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LAST UPDATED: September 11, 2017


Senior Staff Attorney
The Portland City Auditor is hiring a senior staff attorney to provide legal and policy advice to the Office of the City Auditor. As the sixth elected official in the City of Portland, the Auditor is independent of City Council and accountable only to the public. The Auditor's Office promotes open and accountable government by conducting independent and impartial audits and investigations and providing access to public information. It employs 52 full-time equivalent staff who work in eight divisions.
Recruitment for the position opens September 11, closes September 29 and has a salary range of $95,000-$147,000.   
The senior staff attorney will provide legal advice to the Auditor and division managers on a broad range of issues related to performance auditing, complaint investigations, public records and meetings, lobbying regulations, and police accountability. The attorney will conduct legal and policy research, prepare written opinions, and serve as the Auditor's legal representative in meetings with City officials and outside parties.
This new position reports to and works under the direction of the City Auditor. It requires an experienced attorney with a demonstrated commitment to government accountability and transparency. The successful candidate will have exceptional written and oral advocacy skills; expert research and analytical skills; and a demonstrated ability to take initiative, work collaboratively, and find creative solutions to complex legal and policy issues. 
The Auditor's Office values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in delivering public services and everyday interactions in the workplace. The Office encourages candidates with experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply. 
To qualify: Candidates should have at least 10 years' legal experience and knowledge of government accountability and transparency matters. They must have a juris doctor degree from an accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar. Candidates not admitted to the Oregon State Bar at the time of hire must be licensed in Oregon as soon as practicable, preferably within one year of employment. 
To apply, submit a:
  • detailed letter of interest with examples that demonstrate how your experience and knowledge meet the needs of the position; 
  • resume; and
  • writing sample suitable for assessing analytical and writing ability.
Application materials for this position are not accepted through the City's NEOGOV system. Please submit your materials by mail, hand delivery, or email to Auditor's Office, City of Portland, Attn: Hiring Manager, 1221 SW 4th Ave., Room 320 (Room 310 for hand delivery), Portland, OR 97204, auditorsoffice@portlandoregon.gov, 503.823.4079.
Additional information: If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veteran's Administration letter stating your disability. You must request a Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation with your application materials.
Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on
race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical
disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The
City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to
apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made in
writing in your letter of interest.
For more information about the Auditor's Office: www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/


Senior Attorney
The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is looking for a passionate (and compassionate) lawyer with litigation experience who wants to lead, support and inspire a dedicated team of attorneys providing free legal services to sexual assault survivors. Salary is DOE. Please see the full job description and required qualifications at: www.victimrights.org/career-opportunities. The VRLC is an equal opportunity employer. Persons of color, women, people with disabilities, and transgender, lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals are encouraged to apply. (9/7/17)

Business Practice Probate & Estate Planning - Hybrid Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester seeks an experienced, self-starting hybrid legal assistant/paralegal with excellent communication skills to support our growing probate and estate planning practice.  Competitive candidates will need recent and relevant legal assistant experience. Duties include assisting attorneys with business transactions, estate planning, and federal and state tax forms. Your excellent written and oral communication skills will contribute to your success on this busy team.
The ideal candidate will: 
  • Be a highly organized, self-starter who is able to work independently, keep track of information, deadlines, calendaring and prioritize work flow accordingly.
  • Draft and edit routine correspondence and memoranda.
  • Assist with preparation of tax, probate, corporate and estate planning documents tailored to each individual client. 
  • Experience filing federal and state tax returns.
  • Assist attorneys in managing additional business matters including mergers & acquisitions, and other strategic corporate transactions, including managing due diligence, accessing public records and assisting in the closing of transactions.
  • Have an editor's eye for detail.
  • Quickly identify problems as they arise and work toward resolution.
  • Work closely with your attorneys to support and assist long-standing client relationships.
  • Have frequent contact with clients, court personnel and other professionals and must be able to communicate effectively to the appropriate audience.
  • Provide excellent client service.
  • Work well in teams and thrive under some pressure in our growing business practice group.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Working knowledge of ProLaw and NetDocs desirable. 
Why join us? If you want to be part of an established and growing firm and be part of a close knit team, then this is the place for you!  We offer a fast paced, team-oriented and fun work environment with competitive compensation, professional development support and a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 401k, paid vacation and more. 
If you meet all of the above qualifications, complete an application and upload your resume and cover letter through our website at http://cosgravelaw.com/careers
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applicants and strive to provide a workplace in which all employees feel included, respected and valued.  Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP will provide reasonable accommodation to complete the online application consistent with applicable law. If you require an accommodation, please call 503.323.9000 and ask to speak with the human resources representative or email humanresources@cosgravelaw.com. All inquiries will be handled confidentially. (8/31/17)

