Legal Specialist I

Posted Date: Jul- 8-2019

Job ID: 13620

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Legal

City: Kent

State: Washington

Store: REI Headquarters is moving to Bellevue, Spring 2020!

What's cool about this job

This job contributes to REI’s success by providing entry level paralegal duties. Areas of work may include one or more of the following: litigation management, intellectual property, real estate diligence, and contracts/corporate transactions. Performs as a collaborative team member within the Legal Department, providing assistance to accomplish the missions of the department and REI. May work in an autonomous manner directly with internal REI clients and with vendors and suppliers to REI. Work requires discretion, excellent judgment and strict confidentiality. Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.


  • Conducts research and analysis using legal sources including statutes, recorded judicial decisions, articles, treaties, constitutions and legal codes
  • Respond to general legal inquiries from business clients
  • Serve as initial contact in department for miscellaneous legal issues as they arise, with authority to resolve and/or escalate
  • Prepare, draft and maintain various types of records, reports, contracts and file as appropriate
  • Serve as a liaison with internal business owners and attorneys (both internal and external)
  • Partner with the company's outside firm as directed
  • Support legal staff in actively monitoring, investigating, and responding to various types of disputes
  • Monitor case management tools
  • Prepare reports and assist with the handling of all threatened and pending litigation
  • Coordinate responses to discovery requests
  • Manage the response to legal processes
  • Assist with legal issues involving risk and process improvement
  • Review outgoing materials to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Help develop monitoring processes, develop corrective action plans and conduct appropriate follow-up with key stakeholders
  • Create legal summary and recommendations for the various programs supported by the position
  • Support the Senior Legal Specialist in preparation and management of corporate records

      Bring your passion and expertise

      • Associates degree required (Bachelor’s degree and/or Paralegal Certificate preferred)
      • At least one to three years of experience performing paralegal, contracts administrator, or similar duties in a corporate law department or in a mid-size (25+ attorney) or larger law firm (may be met by a combination of additional education and relevant experience)
      • Transactional and contract experience (a combination of negotiation, drafting, review, and administration experience preferred)
      • Litigation experience, including discovery management
      • Real estate experience, including the review and analysis of environmental reports and title insurance
      • Familiarity with organization and maintenance of corporate documents
      • Familiarity with intellectual property matters
      • Excellent written and oral communication and composition skills, including spelling, grammar, proofreading and punctuation
      • Proficient with MS Office software, familiarity with web-based productivity tools (e.g., intranets and portals), and ability to research online;
      • Actively participates and collaborates with others on one's own team and across REI for the achievement of business goals
      • Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions in order to support the direction taken by others at REI
      • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities
      • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions
      • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers
      • Works smart by setting effective work goals, establishing priorities, and planning well in order to produce quality work
      • Executes effectively by using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals
      • Clearly conveys and accurately receives information by a variety of methods and in various situations
      • Builds rapport with all kinds of people inside and outside the organization
      • Acts upon opportunities and involves and influences others in the accomplishment of worthwhile organizational goals
      • Challenges the status quo, champions change and influences others to change.

      At REI we offer an enviable work environment that has been recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception – 22 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

      With more than 150 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 13,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

      REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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      1. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall consider the following factors:

      (a) The public policy of this state, as expressed in this act, to encourage the licensure and employment of persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses.

      (b) The specific duties and responsibilities necessarily related to the license or employment sought or held by the person.

      (c) The bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was previously convicted will have on his fitness or ability to perform one or more such duties or responsibilities.

      (d) The time which has elapsed since the occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.

      (e) The age of the person at the time of occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.

      (f) The seriousness of the offense or offenses.

      (g) Any information produced by the person, or produced on his behalf, in regard to his rehabilitation and good conduct.

      (h) The legitimate interest of the public agency or private employer in protecting property, and the safety and welfare of specific individuals or the general public.

      2. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall also give consideration to a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct issued to the applicant, which certificate shall create a presumption of rehabilitation in regard to the offense or offenses specified therein.