanding, detailed, and friendly customer service;

    • Performing internet research, locating information on court and state agency websites, and generally finding answers to client questions;

    • Proofreading, formatting, and managing contracts, employment policies, and other documents; organizing and preparing exhibits and court documents for filing; and updating templates; and

    • Creating workflows, process and procedure manuals, and firm marketing materials, and updating our blog and social media sites.

     
    The right candidate for this position:

    • Is very organized and detail-oriented – maybe the thought of organizing a pile of documents, bringing order to chaos, and coming up with new systems and processes sounds fun to you;

    • Has the confidence to suggest alternate or more effective ways of doing things, isn’t afraid to be challenged, takes pride in producing high-quality work product, and gives and accepts direct feedback with grace and an open mind;

    • Is genuinely excited to work with our client base, has a collaborative approach to working with others, and wants to be part of a small team in which their actions have a big impact;

    • Is able to juggle multiple priorities and deadlines calmly and efficiently;

    • Is highly analytical – has a probing mind and curiosity to think deeply and get to the bottom of things to solve a problem or find an answer, is able to synthesize different types of information from varied sources and draw insightful conclusions, and isn’t satisfied with an easy answer; and

    • Is reliable, trustworthy, and comfortable working remotely with very limited in-person interaction but frequent online communications with team members and clients.

     

    Required qualifications and experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of full-time work experience in an office setting (additional customer service experience is a plus);

    • Exceptional written (including spelling and grammar) and verbal communication skills;

    • Attention to detail and good proofreading and document formatting and aesthetic abilities (making documents look good);

    • Excellent people skills, professionalism, and judgment;

    • Ability to keep track of multiple priorities and work quickly and efficiently without errors or sacrificing quality;

    • Advanced proficiency with technology we use in our Mac-based virtual office, including advanced facility with Google Workspace, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat or other PDF software, and online communication tools and productivity platforms;

    • Proficiency in a second language is a bonus.

     
    Full-time, 40 hours per week. On rare occasions, evening, weekend, and overtime hours may be required due to client exigencies.
     
    Pay range is $20-$25 per hour DOE. We offer full-time employees paid vacation and holidays, group health insurance after 90 days of employment (fully paid by the firm for the employee only, and dependents may be added at employee’s expense), and 401k participation with up to 4% firm match after one year of employment.
     
    Interested applicants, please email Linda Fang at [email protected] with your resume and a cover letter describing your relevant experience and why you believe you would be a good fit to work with us and our clients.