Business Practice Probate & Estate Planning Paralegal
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester seeks an experienced, self-starting paralegal with excellent communication skills to support our growing probate and estate planning practice.  Competitive candidates will need recent and relevant paralegal experience. Duties include assisting attorneys with probate matters, estate planning, and estate and trust administration. Your excellent written and oral communication skills will contribute to your success on this busy team.
The ideal candidate will: 
  • Assist with preparation of probate documents and estate planning documents tailored to each individual client. 
  • Be a highly organized, self-starter who is able to work independently, keep track of information, deadlines, and prioritize work flow accordingly.
  • Have an editor's eye for detail.
  • Quickly identify problems as they arise and work toward resolution.
  • Work closely with your attorneys to support and assist long-standing client relationships.
  • Have frequent contact with clients, court personnel and other professionals and must be able to communicate effectively to the appropriate audience.
  • Provide excellent client service.
  • Work well in teams and thrive under some pressure in our growing business practice group.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Working knowledge of ProLaw and NetDocs desirable. 
Why join us? If you want to be part of an established and growing firm and be part of a close knit team, then this is the place for you!  We offer a fast paced, team-oriented and fun work environment with competitive compensation, professional development support and a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 401k, paid vacation and more. 
If you meet all of the above qualifications, complete an application and upload your resume and cover letter through our website at http://cosgravelaw.com/careers
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applicants and strive to provide a workplace in which all employees feel included, respected and valued.  Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP will provide reasonable accommodation to complete the online application consistent with applicable law. If you require an accommodation, please call 503.323.9000 and ask to speak with the human resources representative or email humanresources@cosgravelaw.comAll inquiries will be handled confidentially. (8/31/17)

Managing Attorney
GEICO seeks a Managing Attorney for its Portland, OR office. Qualified candidates must be licensed and in good standing with the Oregon State Bar and have 10+ years experience in insurance defense litigation handling cases of significant exposure, including jury trials. Apply at www.geico.com/careers. (8/23/17)

OAAP Attorney Counselor Position
The Oregon Attorney Assistance Program is hiring an attorney-counselor to assist lawyers, judges, law students, and other members of the legal community with a wide range of personal issues including substance use, career transition, behavioral health, and stress management. Go to www.oaap.org < News  for more details. (8/11/17)

