Associate Attorney

Longview, WA
Full Time
Practice Areas: Criminal Law Exp.: 0 - 3 Years
Why spend your days fighting traffic, working ungodly hours, toiling on some other attorney=s cases, and neglecting family and friends? Walstead Mertsching PS is looking for an associate who wants both a rewarding legal career and a personal life, for the long term.

We are a ten attorney, general practice/litigation firm which offers a congenial atmosphere, professional freedom, reasonable hours, and realistic ownership possibilities, all within a few blocks of quality schools and beautiful and affordable neighborhoods.

Successful candidates are smart, competitive, responsible, good with clients and enjoy living here. Associates will work closely with other attorneys for the first year or two while they build their own practice. We have an immediate need for an associate to handle criminal law cases.

Our main office is in Longview, Washington, recently named one of America=s Prettiest Towns by Forbes Magazine. The largest city in Cowlitz County, Longview is ideally situated between Seattle (two and a half hours) and Portland (one hour) at the confluence of the Cowlitz and Columbia Rivers. Longview offers a small city or rural life-style with year-round recreational opportunities, including golf courses, running/walking paths, live theater, and world-class hunting, hiking, camping and fishing. Mountains, beaches, rivers, and lakes are a short drive away. The best part? At our firm, there is actually time to enjoy all of it. We have recently opened a second office in Vancouver, Washington.

Job Duties include: Interviewing defendants as assigned to determine the facts of the case, review police reports and other materials, engage in plea negotiations, develop a case strategy, leading trial strategy.

Criminal clients may be court appointed or privately retained. The attorney is responsible for maintaining good communication and representing clients in all legal proceedings including but not limited to arraignments, pre-trial motions, trials, pleas, sentencing hearings, and restitution hearings.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Law degree from an accredited college or university
  • Admission to the Washington State Bar Association
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license

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