Legal Assistant

Full Time


Smith Freed Eberhard is seeking a legal assistant to join our Seattle office assisting with all practice areas.

Personal Lines includes: automotive liability, premises liability, wrongful death, underinsured motorist (UM), uninsured motorist (UIM), personal injury protection (PIP)

Commercial Lines includes: defense of large loss claims, premise liability, liquor liability, defamation

Construction Defect includes: products liability, and defense of developers, general contractors and sub-contractors, against claims for breach of contract, and negligent construction.

Smith Freed Eberhard is a tier one litigation defense firm that specializes in multiple practice areas. Attorneys at the firm are consistently recognized by Martindale Hubbell, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers as being top-ranked trial lawyers.

Our Culture

Smith Freed Eberhard offers a flexible and fun work environment.  Collaboration between partners, associates, paralegals and staff is vital to serving our clients well.  Our casual work environment allows you to deal with what needs to be done rather than keeping up appearances. Employees have the ability to participate in making the community a better place with pro bono, community service, and fundraising opportunities and activities. Smith Freed Eberhard provides the tools you need to succeed in your cases and your career.


This position has dual performance function, first supports the delivery of quality legal services to clients by providing secretarial and administrative assistance to attorneys, performing complex and specialized secretarial tasks, and working collaboratively and cooperative with others in a team-oriented environment. This position supports the Seattle office attorney teams and also provides back-up assistance to others as assigned.


  • Provides excellent client service
  • Ability to draft standard pleadings, correspondence, memoranda and other documents.
  • Possesses strong assistant skills including typing, transcribing, word processing, mail and contact management in all of the firm’s systems and databases.
  • Accurately files court documents both electronically and in document form and able to determine and follow any local or judge specific requirements related to same.
  • Exhibits sound judgment and organizational skills to receive, record and disseminate all information on behalf of the clients and assigned attorneys (e.g., mail, interoffice mail, email, etc.)
  • Regularly anticipates the needs of assigned attorneys in order to promote timekeeper efficiencies (i.e., drafts correspondence, prepares shell pleading and discovery documents in advance).
  • Routinely reviews and follows-up on client deadlines and calendar appointments.
  • Coordinates and makes necessary arrangements for meetings (i.e., depositions, mediations, interviews, and vendor and facility reservations).
  • Regularly and consistently updates client files, notebooks, and pleading indices.
  • Maintains attorney specific case lists, charts, and status of cases and outcomes.
  • Consistently updates all applicable contact records (including attorney’s outlook and firm database).
  • Timely reviews, follows-up on, and accurately files client-related emails.
  • Able to juggle multiple assignments and/or deadlines while maintaining a professional demeanor and timely seeks assistance when needed.
  • Performs e-filings, prepare pleadings notebooks, update indexes and prepare exhibits.
  • Maintain and organize files in an orderly manner.
  • Timely reviews and ensures accuracy of vendor invoices; prepares accurate check requests and timely submits invoices for payment to client or accounting.
  • Possesses knowledge of client-specific billing guidelines and restrictions and consistently applies those guidelines to ensure cost-effective practices.

Firm Values: One Firm, One Team, One Direction


  • We coach, mentor and provide feedback to one another
  • We maintain a growth mindset and avoid complacency
  • We lead with innovation and hard work
  • We embrace change and ideas from everyone


  • We work together to innovate and achieve winning solutions
  • We learn from our collective successes and experiences
  • We encourage teamwork on every task no matter how big or how small


  • We show empathy towards our colleagues, clients and communities
  • We celebrate wins and learn from losses
  • We listen to all voices fairly


  • We communicate openly, directly and respectfully
  • We commit to fun, family and a healthy work-life balance
  • We are inclusive of diverse ideas, viewpoints and people
  • We support each other and our community at large

Benefits & Perks

  • Compensation commensurate with education and experience.
  • In house litigation training
  • Bonus opportunities
  • Well rounded benefits package including Health, Dental, FSA, STD, LTD, Life Insurance, 401k, and profit sharing
  • Mass transit and Parking reimbursement
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Meditation room
  • Firm provided coffee and snacks

Smith Freed Eberhard is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, military service obligations, traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles or other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law.


  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience as a legal assistant within a litigation practice.
  • Working knowledge of litigation process and experience with court and agency rules including filing requirements.
  • Must be able to handle a high volume of work
  • Experience within civil litigation.
  • Experience working with the county court system’s within Washington
  • Experience communicating with clients, carriers, and vendors

Nice to haves

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Apply to our Legal Assistant – Seattle position now.