Join Lee & Hayes' Pacific Northwest IP Practice
Lee & Hayes, a national intellectual property (IP) law firm, is expanding its IP practice in the Pacific Northwest and is seeking experienced lateral attorneys and mid-level associate IP attorneys for its Vancouver, WA-Portland, OR metro office.  This is an exceptional opportunity to be part of a dynamic expansion of our highly-regarded IP practice in our beautiful, 1-year old offices.
Situated just outside of Portland, Oregon in downtown Vancouver, Washington, an opportunity is presented to combine a state-of-the-art legal practice with living in one of the most desirable areas of the country as downtown Vancouver experiences revitalization in combining historic buildings with modern growth.
In additional to consistent recognition as a leading firm and best employer, Lee & Hayes:
  • Provides a large scope of IP expertise as well as FDA/regulatory practice to support our rapidly growing life sciences practice;
  • Is innovative and much more than a traditional patent firm.  The firm offers a comprehensive suite of IP assistance including analysis, valuation, counseling and reporting;
  • Boasts a collegial and team-oriented work environment, as well as a nationally competitive compensation and benefits package; and
  • Is consistently recognized as one of the nation's highest-quality patent law firms across a broad spectrum of industry sectors and by organizations such as Intellectual Property Management (IAM) 300 & 1000, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, etc.  
LATERAL CANDIDATES must offer high quality lawyering and client services, work well in teams, be an effective mentor, have initiative and preferably an existing client base and business network.
ASSOCIATE CANDIDATES must have at least 3-4 years of substantive patent preparation and prosecution experience, work well in teams, be highly motivated, possess initiative and have strong research and writing skills. Preference will be given to candidates with an undergraduate or advanced degree in electrical engineering, computer science, physics or a related field or a Ph.D in the biological sciences. USPTO registration is required.
CONTACT: For confidential consideration, please submit a cover letter and your resume to hr@leehayes.com. If you are currently living in another area, please share with us your reasons for your interest in the Vancouver-Portland area office (i.e., is it to be closer to family, you grew up in the area, enjoy the weather the region offers, etc.).
Lee & Hayes is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workforce. (7/23/17)

Civil Litigation Legal Assistant
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP has an opening for a legal assistant. Primary responsibilities include general drafting and finalizing of legal documents, pleadings and correspondence, and docketing. The position supports a variety of practice areas that may include construction, personal injury, product liability, and other types of civil litigation. Use your versatile skills and experience to handle a wide variety of assignments in a professional, team-oriented work environment.
Cosgrave is located in the heart of downtown Portland, one block from MAX and bus routes with close access to Pioneer Square Mall and the waterfront. Bicycle commuters have access to parking in the office on a first come, first serve basis. Employees can utilize a private locker room with shower in the office.
Qualifications: 
  • Civil litigation support experience.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Word and Outlook. 
  • Working knowledge of Prolaw and NetDocs helpful.
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, and proofreading abilities.
  • Proven ability to prioritize, manage time, and multitask effectively.
  • Able to work effectively in a team environment and independently as required.
  • Familiar with local, state and federal court rules.
  • Experience with e-filing in Oregon and Washington for both state and federal courts. 
Compensation and Benefits:
Cosgrave offers competitive compensation based on your experience and skills, and a generous benefit package which includes: medical, dental, disability and life insurance, health flexible spending accounts, qualified transportation benefits, paid holidays, sick and vacation leave, 401(k) retirement plan, and more.
Cosgrave is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applicants and strive to provide a workplace in which all employees feel included, respected, and valued. 
Qualified applicants must submit the following documents in order to be considered:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Employment application
The application can be found on our website: www.cosgravelaw.com. Documents may be sent via email to humanresources@cosgravelaw.com. (7/12/17)

Commercial Litigation Associate - Job #A20170605 (Portland)
The Commercial Litigation Group of Perkins Coie's Portland, Oregon office is seeking a lateral litigation associate with outstanding credentials and a minimum two years of experience in general litigation, which could include judicial clerkship experience. Successful candidates will have excellent academic credentials, excellent references, and superb written and oral communication skills. 
The commercial litigation practice consists of the representation of a wide range of businesses and individuals in federal and state court proceedings and alternative dispute resolution venues. This is an excellent opportunity to join a collegial environment and work closely with experienced practitioners on a national level. 
To be considered, please visit our website at www.perkinscoie.com/en/offices/portland/careers.html to view the posting and submit your cover letter, resume, law school transcripts, references, and a brief writing sample. (6/22/17)

