Careers

Legal Assistant

Shannon Mullins & Wright LLP is actively seeking a full time Legal Assistant to provide support services to attorneys who practice civil litigation, employment and construction law, conduct real estate transactions, and provide trusts and estates services. The position entails direct client interaction and requires professional communication skills, both verbal and written.

Your personal sense of urgency and willingness to offer to help will allow you to excel in this position. The ideal candidate is a versatile team player who thrives in a busy, professional environment, who can effectively organize and prioritize tasks.

As a Legal Assistant, you will ensure the efficient and timely workflows of attorney and client needs to enhance the reputation of the firm. This position will report directly to the Firm Administrator and is a critical role of the Support Staff team. Successful candidates will thrive in an environment that upholds professionalism, integrity and loyalty; core values of the firm.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring all incoming calls and guests are greeted timely and professionally;
  • Managing the firm’s new client intake process and conducting potential client screenings;
  • Conducting Conflict Checks for potential new clients;
  • Setting up new clients in the firm’s legal software database;
  • Opening, maintaining, and closing client files;
  • Managing electronic calendars and shared inboxes;
  • Coordinating conference room and meeting schedules;
  • Processing incoming mail and packages, coordinating courier pick up and deliveries; scheduling court reporters;
  • Opening, maintaining, and closing client hard copy files;
  • Drafting engagement letters and legal correspondence;
  • Conducting legal research as needed;
  • Ensuring timely entry of time and billing details daily and in line with the firm’s best practices;
  • Managing the inventory and ordering of office supplies;
  • Ensuring the reception, kitchen and conference rooms are neat and professional throughout the day;
  • Working with firm management to support the goals of the firm and special projects as needed.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have minimum 2 years providing legal support services
  • Have working knowledge of and familiarity with the legal process and local court procedures
  • Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Have excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail
  • Have a strong work ethic with excellent follow up skills and a proactive mindset
  • Have professional office experience using Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel and Adobe
  • Have the ability to multitask, be flexible, think on your feet, and adapt to changing priorities
  • Have a teamwork mentality

Preferred, but not required:

  • 4-year college degree
  • Clio software experience
  • Basic Lexis Advance and/or Westlaw experience
  • Public Notary

Background checks: All successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check.

To apply, please submit a current resume and a cover letter to careers@smw.law.

Shannon Mullins & Wright LLP is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


 

Transactional Attorney

Shannon Mullins & Wright LLP is growing and actively seeking a Transactional Attorney to support our Business, Real Estate, and Tax practices conducting sophisticated business and real estate transactions.

Ideal candidates will have at least 2 years of relevant experience in such areas as: drafting and negotiation various agreements (asset purchase and sale, shareholder, operating, executive compensation, non-compete, etc.), stock purchase and recapitalizations, M&A transactions, and real estate transactions. Candidates should have experience strategically advising clients, identifying and minimizing potential risks. Candidates must be barred in Virginia (MD and DC a plus).

The position will entail working with partners on all aspects of legal cases with direct client interaction representing a diverse group of reputable and well-established clients. Successful candidates will have excellent writing, research, and communication skills.

We offer competitive compensation along with benefits package that will acknowledge your past law firm tenure and/or business-specific growth experiences. Successful candidates will demonstrate and uphold a professional atmosphere that allows personal relationships that are supportive of the firm’s goals.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work closely and support Partners’ cases and legal projects representing clients in a wide range of transactional needs
  • Attend, lead and assist in court appearances as needed
  • Consistently communicate and update clients on case progress and actions
  • Meet with new clients to assess, draft, and complete the legal needs of the new clients
  • Ensure timely entry of time and billing details daily and in line with the firm best practices
  • Work with Firm Administrator and the Managing Partner to support the goals of the firm and the partners
  • Ensure all actions are in support of the Virginia Bar and other applicable bars, and legal best practices

Ideal Candidates will:

  • Have current Virginia Bar Membership in good standing
  • Have minimum of 2 years corporate and/or transactional experience
  • Demonstrate strong understanding of commercial law knowledge
  • Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Have excellent organizational skills including capturing, detailing and follow up skills
  • Demonstrate professionalism with all team members
  • Commit to the professional, integrity and loyalty that are keystones for the firm
  • Have professional office experience using Microsoft Office Suite including Teams, Outlook, Word and Excel

Preferred, but not required:

  • DC Bar Membership
  • Maryland Bar Membership
  • Clio software experience

Background checks: All successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check.

To apply: Please submit a current resume and a cover letter to careers@smw.law.

Shannon, Mullins & Wright, LLP is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

 


 

Litigation Associate

Shannon Mullins & Wright LLP is growing and actively seeking an experienced civil and commercial litigation associate who will serve as a pivotal member within the practice area.

Based in Old Town Alexandria Shannon, Mullins & Wright serves individuals and businesses throughout Virginia, D.C., and Maryland, providing services in the areas of Business, Tax, Estate & Trust, Construction, Litigation, Land Use, and Real Estate.

The position will entail working on all aspects of legal cases from direct client interaction and communications through drafting independent motions, representing clients in all levels of VA courts, Circuit Court and Appellate level cases, and serving as lead counsel in General District Court matters. This position will report to the Managing Partner while collaboratively working with our other partners, attorneys and SMW staff.

Salary is commensurate with experience. We offer competitive benefits in addition to bonus and commission opportunities for attorneys. Successful candidates will demonstrate and uphold a professional atmosphere that allows personal relationships that are supportive of the firm’s goals.

Responsibilities include:

  • Independently manage and perform complex civil litigation procedures to caseload from client intake to closing file as assigned
  • Work closely and support Partners’ cases and legal projects representing clients in a wide range of litigation needs
  • Regularly attend, lead and assist in court appearances and depositions
  • Consistently communicate and update clients on case progress and actions
  • Meet with new clients to assess, draft and complete the legal needs of the new clients
  • Coordinate and assist in all aspects of litigation through trial and completion of the case
  • Ensure timely entry of time and billing details daily and in line with the firm best practices
  • Work with the Firm Administrator and Managing Partner to support the goals of the firm and the partners
  • Ensure all actions are in support of the Virginia Bar and other applicable bars, and legal best practices

Ideal Candidates will:

  • Have current Virginia Bar Membership in good standing
  • Have minimum 1-4 years successfully litigating civil cases in Virginia courts
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of civil court system
  • Demonstrate strong understanding of commercial law knowledge
  • Demonstrate strong legal processes and local court requirement familiarity including trial and appellate court systems
  • Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Have excellent organizational skills including capturing, detailing and follow up skills
  • Demonstrate professionalism with all team members
  • Commit to the core values of the firm: professionalism, integrity and loyalty
  • Have professional office experience using Adobe and the Microsoft Office Suite including Teams, Outlook, Word and Excel

Preferred, but not required:

  • DC Bar Membership
  • Maryland Bar Membership
  • Clio software experience

Benefits:

  • Health Insurance;
  • Dental Insurance;
  • Short-term disability;
  • Long-term disability;
  • 401(k);
  • Paid Parking; and
  • CLE & Professional Dues Allowance.

Background checks: All successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check.

To apply: Please submit a current resume and a cover letter to careers@smw.law.

Shannon, Mullins & Wright, LLP is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

More Information

We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package that will acknowledge your past law firm tenure and / or business specific growth experiences. Successful candidates will demonstrate and uphold a professional atmosphere that allows personal relationships that are supportive of the firm’s goals.

As estate & trust and litigation attorney, you will ensure the efficient, successful litigation as well as client estate planning and administration needs are handled in accordance with Virginia Bar standards and the best practices of the firm. Responsibilities include:

  • Independently manage estate and trust administration.
  • Independently manage estate or trust litigation caseload as assigned.
  • Work closely with existing clients to support other practice area attorney’s cases and legal projects to ensure the firm is represented in a wide range of estate and trust litigation needs.
  • Regularly attend and assist in court appearances and depositions.
  • Consistently deliver timely communications and updates to clients on case progress and actions
  • Meet with new clients to assess, represent and complete the legal needs as a firm representative in good standing.
  • Coordinate and facilitate in all aspects of litigation through trial and appellate proceedings.
  • Prepare estate plans with Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advance Medical Directives.
  • Prepare trust-based plans with revocable trusts, pour over wills, powers of attorneys and Advance Medical Directives.
  • Coordinate, communicate with, and support staff to ensure project and case deadlines are met.
  • Ensure timely entry of time and billing details daily and in line with the firm best practices.
  • Work with Firm Administrator and the Managing Partner to support the goals of the firm and the partners.
  • Ensure all actions are in conformity with the expectation of the Virginia State Bar, including the highest professional standards in the legal community, and legal best practices.

Ideal Candidates will:

  • Current Virginia Bar Membership in good standing.
  • Have minimum 5 years litigation experience in trust and estate disputes.
  • Demonstrate strong understanding of estate planning.
  • Demonstrate strong understanding of trust laws and administration best practices.
  • Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills up skills.
  • Demonstrate professionalism with all team members.
  • Commit to the professional, integrity and loyalty that are keystones for the firm.
  • Have professional office experience using Microsoft Office Suite including Teams, Outlook, Word and Excel.

Preferred, but not required:

  • DC Bar Membership
  • Maryland Bar Membership
  • Clio software experience
  • Sharepoint software experience

Benefits and compensation: Health Insurance Benefits, 401(k), Disability, Continued Education opportunities and Paid Time Off

Compensation: Dependent upon experience

Background checks: All successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check. Please send a current resume and a cover letter including a paragraph about why you are looking for work at this time.

Shannon, Mullins & Wright, LLP is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.