Senior Kennewick Attorney

This will probably be the longest, most honest, and detailed employment ad you will ever read on online or anywhere else.  We did this so that you don’t waste your time coming in for an interview for a job that you know, deep down, you are not up to performing.

We want to lay out, up front, the type of person we are looking for.

If you are up for a challenging job that is as demanding as it is rewarding, please continue reading the rest of this ad and if you are up to the challenge we look forward to seeing your resume and cover letter.

To those of you who read this entire ad and apply for the position, we thank you in advance and look forward to meeting you.

Ashby Law is a relatively new law firm.  It was established in June 2012, but its senior attorneys have more than 20 years of experience each.  Since it was founded, Ashby Law has been honored three times on the INC 5000 list of fasting growing companies (a first for law firms), honored for fastest-growing law firms on the Law Firm 500, and it has been recognized as INC Magazine Best Places to Work.

Currently, we have five attorneys, and we have plans for further growth.  At Ashby Law, we only practice family law.  We help people who are at a very critical point in their lives.  We give them hope for the future.  We help with divorces, child custody, and child support.  We help with relocations.  We work with prospective parents looking to adopt.  We help with domestic violence protection orders.  We are pioneers in Eastern Washington in collaborative divorce. We have attorneys who are members of the WSBA Family Law Executive Committee, the Washington NWLawyers editorial board, and on the Washington Supreme Court LLT board. We are focused. We take a lot of pride in our work and in our ability to make a brighter future for our clients.

We need a trained, experienced attorney for our Tri-Cities (Kennewick) Washington office who shares our vision, who is a team player, who enjoys constant interaction with our clients, who can thrive in an environment that is growing, and who wants to help us create better futures for our clients.  We really like our clients, and we are genuinely concerned with anything that concerns our clients.  If you don’t like dealing with and helping people who are in sometimes stressful situations, don’t apply.

Kiplinger has rated the Tri-Cities among the Top 10 best places to raise a family, and CNN/Money ranked the Tri-Cities one of the top 10 best bets for gains in housing value, due to its relatively stable economic conditions since the early 2000s.   There are about 225 clear, sunny days per year.  Fifteen minutes is a long commute, and “rush hour” is relatively non-existent.  The area has ten golf courses that are open nearly year-round.  The Tri-cities is linked by a system of 67 miles of paved pedestrian and bike trails that run through the various cities and along the rivers.  Located at the confluence of the Snake, Yakima, and Columbia rivers, there are ample opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming.  The Tri-Cities is home to seven riverfront parks and numerous other parks and playgrounds.

The right candidate will understand the importance of protecting our clients and their families and will assume personal responsibility for seeing that our clients receive that protection.  Importantly, the ideal candidates will thrive in a fast-paced, sometimes hectic practice. 

What are some characteristics that an attorney should have to be successful in our firm?

Preferably you will speak both English and Spanish, but if you do not, that is ok.

Admission to the Washington State Bar Association is required. We have tried to work with attorneys who are transferring from other states. It doesn’t work out. If you plan to transfer from another state, please contact us after you have been admitted to practice in Washington.

Candidates must have significant divorce and family law experience and be prepared to immediately assume and manage a busy caseload.  Preferred candidates will have 5+ years of family law experience in Washington, along with excellent written and oral communication skills.  Training and experience in collaborative law is a definite plus.  We are a dynamic, entrepreneurial firm, and we thrive on success for our clients. 

You must be a positive person. If you see the glass as being half full, you are the type of person we are looking for. Our office does not tolerate toxic or negative attitudes, whiners, complainers or victims, and you definitely will not fit in if you even wonder whether you may fit into one of the above categories of negative people.

You must be competent and proficient in the use of MS Word and MS Outlook. 

If you are familiar with FamilySoft and MS Excel, that is a plus. We prefer people who are not afraid of computers or learning new things that will make their jobs easier.  We are willing to provide training opportunities in the computer programs that we use, but you must have a basic proficiency and an ability to work with computers generally

You must have a thick skin; you cannot be someone who does not take criticism well or cannot deal well with people.  We are particular in how our clients are served and our criticism will always be intended to be constructive.  If you don’t like to be critiqued, if you believe you are perfect, if you want to do things YOUR way, please do not apply.  If you want to learn and grow and be part of a team that is designed to help other people and you don’t mind a little constructive criticism to help you get there, we may be the right fit.

To be perfectly honest, we expect you to give us 100% when you are at work.  You owe it to yourself and to us to do the best job that you can.  If you don’t put forth the effort needed to do your job right the first time, we will let you know about it in a constructive manner. If your effort level does not change after it is brought to your attention in a reasonable amount of time, you will no longer be working for our firm. If that bothers you, this probably isn’t the right job. 