Business Attorney (Bend)
Jordan Ramis PC, a regional law firm with offices in Lake Oswego, Bend, and Vancouver Washington, is seeking an attorney to join our growing team in Bend. This is a unique opportunity for an attorney to leverage the firm's offices on both sides of the Cascades to serve clients in western Oregon and Washington, while helping to expand the firm's Central Oregon thriving business practice in one of the fastest growing cities in the country.
The successful candidate will have:
  • 7-10 years of general business experience;
  • Extensive experience in business transactions and financing, business entity formations, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions;
  • Experience in commercial real estate transactions is a plus;
  • A portable book of business;
  • Must be admitted to practice in Oregon; admission in Washington is desirable but not required.  
The Bend-based position will collaborate with attorneys throughout the firm and will require occasional travel between the offices.
For immediate and confidential consideration, please send a cover letter and resume to careers@jordanramis.com.  
Jordan Ramis PC is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications for employment from qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. If you need reasonable accommodations to apply for any position, please let us know. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political ideology, marital status, familial relationships, or any other characteristic protected by law. (6/22/17)
Commercial Litigation / Bankruptcy Associate (Lake Oswego)
Jordan Ramis PC is seeking an attorney to join our litigation group in the Lake Oswego office. The successful candidate will have a minimum 5 years' experience in complex commercial litigation, including significant experience with bankruptcy litigation. General business experience is a plus. This position will primarily support the Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights practice within the Litigation Department.  
Required Skills:
  • Experience with commercial bankruptcy litigation;
  • Comprehensive understanding of pretrial, trial, mediation, and arbitration processes and procedures; 
  • Strong analytical and writing skills; 
  • Excellent advocacy skills and presence; 
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills;
  • Confidence to work directly with clients and colleagues in a fast-paced environment.
Must be admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington. Interested candidates who meet the qualifications should email their resume and a cover letter to careers@jordanramis.com.
Jordan Ramis PC is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications for employment from qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. If you need reasonable accommodations to apply for any position, please let us know. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political ideology, marital status, familial relationships, or any other characteristic protected by law. No outside recruiters please. (6/22/17)

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Estate planning law firm seeks a legal assistant/paralegal with 3+ years working in estate planning and administration. Must be familiar with the Multnomah County probate court rules and procedures. Experience preparing federal and Oregon estate tax returns is a plus. Candidate must be self-directed, attentive to detail, good with numbers, and effective at communicating. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook required. We offer a competitive pay and benefits. A growing and challenging practice, and an informal atmosphere. If interested, please email your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to HR@clblaw.net. (6/15/17)

Land Use/Real Estate Associate
Black Helterline LLP has a 100-year tradition of providing quality legal services to emerging growth and established Pacific Northwest businesses, individuals, governmental entities and nonprofit institutions. We are currently seeking an experienced land use/real estate associate to join our growing practice.
The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:
  • 3+ years of land use entitlement and real estate transactional experience.
  • Experience researching relevant legal issues, preparing covenants and other legal documents.
  • Experience in zoning and local government law. 
  • Environmental and natural resource experience a plus.
  • Strong organization and time management skills with the proven ability to work in a deadline-driven environment while delivering high-quality work product.
  • Hunger to grow and take full advantage of mentoring and growth opportunities.
  • Interested in building a practice in addition to working with, and supporting, other attorneys in the firm.
The firm offers a collaborative team environment in addition to a competitive compensation and benefit package.  Black Helterline is an equal opportunity employer.  We welcome all applicants and are committed to providing an inclusive workplace in which all employees feel respected and valued.
To apply, qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and law school transcript to Jill Valentine, Director of Human Resources at jlv@bhlaw.com. (6/15/17)

