Transactional Paralegal, Legal Affairs

PATH, Seattle or Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th January, 2015

Job Description


The Legal Affairs division supports PATH's work by providing strategic legal counsel, education, and guidance to enhance compliance and minimize risk. The division consists of a general counsel, seven attorneys, five paralegals and a four-person administrative support team. We are currently seeking a Transactional Paralegal who will work with various attorneys in the Legal Affairs Division supporting clients throughout PATH. Under the supervision of the attorneys, specific responsibilities include:

  • Review, draft, and negotiate agreements such as confidential disclosure and material transfer agreements, leases and amendments.
  • Help proof, format, and prepare legal documents, such as memoranda, e-mails, contracts, and letters.
  • Maintain entries in departmental databases (including Salesforce-based database).
  • Collaborate with team members to provide comprehensive legal services to PATH clients.
  • Undertake research relating to laws, regulations, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials as requested by attorneys.
  • Work on various Legal Affairs division projects, such as templates, reports, and forms.
  • Assist in the development and preparation of client training materials and client-facing intranet tools.
  • Copy, file, and distribute legal documents.

Required Skills

  • Contract drafting and negotiation skills.
  • Understanding of contract and legal terminology and concepts.  
  • Strong research, analytical, and investigative skills; ability to document and present findings to attorneys.  
  • Ability to conduct legal research and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.  
  • Excellent proofreading ability and very strong attention to detail.
  • Well organized, flexible attitude, and a desire to continually learn new concepts.
  • Ability to work independently, but comfortable working in a collaborative environment.
  • Proficiency with databases (preferably Salesforce) and with Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor's degree, plus a minimum of three years of transactional paralegal/contract administration experience. Experience drafting confidential disclosure agreements, simple agreement amendments, and other types of legal documents. Work experience in a law firm or company, preferably a global organization. Intellectual property and patent experience a plus. Certified Paralegal certificate a plus.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.


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