Washington State Legal Assistant 4, Torts Division, Attorney General's Office in Tumwater, Washington


This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied. First review of applications is expected to occur on 8/21/2017 and will be ongoing. It is in the applicants' best interest to submit their application materials as early as possible. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. This job posting may be closed at any time without notice.

Agency Information

The Washington State Attorney General's Office (AGO) provides excellent, independent, and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protects the rights of its people. The chief legal office for the state of Washington, the AGO's attorneys and staff in 27 divisions and 12 locations across the state provide legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions.

Led by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the AGO works hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment, and stand up for our veterans.

For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office's newest Annual Report which can be found HERE.

The Opportunity

The Attorney General's Office is recruiting for a permanent full time Legal Assistant 4 in the Torts Division. This position is located in Tumwater, Washington.

The Torts Division defends tort claims and lawsuits against all state agencies, officers and employees. The majority of cases are based on actions brought under theories of liability for state actions such as highway design, release of inmates, injuries on state property, medical malpractice, employment, child care and custody, auto accidents, maritime injuries, false arrests and unreasonable force. Tort attorneys also provide legal and risk management advice to the Office of Financial Management and state agencies on tort matters.


This position serves as the lead Legal Assistant for the Department of Transportation trial team, supervising lead assistant and clerical staff, providing principal litigation secretarial support for the team leader and paralegal support as required or assigned.

This position works in a team environment to support the Attorney General's Office mission to provide professional, ethical, and independent legal services to the State of Washington and its citizens, promoting respect for an access to the justice system, ensuring the fair and open exercise of government and advancing the public interest.

Essential functions of this position include:

  • Provide legal secretarial support to the team leader
  • Supervise and trial team secretarial and office assistant staff.
  • Prepare legal documents using PC at a production rate not less than 40 wpm.
  • Receive and review legal documents, properly docket, determine and calculate critical events, and route to the appropriate person In addition, this position performs entry level paralegal duties approximately 25% of the time. Qualifications

Option 1: High School diploma or equivalent and five years of experience in a legal environment in support of an attorney, administrative law judge(s), review judge(s) or equivalent including at least two years of supervising, leading, mentoring, coaching or training experience;

Option 2: One year as a Legal Assistant 3;

Option 3: A combination of six years of college education and/or relevant experience including at least two years of supervising, leading, mentoring, coaching or training experience.

Supplemental Information

Applicants for legal assistant positions with the Attorney General's Office are required to take a skills assessment prior to appointment in our agency.


In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest, describing your specific qualifications for the position;
  • A current resume detailing experience, education, and current salary.


  • Carefully review your application for accuracy, spelling and grammar before submitting.
  • You may not reapply to this posting for 30 days.
  • The initial screening of applications will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "work experience" and "education" sections of your application in www.careers.wa.gov, completeness of the application material submitted, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
  • A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application.
  • All information may be verified and documentation may be required.

The Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.

Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring this announcement in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at (360) 586-7693 or Washington Relay Service at (800) 676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.

For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact Judith Vandergeest at (360) 586-7691 or judithv@atg.wa.gov.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com.

Salary: $3,436.00 - $4,506.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Attorney General's Office

Job Number: 2017-07263

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov