Paralegal (Corporate Practice)


Do you have a passion for excellence?  Do you enjoy assisting businesses to meet their goals in a collaborative work environment? If so, consider joining an innovative and community minded law firm that values integrity, diversity, and service.  We have an opening on our team in Washington, DC, working closely with attorneys and clients on a variety of key duties. We are seeking applicants with at least three years of paralegal experience who hold a degree and/or paralegal certificate, and who have a desire to contribute to the success of our clients.

Job Responsibilities

Transactional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Checks name availability and reserves or registers corporate name.
  • Obtains certificates of good standing/certificates of existence.
  • Prepares and files application for federal employer identification number.
  • Drafts UCC financing statements and subsequent amendments, assignments, or terminations with appropriate state and local agencies.
  • Drafts documents necessary to qualify corporations as foreign corporations in other jurisdictions.
  • Prepares and files articles or certificate of incorporation.
  • Reviews entity organizational documents and drafts certificates certifying same.
  • Prepares bylaws.
  • Prepares amendments to bylaws and drafts resolutions for board of directors and stockholder approval, as necessary.
  • Prepares minutes of meetings of the board of directors and stockholders, or written consents in lieu of meeting.
  • Assembles and maintains corporate minute book (hard copy and electronically).
  • Prepares documents necessary to issue and transfer stock certificates including subscription agreements, receipts, stock certificates, restrictive legends, investment letters, stock and stockholder registers and trust agreements.
  • Prepares notices, proxy materials, ballots, affidavits of mailing and agendas for annual and special meetings of stockholders.
  • Prepares and files annual reports, notices of changes of officers, directors and related corporate information in jurisdiction of incorporation and in foreign jurisdictions in which corporation is qualified to transact business.
  • Prepares and reviews complex transaction binders.
  • Coordinates various aspects of closing, including assembly and preparation of documents for signature, closing arrangements and distribution of closing materials.
  • Completes electronic filing with various entities.

    Litigation Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assists case team(s) throughout all phases of litigation and administrative actions, including hearing, trial preparation and trial.
  • Cite-checks and blue-books briefs and prepares exhibits for same.
  • Creates organizational systems for case documents.
  • Completes electronic filing with various entities.
  • Must track billable hours.

Job Requirements

  • Must possess a high level of professionalism and interpersonal skills so as to be able to work well with employees at all levels within the organization and maintain all information in the strictest of confidence.  Required to use tact and diplomacy when dealing with others.
  • Must have ability to read, write and communicate fluent English; ability to compose documents in the appropriate business style using correct grammar and spelling; ability to communicate clearly using proper grammar and diction over the telephone.
  • Must possess attention to detail, ability to balance multiple projects and strong time management skills.
  • Must have ability to reason and apply common-sense understanding to situations encountered.
  • Ability to process routine daily functions while being able to resolve sensitive issues and complex assignments utilizing above average critical thinking skills.
  • Must be able to work overtime if necessary.
  • Ability to travel as required.
  • Must have strong technical skills including Adobe, Microsoft Word and Excel, and the ability to quickly learn new technology.
  • The physical demands of this position are representative of those that might be met by an employee in order for him or her to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.  These include being both mobile and stationary throughout the workday, having the ability to transport 25 pounds and being able to operate a computer and other business equipment found in the office.

Thompson Coburn LLP is a large full service, multi-state firm with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Southern Illinois and Washington, D.C.   At Thompson Coburn, our behavior and the expectations we have of ourselves are guided by the values that we hold in the highest regard: integrity, a passion for excellence, a focus on serving the client, a value of diversity, innovation, creativity, trust and loyalty.  Within the Firm, we value each other as people and colleagues.  In addition to the exceptional working environment and a competitive salary, Thompson Coburn provides the following benefit options to qualifying employees:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance & ADD policies
  • Short & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • 401(k) & Profit Sharing plans
  • Parking/Transportation Stipend
  • Section 125 Plan (Pre-tax premiums, dependent care and medical reimbursement)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • College Savings Plan Deductions (529 Plans)
  • Long Term Care

If you are interested and meet the qualifications, we want to learn more about you.  Please complete our online application found at

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V