If you are lazy, don’t show up to work on time, take a ton of coffee, cigarette, or other breaks during the work day, this job is not for you. If you are constantly late to court, rush through document preparation, and stare at your notes during oral argument you are not up to the challenge.  If you love to surf the internet, chat on the phone, or if you must stay in constant contact on Facebook, this is not the job for you.  If you enjoy helping people, if you are focused, if you like a challenge and take pride in quality, apply and let’s talk about how you can make a positive impact in our clients’ lives.

If you are one of those people who constantly gets sick on Thursday nights or Sunday nights and cannot come to work on Friday or Monday because you are sick, this really is not the job for you. Don’t get us wrong–we understand that everyone gets sick, and we provide paid time off for genuine illness–but we also know there are a people out there who get sick when it is convenient for them, like when they want a long weekend. If this is you, please do not apply for this position.  It wouldn’t be fair to you or to our clients.

You must be a team player. You will be working with other members of our staff and our clients.  Both you and our other staff members are accountable to each other. We actively cultivate a collegial atmosphere.  Life is too short to work with people you don’t like.  If you can’t get along with others, if you can’t constantly cooperate and work together to get the job done right the first time, this is not the job for you. We are strong believers in the team approach and our office is a team environment.  Everyone’s door is (almost) always open, so if you are not a team player, this is not the job for you. If you think you can fake being a team player, you can’t, so don’t try, this is not the job for you.

You need to be able to talk to people in a manner that is polite, educated, and puts them at ease.  You cannot talk down to anyone that you deal with in our office, whether they are members of the firm or not.

You should not be a person who gets angry quickly or blows their stack if someone says something you don’t like.

You need to have compassion when dealing with our clients.  The reason is obvious.  If you get that, give us a try.

You need to be able to deal constructively with the worst mannered people, with respect, at all times. When you are dealing with the royal pains that occasionally come to our office (i.e., some attorneys at other firms) they should never know that they are getting under your skin. When you are done dealing with them, you are more than welcome to come in the owner’s office and vent.  We can share stories!

Most importantly you need to listen to what people are telling you. As the ambassador to the world for our firm, you will be one of the first people that our clients speak with. As part of your job, you will conduct an initial interview of clients and get the necessary information from them to allow our attorneys to efficiently deal with their legal issues. As such, your ability to listen to what you are being told and ask follow up questions is very important. If you cannot listen, understand, evaluate and interview someone, and then write up a complete record of the interview, this is not the job for you.

At this point some of you may be thinking that this office will be the worst place to work in the Tri Cities.  You are wrong, but if you think this, this is not the job for you.

If, on the other hand, you realize that the work environment we have created will help you get your job done efficiently and allow you to earn more money than you can anywhere else, and also have a life outside of work, then you are the candidate we would like to meet with to discuss the opportunity we are offering.

If you are hired, you will be part of a wonderful team of people, who work hard to get the job done right the first time and take pride in the work that they do. You will be part of a team that is rewarded for their hard work.

With regard to compensation, it is negotiable based upon experience and is subject to review after 180 days. We practice fee sharing with our attorneys and offer an aggressive bonus for meeting performance criteria. In other words, you will be able to determine your salary yourself. If you are set on helping as many people as possible, your income will be high. Our compensation package, including benefits, is at the top of the market, because we expect top-of-the-market performance.  We offer great benefits, including paid vacation, your choice of a platinum, silver or silver with HSA health plan, group dental, disability and other benefits at your option.

Is this going to be an easy job? No. It might be the biggest challenge of your life. But, it is our belief that anything really great is worth working hard for and that our greatest growth comes from our biggest challenges. You will be challenged as an attorney in our firm, but you will have fun and you will enjoy helping our clients.  If this is the right job for you, it just might be the best job you have ever had.  We have designed it to be just so.

If you have gotten this far, you are truly an exceptional person, as most people will have stopped reading this ad a long time ago.  That’s OK.  We are only looking for exceptional people.

If you have gotten this far and are thinking about applying it means that you are a hard worker, ready for a challenge and want to be part of a team where your hard work and efforts are recognized, appreciated and rewarded, and where you will be able to provide top-quality service to our clients.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for the open attorney position at our Kennewick office, submit a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to recruiting@pnwfamilylaw.com. In your cover letter that will accompany your resume, let us know what you think it takes to be a family law attorney at our firm by answering the following question: What does it take to be a top-notch family law attorney? That is the most important question that needs to be answered. You should also tell us what you are looking for in a job and why you think you would be a good fit at Ashby Law. You should be very detailed in your cover letter, but don’t go over one page. In the last paragraph or two, tell us what you liked about our Ad and what you did not like about our Ad. You can be honest, we will not hold it against you; we encourage constructive criticism too, as we are constantly trying to improve.

Don’t wait too long.  We expect to fill this position as soon as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to read this entire ad, if you decide to apply, we look forward to meeting you.