Business Practice Hybrid Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester has an immediate opening for an experienced, organized, and self-starting hybrid legal assistant / paralegal to assist attorneys in managing a busy business and estate planning practice. 
The ideal candidate will: 
  • Have at least five successive years of experience in the areas of real estate, business and financial transactions, corporate formation and governance. Experience with estate planning and probate a plus. 
  • Draft and edit routine correspondence and memoranda.
  • Prepare a variety of legal documents including purchase and sale agreements, asset purchase agreements, stock sale agreements, promissory notes, trust deeds, options, guaranties, easements, and leases. 
  • Assist occasionally with preparation of estate planning documents and probate e-filing. 
  • Work with your attorneys to support and assist long-standing client relationships. 
  • Work independently regarding all aspects of entity formation, corporate administration and maintenance, including preparing resolutions and consents; and maintaining corporate minute books.
  • Coordinate due diligence for commercial and residential real estate transactions, including requesting property information from title companies; prepare and e-record deeds, mortgages, easements, etc.
  • Assist attorneys in managing additional business matters including mergers & acquisitions, and other strategic corporate transactions, including managing due diligence, accessing public records and assisting in the closing of transactions.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Working knowledge of ProLaw and NetDocs desirable. 
  • Be a highly organized, self-starter who is able to keep track of details, deadlines, calendaring, and prioritize work flow accordingly.
  • Have ability to solve problems as they arise and provide excellent client service.
  • Be able to work well as an integral and valued team player in a small practice group.
Paralegal certificate and/or college degree preferred. A combination of experience and training may be substituted. Schedule is 8:30 am to 5:00 pm with ability to occasionally work additional time as needed. 
You will be working closely with one partner, one associate and other business group members on various business and corporate matters, including real property transactions and some probate and estate planning matters. Your excellent written and communication skills, combined with a good sense of humor, will contribute to your success on this busy team. Position requires ability to quickly identify problems as they arise and work toward resolution, and overall provide excellent client service.
If you meet all of the above qualifications, complete an application, located on our website at www.cosgravelaw.com/careers/ and email your resume and cover letter to
We offer a fast paced, team-oriented work environment with competitive compensation, professional development support and a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 401k, paid vacation and more. 
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applicants and strive to provide a workplace in which all employees feel included, respected and valued.  Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP will provide reasonable accommodation to complete the online application consistent with applicable law. If you require an accommodation, please call 503.323.9000 and ask to speak with the human resources representative or email humanresources@cosgravelaw.com
All inquiries will be handled confidentially. (6/15/17)

Attorney-in-Charge
The Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking applicants for the Attorney-In-Charge of the Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section of the Civil Enforcement Division. This position will be split between the Portland and Salem offices (3 days per week in Portland, 2 days per week in Salem). 
The Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section invokes the Attorney General's civil enforcement authority to deter, stop, and punish unlawful and fraudulent conduct in consumer transactions. The Section enforces Oregon's consumer protection laws, including the Unlawful Trade Practices Act by taking action in many areas important to consumers, including but not limited to elder financial abuse, student loans, pharmaceutical fraud and internet privacy, including data breaches. The Section provides direct assistance to individual consumers and engages in cooperative enforcement with other local, state and federal agencies. In addition, the Section is involved in preventive consumer education, antitrust enforcement, health care issues, and multistate consumer protection efforts.
The Attorney-In-Charge is responsible for managing the work of 13 attorneys, as well as coordinating with a staff of Investigators and Enforcement Officers. The preferred applicant will have a demonstrated interest in consumer protection and will possess extensive civil litigation and negotiation experience (including significant courtroom experience). Experience working on multiparty cases or fraud cases, as well as experience working with legislative issues and coordinating with other agencies is helpful. The preferred applicant will demonstrate a strong work ethic and outstanding analytical and advocacy skills. Prior management experience is desired.
This position will be filled at the Supervising Attorney level (Principal Executive Manager H), salary range $118,584-157,980. Starting salary will be based on qualifications and experience.
Questions regarding this position may be directed to Lisa Udland, Chief Counsel, Civil Enforcement Division at 503.934.4400.
Apply online. Closes 6/22/2017. The DOJ is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. (6/6/17)




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